Monday, March 09, 2009

Filmfare Awards.. WTF????

Just watched the Filmfare awards on TV. The awards were typical Bollywood, the usual number of in-house jokes, the filmi dances, the same kinda speeches. I was kinda expecting all the above so was not very surprised by the show.

But what really annoyed me were the actual awards themselves, the Best Film being a good example. The nominees for the Best Film were :
  • Jodha-Akbar : Okay, decent film. A hatke topic. No objections.
  • Rock On: An unconventional movie and pretty good performances by the cast. Deserves to be on the list.
  • Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na: A sweet, well-made movie with some great dialogues and very contemporary humour. Deserving nominee.
I can accept the above three nominees, but the other three were really out of place.
  • Ghajini : I know this movie is one of the highest-grossing movies, but it really is a typical masala movie. The memory-loss concept pulled the audiences in, but the film was just plain-old "hero hitting 8 goondas with one blow" kinda action. The masses might love it, but cant really call it as being among the best of the year.
  • Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi : I am a Shahrukh fan, so it pains me to say this. But this movie was again a sweet movie, but calling it as among the best films is really stretching it. Who are we kidding here??
  • Dostana: This one really made me go WTF!!! If Dostana is among the best movies of the year, then Kader Khan is among the legendary actors of Indian cinema...  This is a film which is pretty entertaining, but at the same time horribly insensitive and portrays homosexuals in a terrible stereotypical manner.
I know I should not expecting too much for an awards show which gives the best film to trash such as "Raja Hindustani", "Dil to Pagal Hai" and "Veer Zaara". But I thought some of the great small-budget movies that came out in 2008 would be recognised. Especially when we had some great contenders such as Mithya, Aamir, A Wednesday, Tahaan, Mumbai Meri Jaan. And the absolutely superb movie that was neglected, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye!. This was a movie which should have won nominations in multiple categories and not just the one critics award it got. 

And how can the performances of Naseeruddin Shah in "A Wednesday" and Abhay Deol in Oye Lucky not be considered for any award or mention.

Bollywood and Filmfare should realise that just because a film makes more money, it does not make it better than a smaller budget, no "superstar" cast movie. No wonder people like Aamir Khan think these awards have zero credibility. And I whole-heartledly agree with him.

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