Rishi Kapoor has confessed that he bought his Filmfare Best Actor Award for his 1973 film Bobby. The actor was talking to Rajdeep Sardesai in an interview for India Today Television.
He admitted that he paid Rs 30,000 to get the award. "Yes, I bought a film award for RS 30,000 in 1973; I am ashamed of what I did but was young and rich!"
Last year Rishi Kapoor has revealed that he does not lobby for awards. "I’m working towards that goal myself. I’d like to be awarded purely for my work and I will be. I won’t lobby for awards. Incidentally, I have no hesitation in admitting that I was impetuous once. I had to buy the Filmfare Award for my performance in Bobby… why’re you looking at me like that? That’s not off-the-record."
Rishi Kapoor's Bollywood debut as a male lead was in the 1973 film Bobby for which he received the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 1974.
Lately, Filmfare Awards have been criticised for their prejudice and biasedness. This year Akshay Kumar and Manoj Bajpayee were not even nominated for the Best Actor award for their terrific performances in Aligarh and Airlift. As a result, they were trolled badly by Twitteri and Filmfare Awards on Sale was a top trend on Twitter.