In the wake of the release of his film Jolly LLB 2, actor Akshay Kumar says he hasn’t won a Filmfare Best Actor award in his 25-year career because he ‘maybe doesn’t deserve it.’ The 49 year old actor was not in the Best Actor nomination list of Filmfare Awards this year which created much uproar and dissatisfaction among his fans who took to social media to express their anger. Akshay‘s performances in his 2016 movies Airlift and Rustom were well received. He’s been nominated for a Filmfare Award 11 times since 1995 – four of these were in the Best Actor category. His only two wins, however, were for Best Villain in 2002 for Ajnabee and Best Comedian in 2006 for Garam Masala.
“It’s been years and years I’ve been in the industry. I have never got it but it’s ok. May be I don’t deserve it. No, I don’t deserve it that is why I don’t get it.” – Akshay Kumar
Akshay‘s fans had especially objected to Salman Khan’s nomination for Sultan. The award was eventually won by Aamir Khan for his performance in Dangal.
“Sometimes it’s deliberate that I work in the movies which has social message or based on realism but the most amazing part is that I’m offered such stories. Me and my team hear over two or three scripts every day. It’s not easy. But yes, I like it when I get a social message kind of a film or a realism film, it appeals to me, so I do it.” – Akshay Kumar
“Jolly LLB 2” tells the story of an small-time lawyer played by Mr Kumar, who takes on a high-profile case in a satirical look at the legal system. The film is releasing after deleting scenes that allegedly poke fun at lawyers which was ordered by Mumbai High Court. Last week, the HC had appointed a three-member committee to review the film following the allegations that it has made the legal and judicial system a laughing stock. After asking the Supreme Court to over-rule that decision, the film’s producer, Fox Studios, changed its mind and said it will accept the edits ordered by the High Court. The scenes were cleared by the Censor Board.
When asked, Akshay Kumar said he respects the court’s decision but that he doesn’t hold with those who use the legal system to try and stall a film days before its scheduled to release.
“There are so many people who file cases just four days before the film gets released when the producer is vulnerable and soft. But court always understands and does justice.” – Akshay Kumar
Jolly LLB 2 also stars Huma Qureshi, who plays Akshay‘s love interest Pusha Pandey. The film is a sequel to Arshad Warsi and Amrita Rao’s film Jolly LLB. Saurabh Shukla reprises his role as Justice Surendra Lal Tripathi. The film releases on February 10.
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