Did ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ deserve the best film award?

Did ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ deserve the best film award?

As Sanjay Gupta and Kunal Kohli’s war of words continues, Zoya Akhtar’s road film is dragged into an unnecessary controversy over winning the Best Picture trophy at the recently held Screen Awards

Bollywood award ceremonies are no longer taken as seriously as they used to be taken a few years ago, but this time around things have become messier than expected. The entire team of Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, except for Katrina Kaif boycotted the Colors Screen Award after it was made known that ZNMD would have to share the Best Picture trophy with Milan Luthria’s The Dirty Picture. Farhan Akhtar, who was present at the event, was also seen sulking around in the lounge area. The two members of the award jury, Sanjay Gupta and Kunal Kohli have let the cat out of the bad and the volley of words they are hurling at each other these days, makes for an interesting read.

Gupta is accusing Kohli of hard-selling ZNMD to the jury and thus jeopardizing the winning prospect of TDP. It is a little hard to believe though that Kohli managed to ‘arm-twist’ filmmakers like Shekhar Kapur, John Mathew Mathan, Bhanu Athaiya and Pradeep Sarkar; and made them do something they were against. Kohli, on the other hand, says that Gupta’s claims that ZNMD didn’t deserve to win the award because it is a rip-off of Fandango, was just a pretext. He said that the real reason he says was that Balaji Motion Pictures (producer of TDP) is also producing Gups’ next film and he wanted to show his loyalty by rooting for their film.

Surprisingly, Imtiaz Ali’s Ranbir Kapoor-starrer, Rockstar, wasn’t even nominated as one of the best films and that raised quite a few eyebrows too. But certainly, with Delhi Belly, No One Killed Jessica and The Dirty Picture in the race, it’s a little strange that ZNMD was even a front runner for the statuette. Sanjay Gupta’s allegations and Kunal Kohli’s defence is still on and we are waiting to watch if Kohli blows his fuse. Having said that, Gupta accusing someone for ripping off a foreign film made us laugh so hard, we almost cried!

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  • astish

    znmd i didn’t get the whole film. is it suite for indian audience?
    it’s good that the film did a big promotions and that works a lot. that’s other thing
    basically they everybody fever each other. kohli need farhan and others becaz in industry they’re very strong and so he did for his safety. award is just now buy or friendship
    no integrity at all over there.

  • ChandanalovesKatrina

    Znmd surely deserve the best film awards..it’s a perfect mixture of all the human emotions….it’s just natural..the cast is awesome, all of them have done a gr8 job….The music is awesome.And it’s 1 of the best film of 2011 along with Rockstar & TDP.

  • king

    znmd should win every award in this world