Mumbai, April 28 -- Irrfan Khan was disappointed when Tabu, his co-star in Haider (2014), did not receive a National Award for the film. The 48-year-old says that incidents like these make him doubt the authenticity of these awards ceremonies.
"I am surprised that Tabu did not get a National Award. Her performance in Haider was one of the best performances by any Indian actress in Hindi cinema," he says, adding, "There are so many awards nowadays, and no one cares for them. They don't even write your name (on an award). Everyone says that they are not biased, but the fact is that there are four-five people sitting there and deciding who wins what. It's all a joke."
The actor feels that awards must be given to individuals who add novelty to the industry. "Awards should be for people who bring new elements and give new dimensions to cinema. I think it is high time that we come up with an award with integrity and respect. When you get an award that carries some weight, it feels nice. Like when I got the Padma Shri (2011), it made me feel like whatever I was doing was reaching people," he says.
Meanwhile, Irrfan has recently started work on his new Hollywood project, co-starring Tom Hanks. He and says that he looks up to the international film industry because it respects talent. He feels that Bollywood should learn this from them. "They respect talent, and we are the last ones to care about it. We are just surviving on mediocrity. We should learn to recognise and respect talent."