For a country obsessed with its film industry that produces over a thousand films every year, Filmfare Awards have been synonymous with excellence. These awards were introduced in 1954 to recognize the pioneers of the Golden Age of Indian cinema. Eminent Bollywood personalities like Bimal Roy, Raj Kapoor and the likes have been honoured with this award.
However, of late, Filmfare – the supposed Oscars of India – has been plagued with credibility issues and poor taste. It’s hard to think of a year where the masses and the classes came together to applaud the Filmfare jury for being fair in its choices. We came close last year but then 2016 happened.We understand there will always be disagreements when it comes to the winner but as long as deserving artists are nominated, there is hope. Unfortunately, hope is not a word we associate with Bollywood awards.For instance, you’ve not just been watching Filmfare Awards, you’ve been watching the61st Britannia Filmfare Awards.Â Imagine waking up at 6 in the morning to watch the 88th Manikchand Academy Awards.