Mumbai, Apr 26: Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn has lashed out at Bollywood film awards, saying the slips containing the names of winners are even changed at the last moment, reports HT City.
"I don't believe in film awards. I have always made it a point to never take those awards", said Devgn.
"They (the organisers of private awards) need maximum number of stars to attend their ceremony, so they call you up and tell you that if you attend their event, they will give you an award. So what is the point of getting an award only if you will attend the show? And if you are unable to make it at the last minute ... the chit with the name of the winner changes and another actor gets the trophy. I have lost faith in such ceremonies", says the actor.
Ajay Devgn has got only five awards in his career spanning over two decades. The 43-year-old actor won the National Award for the Best Actor in 2003 for The Legend of Bhagat Singh.
Says filmmaker Anil Sharma: "Jo unka event attend karega, jo dance karega.. usko trophy mil jayegi.. this is their logic. 10-12 type ke award show shai, usme bhi best actor trophy ki sub categories hai...popular choice, critics' choice, etc. They are all fake."
Says Atul Agnihotri, who produced the blockbuster Bodyguard: "Unfortunately, award functions have become like one big TV production, so they design them depending on the availability of stars. Box office reward is the only true award."
Filmmaker Ramesh Taurani however disagrees : "Not all awards are rigged..there are some that are credible. Audience reaction is of utmost importance and awards are like a bonus."