Padma Awards is one of the highest civilian awards promulgated on the eve of Republic Day. Notably, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri are given for extraordinary and eminent services in any field including service rendered by Government servants. On Monday, awards for the same were announced which included 7 Padma Vibhushan recipients, 10 Padma Bhushan winners and 102 Padma Shri awardees.
As the winners list was declared, to everyone’s despise, there was no recipient from Bollywood industry. This was the moot point for social media users. However the late lionized and feted SP Balasubrahmanyam , a great singer was awarded Padma Vibhushan posthumously.
Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri was down in doldrums over lack of Bollywood representation in the Padma Awards list.
In an interview, the Indian filmmaker said, “In fact, I had even tweeted about it whether it is a new ‘new’ that nobody from Bollywood has been awarded. But then I got a reply from someone responsible who said that it may be because nothing has happened in Bollywood in the last one year,” says Agnihotri. Remind him that certain films had indeed released theatrically in the first quarter of 2020 and a lot more had later been unveiled on the OTT platforms, he says, “There was Coolie No. 1 and Laxmii so nothing happened there.”
Adding on to it, “Also, these are done by the public and people vote for it. Maybe another reason could be that there was a lot of controversy around Bollywood, and people didn’t find anyone worthy. But I seriously don’t like it. I definitely want the film industry to be awarded as it’s contribution is immense. We influence people and we impact lives.”
Tashkent Files director said its alright to find fault with someone but one should never undermine the contribution of Indian film industry. It has left an indelible impression on the minds of the people and has transformed many lives. It manifests our culture, history, architecture and much more, he said.