While we were all having gala time watching Filmfare Awards last night, a channel away Mahesh Bhatt declared the same awards as an mirage, a mere illusion. While the veteran filmmaker made some really controversial and debatable remarks on the show, he wasn’t very incorrect when it came to designating Filmfare as shammy.
Indeed the awards are such a sham and the word ‘deserving’ has ended up in a derogatory state after witnessing who won what. Though the list of award winners have been out since Friday, watching it first hand was a bigger thud.
I bring to you the most undeserving moments of Filmfare 2014. Entirely a personal opinion, but deserves to be heard!
1. Trendsetter Of The Year – Chennai Express:
Well, when there is no category to felicitate Shah Rukh Khan, don’t worry. Voila! We’ll create an utterly stupid category! May I ask Filmfare, how on earth was Chennai Express a trendsetter? In terms of what, fashion – not at all, dialogues – yeah, right! story – shut up already! Direction – as if cars haven’t flung enough before! It’s high time award functions stop boot licking the King Khan. King governs enough respect already, such shammy buffoonery can be ignored!
2. Best Music – Aashiqui 2:
With due respect to the film’s music that went viral, the year has definitely seen better musical gems. Aashiqui 2 with its repetitive, uninspired and bland music might have strum the chords of many hearts, but when it comes bestowing an award it was shameful that a more deserving Lootera and even the supremely popular Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani lost out in the race. What has Filmfare forgotten – how to be fair or the understanding of better music?
3. Best Debutant Male: Dhanush
I am all for Dhanush when it comes to this award, but what shocked me was how the respected jury missed out on awarding Sushant Singh Rajput. A lack of filmy connection may we say? There could have easily been two best male debutants of the year, because Sushant was no less than Dhanush in terms of impactful performance or the intensity of roles. Perhaps Sushant should have married a legend’s daughter to have bagged an award.
4. Best Dialogues – Jolly LLB:
Jolly LLB was a very interesting and watchable film. But to hail its dialogues over Shuddh Desi Romance in terms of wit shows a clear lapse of judgement. Jaideep Sahani’s understanding of young relationships was crackling and for that film to miss out in this category was bizarre. Or even Anand Rai’s Raanjhanaa whose dialogues like, “Pyaar na hua, UPSC ka imtihan ho gaya. Dus saal se paas hi nahi ho raha.” are unforgettable. Remind me one dialogue from Jolly LLB please?
5. All About Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur & Lootera
While both Rajkumar Rao and Shilpa Shukla won their rightful share of accolades with the Critics’ Awards, why was a Trendsetter-like Award not created for Irrfan and Nimrat. Had it not been for them, The Lunchbox wouldn’t have come across as wonderfully as it did. The film was decadent to say the least and to not have its leading actors win anything at India’s premier award ceremony was eerie. And mostly, why was Lootera forgotten amidst the categories. Vikramaditya Motwane’s magical work which even made an actress out of flimsy Sonakshi Sinha was unceremoniously missed out at the Filmfare’s.
To conclude, it won’t be erroneous to say that Filmfare Awards and all of its likes have an extremely lobby based approach. Though the main intention of any award function is to celebrate the deserving, the connotation of deserving has blurred over time, failing to keep to the brackets of right and wrong.