In 2018, the film C/O Kancharaplaem was one of the most watched and loved Indian film. Directed by debutant Venkatesh Maha, this was a low budget independent film that went on to become one of the most unexpected hits of last year.
C/O Kanceherpalem revolved around 4 stories, set in a small village and featured over 70 debutant actors. This film also premiered at the New York Indian Film Festival before releasing worldwide.
The prestigious India National Award Committee recently rejected this films nomination because it was produced by Dr Praveena Paruchuri who is an American citizen of Indian origin. Praveen who also acted in this film took to Twitter and broke the news to director Maha Venkatesh.
It’s not you @paruchurimd, it’s the outdated rules and regulations of our country. I don’t understand why an Indian film, made by an Indian director, in India, acted by Indians and for Indian audience is not eligible for Indian National Awards. @DFF_India time for change. https://t.co/5xdD9PFjzk
— Venkatesh Maha (@venkateshmaha25) January 9, 2019