The nominations for the Golden Kela Awards this year have taken everyone by surprise. Reason — it’s the rare, critically acclaimed performances of the year, including Sonam Kapoor’s act in Raanjhnaa, that have been nominated in the ‘worst’ categories.
Ditto for Deepika Padukone, who has won the best actor honour at various award functions but is in the running for worst actor. While it’s less surprising that the highest grossers of 2013 — Krrish 3, Aashiqui 2, Chennai Express, Ramleela and Dhoom 3 — feature on the list of nominees in this desi version of Hollywood’s Razzies, it’s the exclusion of Katrina Kaif (for Dhoom 3) and Ranbir Kapoor (for Besharam) that has put a question mark to Kela’s credibility. “These awards are sponsored by Katrina Kaif!” wrote a user on entertainment portal Pinkvilla, while another user wrote, “Where is Ranbir for Besharam?”
The organisers, Jatin Varma and Anant Singh, however, maintain that their choice is unbiased. “We had nominated Kangana Ranaut as worst actor in the same year she won the National Award (for Fashion). The jury of popular award shows are often close to the actors so their opinion is biased, while we are not related to the industry. As for Katrina, we don’t even consider her an actor, and Besharam may have flopped but Ranbir did a good job,” says Anant.
Meanwhile, those nominated aren’t complaining. “We’ll take it with a pinch of salt. In any case, who bothers about these awards!” says director Sudhir Mishra, nominated in the ‘Baawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke’ category for Inkaar. Director Anand L Rai of Raanjhnaa, who is in the worst directors list, says, “I’d have been worried if my film didn’t go down well with the audience and then I was nominated here, but now I have nothing to lose.”