Filmmaker and Jury Chairperson Priyadarshan made some shocking statements about why he didn't consider Aamir Khan for the awards to why Aligarh didn't even make it to the top 89 list of films that were considered for the awards. In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, he said," This year regional films, the Marathi, Bengali and Malayalam films in particular, were far better than the ones made in Bollywood. Most of them were not just entertaining potboilers but touched on significant social issues too. Aligarh did not make it to the final list of 89 films, which the jury saw. That list had mostly regional films many of which were really good."
Hansal Mehta reacted to this statement with a tweet and you will definitely agree with him on this one. The director said in his tweet," This statement is disturbing and insensitive. It makes you worry and wonder about LGBTQ rights and their absence in the current mindsets as social problems. Priyadarshan Sir, Aligarh did not meet the standards set by you and your jury, I accept that. But your views on homosexuality not figuring as a fantastic social issue rankles." (ALSO READ: Manoj Baypayee’s Aligarh did not even make it to the final list of 89 films, jury chairperson Priyadarshan reveals)
Check out his tweet right here.
We quite agree with him on this. It's bad enough that the film did not get the recognition it deserved but the reason is downright outrageous. The director expressed his disappointment when the critically acclaimed film got snubbed at the National Awards. Though Manoj Bajpayee refused to comment on it, we pretty much understand what the actor is feeling right now. The film was definitely a must watch for everyone.
Well, not that it can be undone now. Akshay Kumar walked out a winner for Rustom. We can't help but wish that people's mindset about homosexuality changes and that includes the industry's personalities, too. Whom do you support? Do you support Hansal Mehta's statement? Tell us in the comments below and stay hooked with us for more.
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