What’s first thing that concerns the mind whenever you think of ‘Oscars’ or ‘Golden Globes’? Prestige. It’s not similar in regards to desi counterparts like the 60 year old ‘Filmfare Awards’ or the much younger ‘Life OK Screen Awards’ (21 year old). ‘Oscars’, ‘Golden Globes’ and ‘Filmfare’ have one thing in keeping – a lengthy legacy spanning over a half century. Oscar celebrates 87th year in 2015 whereas Golden Globes celebrates 72th year. Hollywood awards are noted for their fair and transparent process in selecting the winners. Over 6000 elite Academy members vote for Oscars to pick the yearly winners. As for Golden Globes, it constitutes 93 prominent journalists from all over the world, who are members of Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), in the voting panel. When looking back, we can note that these two major awards had an easy run without many controversies questioning their legitimacy & the choice process. Needless to say, a calculated campaigning can still sway the Oscar & Golden Globe voters – somewhat (as we witnessed in case of Shakespeare In Love in 1999 and Crash in 2015)! Brushing aside such minor hiccups, these awards continue to keep relevant and prestigious. The exact same can’t be said about the Bollywood awards. Especially since we’ve several new award shows, the prestige is the past thing they are bothered about. bigg boss telugu vote
Where are Bollywood awards heading?
Well, it’s not going to a great place – that’s certain! Controversies and corruption ensure it is very difficult for the Award shows to keep relevant & significant. These are Filmfare awards, it’s a popular award. The subscribers of the Filmfare magazine decide the winners through voting (however, they introduced critic’s choice awards for few major categories to make it less dull). As all of us know, public is not at all times the very best judge in regards to quality of movies, acting and technical prowess. As Oscars realized, the people who work available are the very best to judge the merit of a movie or artist. Now it’s too late for Filmfare awards to alter their format. So, let’s not hound them on that matter. However, at least they may be honest and fair in the way they select the most popular awards. Invest the a deeper look, despite giving good performances and milestone movies, Aamir Khan and his movies always missed Filmfare awards. Same may be said about Ajay Devgn as well. To refresh your memory, both Aamir Khan and Ajay Devgn spoke against the politics behind award shows. Aamir Khan boycotted most of the award shows (of course, except National Awards and Oscars). Time and again, we hear allegations these awards are ‘fixed’ ;.It’s not only stars, fans also provide spoken against the dirty picture behind awards.
Award shows have become a massive televised event in India involving big money. So TRP matters. Who brings TRP? Big stars, who else! Don’t believe it’s different in Hollywood. ABC, which can be under contract to broadcast Oscars until 2020, resorts to all sorts of circus to boost the TRP of Oscars (did you forget Ellen Degenerator’s selfie stunt during last year’s Oscar Ceremony?) However, in Hollywood big stars don’t ask for money or favours to wait these awards. If they’re nominated they’ll definitely appear at the red carpet and graciously cheer the winner despite their bitter losses. They understand the fact that maintaining a wholesome ecosystem of awards is essential for ensuring quality. In Bollywood, we hear all sorts of stories about the insane demands of stars in regards to attending award shows.’ If you should be not going to offer me an award and then don’t bother sending an invitation’ – this is apparently the motto of most of the major stars, based on various reports. This leads to hilarious award categories. For the ‘best actor’ category, some award shows give up to 5 different awards (best actor in a thriller, best actor in a dilemma, best actor in a comedy and goes on)! They invent very creative award categories to allow for a specific demanding actor! There clearly was a recent controversy regarding music awards, where Honey Singh was handed best music director award ignoring A R Rahman & Amit Trivedi!
Bollywood fans have already been discussing about the pointlessness of Bollywood awards on social networking like Twitter and Facebook. It seems like everyone except award show organizers understands this growing criticism. These are Oscars, we’ve something similar in Bollywood. IIFA (Indian International Film Awards), which came into existence in 2000, is an international Bollywood award show where nominations & winners are selected by peers in the industry. The glossy award function is normally held at an international venue outside India. Nevertheless, they keep honouring the least deserved winners. Moreover, they are not far behind in regards to hilarious categories.
In a nutshell, Bollywood award scene is really a big mess right now. This can be largely caused by the fact that industry is disorganized to the core. They don’t have unity – they don’t have functional organizations for the actors and technicians. If they’d, it would have been easier to allow them to conduct their own award show modelled on Oscars. In that case, a reliable outside agency (an agency named PricewaterhouseCoopers gets the responsibility for tabulating Oscar votes) can handle the voting process to prevent politics and corruption. Also, it’d force the stars to wait the awards without seeking favours. This kind of move could pick up the system. But who’s going to accomplish this? The leading actors are in loggerheads most of the time. They fight over everything and their cold wars and camp systems are infamous in Bollywood. Therefore it could be too much to expect them to do something about this mess.