National Awards 2018 was a lot different than the previous years. Yes, it was a fitting honor for promising talent in nooks and corners of the country and did well to prove that Indian cinema is well beyond the confines of Bollywood. Sudani From Nigeria, Awe, Mahanati, Rangasthalam, Chi La Sow, Nathicharami, Padman, Padmaavat, Bulbul Can Sing, URI, Badhaai Ho, and Andha Dhun among several others were films that got their due on a national platform.
But what’s different about it in comparison to the previous years? The availability of these films on streaming platforms! For once, the audience could immediately dig into OTT platforms and look at films that deserved these honors. Back in the previous years, neither television channels screened these films nor they were any DVDs that made these films available to the public.
While Hotstar, Prime Video and Netflix reaped maximal dividends out of the awards with their vast content library, Zee5 didn’t fare poorly either. That’s the reason why streaming platforms exist, for its democratic value. A Kumbalangi Nights is as significant as a Mahanati and a Naathicharami is valuable as an Andha Dhun. There’s something to cater to everyone’s tastes.