Ask any Indian actor about their say on Oscars and the reply would be, “It would be great to win an Oscar but, I would consider a Filmfare award to be more satisfying than an Oscar”. Whether the feelings are really true or just fake emotions to stir up nationalistic sentiments of the common film goer it doesn’t matter. The fact of the matter is Filmfare can never be an Oscar at least till our Film  industry is more mature and professional than it is now.

Take for example the Filmfare awards for 2006 movies, you can see bias written all over the event. First and foremost Amitabh Bachchan and his family is treated as if Bollywood runs because of this one family. It looks all like a family affair more than an event to recognise and reward professional excellence. Whilst India is fast trying to project a global image to the entire world, bulk of the movie industry is still stuck in a time warp. And there is no comparison between Oscars and the Filmfare awards. Oscars even with its not so clean image always strives to reward cinematic excellence. There is an aura around the Oscars, an expectation from the entire world, whereas Filmfare awards more often than not fails to capture the imagination of Indians itself. The Filmfare awards for 2006 looked more like a soap opera from Balaji telefilms stable. Otherwise, what explains the glorification of one single family in an event meant to make cinema look bigger than its practitioners. You could have misconcieved the event as the engagement of Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, along with some usual histrionical speeches meant to touch the public sentiments and lots of politically correct statements to please all.

How would you explain Aishwarya Rai being even nominated for best actress or Hrithik Roshan winning the best actor award? What about a lot of good movies by smaller banners?  I am not being partial here to the multiplex crowd, infact I am a die hard fan of Aish and Hrithik. But then I am a die hard fan of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger as well. How many Oscars both of them have one? I believe none. That is the difference between Indian cinema and hollywood. We can copy Hollywood but cannot match their class, forget bettering them. The audience for Hindi cinema is changing, people do not want the same old 4 hour weepy stories. People yearn for meaningful cinema which can entertain them as well. That is the reason why most of the movies Indian cinema makes is what you can term as a flop.

Well, I believe it is not even worth talking about an event which is not more than a promotional tool for film makers and their families. But saddens me none the less to see something which is just not right.

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