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Akshay Kumar, the actor, deserved the National Award, but way before ‘Rustom’

Akshay Kumar, the actor, deserved the National Award, but way before ‘Rustom’

Akshay Kumar wins national award for rustom

National Awards, the most prestigious ceremony that honours cinema nation-wide, was conferred today on the best of performers, and Bollywood surely had an upper hand. ‘PINK’, ‘Neerja’, ‘Dangal’ were amongst those movies that were path-breaking and deserved the laurels that were showered on them. But, most of all, the fans erupted in joy when Akshay Kumar finally won his first National Award for Best Actor, for his portrayal of Rustom Pavri in ‘Rustom’. While we were happy with him finally winning the coveted trophy, he winning it for this movie kept nagging us like a bug, at the back of our minds.

The moment was a déjà vu one for us, for we remember how in Hollywood, after much outrage on not conferring Leonardo Di Caprio with any Academy award for his commendable performances, he was finally given one for ‘The Revenant’. Were the fans happy? Yes, they were, but Leo’s performance in his other movies surpassed what he did in this movie.

Akshay Kumar, an outsider in Bollywood who established himself purely on his talent. First as an action hero, and then in the genres of romance and comedy, the actor has proved his mettle time and again. He is an actor who deserved the National Award way before this, for his performances in movies like ‘Sangharsh’, ‘Special 26’ and ‘Baby’, where he challenged his own calibre and kept on getting better and better. Why did he not get a National Award then, a fan of the actor may ask?

His role of Aman Verma in ‘Sangharsh’, a genius professor who helps the character of Preity Zinta to nab a religious fanatic who sacrifices children for self-immortality, was simply outstanding. His nuanced performance shook the audience, as he dared to do a role which was so much in contrast to the typecast ones his contemporaries chose to do at that time. Akshay stepped out of his comfort zone and did full justice to anti-hero role.

If that did not convince the jury to grant him the Best Actor award, there was something else Akshay’s abilities had in store for them.

In the year 2015, Akshay returned on screen as a RAW agent on screen, in Neeraj Pandey’s ‘Baby’ and wowed the critics and audience alike. Performing a professional agent on screen is no easy feat, but Akshay adapted himself to the character so effortlessly, that the audience was left in awe. We really wondered what got into the jury to not nominate him, leave Alone give him, the National Award.

If these don’t convince you the sheer talent powerhouse that Akshay Kumar is, watch him nail various characters in movies like ‘Aankhen’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’, ‘Namastey London’, ‘Khatta Meetha’, and even ‘Patiala House’. He effortlessly took on the role essayed by Tom Hardy in ‘Warriors’ in the movies remake ‘Brothers’ and exuded the misery of the boxer perfectly. While some of these may not have raked in a moolah at the box office, Akshay was a treat to watch on screen as he nailed each and every character with a flamboyance only few can boast of.

In the role of Officer Rustom Pavari, Akshay nailed everything, from the body language to the acting skills, but somewhere, we could not consider it has his best performance, and hence the reservations on congratulations. Akshay’s finesse as an actor has been proved multiple times, and this is just one of those. But the times where he transcended even his own panache, were the ones when he actually deserved National Award, in every meaning and sense.

We are happy that Akshay has finally got his due in Indian cinema, we truly are. He has received the coveted award, but we are a tad dubious about the fact that he was bequeathed with the award for a performance that was good but nowhere close to the brilliance that he exuded in the other roles that he has delivered in so many years of his career, and will continue to, prime example being ‘Baby’.

Akshay, you deserve National Award for the mere prowess you possess and the magic and conviction you bring on screen, but not this time. We want the Akshay of ‘Baby’ and ‘Sangharsh’ to be conferred with the award, not the Akshay of ‘Rustom’, the absence of whose nominations led an outrage on social media, and created somewhat of an obvious pressure to give him the award. This comes as a surprise when Aamir Khan, who played the character of Mahavir Singh Phogat in ‘Dangal’ with conviction, was also a contender. The character of Rustom Pavri falls a bit flat when compared to that of a hapless father who strived day and night to get his country a gold medal, empowering his daughters in the process.

He will next be seen in the role of a man who invented affordable sanitary napkins, and a husband in a movie which emphasises on the rural sanitation in India, for females. We hope that the jury notices him here too, for if there is an actor who can mesmerise us in roles that do not fall in the quintessential Bollywood definition of a ‘hero’, that is Akshay Kumar, the actor.



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Dear Priyanka, it’s high time you starred in a Bollywood Film…

Dear Priyanka,

January 25, 2018, I went to a theatre to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. It was a first day, first show. I was keen to see what the director had to offer, after ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

Well, I was quite impressed with ‘Padmaavat’ thanks to the spectacular vision of SLB. Even the actors left a mark. While Ranveer Singh’s Khilji act was outstanding, Deepika Padukone looked stunning as Rani Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh impressed us. However, I felt there was something missing in the film, an ‘X – Factor’ that was there in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, but not in ‘Padmaavat’. I couldn’t put things together as what was that one thing missing in ‘Padmaavat’.

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Finally, after wracking my brains and heart for a few days, a box office comparison article on ‘Padmaavat’ VS ‘Bajirao Mastani’ finally gave me the answer I was looking for. It was you, Priyanka Chopra. The ‘X-factor’ in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was missing from the magnum opus and now a Rs 250 crore plus profitable film ‘Padmaavat’. The subtle yet a powerful performance that you gave in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

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I then literally went and checked out other dialogue promos of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ that featured you, and understood that not just ‘Padmaavat’, an ‘X – Factor’ from Bollywood has been missing. Bollywood is missing Priyanka Chopra, who is not just a pretty face, but a performer who can make us sit back and notice her.

Your last Bollywood movie was a 2016 release ‘Jai Gangaajal’. Though you were excellent in the film, your ‘Bajirao Mastani’ performance overpowers every other last release of yours.

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There’s no doubt that Priyanka, you are making India proud internationally with the ‘Quantico’ series and three Hollywood films in your kitty, but Bollywood needs you too. Its been more than two years, that your fans are waiting for you to announce your next Bollywood film. We have heard a lot about the films you might take up, SLB’s ‘Gustakhiyan’, Kalpana Chawla biopic, Rakesh Sharma biopic and ‘Fanney Khan’. However, till date, none have been announced as your next Bollywood project.

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Priyanka, it’s definitely high time that you come back to Bollywood, not just for your fans but for Bollywood. I am not saying that Bollywood can’t work without Priyanka and movies won’t be made. But, then the silver screen is missing a performer like you.

After all, as your songs goes, “Dekhi lakh lakh pardesi girl, Ain’t nobody like my DESI GIRL.”

A guy who misses you on big screen

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Alia's 'hike' affair, Ranbir's 'Dilli Wali Girlfriend' and endless rebound reports. Justified?

It has been confirmed that one of Bollywood’s cutest couples, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra have parted ways. Breakups are always hard, be it a celeb or a commoner; but looks like it is harder for stars as rumours always find a way to rub salt into their wounds.

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Just few days back, Alia was being linked to her ‘Brahmastra’ co-star Ranbir Kapoor, over a comment made by Manish Malhotra on Neha Dhupia‘s Vogue BFFs, and now, according to some reports, Alia is getting close to Hike messenger founder Kavin Mittal. And the base for these reports seem as baseless as the reports that were going rounds regarding Ranbir’s affiliation with a Delhi-based girl, if you remember. (Also Check: Watch: Alia Bhatt spotted with her friend at Pali Village café)

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Alia and Kavin met at the World Economic Forum in 2017, and since then have been good friends. In fact, even the sources of such reports have confirmed just the friendship, but have gone on to add that friendship can evolve into something else, you never know.

Sometimes, it's nice just to do nothing #kashmir #roadtrip

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Well, that’s just a very absurd prediction to make. What a relationship evolves into or not, is something totally based on probabilities and circumstances. And unless there is any incident to prove that something is brewing between two people, how can anyone go on to speculate that two people are dating, or even can date. Can they just not be friends?

This does take us back to the time when Ranbir Kapoor had broken up with Katrina Kaif, and soon after, reports of him dating a Delhi-based girl has surfaced. Of course, those were busted soon after, when it came to foray that she was just a fan who requested for a selfie. Unnecessary negative publicity for both of them.

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Makes one wonder, as to where does the fine line between truth and speculation blur, so as to give birth to blatant lies. They say there is no fire without spark, but what’s the status of statements that have been created out of thin air, pushed out of context, with feelings and logics thrown out of the window? Something to ponder about.

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