Seshadri wins national award for the 7th time
Noted filmmaker P. Seshadri, who has created record of sorts by bagging national awards for every film made by him, bagged the award for the best Kannada film for Bharat Stores at the 60th National Film Awards announced in New Delhi on Monday. He has won the award consecutively for the seventh time.
Mr. Seshadri and producer of the film Basant Kumar Patil will get Rajat Kamal medal and Rs. 1 lakh cash prize each. His earlier films Munnudi, Athithi, Beru, Thutturi, Vimukthi and Bettada Jeeva have won national awards.
Noted actor H.G. Dattatreya (popularly known as Dattanna), who earlier got national awards for his performance in Munnudi and Mouni, bagged special mention “for his effortless and natural performance as a small time grocery retailer” in Bharat Stores .
As a filmmaker, globalisation, liberalisation and privatisations are issues that haunted Mr. Seshadri.
The Centre’s recent decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment in retail trade made him to direct Bharat Stores .
When The Hindu contacted Mr. Sheshadri, he said that the idea of the story sprouted on September 14, when the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government announced its decision to allow FDI in retail trade.
“I decided to make a film on the plight of a small grocery shop owner who was carrying on the family business with pride and the people depending on that from ages,” he said.
Mr. Seshadri considers himself “fortunate” as all the films directed by him got national awards.
“I am glad the film has won an award on its own merit at a time when politics is playing a major role in the selection of several awards,” Mr. Seshadri added.