Legendary director Bharathiraja was appointed as Chairman of Jury for Kerala State Film awards 2013. It was such an honour for him and to Tamil Cine Industry to be proud for someone from their family to judge the films and performances for Malayalam Cinema. But the tables have turned against Bharathiraja in the form of a notice from Kerala High Court.
Anilkumar Ambalakkara , the producer of National Award winning movie 'Perariyathavar' filed a petition under Right to Information act to seek details about the visit of Bharathiraja to gods own country. Going by the details he got, he says, Bharathiraja was in Kochi for just 7 days (March 19-21) & (March 30- April4). There were 85 movies competing for Kerala State Awards and it is impossible to watch all the 85 movies in just 7 days.
Director Harikumar, who was part of the Jury team has defended that the Chairman has seen all the movies, but Biju, who directed 'Perariyathavar' dismissed Harikumar's statement by questioning, Most of the films, including Perariyathavar, haven't released yet and its DVDs are not available. So, how is it possible to watch such a film elsewhere? After hearing the petition from team 'Perariyathavar' the Kerala High Court issued notices to the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, the state government and to Bharathiraja.