Salman Khan fans are outraged that their favourite actor is being ignored at popular award functions. When a film like Bajrangi Bhaijaan has seen massive success at the Box Office and broken all records after its satellite release on television, does one really need any vindication in terms of awards which are not meant to be taken seriously anyways? I've spoken to many people who are fierce critics of Hindi movies and all of them have great things to say about Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Salman's stellar humane performance. Akshay Kumar fans have been upset at the step brotherly treatment given to his landmark performance in Baby. Nawazuddin Siddiqui's magic in Badlapur deserves to be weighed in Gold, even though awards elude him.
Anil Kapoor won best supporting actor at the Filmfare Awards this year. Anyone who has any understanding of movies would vouch for the fact that Mr. Kapoor and Shefali Shah were the leading actors in Dil Dhadakne Do. It was Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh who were the supporting actors. But actors in Bollywood are evaluated on their present standing in the movie business rather than their standing in the context of a particular movie. Sad!
At the Filmfare Awards, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan won Critics Award for best actor for Piku. Looking at the context of the film, Mr. Bachchan played a superlative supporting role rather than essaying the main lead. Kangna Ranaut won the critics award for best actress for Tanu Weds Manu Returns while Deepika Padukone won the best actress award in popular category for Piku. Kangna has changed the game as for the very first time a woman oriented film has crossed Rs 150 crore at the box office and if this is not popular then what else do you need? Deepika was brilliant in Piku which was a huge commercial success but will be remembered for its critical appreciation. Why give away two awards for best actor in the first place? To get more actors filling up your show?
Johny Lever's hugely talented daughter Jamie Lever was a laugh riot in Kiss Kisko Pyaar Karoon and she wasn't even nominated for best actor in a comic role in the award shows that have had this category this year. The brilliant Vicky Kaushal from Masaan wasn't considered eligible for best debutante as he has done two minute roles in two films. You can surely raise the bar and set new standards.
One doesn't know how one can rectify the malaise of this battery of award functions. We surely deserve credible awards. We must draw a line between awards night and entertainment night. I wouldn't like to draw parallels with Oscars as they've been known for heavy lobbying and for the last two years none of the black actors have been nominated in any category implying a clear racist bias. But yes Oscars are seen live all across the world. That's one thing we must have. There has to be a time limit for the evening to go on air. Any and every popular award show in India lasts for over 5 hours from which television bosses cull out 'material' worthy of 'entertainment'. By the end of the night, most of the people have left and handing-over-the-awards is more of a formality. Yes you can always edit during the television broadcast and cut to a thick clapping crowd captured from earlier part of the show. Yawn!
We would urge the patrons of Bollywood Hungama to suggest ways in which popular award shows can regain some sort of credibility. Please write down your comments and participate in big numbers. It is about time we changed a few things in Bollywood. Thanks!