After 16 years and post intolerance debate, Aamir accepts award by RSS Chief
Veteran Bollywood actor Aamir Khan received the prestigious ‘75th Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award’ for his film Dangal, on Monday. He was invited on a special request by the nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar, the eldest daughter of Deenanath Mangeshkar. The ‘Vishesh Puraskaar’ was presented by Mohan Madhukar Bhagwat, the Chief of the Hindu nationalist organisation, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Apart from Aamir Khan, the Haryana Hurricane and 1983 World Cup winning-team Indian Captain legendary Kapil Dev was also conferred this prestigious Vishesh Puraskaar for his contribution to the Indian Cricket. Referred as the first Bollywood female superstar, Vyajayanthimala Bali was also honoured with the award for her outstanding achievement and contribution to the Hindi Cinema.
Widely believed reason behind Aamir’s boycott of Awards
In the past, Aamir had constantly boycotted to be a part of any Bollywood-organised award ceremony. 16 years ago, he went on to visiting Oscars after the nomination of Ashutosh Gowariker directed film ‘Lagaan’ in 2001. Aamir played the role of Bhuvan in that film, which portrayed the British-India suppressed under harsh revenue system and the deficit of rain at that time. It was the then blockbuster of Bollywood. Few film critiques and experts are opined that the reason behind Aamir’s boycott of award-ceremony was the negligence of juries towards his film ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ competing with Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit starrer film, ‘Beta’. In 1993, Anil Kapoor won the best actor award and Madhuri won the best actress award for Beta. Later on, some of the major Aamir Khan films as ‘Hum hain Raahi Pyaar ke (1994)’ and Rangeela (1996) went unrecognised due to the emergence of then star Shahrukh Khan in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Baazigar. Aamir Khan once said, “My personal experience about award ceremonies is that I don’t trust them so I would prefer to stay away.” Since mids 90s, Aamir made a rare appearance in any award ceremony apart from National Awards.
Aamir Movies Controversy and His ‘intolerance’ Statement Uproar
At the Ramnath Goenka Award in 2015, Aamir Khan quoted a statement of his wife, Kiran Rao, where she allegedly said to leave India due to rise in intolerance. It created nationwide uproar by the right-wing activists and some political parties. He was widely criticised by many hardcore Hindu nationalists. Time to time, Aamir Khan becomes a soft target for them to gain political mileage out of his alleged controversial statements. BJP Firebrand leader Sadhvi Prachi once appealed to Hindus to boycotting his movie PK, as the film allegedly attacked religious sentiments, and advocated to send Aamir to Pakistan. The worldwide collection of PK was 700 cr.
About the ‘Deenanath Mangeshkar Awards’
The Master Deenananth Mangeshkar Awards are organised in the fond memory of Deenanath Mangeshkar, a renowned Natya Sangeet musician, a Marathi theatre actor, and a Hindustani classical vocalist. Some of his famous works are Maanapmaan, Randudhumbhi, Punyaprabhaav, Sanyasta Khadag, Rajsanyaas, Deshkantak and Ramrajyaviyog. He died at the age of 41. He was also the father of famous vocalist Usha Mangeshkar, singer Asha Bhosle, composer Hridaynath Mangeshkar and Meena Khadikar. A commemorative postal stamp on his name was also issued in 1993.