The winners for National Film Awards were declared yesterday. Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has won the Best Actor award for his performance in Rustom. However this decision has come as a surprise for many.
Aamir Khan’s performance in Dangal was considered as the best of 2016 and was expected to win this award. Filmmaker Priyadarshan, who is the head of the jury has now responded to the questions. In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, he said, “Aamir recently said that he wouldn’t personally accept the award if he is given one. If I remember, Aamir didn’t attend the ceremony when he won the award for Taare Zameen Par. So, why spoil it for some other actor who stood as good a chance of winning the award.”
He also said that Dangal was not a social film and Bollywood films were mainly about homosexuality. “Even ‘Dangal’ doesn’t talk about social issues. It was a life story.” One wonders on which Airlift, Neerja and Rustom were based on.
“Akshay Kumar deserved the award and so we gave it to him. There were a total of 38 jury members with me on this. How can you question the decision of so many people? Ramesh Sippy headed the jury last year. When he gave Best Actor to Amitabh Bachchan for Piku why didn’t anyone question him?,” he added further.