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27 Kannada films competing for the honours this year

As many as 27 Kannada films are being sent for the 2010-11 national awards. According to sources in the industry, this is the highest number of films competing for the awards in the 77 years of Kannada cinema.

There are as many Kannada films competing this year as films from the Hindi film industry.

Two Tulu films

Besides, there are also two Tulu films in the competition — Sudhakara Bannanje's Deveer and Kumar Raghunatha Rai's Kantillada Bale — and the Kodava film Na Puttina Man.

Films that have been cleared by the Censor Board before December 2010 are eligible for the awards, the sources said.

Next round

Of the 167 films from various Indian languages that are competing for the honours this year, four are in English, one in Gujarati, two in Assamese, 16 in Bengali, 14 in Malayalam, three in Manipuri, 18 in Marathi, two in Oriya, three in Punjabi, 21 in Tamil and eight in Telugu.

Of these, 48 have entered the second round of the competition and a 11-member committee would take a decision on the winners soon, the sources added.

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