At an interactive session during the 43rd International Film Festival of India, actor Abhay Deol slammed the various award ceremonies in Bollywood. He also spoke about his critically acclaimed performance in Dev D, which wasn’t even nominated at the Filmfare Awards in 2009.
“Talk to any actor off record and he will tell you, you either go because you are winning an award or you go because you are getting paid. Otherwise, you don’t go. In that case, pay me and I’ll perform. If you tell me you are awarding talent, then no. It is just an exercise in appeasing those you have worked with or appeasing those you want to work with” Abhay said.
“I was promoting ‘Road, Movie’ at the time the Filmfare Awards were happening, and no one wanted to talk to me about ‘Road…’. The entire press wanted to know why I wasn’t selected for an award. And I said, ‘It was a family fare. If you are part of the family, then you will get it.’ And I stick by that” he added.