It was indeed a proud moment for all Malayalis after the 61st National Awards were announced. Malayalam bagged two prestigious mainstream awards for Best Actor and Best Regional Film. Suraj Venjaramoodu, who won the Best Actor Award, was not shown in the live telecast by Times Now. This disappointed many Malayalis who were eagerly waiting to see Suraj receiving the prestigious award.
This created a lot of talks later on and one of the Malayali audience, who is an ardent fan of Arnab Goswami, wrote an open letter to him, criticizing him for what his channel has done to Suraj. The letter is as follows:
Dear Arnab Goswamy,
This is an open letter to you from one of your ardent fan. Let me take you to a flash back first.it was in 2004, National film awards were about to announce. Stiff competition was on for best actor award between chocolate boy Saif Ali Khan and veteran actor Mammootty. Saif in 'Hum Tum' versus mnammootty in 'Kazcha'. . You don't have to see both the movies, but the trailer is enough to decide whom should be given the award.When announced it was Saif Ali Khan, no wonder 'Sharmila Tagore' was the jury...It reminded me of Shahshi kapoor dialogue...'Mere paas mama hai'...Eevn Bollywood was shell shocked to hear, best actor award for saif??
Why I reminded you all these because of an event that I watched in your esteemed channel, times Now. The hon. President was giving away awards to winners of 61st National Film Awards. As a proud malayali I was waiting to see one of the awardee Mr Suraj receiving it from the President.Sadly your channel decided to edit that part out. Whereas the co-awardee for best actor, rajkumar Rao was shown repeatedly, and even his response was telecasted.
Suraj was not visible even in one frame. Is that you and other north indian media jealous of south indian film industry, which kept bagging the awards through Sivaji Ganesan to Kamal Hassan to Mammootty to Mohanlal? Or is that because Mr. Suraj looks dark and don't have a six-pack tummy?I understand the fear of bollywood, which is sustaining its business by moslty remaking south indian films these days.
Waht your channel has done today to please bollywood, and north indian lobby is clear case of regionalism, and even racism. Malayalees are not going to forgive you for this, we demand an apology from you.
Dear Mr. Goswamy, I have been an ardent fan of you. I adored your arrogance and debates with proofs forcing all others bend their heads in front of you. But today, If I asked youwhy you edited out a south indian actor, while showing co-awardee indetail, you and your channel have to put down your head in shame!!
Your fan Pradeep Madothara.