Phalke award for Vivek Oberoi… Bollywood’s biggest blooper!

When the news first broke out, it was difficult to comprehend. It was painfully tricky to figure out whether it was a ruthless, unkind joke, or a serious accident on the part of the Dada Saheb Phalke foundation. It was disturbing news.


Saathiya comes to mind when one thinks of Vivek Oberoi. What else? Yes, he has also appeared in Omkara, as well as Grand Masti. Of course, there must be a few others.

But Dada Saheb Phalke award?

In a statement issued by his publicist, the actor was gracious enough to express his delight. He said, “It’s a huge honour and I’m quite humbled to receive the award at such an early stage of my career. Thank you for this encouragement so I can keep bettering myself with every piece of work that I do.”

One can only imagine the level and kind of lobbying that must have gone into ensuring that the most undeserving candidate till date gets the stamp of approval from a respected body.

Vivek has been named for the prestigious award for his versatility, dedication and excellence in the field of entertainment. It’s still very disorienting.

Undoubtedly, girls love him and must have a crush on him, especially after Company, but to be selected for such a prestigious award is making mockery of the selection process. It proves there is bribery, influence, muscle and power involved in the selection process.

The Dada Saheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema. Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Gulzar, Pran, Manna Dey, Dev Anand, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Jeetendra, Farhan Akhtar, Juhi Chawla, Sunidhi Chauhan and Kapil Sharma were honoured with this award.

To add Vivek Oberoi to this impressive list is unimaginable. The movie industry in India is an all-together different world with its own rules. The rules are twisted and are often influenced by those who are powerful. It’s sickening but true.

Yet another actor, Saif Ali Khan, was awarded The Padma Shree in the year 2010. Although it was taken back, the fact that he was even considered is appalling. Saif has been involved in so many crimes, which includes Salman’s black buck case during the shoot of Hum Saath Saath Hai.

The criteria of giving awards are still unknown, or rather kept secret. The film industry should understand they are increasingly looking like a place where only the rich and powerful can survive in luxury and absolute control. Awards and nominations, both are being bought these days. Whether it is Filmfare, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan or Dada Saheb Phalke, they have lost all credibility.

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