BIG B on Filmfare awards and Media…….. EPIC !!!!!
”Regretted invitation to FilmFare Awards due bed rest and acknowledged their disappointment, but also understood the reason for my absence ..
They had wanted me to host the show this year along with ShahRukh .. I had liked the idea, met their team to discuss the creatives, but found it unsuitable for myself ..”
“So … going down the history of cinema, I would have come to a period when I would have had to mention my own presence of the time. This I found embarrassing for, I would have had to talk about myself ; an act I would not be able to endorse .. so I told them my predicament and opted out. They kept up their persuasion saying they would be able to draft a suitable text for it, but I did not feel comfortable. They then asked me to give the posthumous award for Yash ji to his wife, Pamela. I had been travelling and then subsequently shooting for KBC and could not take it further. Then of course this morning I woke up with the most painful neck and informed them that I would not be able to come ..”
“But yes indeed, Awards and me have not been a compatible proposition; particularly with FilmFare. After an initial period of acknowledging my work, the entire press went against me , because they were informed by ‘sources’ that I that had brought on the idea of the Emergency and a ban on the press .. !! Nothing could have been more ridiculous. But they did not relent and banned me ; no interviews, no mention or pictures, or news of mine were ever printed in any form of the media during that time. So no Deewar, or Sharabi, or Muquaddar ka Sikander, Lawaaris, Natwarlal, Bemisal, and so many many others went blank, because the media had banned me. They banning me was reasonable perhaps from their point of view. Not for me. I took on the challenge to ban them also from my life and have so far not disturbed that stand with certain modifications of course. During that 10-15 year period, they relentlessly negated my presence, deliberately closed information of me by their agencies, and kept me as persona non grata ..! I had my biggest hits and the most interesting films of that time ..”
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