Saturday September 21, 2019

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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Actor Akshay Kumar, Wikimedia

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)

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Facebook Reportedly Working On A TV Streaming Device

Social-media giant Facebook is reportedly working on a streaming device, like Amazons Fire Stick which would plug into a TV to offer online content

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Also, Facebook is set to launch an updated version of its video chat device 'Portal' later this year. Pixabay

Social-media giant Facebook is reportedly working on a streaming device, like Amazons Fire Stick which would plug into a TV to offer access to online content.

The new streaming hardware will be part of the company’s Portal family of devices, featuring a camera, combining video chatting with TV viewing and Augmented Reality (AR), variety.com reported on Friday.

The company has recently approached Netflix, Disney and HBO about adding their content to its hardware.

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The Facebook mobile app on an Android smartphone. Wikimedia Commons

In addition, Facebook is set to launch an updated version of its video chat device ‘Portal’ later this year.

Andrew Bosworth, Vice President of Facebook’s AR and Virtual Reality (VR) has also confirmed that the company has a lot more to unveil “later this fall” related to Portal.

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Portal was launched in November 2018. While the smaller device was priced at $199, the larger “Portal Plus” was made available for $349 with a 10-inch display and 15-inch display, respectively.

The smart camera-enabled device is also powered by Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa and comes with front cameras. (IANS)