Indian Award Functions Are A Sham & This Story About Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Is Proof!

Indian Award Functions Are A Sham & This Story About Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Is Proof!

When you're watching a Bollywood award function, how often are you able to guess who's going to receive the accolade? Almost every time, right? Like us, do you also have a voice in your head that says, "This star isn't popular enough to receive this award." Well, that's the thought the organisers of the show prey on.

While award shows are meant to celebrate talent in the Bollywood industry, they have been reduced to an entertainment event. We've heard rumours that influential industry insiders have a say in the decision-making process and that some of the awards are even up for sale. There have been whispers about how celebs are paid a whopping amount for their performances and sometimes they even demand an award for showing up to the event.

Recently, a report cropped up online that revealed how Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was betrayed at an awards' show in 2011. The actress was nominated for her breathtaking performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Guzaarish and was informed beforehand that she would be presented an award. However, at the last moment, due to the insistence of an influential Bollywood celebrity, her name was replaced. Instead, Kajol won the 'Best Actress Award' for My Name Is Khan that year. The name of the celeb who orchestrated the switch hasn't been revealed.

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This is not the first time a celebrity has been promised an award but not given one eventually. Kangana Ranaut is known for boycotting award shows as she feels they're rigged. She spoke about her experience in an interview with a leading daily. The actress said, "In 2007, I got dressed up for some award, I don't remember the award but I was supposed to receive the award for supporting cast for Life In A Metro. I got stuck in traffic. I started getting calls asking 'where are you?' The hysteria and panic that I experienced, I didn't make it and Soha Ali Khan got it for Rang De Basanti."

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She shared another experience from 2014. She said, "I was in the United States for my screenwriting course when I got a call from Filmfare in 2014. They told me I was going to get an award for Krrish 3 and they requested me to come back for just one day so I could attend the awards. I told them I am doing my course and going back and forth will cost me around 10 lakh. Because I would miss my classes, I told them it's not possible. They decided to give the Best Supporting Actress award to Supriya Pathak for Ram Leela instead."

Ajay Devgn also spoke about how he feels that award shows in India aren't honest. The actor said, "I feel all awards in India are rigged. You know how the business operates, it’s a money-making thing. They have to sell the function to the TV channel, promising that big stars will turn up. So, whichever star says they’ll come and perform, gets the award. I haven’t been to an award function in 15 years. Even Aamir Khan doesn’t go. They are such a farce."

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He also confessed that he fooled the organisers of an award show once. "I kept telling them that I’d be there till the last moment. I never turned up, but I got three awards."

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