Badrinath Ki Dulhania over Newton: Indian awards hit a new low

A certain leading magazine revealed it’s nomination list yesterday and we were not a bit surprised. Okay, well, maybe we were a little surprised. Because it is below any and everyone to not know that Newton is, perhaps, the best film made this year; that Rajkumar Rao has given the best performance this year.

But will he agree to dance on stage? We guess he won’t! Say goodbye to the awards Mr Rao! 

Rajkumar Rao has had six releases this year, four of which were leading roles, one a supporting character and the other an extended cameo (if we may call it that):

Films in which Rao had a Leading Role:

  • Behen Hogi Teri
  • Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana
  • Trapped
  • Newton

The other two:

  • Raabta
  • Bareilly Ki Barfi

But why nominate him? Ache actors ko recognition nahi dete humare desh mein! Instead you nominate Shahrukh Khan for Raees, Varun Dhawan for Badrinath Ki Dulhania and Hrithik Roshan for Kaabil over Rao. Here are the other nominations:

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With all due respect to all the actors mentioned above and their body of work, I am sorry to say that none of these performances have matched up to Rao’s performance in Newton, Trapped or even Shaadi Mei Zaroor Aana. And none of the below-mentioned films have been as good as Newton this year. And even though Rao has been nominated in the supporting actor category (for Bareilly Ki Barfi), does that do justice to him?

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The battle is not Newton or Rajkumar Rao’s alone.

2017 may not have been a wonderful year for Hindi Cinema but there sure were little sparks that kept our faith in films intact. Shlok Sharma’s Haraamkhor, Avinash Das’ Anarkali of Aarah, Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha, Shubhashish Bhutiani’s Mukti Bhawan, Vikramaditya Motwane’s Trapped, Suresh Triveni’s Tumhari Sulu and Konkona Sen Sharma’s A Death in the Gunj to just name a few off the top of my head. In fact, Amit V Masurkar’s Newton was India’s entry to the Oscars this year. What I want to know, is that how do you make a list so biased and still call yourself the best in the business?

And to be very honest, Badri wasn’t a “Best Film” movie. In fact, the nature of the film is so misogynistic and degrading.

Let’s not leave the women behind! Swara Bhaskar (Anarkali of Aarah), Shweta Tripathi (Haraamkhor) and Konkona Sensharma (Lipstick Under My Burkha) have given terrific performances this year in their respective films but where is the recognition? How a certain body decides who has to win an award is completely their mechanism but at least pay respect to the performer by honoring them with nominations, to say the least.


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The point I am trying to make here is that the whole idea behind awards is to give talent a platform so that their creativity is awarded and not just to ‘dance’.

Let the idea of mainstream cinema stay on the silver screen. One article I write will not make a difference but at least I am openly stating that this isn’t right. You have done so much better in the past. If this continues, doom is inevitable… Give people their due, that is all I ask. Let art remain for art sake and don’t make it business.

Note: This article is not supposed to bring down any performance by any actor or any film for that matter. These are just views of the writer and last we checked, we live in a democracy…

About the Writer_ Kundan Ahuja-2


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