In 2011, he delivered back-to-back hits like Murder 2 and The Dirty Picture. But despite his successes, actor Emraan Hashmi has decided that he won’t participate in any of Bollywood’s award functions. As for organisers who have approached him with invites to various events, he has apparently put forth a condition — ‘arrange for a pay cheque or I will be unable to attend’.
“For me, money is more tangible than accolades,” says the actor, adding, “So, if someone is giving me money to perform, I will happily do it. It’s as clear that.”
Though his statement sounds very politically incorrect, Emraan makes it a point to defend his reasoning. He says, “Firstly, I strongly disagree with the nomination process at most award ceremonies. And I have felt that since the start of my career. Some nominations are highly undeserving.”
However, the actor, who is better known for his on-screen Casanova aka 'serial kisser' image in Bollywood, than for impressing the critics with his acting chops, insists he doesn’t expect to see his own name on the roster. “It’s not that they should include me. I would rather be declared the people’s champion than the darling of award ceremonies.
But I have a strong difference of opinion on the merit and credibility of the nomination process. And a lot of people agree with me,” says the actor, who confesses that he can’t bring himself to sit through an award ceremony again. “I tried doing it once, but then I was like, ‘that’s it. I can’t do it anymore.’”
Emraan is currently shooting for Mahesh Bhatt’s Jannat 2, which is a sequel to the hit 2008 original film.
They’re no-shows too
Aamir Khan stopped attending award ceremonies after he didn’t receive the Best Actor award for his performance in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, losing out to Anil Kapoor in Beta.
Naseeruddin Shah, who featured in the 2011 chartbuster ‘Ooh la la…’ and is being pitched as the favourite for the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance as Suryakant in The Dirty Picture, says he will “not be in town” when ever there is an award function coming up. The National Award-winning actor has shied away from these galas even when he’s been promised a popular award.
Nana Patekar accepted the Best Actor award for his performance in Krantiveer, but in subsequent years, was disillusioned by the nominees and winners, which resulted in him staying away.
Ajay Devgn, the limelight-shy actor, was recently seen performing at the Big Entertainment Awards. But Ajay has not even accepted the National Awards personally. His wife Kajol accepted the Best Actor award on his behalf for The Legend Of Bhagat Singh (2002).
Salman Khan would always say that he was ready to perform at any award function, if the organisers paid his price, the money going to his charity, Being Human. Even for Dabangg, it was brother Arbaaz, who accepted the Best Actor awards on his behalf.