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No Fear No Favour

In a series of tweets, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ lyricist reveals why he is disappointed with film awards

When Rishi Kapoor confessed of buying film award for Rs 30,000 for his Bollywood debut movie Bobby in 1973, it sends tremors in the film industry and burst the bubble as why the most worthy of the movies get rejected.

Again in Zee Cinema Awards, when the best film award was given to Golmaal Again and ignoring a critically acclaimed Newton, the industry has made its priorities clear. And now a series of tweets from lyricist Raj Shekhar, who penned down the lyrics for movies like Tanu Weds Manu, its sequel and Qarib Qarib Single, have further strengthened the claim.

Sharing on Twitter his excitement about his first movie Tanu Weds Manu, Raj Shekhar was hopeful of getting nominated for penning the songs which got him the due recognition and appreciation. But that didn’t happen. He tweets:

In his next tweet, Shekhar expressed that he thought songs in 7 Khoon Maaf, Rockstar and Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara deserved getting nominated. But after seeing Chammak Challo from Ra.One receiving a nomination, Shekhar understood how the industry functions:

In that year, the nominations of the 2012 Filmfare Awards for Best Lyricist were:

Irshad Kamil – Nadaan Parindey from Rockstar

Gulzar – Darling from 7 Khoon Maaf

Irshad Kamil – Sadda Haq from Rockstar

Javed Akhtar – Senorita from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Vishal Dadlani and Niranjan Iyengar – Chammak Challo from Ra.One

Eventually, Nadaan Parindey won and Irshad Kamil bagged the award.

In a podcast for Saavn, Kangana Ranaut also called out the awards a sham and recalled an incident when she was not honoured simply because she was stuck in traffic. She said,

I was supposed to receive the award for supporting cast for Life In A Metro. I got stuck in traffic. I started getting calls asking ‘where are you’. The hysteria and panic that I experienced, I didn’t make it and Soha (Ali Khan) got it for Rang De Basanti.

Referring to Filmfare Awards, Kangana then added,

Deepika Padukone got an award for Happy New Year. And they didn’t give me an award for Queen as I didn’t show up. The next year they made sure I didn’t get the Best Actress award for Tanu Weds Manu Returns and later I got the National Award. Then they got trolled.

Kangana’s statements led to Filmfare’s editor Jitesh Pillai’s take to Twitter to defend the move.

Well, Pillai may have tried to defend him and the publication but the writing on the wall is clear: Bollywood film Awards are a joke.

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