Popular Veteran actor Gollapudi Maruthi Rao used to felicitate the Best Debut Directors every year with the Gollapudi Srinivas National Award. It is in the remembrance of his son Gollpaudi Srinivas who lost his life while filming his maiden directorial film, Prema Pusthakam. Maruthi Rao has passed away a few months back due to ill-health. For the first time, this award will get presented without the presence of Maruthi Rao. This time, the jury will present it to directors Aditya Dhar and director Madhu C. Narayanan. Aditya has directed the film URI: The Surgical Strike
. Madhu has helmed the movie Kumbalangi Nights.
This is also the first time when the award has become a tie and will get shared by two directors. According to the sources, the award will get presented in August this year. URI was one of the major successes in 2019 which featured Vicky Kaushal
in the lead role. On the other side, Kumbalangi Nights is a breezy Malayalam film. It got accoladed for its superlative writing. Even the extraordinary performances from the leads made the film a memorable one.
In the past, the award got presented to the directors like Indraganti Mohana Krisha (Grahanam-2006), Aamir Khan (Taare Zameen par-2008), Hemath Rao (Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu-2017), Konkana Sen Sharma (A Death In The Gunj-2018) and C. Prem Kumar (96- 2019). More details on the event will get announced soon.
Maruthi Rao was a popular playwright, actor, producer and director who worked for more than 250 films. He is popular for his roles in the films like Tarangini, Ramayanamlo Bhagavatham, Intlo Ramayya Veedhilo Krishnayya, and Leader.