And the Most Farcical Awards are…

Couple of days ago, I was browsing through the NDTV website when I came across something called the ‘GR8 Women’s Achievers  Awards’. These were new to me but apparently Kelvinator has given them for the last 2 years. I was browsing through the photos of the event to see who got the awards….some inspirational stories maybe?…stories of women who achieved something against all odds…who contributed positively to our society…?NO! But who do I end up seeing…Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Bhagyashree (yup..the one from Maine Pyar Kiya), Diya Mirza (she’s every where these days), Yuktha Mookhey, Aarti Chabria, Zarine Khan etc in their beautiful sarees showing off their blouses and some in their skimpy clothes showing off their well-toned abs and yea..how can I forget….Shabana Azmi..she’s all things feminist isn’t she?

I was so disappointed…there was no one who I could admire, who actually contributed something to our society. Did Kelvinator conviniently ignore people like Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, the founder of Prajwala and many other women who are aplenty in our country? Do GR8 Women Achievers all have to be bollywood starlets? Dr Sunitha Krishnan, the founder of an NGO called Prajwala, who was gang raped at a young age fought back her horrors to become a psychiatrist and help children who are severely abused and sometimes sold and trafficked. Isn’t she inspirational to other women? Isn’t she deserving of this award?

What exactly have the bollywood startlets achieved may I ask? Most of them were models before they became actors or progeny of stars. They get paid crap load of money for their work…live in posh homes, drive extremely comfortable cars and dress in designer labels. For me, a GR8 Achiever is someone like Dr. Sunitha Krishnan…who is ACTUALLY doing something good for our society against all odds.

She is the only one I can think of now but this doesn’t mean there is no other woman in our country who is helping another. I am sure you will find one in every street corner. Such awards should carry some value…give it to people who really deserve them, to encourage them, to motivate them, to recognise their efforts and to show to the world what they do so that their organisations/NGO’s get the much-needed support. It doesn’t matter if you don’t give these awards to actors, they will still be fine…they won’t be missing out on anything. Who will it be next yr? Katrina, Kareena, Deepika etc?

Shame On You Kelvinator and the GR8 Women’s Achievers Awards panel!

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4 thoughts on “And the Most Farcical Awards are…

  1. Everywhere the bloody filmwallahs are involved. Even when the commonwealth/olympics etc are involved, we see some bollywood morons dancing there or carrying the torch. Are there no sportspeople in the country?

    Btw, it seems we have to login to post. Is it deliberate?

  2. How can I forget the commonwealth games?! I was watching the closing ceremony live. It was a joke! There was a makeshift chariot and greats like Sunny Gavaskar, Kapil Dev along with Prakash Padukone and couple of Hockey Players stood waving from the lower rung (where the chariot driver is usually placed) and Priyanka Chopra was in the upper rung…where the Kings and Queens usually rest their butts. How shameful is that? We don’t respect people who bring pride and joy to our nation…our soldiers and our sportsmen and women.

    Btw, thanks for bringing the comments thing to my notice…changed it now 🙂

  3. ‘Bollywood’ sells, ‘Bollywood’ attracts . No wonder brands and events include them into what would be irrelevant for a movie star to be in. The Media picks it up, gives it the publicity,people follow it. The majority of the general public is to blame actually, they dont come against such things. Cant really blame kelvinator which is just trying to make money.

  4. I agree with you Karthik. It’s a sad state of affairs. One can only hope for things to change and people to react when something wrong is happening. We are just an indifferent lot!

    ‘All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing-Edmund Burke’

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