9 Deserving Bollywood Stars Who Were Ignored This Awards Season

9 Deserving Bollywood Stars Who Were Ignored This Awards Season

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Award galas always make us wonder about the real definition of excellence and are dubbed as an ego-massaging exercise. Some noteworthy actors across India ignore these ceremonies outright. But it hurts the fans of the stars and a real movie lover when deserving performances are sidelined. After all, these awards are there to recognize and encourage the talent in the first place.

Kangana Ranaut, who mesmerized with her acting skills in ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’, told Hitlist that she wouldn’t attend any of those “commercial events” (no pun intended) even if it meant going without an award for another year. Does it sound depressing? Wait a minute.

The heights of egoism: The Best Debutant – Male trophy at a popular awards function was given to Sooraj Pancholi, while the rest of the nation felt that Masaan actor Vicky Kaushal deserved it much more than the star kid.

Here are 9 noteworthy performers who were ignored in this award season.

1. Salman Khan


Though they say you have to leave logic at home to watch a Salman Khan’s movie, his touching performance in ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ proved his detractors are wrong, at least, this time. The Kabir Khan directorial went on to become the highest grosser of 2015 and his best so far. But the tremendous buzz that it created did not match the number of awards it received. He had put his heroism for the character in the movie. It is not outrageous to say that people saw Bajrangi than Salman in the movie.

2. Irrfan


Irrfan is a proven actor. He had much to his achievements in films. While he was much appreciated for his acting in’Piku’, and also for lending good support in the Aishwarya Rai Bachchan-starrer ‘Jazbaa’, his incredible and haunting performance is in Anup Singh’s indie film ‘Qissa’. The sad truth is that this film largely went unnoticed. This is said to be his finest work till date but sadly, there was no award for that.

3. Nawazuddin Siddiqui


He had given two gems this season. His realistic act in ‘Manjhi: The Mountain Man’ garnered critical appreciation while his supporting role as journalist Chand Nawab in ‘Bajranji Bhaijaan’ won the hearts of many. But again, he hardly received awards this season.

4. Shashank Arora


The newbie, who played the titular role in Kanu Bahl’s indie film ‘Titli’, sadly missed out on nominations this year. His powerful act in the dark, neo-realistic film stole the limelight from his senior co-stars Ranvir Shorey and Amit Sial as he strived to break free from the shackles of his gory family and find his paradise. However, he was not feted for his brilliant debut.

5. Vicky Kaushal


He made an exceptionally impressive debut with his nuanced, convincing performance in Neeraj Ghaywan’s ‘Masaan’. He played Deepak, who belongs to a corpse-burner background but tries to rise above the restrictions of his community. Snubbing him at the awards season elicited a lot of criticism from various quarters.

6. Akshay Kumar


Director Neeraj Pandey got the best out of Akshay in ‘Baby’. His character as an Indian spy was refreshingly different from many of his action entertainers, but, the Khiladi did not receive many nominations or awards.

7. Imtiaz Ali


His last film, ‘Tamasha’ starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, was not a money-spinner, but he did manage to portray his efficiency as a director. His deft handling of the characters, especially Ved (Ranbir), who is torn between leading the life he wants and what society expects from him, was remarkable. Unfortunately, though, he wasn’t considered for any award by the ‘juries’.

8. Kangana Ranaut


Well, who would have done justice to the double role she played in Aanand L Rai’s successful film, ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’? She played a Haryanvi student-athlete Kusum and the quirky Tanu with equal ease. However, she did not rule the Bollywood awards season this year. Perhaps, due to her wont-attend-awards-shows stance?

9. SS Rajamouli


SS Rajamouli is a gem of a director. The man with humble beginnings had been impressing movie lovers and critics alike for the past 10 years with awesome creations like Eega and latest ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’. Baahubali is a masterpiece of vision and precision execution that made the world look at Indian movie industry. It’s spectacular visuals, hypnotic music and spellbinding was sequences have had a lasting impression on movie lovers.

Yet this Hollywood quality was achieved on a meager budget of 18 million dollars, a pocket change in Hollywood terms of movie making. Yet this movie had not got the recognition it should have gotten.

So sad that nowadays awards have become the tools in the hands of sycophants who want to be on the good books of the people they deem important. Hope this doesn’t discourage amazing actors, writers and directors to ever create the awesome movies we all want to see.

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