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BHUBANESWAR: The high court in Orissa has ordered the state government to postpone film awards due later this week after a director alleged organizers broke rules and selected two films that are remakes of a Korean and Punjabi film.

Judge Arindam Sinha suspended the 31st Odisha Film Awards on Monday over a petition by director Odia Bobby Islam who alleged that two films shortlisted for the awards were ineligible under Orissa State’s 3(b) rule. Awards for Films Rules, 2010 which allows only original films to be considered.

“The ceremony scheduled for tomorrow will be postponed. The State, through its appropriate official, will reevaluate all nominations for the awards. During this reassessment, the result will be communicated to the petitioner and all those concerned. In the event that the petitioner advises the Court that his grievance has been dealt with or that there is an arbitration required, the ceremony will take place after the order disposing of the petition in brief. the court order said Monday.

A state government official said the awards ceremony was proposed for December 16-17.

Prices for the film were announced last month.

Two of them – ‘Khushi’ and ‘Golmal Love’ – nominated for awards in different categories were not originals, Bobby Islam told the High Court.

“While Khushi is a remake of the 2013 South Korean film ‘Hope’ directed by Lee Joon-ik, Gomaal Love is a copy of the 2012 Punjabi film Carry On Jatta directed by Smeep Kang. Both films are carbon copies of the originals,” Bobby Islam said in his petition. He said the jury selected “Khushi” for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Editor, and Best Child Artist while Golmaal Love was selected as Best Comedy Film. .

Like the Korean film ‘Hope’ in which the female protagonist, a young schoolgirl named Hope, is sexually abused by a stranger and undergoes major surgery, Khushi released in 2019, is based on the rape of a schoolgirl, Khushi, who leaves the survivor and her family completely shaken.

Islam in his petition alleged that although his film ‘Chabirani’ was based on real events of 1980s and was an original, yet the jury selected two films which broke the rules of the Orissa State Awards for Films, 2010. His film is based on the gang rape and murder of journalist Chhabirani Mohapatra in a river bed in Jagatsinghpur district, sparking massive national outrage against state government JB Patnaik.

Last month, Islam and an actor from the film ‘Chhabirani’ attempted suicide in front of Naveen Niwas to protest alleged favoritism in film awards.

During the hearing, the state government said Islam’s film contained immoral sexually explicit acts and had the potential to create an uproar if awarded the award. “It could have spoiled the social harmony of the society as the so-called writers of the film story were from a particular caste/community,” the state government’s response said.

The Odisha State Film Awards instituted in 1968 and awarded by the state culture department have been plagued with controversy in the past.

In 2017, famous movie actress Mahesweta Ray questioned the jury’s choice to award him the Best Supporting Actor award for the movie “Dele Dhara Katha Sare”, saying that his role in the movie “Chini” was much more significant. “I believe the role I played in Chini was more meaningful and robust than the other. There should be transparency in the selection process and the lists of jury members over the past 15 years should be declared to understand the judging ability of the jury and provide clarity on the basis on which the awards are decided,” Ray said.

In 2015, questions were raised that the government was asking former IAS officer Sanjeev Hota to head the jury despite not being associated with the filmmaking.


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