"refuse to be part of these unethical and anti-cinema awards."
Vivek Agnihotri has refused to attend the upcoming Filmfare Awards even though his film, The Kashmir Files, is nominated for seven awards.
Reacting to a tweet about the 2023 Filmfare nominations, the filmmaker wrote a lengthy note.
In the post, he slammed the awards and spoke about the rise of a new parallel Hindi film industry.
According to Vivek Agnihotri, filmmakers such as Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Anees Bazmee have been sidelined.
Instead, actors like Alia Bhatt and Kartik Aaryan get all the attention.
He wrote: “I learnt from media that #TheKashmirFiles is nominated in 7 categories for the 68th Filmfare Awards.
“But I politely refuse to be part of these unethical and anti-cinema awards.
“Here is why: According to Filmfare, other than the stars, nobody has a face. Nobody matters.
“That’s why, in the sycophant and unethical world of Filmfare, master directors like Sanjay Bhansali or Sooraj Barjatya have no faces.
“Sanjay Bhansali looks like Alia Bhatt, Sooraj like Mr Bachchan and Annes Bazmi like Kartik Aaryan.
“It’s not that a filmmaker’s dignity comes from Filmfare Awards but this humiliating system must end.”
He went on to say that those behind the camera make a big contribution to the film but are ignored.
Vivek continued: “Therefore, as my protest and dissent against a corrupt, unethical and sycophant establishment of Bollywood, I have decided to not accept such awards.
“I refuse to be part of any oppressive and corrupt system or awards which treats writers, directors and other HODs and crew members of a film inferior to and/or as slaves to stars.”
Congratulating the nominees and the eventual winners, the director added:
“My congratulations to all those who win and more to those who do not.”
“The brighter side is that I am not alone. Slowly but steadily, a parallel Hindi film industry is emerging. Until then…”
I learnt from media that #TheKashmirFiles is nominated in 7 categories for the 68th Filmfare Awards. But I politely refuse to be part of these unethical and anti-cinema awards. Here is why:
According to Filmfare, other than the stars, nobody has… pic.twitter.com/2qKCiZ8Llh
— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) April 27, 2023
Vivek Agnihotri is nominated for ‘Best Director’ after The Kashmir Files became one of the highest-grossing Hindi films in 2022.
Anupam Kher is nominated for ‘Best Actor’ while Mithun Chakraborty and Darshan Kumar are both nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actor’.
The film is also nominated for ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Screenplay’ and ‘Best Editing’.
The Filmfare Awards take place on April 27, 2023, and will be hosted by Salman Khan, Ayushmann Khurrana and Maniesh Paul.