Akin to the fresh Sahitya Akademi award row, our tinsel town beautiful's have turned ‘bold' in their protest against injustice felt during Awards. B-town has history of controversies, boycott of awards some are dramatic while some are straight.
Let's recollect some of the most striking examples.
Lata Mangeshkar in 1969 came up with an unusual nobel gesture in order to promote fresh talents, the B-town nightingale said no to the most popular Filmfare awards.
Thespian Dilip Kumar who received the Filmfare for 10 times as best actor between 1954 (DAAG) – 1968 (RAM AUR SHYAM) suddenly stopped going to the award function for his own reasons.
B-town villain with the heart of lion – Pran returned his award in protest against injustice done to music director Ghulam Mohammad for his outstanding brilliance in PAKEEZAH in 1973. Pran returned his award as best supporting actor for the film Be – Imaan. Music directors Shankar-Jaikishen got the award for the same film.
B-town first super star Rajesh Khanna protest is as filmy as it can get. Nominated for ARADHANA and ITTEFAQ the superstar lost it to the veteran Ashok Kumar in AASHIRWAD. It is said that Rajesh Khanna threw a party bang on the awards night which was attended by some top producers of those times.
Naturally it didn,t go well with the magazine which has played a major role in bringing Rajesh Khanna to the industry through United Producers Talent Contest.
Ashok Kumar has reportedly commented by saying that they should have given the award to the kid, he would have been more happy.
Aamir Khan boycott after denied the award for RANGEELA which went to SRK for DDLJ that triggered the famous dosti of SRK with Filmfare and dushmani of Aamir with the lady in black.
Salman Khan (who has started going now), Ajay Devgn, the Deols, have rarely attended functions. The success of Filmfare and the growing commercialization of Awards motivated other publications like Stardust and the bible of Indian film industry (Screen – now closed down) to organize Award functions.Primarily meant to be sold to TV channels as an entertainment show. The Sajid Khan, Ashutosh Gowarikar outburst during an award function is the best example.
The irony of this circus or called it tamasha of Bollywood awards is such that publications like Filmfare initiated this event which ideally should have initiated by the industry like the Academy in Hollywood.
Now we have IIFA, GUILD (APSARA) awards but IIFA is held out of India to promote a particular countries tourist destinations. Still Filmfare holds prime interest and now everybody is obliging everyone nowadays in award functions that has primarily become a money making enterprise where the people who receive major awards are more or less same.
The TV audience especially are getting star studded entertainment at home. Nobody is angry for any wrong judgment or decision.
It's a win win situation for all.. so who is at the losing end..
Your guess is as good as mine..
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