Indian award shows have always been criticised for being biased and not rewarding real talent. Many from within the industry, from actors like Aamir Khan to Kangana Ranaut have maintained distance from award shows because they think, they make a mockery of talent.
And now young music composer and singer Amaal Mallik, has come out in the open, criticising his own nomination in one of the award ceremonies and questioning the credibility of the awards.
Amaal, who himself, is nominated for his work in Baaghi and Kapoor and Sons, in Filmfare awards, went on Facebook to share his honest opinion.
From questioning his own nomination and calling it ‘below average’, he says,
If you nominate a #Baaghi that has had average music, only a #SabTera #ChamCham & till a point it was #AgarTuHota that did decently, it’s unbelievable because a #BaarBaarDekho & #MSDhoni are bigger albums with 4 successful songs in each.
He even goes on to take a dig at actor Anil Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan for sweeping all the big awards for Best Debut.
It is so funny & surprising that you go out of your way and give a star kid all the new comer awards for the best debut, for a performance no one even saw. Whereas a #DiljitDosanjh who deserved that award for #UdtaPunjab is nowhere !!
Citing various examples throughout his post, Mallik questions the sanctity of these award functions that do not recognise real talent.
#Sarbjit had #RandeepHooda almost kill himself to bones, and play that character, and you nominate only #AishwaryaRaiBachchan. Why forget albums like #Kahaani #Neerja by a new composer, #BaarBaarDekho #MSDhoni #Airlift #Jugni and what about a super albums like #Fitoor & #Banjo. #MSDhoni makes it to the Oscars and it doesn’t even get considered as a best film by the award functions. #NeerajPandey not nominated for #MSD, #RajaMenon not nominated for #Airlift, and no #AkshayKumar for Best Actor seriously ? Why don’t these honest to script yet commercially successful films and albums make it to the nominations list. A nomination is an acknowledgment of Good Work , well that’s what I know, but we are disregarding the contribution people have made to the year with their good music and good films, and great performances. What happened to Aligarh & Airlift as films, #ManojBajpayee was incredible and so was #AkshayKumar.
This is not the first time that someone from within the fraternity has raised his voice against award shows. Amaal goes on to say,
A nomination is an acknowledgment of Good Work , well that’s what I know, but we are disregarding the contribution people have made to the year with their good music and good films, and great performances. What happened to Aligarh & Airlift as films, #ManojBajpayee was incredible and so was #AkshayKumar. When I won for Roy last year at almost every award function I was disappointed the most, that an album like #Badlapur was not even considered, it was an album on par with Roy, if not better. That year even #BajrangiBhaijaan was a great album, but Dilwale and Tamasha were considered better whereas there was so much musical Range #PritamDa showed in #BB. Coming to folk Hindustani music, why not nominate #PremRatan then,it was beautiful folkish melody, which works with rural India just like a #Mirziya.
He even criticises the practise of having jury members from within the industry, who are currently working, and therefore, nepotism and favouritism can never be ruled out.
The problem lies in the way people operate here, we all ball talk about welcoming youngsters with open arms and supporting them, well I think the rise of #ArmaanMalik as a voice has barely begun, and even if you try to duck youngsters like him, they will keep bouncing back and hitting charts. Nominating music & albums that no one has ever heard, that’s crazy as hell boss !!!! A last request, please don’t nominate music that only your jury members sit at home and applaud over starters and drinks. Award Gaya bhaad mein yaar, but at least nominate people as per their talent and their body of work every year. By not doing so you are making a joke of our film industry and the public backslash is huge, every accolade seems so so unreal and planned, new awards to keep people happy are coming up. If after this post even if I don’t get nominations ever in my life, it is okay, I’ve always voiced my opinion, and I stand by it!
Filmfare awards in particular, are considered one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the country but it has been receiving a lot of flak this year, for ignoring some fine work and encouraging mediocrity.
You can read Amaal’s full post here.