The National Awards of 2008 were announced a week ago. Yes, they announce the 2008 awards in 2010 — and that is still early by their standards.
I thought the WTF moment was Priyanka Chopra picking up the Best Actor (female) for Fashion, until I heard Kangana Ranaut won the Supporting Actor (female) for the same movie. I remember reviewing Fashion and I wasn’t exactly impressed by the acting.
I have a theory — every year a couple (just a couple, mind you) of National awards are handed out to popular cinema. We know intense lobbying goes on for the National awards and it has had its share of controversies. I don’t know if this is by design or a product of lobbying, but an award to a popular actor/actress makes the awards relevant and popular in mainstream media. It is ironic.
I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but come on — there were more effective performances in 2008 than hair on Anil Kapoor’s body — before he went all metrosexual and got them waxed. I don’t know exactly when he got them waxed, but I remember noticing no chest hair in Taal. He also had a cap on in Taal, making it his least hairy performance ever. I am surprised they allowed him to get rid of his hair. It should have been declared a World Heritage site. Oh, and who had the courage to agree to do it for him ? And how exactly was it done ? Traditional wax, or a lawn mower ? These are deep, profound questions that need to be answered by the National awards committee.
Wait, did I just digress ?