ROW: Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia in Bobby
Legendary actor Rishi Kapoor has put the credibility of the Filmfare awards into question weeks before the 61st edition of the ceremony is due to take place.
The outspoken star revealed he had bought the Best Actor trophy in 1974 for his performance in Bobby. He took a recent interviewer by surprise when he said: “I would like to be awarded purely for my work and I will be. I won’t lobby for awards. Incidentally, I have no hesitation in admitting that I was impetuous once. I had to buy the Filmfare Award for my performance in Bobby.”
Not surprisingly, these comments became a hot topic of conversation online and caused great embarrassment to the Filmfare Awards organisers ahead of their ceremony on January 16.
He isn’t the first big name to question the credibility of Bollywood ceremonies. An increasing number of stars, including Aamir Khan and Ajay Devgn, are choosing to boycott them. Earlier this year, Arjun Rampal described them as a moneymaking business and insiders have revealed that many stars will get an award just for attending or performing for free.
Rishi also criticised civilian honours in India and said: “Today, I would most certainly not consider accepting the Padmashri title from the government. Actors and actresses, 25 years my junior, have already got Padmashris. The government, whosoever the ruling party may be, just doesn’t fancy the Kapoors. Do I have to become a fossil to be considered worthy of an award? Or do I have to wait to get it posthumously?”
But Rishi admitted to having a desire to win Indian cinema’s most prestigious honour, the Dada Saheb Phalke award, which his father (Raj Kapoor), grandfather (Prithviraj Kapoor) and uncle (Shashi Kapoor) have received, but he wants one before he gets too old.
“I’m working towards that goal myself,” he said.