The noted national award winning director BS Lingadevaru has used his brilliance this time and that has resulted in Kannada films securing 12 national awards at the recent announcement of 66th National awards declared for 2018.
BS Lingadevaru director of Mouni, Kada Beladingalu and Naanu Avanalla Avalu (this film got national award for Sanchari Vijay in 2015) was one of the three from Karnataka at the national panel. MK Bhaskar Rao and SM Patil were other two. When the final round of zonal selection came up BS Lingadevaru was one among 11 panel members headed by Rahul Ravai as chairperson.
It was only BS Lingadevaru represented the parallel cinema category while others were commercial cinema makers. Already out of 66 films, 10 films got entry to second round from Kannada regional. Films like Smashana Mouna, Case No.130’2016, Katheyondu Shuruvagide, Ramana Savari, Ammachchiyemba Nenapu and a few others were also in the fray.
When the discussion with the films selected for the final round came up it was tough task for BS Lingadevaru as parallel cinema maker to convince others. It was a fragile issue, the ego should not be hurt but at the same time others should be told that we at the national level are not giving awards like Film Fare. Using sheer common sense and experience BS Lingadevaru was able to convince other 10 members and that had eventually helped in getting record number of awards of 12 to Kannada films.
Indian cinema making statement is changing today. There is a big voice why parallel films should only be considered. In such a platform it is difficult to give room for purposeful parallel films feels BS Lingadevaru.
It was two months of effort of hectic discussion. Placing the Gnanapith award winner Dr Shivarama Karanth ‘Mookajjiya Kanasugalu’ to archive section was possible because of the new addition made by union government recalled BS Lingadevaru.
On the brining of pressures, influence letters, phone calls BS Lingadevaru says there was absolutely no such aspect and it was a precisely a neat and clear judgment he opines.