Director Priyadarshan will head the jury for the 64th National Film Awards. Priyadarshan told the Times of India that he was excited and happy with the responsibility. He also said that it was the first time that he had been given the honour.
He said, “I am confident of doing the job with utmost ease as I have been around in the industry for 35 years and directed close to 91 films in several languages.”
Priyadarshan is the recipient of two National Film Awards himself. He was awarded he Best Feature Film award in 2007 for the Kanchivaram, starring Prakash Raj and Shriya Reddy. He also directed the 1996 drama, Kalapaani, about the struggle of jailed freedom fighters in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The movie won three National Awards, including the awards for Best Art Direction (Sabu Cyril), Best Special Effects (ST Venky), and Best Cinematography (Santosh Sivan).