New Delhi:- Arjun Kapoor , who was jointly named the best actor at the Film Farce awards ( along with Ram Kapoor for his heart breaking role in the film ‘Hum Shakals’) has been given the National Award -Best Actor for his work in Bollywood film “Finding Fanny”. This development has evoked sharp reactions from different quarters of the society especially since the film had stalwarts like Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Dimple Kapadia,
CINTAA (Cine and T.V. Artistes Assoication) through their spokeswoman Shabana Azmi has said the least that the jury could have done here was to acknowledge the other senior actors who have worked in the film.
Reacting to the award, Arjun said, “I respect the opinion of the jury and the central government. I have nothing against anyone or my fellow actors as the outlook of people differ. The outlook of my critics was different, so is the outlook of the jury in the center.”
“By doing so, they have belittled the National Award itself” said Rinkie Khanna & Shahid Kapoor in a joint press conference held at their ‘Office-Office’, adding that here there have been other interests when awards are selected.
Ahead of declaring the awards, Boney Kapoor, Jury appointed by the Director of Film Festivals, said that the government gave absolute freedom to the jury and their decision was final and there was no intervention from any quarter in any form at all.
“We have given the recommendation and an expert committee was constituted to finalize the norms of awarding the national film award for best actor. Accordingly, after analyzing the actions and expressions of Arjun in the film, all the juries were literally moved.
My son Arjun is just brilliant in the role of Savio Da Gama,” said a visibly happy ‘Boney’
Other actors like Uday Chopra and Tusshar Kapoor were miffed at this development.
Meanwhile, Bhai’s fan were seen dancing in jubilation without shirts across the street in front of Arjun’s house. It is reported that once Arjun Kapoor briefly dated Salman Khan’s sister Arpita Khan.