Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Chalachitra Academy is in dilemma after the movie directed by its chairman and the movie edited by vice chairperson are considered for the State Film Awards. A confusion prevails whether to consider the films ‘Aami’ directed by Academy chairman Kamal and ‘Carbon’ edited by vice chairperson Beena Paul for awards.
It is learnt that the office of the minister for culture has suggested to withdraw both films from the competition. As per reports, the minister’s office has taken the stand that Kamal should resign his chairmanship before contesting for the award.
According to the law, movies of the executive members should not be considered for individual awards. So, even if these movies are considered for awards, they will not get individual awards. However, other crew members of the movie can be considered for awards as per rules. It is the producers who submit the movies for awards. The director or editor cannot decide on this.
The movies submitted for awards cannot be rejected unilaterally in which case the producers are likely to move legally. Only the producer can withdraw the movie which was submitted for awards. The Academy officials indicated that their movie are less likely to be included in the competition category.
The government is concerned that controversies may erupt if the movies of academy officials receive any award. They are not interested to create an issue when the election is due. The government is planning to announce the awards before the Lok Sabha election’s code of conduct comes into force. Hariharan, Amol Palekar and K. P. Kumaran are considered for the post of jury chairman. 105 movies are submitted for competition this time.