IIFA 2017: From Akshay Kumar's Airlift to Radhika Apte's Phobia; awards that were (not)
The awards night of IIFA 2017 just wrapped up in New York. Some stars got the golden trophy, some walked away empty-handed. Some awards were obvious while some came as a pleasant surprise (mostly). However, like every year, there were films and artists who remained under-appreciated despite leaving an impression. Here's a list of all artists and films that were snubbed this year, in main categories, at IIFA.
Manoj Bajpayee in Aligarh
Although Shahid Kapoor picked up this award for his performance in Udta Punjab, it was disheartening to not see Manoj Bajpayee's name in the best performance in a leading role (male) list. Bajpayee performed incredibly in Hansal Mehta's Aligarh, a film which is important not only because of its subject, but also because it's a victory in itself - Bollywood finally moved over the 'gay designer' stereotype. However, it seems like subject is not the foremost parameter for awards.
Akshay Kumar in Airlift
Akshay Kumar starred in one of the highest grossing films of 2016, Airlift. The film was devoid of the usual Bollywood fluff, had Nimrat Kaur play her role to perfection and pretty much had everything in place. However, Kumar was nowhere to be seen in the nomination list.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Raman Raghav 2.0
Siddiqui brought the chilling killer to screen so effortlessly in this Anurag Kashyap film, it was a surprise to not see his name in the list for best performance in male category. Although the film was not his personal best, perhaps, the character was too multi-layered for the average Indian movie-goer. However, if Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor could land a nomination for Fan and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Siddiqui should not have been left out.
Radhika Apte in Phobia
Apte’s was the performance of the year and to put it simply, not having her in the list, was a harsh reminder that awards are not so much about merit, as they are about stardom.
Vidya Balan in Kahaani 2
We suddenly miss the time when Vidya Balan’s epic entertainer The Dirty Picture swept award shows, with the actress winning almost every Best Actress award. Sadly, that was 2012 and this is 2017 and we’re having a tough time figuring out why IIFA would leave out a performance of such stature.
Fawad Khan in Kapoor and Sons
When the trailer of Kapoor and Sons was released, people were captivated just by the glimpse of Fawad Khan enacting an intense role. The actor, who is well known for his versatility and precision was nowhere to be seen at IIFA. Was it India Pakistan’s diplomatic ties and the general opposition to Pakistani artists from working in the country that cost him a nomination? We’ll never know.
Hansal Mehta for Aligarh
The director was snubbed despite making one of the most remarkable films of the year. Although, Pink director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury picked up the award for his iconic courtroom drama, a nomination for Mehta would not have hurt.
Sujoy Ghosh for Kahaani 2
Ghosh not landing a nomination is just symbolic of thriller films not getting the kind of appreciation they should at Indian film awards. They require brainstorming and can feel off at any point. And let’s come clean about something – Karan Johar getting a nomination for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was frivolous. Ghosh or Mehta or actually both, deserved to be on the list.