Gone are the days when awards used to recognize, encourage, and appreciate an artist’s performance. Currently, awards are more like complimentary prizes for showing up at the event or to appease the ego of a senior not-so-prominent artist. Award shows have transformed from a prestigious recognition platform to a platform for unsavory jokes, and promotion of upcoming films; through performances and unveiling of poster or soundtracks.
If you are not irked by the tediously long names of these award ceremonies, which include the whole list of possible sponsors, you will surely feel incredulous about some of the categories. This article lists out nine such legit award show categories from 2019 that makes absolutely no sense.
1. Rule Breaker Of The Year
This award was given to Katrina Kaif by GQ Men of the Year. Granted, she is a beautiful person and a talented dancer. However, in 2019, only one movie featuring Katrina Kaif was released—Bharat, which had Salman Khan in the lead role. As you can imagine, most of the screen space and time was taken up by the veteran actor. Katrina Kaif barely had any role in the movie.
Yet, ignoring the actors starring in groundbreaking movies of 2019, like Article 15, or Saand Ki Aankh, the GQ chose Katrina Kaif for this award. Only one question, what rule did she exactly break?
2. Honorary Millennial Of The Year
Karan Johar, a 47-year-old man, was awarded the Honorary Millennial of the Year at the Grazia Millennial Awards, 2019. Yes, it doesn’t make sense, hence, he has wound up in this category. If his movies like Student of the Year and Student of the Year 2 are an indication of his millennial mindset, then one has to stubbornly point out the flaws in these prior-mentioned predictable plots.
Vogue Beauty Awards honored Malaika Arora with this award. Admittedly, she was an inspiration, when she danced energetically to “Munni Badnam Hui” in 2010. Why now? Why her, and not Sushmita Sen or Shilpa Shetty or Milind Soman? These are some questions that are best left unanswered.
4. Baat Nayi Award
The movie Luka Chuppi won this prestigious title at Star Screen Awards. The movie focused on live-in relationships, a topic that is still frowned upon in this country. However, it should be pointed out that this is not the first time that the issue of living-in has been the highlight of a Bollywood movie. Salaam Namaste, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Cocktail and several other preceding Bollywood movies have already showcased the ups and downs of a live-in relationship. So what made the jury members pick this movie for the Baat “Nayi” category is yet to be known.
5. 20 Years Best Actor (Male and Female)
This award was given to the couple, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone at the 20th IIFA Awards. The duo had just returned from their month-long wedding ceremony. It was obvious that the award was given more for the sake of TRP and appeasement than for recognition of these actors’ amazing work over the past few years.
Additionally, Ranveer Singh also won the Best Actor (Male) for Padmaavat, surpassing more deserving actors like Rajkumar Rao and Ayushmann Khurana.
6. Beauty Tastemaker Award
Elle Beauty Awards presented this treat to Jahnvi Kapoor. It is not clear if this award refers to the tastemaker in Maggie. If so, this would mean that Jahnvi Kapoor adds the masala to the bland 2-minute plot cook-ups like Dhadak. The movie failed to justify the original Marathi movie, Sairat, that portrayed relevant, gritty issues like inter-caste marriage and honor killing.
The reason might be the incredible amount of masala added when Sairat was being converted into a Bollywood movie. Somewhere along with the conversion, the makers lost touch with the grittiness of the real situation as seen in Sairat. Consequently, the issues showcased in Sairat were reduced to generic sub-plots in Dhadak.
7. Flawless Beauty Award
Manushi Chillar was presented with this award by Elle Beauty Awards. We all know this inspirational woman has won the Miss World Award in 2017. Instead of giving her this redundant and repetitive honor, Elle Beauty could have tried to award her with a more meaningful category that highlights her philanthropic side.
8. Game Changer of the Year
The international GQ panel presented renowned Nobel Peace Prize nominee and young environmentalist, Greta Thunberg, as the Game Changer of the Year. The Indian counterpart of the GQ jury selected Hrithik Roshan for this award. Their achievements are incomparable, and the audience is left to wonder what game-changing feats did Hrithik Roshan achieve this year.
Do you know of a category (or winner) that is more absurd and meaningless than the aforementioned ones? Don’t snigger alone, spread the laughter. Share it with us and the rest of the world in the comments below.