Senior film director who managed the jury of Nandi awards to get Best actor award for his ordinary performance in Rikshavodu film for 2010, Now crying that awards are given for lobbying and not for talent.
Dasari Narayana Rao has created ripples by stating that awards are being given only to those who lobby for them and not those with talent.
He said that it was shameful that right from small awards to the prestigious Padma Awards given by the central government, lobbying was rampant. He said instead of giving awards to the talented, they were being given only to those who lobby for them. He said because of this sad situation, the respect for these awards was fast vanishing. He said getting awards has become a big racket.
Dasari said it all started with small private awards where organizers gave away awards to some glamorous stars, expecting their presence at the functions. Now it has spread to even state and national awards. Padma Sri, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and even Dada Saheb Phalke awards are being given away to lobbyists, Dasari lamented.