Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has been announced as the best actor at the 64th National Award. The decision has come as a surprise for many. No doubt, Akshay is a great actor but does he actually deserve National Award. With due respect to him, the answer is big no.
Rustom was an average product and Akshay did not have much to perform in the court room drama. Frankly speaking, most of the scenes involving Akshay were forced. He gave the same expression in most of the sequence. He was much better in Airlift which also released last year but probably there was Zee connection too.
National Awards have ignored exceptional performances like Aamir Khan in Dangal, SRK in Fan and Suriya in 24. Aamir Khan put his health at risk for Dangal and dedicated two years to the film. It went on to become an all time blockbuster and broke all box office records. Shahrukh Khan was seen in two completely different avatars in Fan and have to sit for hours for makeup. Kollywood actor Suriya was sensational in 24 and had three portrayals in the film.
National Awards Jury was headed by Priyadarshan who is close to Akshay. Earlier in the past, Sharmila Tagore awarded his son Saif Ali Khan as best actor for Hum Tum despite the fact that there were many better performances.
Last year Amitabh Bachchan was announced as the best actor for Piku even though he was in a supporting role. Salman Khan and Ranveer Singh gave memorable performances in Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Bajirao Mastani but were completely ignored. Tollywood actor Vikram was also superb in sci-fi film I.
We have criticized Filmfare Awards for ignoring Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and their partiality towards specific actors. But it seems that if Filmfare Awards are biased then National Awards are getting politicized. Aamir Khan and SRK have been criticized for alleged intolerance remarks and have to face an outrage from the government too.
We know that we will receive a lot of backlash for this article. But Bollywood Arena is an independent portal and we do not need to be politically correct.