What’s the very first thing that involves your mind when you think of ‘Oscars’ or ‘Golden Globes’? Prestige. It’s not similar when it comes to desi counterparts just 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 common – an extended legacy spanning over a half century. Oscar celebrates 87th year in 2015 whereas Golden Globes celebrates 72th year. Hollywood awards are known for their fair and transparent process in selecting the winners. Over 6000 elite Academy members vote for Oscars to choose the yearly winners. As for Golden Globes, it constitutes 93 prominent journalists from all around the world, that are members of Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), in the voting panel. When looking back, we could observe that those two major awards had a clean run without many controversies questioning their legitimacy & the choice process. Of course, a calculated campaigning can still sway the Oscar & Golden Globe voters – to some extent (as we witnessed in the event of Shakespeare In Love in 1999 and Crash in 2015)! Brushing aside such minor hiccups, these awards continue to stay relevant and prestigious. Exactly the same can not be said in regards to the Bollywood awards. Especially since we have several new award shows, the prestige is the last thing they’re bothered about. bigg boss telugu vote
Where are Bollywood awards heading?
Well, it’s not maneuvering to a good place – that’s certain! Controversies and corruption make it very hard for the Award shows to stay relevant & significant. These are Filmfare awards, it’s a well known award. The subscribers of the Filmfare magazine decide the winners through voting (however, they introduced critic’s choice awards for few major categories to create it less dull). As most of us know, public is not always the most effective judge when it comes to quality of movies, acting and technical prowess. As Oscars realized, the folks who work in the commercial are the most effective to judge the merit of a video or artist. Now it’s too late for Filmfare awards to change their format. So, let’s not hound them on that matter. However, at the very least they may be honest and fair in the way they select the 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 why these awards are ‘fixed’ ;.It’s not just 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 that it’s different in Hollywood. ABC, which will be under contract to broadcast Oscars until 2020, resorts to a variety of circus to improve 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 the money or favours to wait these awards. If they are nominated they will definitely arrive at the red carpet and graciously cheer the winner despite their bitter losses. They understand the fact that maintaining a healthier ecosystem of awards is absolutely essential for ensuring quality. In Bollywood, we hear a variety of stories in regards to the insane demands of stars when it comes to attending award shows.’ If you should be not going to give me an award and then don’t bother sending an invitation’ – this appears to be the motto of the majority of the major stars, according to various reports. This contributes to hilarious award categories. For the ‘best actor’ category, some award shows give around 5 different awards (best actor in a thriller, best actor in a drama, best actor in a comedy and goes on)! Then they invent very creative award categories to support a particular demanding actor! There was a current 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 in regards to the pointlessness of Bollywood awards on social networking like Twitter and Facebook. It appears like everyone except award show organizers knows this growing criticism. These are Oscars, we have something similar in Bollywood. IIFA (Indian International Film Awards), which came into existence in 2000, is a worldwide Bollywood award show where nominations & winners are selected by peers in the industry. The glossy award function is generally held at an international venue outside India. Nevertheless, they keep honouring the least deserved winners. Moreover, they’re not far behind when it comes to hilarious categories.
In short, Bollywood award scene is really a big mess right now. This can be largely related to 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 had, it would have been easier for them to conduct their own award show modelled on Oscars. For the reason that case, a respected outside agency (an agency named PricewaterhouseCoopers gets the responsibility for tabulating Oscar votes) can handle the voting process to avoid politics and corruption. Also, it would force the stars to wait the awards without requesting favours. Such a move could pick up the system. But who is going to do that? The leading actors are at loggerheads most of the time. They fight over everything and their cold wars and camp systems are infamous in Bollywood. Therefore it could be a great deal to expect them to do something positive about this mess.