Director S.P. Jananathan was one of the members of the selection committee for the 2011 National Film awards. Commenting on the awards, he regretted that no actress in Tamil cinema won an award.
Talking to the media, he said there is no doubt that those who won the awards deserved them. But what came was a disappointment to him was that some good films and talented artistes were not in the list.
Jananathan said he was on the five-member committee, representing Tamil and Malayalam films, and there was a higher committee, which took final decisions and announced them.
There was some disappointment. Nevertheless, he is happy that four golden lotus awards and four silvers went to Tamil films. He felt sad that no Malayalam film was honoured.
He observed that the Tamil film industry should have clarity on the norms for selection of films for awards. Tamil films that were released in 2011 had many 'wonderful' actresses and at least some of them should have won awards but they were unlucky simply because the dubbing was not in their own voice.
Not only last year, this has been happening year after year, he said. Those making films on a big scale do not send quality prints with English sub-titles without errors. They send only video copies, which do not reflect real quality. Some good films are not even sent to the awards committee because of ego clashes between directors and producers. For these reasons, hard work and talent go unrecognized, Jananathan said.
He suggested that there should be a coordinated approach by the Film Producers Council, the South Indian Film Artistes Association and the Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI)).