In a shocking revelation, Sudhish Pachauri, one of the jury members of National Awards committee openly spoke about the constant lobbying by the actors to be included in the award list. Flanked by Ambika Soni, the minister of Information and Broadcasting, Pachauri addressed media persons and said that there was no pressure from the Ministry, but it was the actors who constantly called up the jury members in order to get their name included in the award list.
Pachauri added that the jury of National Awards works on independent basis and not on outside pressure.
On Saturday, 23rd January 2010, the 56th National Awards were announced where Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra won the Best Actress award.
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