In order for there to be a haunted house, there has to be a freak incident first that spooks the locales; similarly, there cannot be an award show if the show is not teeming to the brim with the big names from the industry.
Bollywood film industry is perhaps the biggest film industry next to Hollywood, in terms of popularity, economic success, and sheer strength in numbers. However, the number of names dropping out of commercial award functions are declining with every passing day. One of the most notable ones among this would be our Bollywood's so-called Mr Perfectionist, our very own Raja Hindustani, Aamir Khan.
The main reason for Aamir to all the more not show up at award ceremonies is not as recent as you think. Many might consider that Aamir has lost faith in Bollywood as well after his name appeared in the headlines in association to the statements he made about the political fiber of the fabric of our country.
But there is more to it…
The main reason for Aamir Khan's absence from the award shows harkens back to the days of his debut. He has felt for over two decades now that award ceremonies are more about commercial success, kayfabe, and syphoning money than about crediting an artist for their skills and charisma. And may we add that he has a valid point.
If we say that the man has forgotten how to socialize it would be a gross misrepresentation, as he can be still seen hosting his popular talk show 'Satyamev Jayate'. And can also be seen accompanying family members on trips and committing time to philanthropic ventures.
Aamir Khan has not forgotten how his memorable contribution to some of his early work such as 'Rangeela' and 'Hum Hai Rahi Pyaar Ke', which was a wildly accepted Bolly remake of a famous Bengali movie starring the late great Uttam Kumar, went uncredited as far as awards were concerned.
His early works, which were stellar - given his tenurity in the industry at that time - fared better critically than his rivals. However, he still lost the contest to commercial successor Shah Rukh Khan, who unveiled 'Baazigar' and 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge', back to back.
Take a quick look at the number of nominations Aamir has to his name even on his wiki page, and what might also catch your eye is that he did not win many of them, which went instead to rivals with a greater commercial grasp of the market.
The fact that Aamir Khan received a lot of backlash because of his religion, given the political scenario in the country, did not warm his heart either. The insensitivity and crassness of the populace have become more visible now that social media is so accessible.
This proved his wife, Kiran Rao's statement further right that India is a tumultuous place to reside in and that it might be a good idea to leave this intolerant state.
The Perfectionist among the Khans who gave us a patriotic, feel-good, action thriller in 'Sarfarosh' did not appreciate the base slanging. Neither does he appreciate the blatant nepotism and commercialism of the award functions, let alone the credibility of the same.
Aamir's statement's maybe proven further right after many industry heavyweights, such as Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kangana Ranaut and even Akshay Kumar among others sang the same tune. Akshay even went on to comically confess how organizers ask him to perform at such shows in lieu of half his remuneration and also an award thrown in for good measure. Akshay being ever the smart Alec, asked them to pay his whole remuneration and to keep the award to themselves.
Several of Aamir Khan's contemporaries have also been heard vocally on this subject. Claiming the awards function to be rigged is not an accusation that appears out of vacuum. Clearly, there has been much talk among the crème d la crème of Bollywood as well about the commercial angle on who takes the statuette home.
Other than the aforementioned absentees from recent award functions, there are other forerunners in the field of sports such as M.S. Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh and several others who have started a whisper amongst the paparazzi that it has become a trend in the Sports industry as well. These stars could be seen fulfilling their roles as brand ambassadors at franchise events, however.
This should beg the question from us as spectators how much the RnR system in our country is rigged that it is nothing but a literal media circus. The bigger the show of glitter and confetti and fresher the face, the more the money is there to be made. Apparently, boosting TRP's is inverse to promoting real talent and substance.
One must also take into consideration how many of these award functions are held every year and how many of them vary in the result, in spite of having more or less the same nominations. It goes to show how much Aamir Khan is not just a thinking man's actor.
Aamir is also a player several moves ahead of his leagues, not stashing much faith in materialistic, shiny statuettes but in quality acting and an outspoken outlook on life. Aamir has also lauded those who have in recent times, returned their awards in any form of protest.