Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has revamped the experts panel that will finally select winners in different categories for the National Film Awards 2009.
Shyam Benegal has been appointed as the chairman of the selection committee. Other members include Mohan Agashe, Sai Paranjape, Sharmila Tagore, Waheeda Rehman, Ashok Vishwanathan, Vishal Bhardwaj, Nagesh Kukunoor and Jahnu Barua.
The committee will submit a report on the way of selection process and increasing of categories in view of the technical advancements in the field of cinema.
The panel will make recommendations for upgrading National Film Awards for feature, non-feature and best writing on cinema and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and explore the changes in the regulations governing these awards.