Can Telangana and AP sort out their differences for the Nandi awards?
Features Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | January 7, 2015 | 12:20 pm IST The Nandi Awards is the highest award presented for excellence in Telugu cinema, Telugu Theater, Telugu Television, and Life time achievements in Indian cinema, presented annually by Government of Andhra Pradesh - or at least it was. The state of Andhra Pradesh witnessed a lot of turbulence and the Nandi awards for 2012 and 2013 could not be finalized because of the uncertainty caused by the Telangana struggle for statehood. However, following the state's bifurcation, things have settled - but out of this, arises the question of which government would present the Nandi awards now. Telangana or AP? According to a report in the Times of India, the awards for the last three years are also overdue with the president of the Telangana Film Directors Association, Allani Sridhar suggesting that it would only be appropriate if both the governments organize the awards function together as the films were released pre-bifurcation. The AP Film, TV and Theatre Development Corporation is yet to be divided and it is speculated that the Telangana government will soon take initiative to form itsÂ separate body.Â Reports also suggest that the Telangana Government is also actively considering changing the name of â€˜Nandiâ€™ awards. â€œThree names, including â€˜Ekashilaâ€™, are being considered by the Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Â Minister for Cinematography and Commercial Taxes Talasani Srinivas Yadav was quoted as saying by The Hindu The most amicable solution of course, to which all experts seem to agree is that the two governments can put aside their differences for this year to host the award function together and clear out all the award presentations for the previous years.Â In the course of time however, the two governments can host their own award functions with Vizag in AP being viewed as a place with great potential afterÂ EROS entertainment's plans to set up a billion dollar entertainment city, the two states can eventually grow independent from each other. Tweet