Guwahati: Assamese director and famous critic Utpal Datta says he has written to President Ram Nath Kovind requesting him to incorporate an award for the third gender or transgender folks on the National Film Awards. Datta, finest recognized for his initiatives “”Through Trust and Fear”, “Bohubritta” and “Ji Galpar Ses Nai”, mentioned the inclusion won’t solely embolden the artistes belonging to the third gender however may also assist them attain due recognition and social standing which they’ve been disadvantaged of for years. “Since the government has recognised the third gender in all its government activities, I strongly believe even the National Film Awards should extend their support to encourage this marginalised section of society by including them in its various gender based award categories,” Datta mentioned.
The National Film Awards, administered by the Indian authorities’s Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), already acknowledge three gender marked awards in classes of finest actor, finest supporting actor and finest singer – for each female and male, he mentioned. “I am optimistic that the inclusion of the third gender would enrich these categories.” Besides, the movie fraternity could be better off collaborating with extra people with potentials and skills, he mentioned.
Datta additionally referred to the Supreme Court’s landmark judgement in 2014 during which the apex court docket recognised the third gender in numerous features by giving them equal rights within the subject of schooling, medical or numerous work fronts.