P Sheshadri, who had the record of winning a national award for each of his previous eight films, has failed for the first time. His film, December 1, which was in contention for the awards announced on Tuesday failed to convince the jury. This is the first time in nine attempts that a film by Sheshadri has returned empty-handed from the national awards. He had set a very high standard for himself which was bound to fall to the law of averages sooner or later. But December 1 has been hailed as one of his better films. So this film not winning an award has also surprised many.
The first 8 films of Sheshadri which have won national awards are Munnudi (2000), Atithi (2002), Beru (2004), Thutturi (2005), Vimukthi (2008), Bettada Jeeva (2010), Bharath Stores (2012)