Not too many noticed this, but Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD) director Zoya Akhtar, actor-producer Farhan Akhtar and producer Ritesh Sidhwani, who were present at a recent film awards gala didn’t step on stage to collect any awards for their film. The multi-starrer was nominated in almost every category, and won in many.
A day after the Colors Screen Awards, it was reported that filmmaker Sanjay Gupta, who was on the jury, had a rift with fellow jury member and filmmaker Kunal Kohli, over letting ZNMD win the award for best film alongside another title. Sanjay, apparently, didn’t think it deserved the honour as he felt it was a copy of the American hit, Fandango (1985).
Sources close to the jury feel he tried the stunt in an attempt to build bridges with another producer, with whom he sees great work prospects.
People close to Ritesh and Farhan reveal, on the condition of anonymity, that the two were upset about the episode, and hence deliberately didn’t go on stage to accept their trophies. When contacted, Ritesh admits, “It’s true we didn’t pick awards at the do. But it’ll be best if we don’t continue the conversation further.”