Jury splits National Award for Best Actor into two again!
The 59th National Film Awards have been announced and the jury has done it again. The Best Actor award has been shared between Salim Kumar (for his spectacular performance in ‘Adaminte Makan Abu’), and Dhanush (for his stellar act in ‘Aadukalam’). And not just that, the Best Actress award has been shared by Mitalee Jagtap Paradhar and Saranya Ponvarnnan.
This is what Dictionary.com thinks the word ‘best’ means. -of the highest quality, excellence, or standing: the best work; the best students.
And guess what? We have 2 National Awards for Acting and 4 recipients!
We would perhaps never understand how two people could be ‘best’ at once. Its really a shame that a jury, that has been put in charge of adjudicating the acting performances in a handful of films from across the country, time and again divides the most coveted prize among two performers. And how is it, that year after year, we have two equal performers coming up?
This ridiculous business of sharing an award between two actors, has to be done away with. For once, the jury needs to take a stand, take one hard look at the two actors, and decide once and for all, as to who is truly the best. Or if that’s not possible, why not change the ‘Best Actor’ title to something more vague and ambiguous? ‘Good Actor’, perhaps?