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Ac­tor Ir­rfan Khan says that vet­eran ac­tor Nana Patekar should have won the Na­tional Award for his per­for­mance in the much-ap­pre­ci­ated Marathi film “Nat­sam­rat”. At a screen­ing of the re­cent Marathi block­buster “Sairat” he or­gan­ised, Ir­rfan, asked about “Nat­sam­rat”, said: “Out­stand­ing film. I think it should’ve won the Na­tional Award for Nanaji. Any­way, I wasn’t in the jury.” Con­sid­er­ing the fact that most of the Na­tional Awards win­ners this year have been films which re­leased in 2015 such as “Piku”, “Ba­ji­rao Mas­tani”, “Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan”, it is not clear if ‘Nat­sam­rat’, which re­leased on Jan­uary 1, 2016, still has a chance next year. Films such as “Tharai Thap­pat­tai” and “Sairat”, which re­leased in 2016, have how­ever been con­sid­ered this year. Ap­par­ently there is a par­tic­u­lar rule, which state that the film has to be cer­ti­fied by the CBFC be­tween Jan­uary 1 and De­cem­ber 31 to be con­sid­ered for Na­tional Awards. About Marathi cinema in gen­eral, Ir­rfan added: “Marathi film in­dus­try is hit­ting a sixer ev­ery year. And this is great for In­dian film in­dus­try... In Marathi cinema, when Umesh Kulka­rni had started mak­ing his films, ‘Vi­hir’, ‘Deool’, that’s when I came to know that some in­ter­est­ing work hap­pens there.

And since then I have been in touch with Marathi cinema and have been watch­ing it.” In­dian Ex­press

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