Filmmaker Praveen Morchhale, whose film Walking with the Wind had bagged the award for Best Film (Ladakhi), Best Sound Design and Best Re-recording, was among the 60 awardees who skipped the event. Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, he said that he, along with others, did not ‘boycott’ or disrespect anyone but simply decided to give the event a miss. He also said that the prize money had been transferred to his bank account online the day after the event, but the
medal and the citation are yet to arrive.
“While I have not officially enquired into the matter, I’m in touch with the other awardees who did not attend the ceremony. A few among them did make some calls to the clerical staff and they were unofficially told that the ministry has yet to arrive at a decision on whether the medal and citation should be couriered to us, we should collect it from the regional offices or have a representative pick it up from Delhi. There have been no calls or emails, no official communication of any kind since 3 May,” says Morchhale, as reported by Mumbai Mirror.
However, a source from the I&B Ministry told Mirror that the government is not holding back and the winners will get their reward in due time.