Awardees including Fahadh boycott national award function
Nearly 68 awardees including Fahadh Faasil and Parvathy boycotted the prestigious national award distribution ceremony as it was Smriti Irani, Information and Broadcasting minister given away most of the awards instead of Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, unlike earlier years. President has handed over only 11 awards out of 137 awards.
There are reports that the chairs reserved for those who stayed away from the function has been removed from the hall just before the function has started. Meanwhile, KJ Yesudas and Jayaraj, who won the award for best director for the movie Bhayanakam, attended the function.