Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The announcement of the State film awards has sparked off a row with noted director T.V. Chandran challenging the jury’s decision to give five awards to Oru Pennum Randanum directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan.

Mr. Chandran said here on Friday that the film was nothing but a sequel to a television serial which was submitted for the film awards last year. He alleged that the film Naalu Pennungal directed by Mr. Gopalakrishnan was not considered for the award by the jury last year since it was a television serial.

While announcing the J.C. Daniel award here this afternoon along with Culture Minister M.A. Baby,

Mr. Gopalakrishnan sharply reacted to the allegations and said that one should have the discretion to distinguish between a serial and a cinema before making such comments.

The film Naalu Penungal was featured in many national and international festivals. Similarly, Oru Pennum Randanum too was screened at various festivals. The awards are not being given to an individual.

By giving an award, the jury was only pointing out that the film was a good model which could be emulated.

Mr. Baby called for creative discussions and said that instead of raising demands to keep off veteran filmmakers like Mr. Gopalakrishnan from the contest for such honours, the youngsters should try to excel them and set high standards.

There presence in the race should be an inspiring challenge for the debutants, he said.