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The sanctity of Padma awards?

Most awards in the film world are controversial. There is no black and white and there are always people who agree, those who don’t and those who are perennially suspicious. Be it the Oscars, the Filmfare or any other big or small awards.

The priorities of these awards vary from popularity to critics choice  to a mixture of both, and therefore when there are disparities, one doesn’t make too much of it, because we have come to terms with the ‘corruption’ of it all.

Where one doesn’t expect random popularity to take priority over achievement and talent are the Padma awards. Yes, there are people who are given it much later than they deserve, but the recent trend has been to give it to just any one. This year however is a case in point. Of all the people present in the film industry, the most fitting, according to the Government of India, was Akshay Kumar.

To recount, this is a man who acted in Singh is Kinng, danced to a song called ‘bhootni ke’ and most recently tortured the country with Chandni Chowk to China. And that is not even the beginning of his ‘achievements’.  In an interview to Anupama Chopra of NDTV, he openly admitted that money is the deciding factor behind any film he takes on, and that he is firmly against ‘meaningful’ films. His repeated stupid insistence on ‘keep your mind at home’ is really beginning to sounds illiterate.

The respect that is expected of us for national awards of this stature can only take a massive dip after a decision like this. It makes Aishwarya Rai (the other awardee this year) seem like a good choice.

Here is another litmus test of the ridiculousness of this decision. Along with these two ‘stalwarts’, Helen has been given the same award. Is there any comparison between Akshay Kumar and Helen?

And all this while the likes of Paresh Rawal, Pankaj Kapur, Waheeda Rahman (to pick a few randomly) remain unnoticed. Happy Republic Day.

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