SHOULD HAVE WON NATIONAL AWARD FOR ‘NATSAMRAT’: IRRFAN
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