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FSJ March, 2013

It’s been good to see you being nominated all through this season for the Best Actor award alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan.

Good, na? I haven’t been nominated for Best Actor since Shool, not for Pinjar, not for any of my recent performances. I don’t go to these awards functions in the hope of winning. I go as part of a team. This time I’m just happy to be there at the awards with the Gangs Of Wasseypur gang. I don’t want to offend anyone by staying away. But the Indian popular awards are not something I am kicked about. What I found exhilarating was being at the Brisbane Film Festival sharing the stage with all four nominees for Best Actor from Asian and Pacific countries. That gave me a high. I told Anurag Kashyap who was sitting with me on stage that this was the moment I’d cherish all my life.

Why?


Because there I was sitting with the best Asia-Pacific talent for merit and not for my glamour quotient or popularity and not because I can dance at the awards. To me popular awards do not have relevance beyond the celebration of the team spirit. One enjoys the thought of getting a popular award. But popularity is not a measure of merit. It’s about showing numbers at the box-office. I go to the popular awards to celebrate my friendship with the film fraternity. And to wear the new suit that I get stitched for every awards function.

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