Rima Das and her film Village Rockstars is a synonym for awards. In the past year or so the film has traveled the world (BTW it is still traveling) and has been sweeping all the top prizes. The story was no different on the 65th National Awards, which was held on 13th April 2018.
It is after twenty-nine years that an Assamese film won the National Film Award in the same category.
- Best Feature Film
- Best Editing
- Best Audiography (Location Sound Recordist)
- Best Child Artist
A day after the National Award was announced, Academy Award-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty took to Twitter to air his displease about the award committee’s decisions. He tweeted:
It’s a shame to see this year’s National Award for audiography is been given to somebody who has not touched an audio Equipment in her life!Sad 😪😪😪
— resul pookutty (@resulp) April 13, 2018
Resul Pookutty’s tweet was heavily criticised by Assamese filmgoers. His remark created a lot of buzz in social media with many feeling that he was going overboard with the reaction and he could have kept his differences subtle.
Also shocking to see an Oscar winner demoralizing a young creator from remote part of the country instead of motivating.
— Madhurzya (@FlyinGiggsy) April 16, 2018
Pookutty sir, try to grow up..
— Kalyan Kalita (@kkalyan164) April 17, 2018
Think positive man and just give an helping hand
— Manoj Kr Paul (@ManojKrPaul2) April 13, 2018
To calm the situation and stop the unnecessary controversy, the veteran National Awarded film critics cum filmmaker Utpal Borpujari, whose debut film Ishu, also took home the 65th National Awards for Best Assamese film, backed Resul Pookutty’s tweet.
Later, last night Amrit Pritam, who did the sound designing for both the films- Village Rockstars and Ishu, and who also works closely with Resul Pookutty gave his point of view to further clear the air.
It would now be interesting to know the viewpoint of Rima Das and Mallika Das, on the same.