NO AWARD WITH­OUT DUE RE­SPECT FOR IT

Why Akshay, and not Aamir? The Na­tional Awards Jury chair­man tells it like it is

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Subhash K Jha com­pered to Rus­tom.

The an­nounce­ment of the Na­tional Awards has been im­me­di­ately fol­lowed by con­tro­versy over why the Best Ac­tor award went to Akshay Kumar (for Rus­tom) and not Aamir Khan (for Dan­gal). In a can­did chat, Na­tional Awards Jury Chair­per­son Priyadar­shan tells us that Aamir Khan was not con­sid­ered be­cause he has, in the past, spurned awards.

Many peo­ple are won­der­ing why Akshay, not Aamir?

Why should we have given the Best Ac­tor award to Aamir Khan when he has made it clear that he doesn’t at­tend awards func­tions? If he doesn’t want to ac­cept the honour, what’s the point in

But he may feel dif­fer­ently about pop­u­lar awards.

He was given the Na­tional Award for Taare Zameen Par. But he didn’t at­tend [the cer­e­mony]. It would be in­sult­ing to the gov­ern­ment and to the Na­tional Awards if we honour an ac­tor who doesn’t turn up to re­ceive the honour. And we are (this year) hon­our­ing an ac­tor who is ev­ery bit as mer­i­to­ri­ous.

But Akshay was su­pe­rior in Air­lift

The award is for both Air­lift and Rus­tom. The jury felt that Akshay was out­stand­ing in the two con­trast­ing roles. For tech­ni­cal rea­sons, we could only men­tion one film.

Akshay and you have worked to­gether sev­eral times...

Should we not have hon­oured Akshay be­cause we’ve worked to­gether [on film projects]? If he’s good, he’s good.

What was your cri­te­ria for hon­our­ing ac­tors?

They should not be play­ing tai­lor­made roles, e.g. an ac­tor from Haryana play­ing a Haryanvi or an ac­tion hero do­ing ex­cep­tional stunts. We were look­ing at ac­tors who stretched them­selves be­yond their com­fort zone.

If [Aamir] doesn’t want to ac­cept the honour, what’s the point in hon­our­ing him?

PRIYADAR­SHAN, FILM­MAKER AND NA­TIONAL AWARDS JURY CHAIR­MAN

PHOTO: KHALID MO­HAMED

hon­our­ing him?

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