New Delhi, Oct. 17 -- Aamir Khan started the trend two decades back, but recently, more actors have questioned the credibility of film awards. Here's a look at some Bollywood biggies, who've openly criticised award function.
Aamir Khan reportedly lost faith in award functions and stopped attending them after some of his major performances in films including Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1933) and Rangeela (1995) went unrecognised. While he lost the first one to Anil Kapoor (for Beta), the other two went to the emerging star of the time - Shah Rukh Khan for Baazigar and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. "My personal experience about award ceremonies is that I don't trust them so I would prefer to stay away," he was quoted saying.
Actor Emraan Hashmi who's delivered blockbusters including Murder (2004), Gangster (2006), Dirty Picture (2011), Shanghai (2012) and more, admitted in a recent interview to us that he doesn't attend award functions because he doesn't feel anything "real" about them. "I feel like a fish out of water. I don't even crave for an award when I know its been given by a couple of people who have decided that I will perform in the function and that's the only way I can get the award... what use is that award of? It's not on merit. That's a business deal. There's nothing real about it," said the 35-year-old, adding, "What I hold in best regard is when I go into a cinema hall and I see people hooting or ripping off my film for the hard earned money they've paid for the ticket to watch my film."
At a time when she is expected to win many awards for her performance in Queen, earlier this year, this 27-year-old declared that she will no longer attend film award shows because she finds them "overhyped". "I won some (awards) when I made my debut, and even won a National Award a few years ago. Despite that, I was almost jobless for two years. I think we give it too much respect, and have frankly overhyped it ... it doesn't add up to anything," Kangana was quoted saying. She further revaled that she rejected four awards for Queen and Krrish 3 (2013), and will not attend any awards ceremonies in future.
It's been a while that actor Ajay Devgn, who won two National Film Awards for Zakhm (1998) and The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002), shunned other popular film awards. "I feel all awards in India are rigged. You know how the business operates, it's a money making thing," the actor had told Hindustan Times. Revealing that he hasn't attented an award function in 15 years, the 45-year-old, added, "They have to sell the function to the TV channel, promising that big stars will turn up. So, whichever star says they'll come and perform, gets the award."
One of Bollywood's leading stars, Akshay Kumar, who's delivered several ' 100cr hits in his two-decade-long career, has never received any popular film award. In a recent television interview to actor Anupam Kher, the 47-year-old actor was quoted saying, "All these award functions are manipulated. Organisers tell me they will give me an award but will pay half the money. I tell them please pay and keep your awards." Akshay, who's delivered hits such as Dhadkan, Hera Pheri (2000), Aitraaz (2004), Welcome (2007), Singh Is Kinng (2008), Housefull (2010), OMG - Oh My God! (2012) and Boss (2013) to name a few, further said that he believes he deserved an award for his performances in films including Sangharsh (1999), Khakee (2004) and Special 26 (2013).
Known for his stellar acts in films such as Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Talaash (2012) and Lunchbox (2013), Nawazuddin Siddiqui is both the audience as well as the critics' favourite. Though the actor is happy that his talent has finally been recognised and he's been showered with domestic as well as international honours, he believes that often deserving people are not awarded in Bollywood. "I feel a number of actors do a great job, but they aren't awarded appropriately for their work ... There are so many of them (award functions) that the sense of gratification which you should feel on getting an award, is hardly there," the actor told us in a recent interview.