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Kangana Ranaut Alleges Award Shows Are Rigged; Filmfare Editor Jitesh Pillai Hits Back


Kangana Ranaut, in a recent podcast featuring Anupama Chopra and Rajeev Masand, slammed award shows in India, alleging they are “rigged”. She further narrated an incident that happened with Filmfare, best known for the coveted Filmfare Awards in India.


“I was in the United States for my screenwriting course when I got a call from Filmfare in 2014. They told me I was going to get an award for Krrish 3 and they requested me to come back for just one day so I could attend the awards. I told them I am doing my course and going back and forth will cost me around Rs 10 lakh. Because I would miss my classes, I told them it’s not possible. They decided to give the Best Supporting Actress award to Supriya Pathak for Ram Leela instead. It is not to take their credit away, but just that you guys want anecdotes,” she said.

Editor of Filmfare, Jitesh Pillai, took to Twitter to slam the actress’ comments.

Sonam Kapoor, too weighed in, saying that the Filmfare Awards appear to be the only legitimate awards now.

Kangana in the podcast also spoke of how she missed out an award because she was stuck in traffic, and it eventually went off to Soha Ali Khan for Rang De Basanti.

“My stand is not to ridicule or make them feel insignificant, I have not been disappointed with the award season this year. Maybe not us, but at some point, our voice should make a difference. I had friends telling me this is your time, why protest instead of enjoying but that is the place where you protest. If you aren’t getting an award, what is a protest?” she spoke, in defence of her boycotting award shows.