Bollywood’s iconic actor Saif Ali Khan criticized award shows for being hypocritical and nothing more than a ‘big tamasha’.
During an interview, the Kal Ho Na Ho star revealed how he was once downgraded at an award show when he did not receive the award he was called for.
Saif was told the last minute that he will not be receiving an award he was told he would as someone else pressured them.
“Yes, I was seen to be undeserving of the few awards that I received earlier in my career, including the National award for Hum Tum. But I think over the years I’ve proven myself to be more worthy of recognition,” said Saif.
“To be honest, I don’t believe in them. Some years ago I was called for an awards function. When I got there someone higher up in the organization told me, ‘We wanted to give you the Best Actor award. But you know how it is. We’ll give you the award for Best Actor in a comic role.’”
“Why we haven’t created that environment of camaraderie is a debate for some student of sociology to figure out,” he said.
“As I see them, awards functions are an excuse to make some money by performing on stage. If you have intelligence, then you spend the money well. That’s what awards are worth as far as I can see. It’s not about pretending to be an art of a community,” he added.