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‘Hindi not a national language if whole country is not speaking it’: Adoor Gopalakrishnan

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Mumbai: Adoor Gopalakrishnan, the National award winning filmmaker, proclaims that Hindi should not be treated as a national language if the whole country is not speaking it just like in South and Northeast India.

Gopalakrishnan feels Hindi is a beautiful language; however it should not be imposed and be counted as a regional language since India is a country with diverse cultures.

“Hindi is a very beautiful language. There are very fine writers in Hindi, no doubt about that, but you cannot impose Hindi over and above others.. not only administratively but even otherwise,” he told reporters.

Regarded as one of the finest filmmakers of the country, Gopalakrishnan, 74, is considered to be one of those who revolutionized the Malayalam cinema.

Since India is made up of various cultures, Adoor senses that an “exclusive” attitude will not work.

“Hindi was by official imposition only. Because officially they want to have one language kind of attitude from everybody… that’s a very exclusive kind of attitude. India is a country of several different cultures, languages, styles of living.

“Naturally, you have to allow and understand that. It’s all together only that India is made up of,” he said, on the sidelines of the second edition of Gateway LitFest here.

With his debut film “Swayamvaram” in 1972, the filmmaker proved to be a pioneer in the new wave cinema movement in Kerala. His last film “Oru Pennum Randaanum” (A Climate of Crime) in 2008  won him the Kerala state award for best director.

Adoor says a language cannot become ‘national’ if only a part of the country speaks it.

“It is wrong when you think Hindi is a national language and other languages are regional. All the languages are regional, it becomes national only when everybody in the country speaks a particular language, but that doesn’t happen,” he said.

Adoor feels Hindi is not more than a medium for inter-community dialogues.

“In the North-East, in South, they don’t speak Hindi. So, you cannot call it national language. These are languages used for inter-community dialogues, not more than that. Hindi is reaching more people because most of the North is speaking Hindi. It should be treated as regional language only,” he said. (Inputs from Agencies, Image source: iffcolombo.com)

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Social Media Questions Akshay Kumar’s Eligibility for National Award

Akshay was honoured with the “Best Actor Award” for “Rustom” in 2016

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Akshay Kumar, who said he has Canadian citizenship, was questioned on social media about winning the National Award. However, filmmaker Rahul Dholakia supported the actor and said that “foreign nationals can get National Awards”

On Saturday, several social media users including National award-winning film editor and writer Apurva Asrani questioned Akshay on being a National Award-winner.

Asrani tweeted: “Are Canadian citizens eligible for India’s National Awards? The year (2016) Akshay Kumar won ‘Best Actor’, we were expecting Manoj Bajpayee to win for ‘Aligarh’. If the jury/ministry has made an error in Kumar’s case, will there be a revote.”

However following the rulebook of the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation that presents the National Film Awards, under the section of eligibility of a candidate it reads: “Film professionals and technicians of foreign origin can also be considered for awards.”

Filmmaker Rahul Dholakia, who has also been part of the jury of the National Film Awards earlier, took to Twitter to clarify the matter.

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Akshay Kumar. IANS

Sharing a screenshot of the rulebook, he wrote: “Clarification on National Award — foreign nationals can get National Awards. it’s legal, legit and by the books have been on the jury (not for this one) and so found out from an official Manoj Srivastava who sent me this.”

Akshay was honoured with the “Best Actor Award” for “Rustom” in 2016.

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Earlier this week, the “Khiladi” star faced flak on social media after he interviewed Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was also criticised for talking about patriotism despite not being an Indian citizen.

On Friday, expressing his disappointment over the criticism, Akshay released a statement about his Canadian citizenship and said that he did not understand the negativity and “unwarranted interest” around the subject. (IANS)