Too many awards – same categories, same winners, winners didn’t show up

Do you know who is most excited to win an award in an award ceremony?

The first time winners are the most excited and enthusiastic when an award is announced. But, when the winner of the Best Newcomer Award doesn’t show up in an award ceremony to receive the award, there is something seriously wrong. I don’t know if that had happened in the other award ceremonies as well but, I felt it odd when the winner of Best Newcomer award, Samragyee RL Shah, didn’t show up to receive the award in NFDC National Award ceremony, held recently.

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I think, that was because, she had already won the award and there is no charm in winning more than one awards for the same movie and same role.

I wonder, how Namrata Shrestha could even feel happy – winning awards for the same thing – again and again, and again for the fifth time. Yes, she won Best Actress awards for the same role in ‘Classic’ – five different awards:

  • National Award
  • FAAN Award
  • D Cine Award
  • LG Film Award
  • NFDC Award

I am pretty sure she will win more awards in future. If I were her, after winning the Nation Award, from the President of Nepal, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, I wouldn’t have attended any other award ceremonies.

It was not only Namrata who won all five awards (for the same work), others including the script writer of ‘Pashupati Prasad’, Khagendra Lamichhane, the cinematographers of ‘Dreams’ had also won all five awards.

Many award winners didn’t attend the NFDC Film Award ceremony held this week. After seeing the lacklustre presence of the film artists, the chairman of Film Development Board, Raj Kumar Rai wasn’t happy. He suggested the organizers to work on a clause that every winners should be present in the ceremony to receive award.

I think the following three facts are the main reasons Awards are loosing values these days:

  • The awards should have a theme to go by. For example one award might only be for commercial movies, others for ethnic-cultural movies, art movies, action movies, love story movies, glamorous movies and likes.
  • No two awards shouldn’t too many duplicate categories. If every award has a “Best Actor” award, there is a possibility that the same guy win all the awards. Like Namrata is winning all the awards.
  • Selection criteria should be different in different awards. If that is the case, same person might not win all the awards.

I think, FDB Chair Rai’s suggestion is immature and nobody should be forced to attend an award ceremony. The award ceremony should be designed such that nobody would like to miss it. The award should be valuable enough to desire and not to miss the opportunity to receive.

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