Veteran actor Manoj Kumar is miffed at the way the Hindi film industry functions today. “Producers are nowadays making whatever they want to. I’d like to tell these people that you can put as many item numbers as you want, but these won’t make films work,” says the 74-year-old National Award winning actor-filmmaker.
Kumar’s rants don’t end here. He even says that “We just copy Hollywood films, which is shameless.”
Having recently been conferred with the Bharat Gaurav Award in the US on Saturday, which was collected by his son; the Padma Shri awardee is also upset with the government. “To get a national honour, you need a godfather, and these people are not godfathers, but fraud fathers,” he says.
He also criticises the conferring of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award to an artist only when he or she is normally at the end of their career. “Are you waiting for someone to die or stop working to give a Dada Saheb Phalke award to him?” he says.
Ask him if he will accept one if ever bestowed with the honour, he says, “You need a fraud father to receive one, and I have none.”