Akshay Kumar won National Award because he has survived for so long: Priyadarshan

The winners of the 64th National Awards were announced today. But it has sparked a controversy as many brilliant performances were ignored.

Reportedly Priyadarshan who was the head of National Awards jury, has only rewarded his friends. So far, the director has been associated with Akshay Kumar in six Bollywood movies, including Hera Pheri, Garam Masala, Bhagam Bhag, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, De Dana Dan and Khatta Meetha, while he has helmed over 35 films with Mohanlal in the lead role.

Apart from Mohanlal and Akshay, even Tirru, who has worked with Priyadarshan in a few movies, has been selected as the best cinematographer. Mohanlal's Munthirivallikal Thalirkumbol which was released in 2017 is also in the list of 2016 films. Aprat from that many other winners are his close friends.

Talking about National Awards, Priyadarshan said,“Bollywood films have not lost, but the regional cinema has excelled. New attempt and new content was there from the regional filmmakers’ side. That’s why they have dominated. It’s not that Bollywood was bad. It’s because these people were better."

"For the Best Actor category, we had four people in the final round. Akshay had two films. Mohanlal had three films. Besides them, two other Bengali actors were there. Akshay and Mohanlal were the main two contenders.”

He justified Akshay Kumar's win by saying, “Sometimes, an actor looks impressive because of a tailor-made role. But that’s not an actor. An actor is somebody who does different roles and survive for years… So considering that we found Akshay the suitable one.”

By this logic, it seems that it was more of Lifetime Achievement Award, than for a performance. However Priyadarshan defended that by saying, “The selection criteria was basically on quality and the content of films. Regional films did well in both ways. With my 40 years’ experience in this field, I kept it in my mind that I will look it (films) as a jury chairman. Also, the jury was equally supportive to me. There is no biased decision made in any of the categories. That’s why you find a very well balanced result.

He also talked about India's biggest hit Dangal which released last year. "Dangal was recalled actually. I called it back to see it again. ‘Dangal’ missed out because of the powerful regional films. It’s not because of anything else. Some of the Marathi and Bengali films were brilliant and better.”

He also responded to the allegations. "I have heard of all that and I will answer it in a simple way. When Ramesh Sippy was jury head Amitabh Bachchan won. When Prakash Jha was head of jury, Ajay Devgn won. o none questioned at that time. So why all these questions are cropping up today.

Akshay was given the best actor on the basis of his performance in two films -- 'Airlift' and 'Rustom'. It was the jury's decision. One performance was dramatic and one was realistic.

17 comments on “Akshay Kumar won National Award because he has survived for so long: Priyadarshan”

  1. Yes u r right Akki only deserved it. Akki does 4 movies per year in different genres and gives power packed performance none gets nominated.every year he gives a National Award winning performance

    1. Along with he survived so much time in Bollywood, he also won many hearts with his movies and gud deeds
      He deserves this award not only for his deeds but also for films like baby gabbar holiday and rustom airlift

  2. This line gave me cancer->> ‘Dangal’ missed out because of the powerful regional films. It’s not because of anything else.
    Then how d hll Rustom survived.. Rustom better than Dangal?? ahahha....

    Another one->>> ""An actor is somebody who does different roles and survive for years… So considering that we found Akshay the suitable one"" -->> Saif's Mother said something almost same like this when Saif won Against SWADES (((( Saif Tried something new, different :D :D and thats why he won the Award ))))

    1. If u think amir deserves the award than why not give to bhumi padnakr..she also gained the weight and lost weight..bhai gawaro gaining weight and acting is completely deffrent..kabhi Dangal aur Rustom aur airlift ko beth kr back to back dekhna..u will realise kon acting kr raga he…I don’t kno how much chmchas of khans we have in India….

  3. Lolllll very nice excuse ??. He means to say amitabh ji was not deserved jab ki amit ji is the one who still deserve national award even last year 2016 award compare to akshay ......

  4. Lol, Akshay survived and khans destroyed, and he admitted himself that he gave Akshay the award by taking examples of few same incidents.. 3 cr Footfalls when will come

  5. I'm happy akshay won coz 3 khans can do a revenant, gladiator, there will be blood but award will go to someone else best examples lagaan swades ask any true cinefile and they will say swades is the best performance given by an actor in this era

  6. Jury head is priyadarshan & everyone know about akki and priyadarshan friendship......politics and friendship gave the award to akki

  7. So what problems do you have gadhe Srk buys awards akki doesn't ok ye bate tum Srk fans se shobha nahi deti hain tumse nhi ho paega ye award bik nhi sakta to bhokne lage bhoko maza a rha hai tumhari ag dekhke

  8. Mr. Priyadarshan, Agree that Akshay deserves the honor for survive so long in the industry? But he already get the bigger honor, he is honored with Padam Shri which is any day bigger than the national award. Why to give national award for surviving so long in industry? But what one can expect from you who thinks Aishwarya was a tough contender for best actress for Sarabjit while in reality that also was a decent performance at best.

  9. That's what happens in national awards average producers directors and yesteryear stars who are chairpersons give award to family and friends (sharmila tagore was head and saif won it,I love big b to bits but his piku performance was not that great but good friend of the family Ramesh sippy was there to sort it out, ajay devgan won it for bhagat Singh surprise surprise he signs gangajal a year later coz prakash jha was chairperson)

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