Veteran director Adoor Gopalakrishnan has slammed the jury members chosen to head this year's national film awards.

 


Gopalakrishnan has written to the Ministry of Information  and Broadcasting urging it to make sure that that the jury is headed by a filmmaker of national stature, who is familiar with modern trends in cinema.

 


In a letter sent on Monday, Adoor criticised the selection made by the jury, who judged films submitted for the National Awards.

 


In his letter addressed to I&B Secretary Ajay Mittal, Gopalakrishnan urged to stop an ‘incompetent jury from sitting to judge our work’.

 

 

“The national awards were conceived as a means to select and award films for their thematic relevance, social commitment, original approach, technical excellence and above all aesthetic brilliance.”Unfortunately, when the national awards of 2015 were announced all major awards including best film, and director went to outright commercial movies, undermining the very purpose of which the awards were instituted," said Gopalakrishnan, who has 16  National Awards and  Dadasaheb Phalke Award to his credit.