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Amitabh Bachchan comments on changes in Filmfare magazine, awards


The 102 Not Out (2018) actor pondered how, in the early days, the awards were announced only on the day of the felicitation.

Mayur Lookhar

Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan today posted a tweet about Filmfare which may not be too flattering for the film magazine.

Bachchan pulled out an issue from the 1970s featuring him on the cover. The magazine has since changed in style, size and content as pointed out by Bachchan, but the actor also highlighted a key difference with respect to the popular Filmfare awards.

The 102 Not Out (2018) actor pondered how, in the early days, the awards were announced only on the day of the felicitation. The actor is perhaps hinting at the popular perception that these days most winners are informed in advance, before the awards night.  

It must also be recalled that in 1973 Bachchan was a favourite to bag the Best Actor award for Zanjeer, but the award went to first-time actor and Raj Kapoor’s son Rishi for Bobby. Decades later, Rishi would confess in his book Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored that he had paid to get the award.

Recently, controversy’s favourite child Kangana Ranaut created a stir when she said that Filmfare awards were rigged.

In all likelihood, Bachchan was merely reflecting upon the changes in Filmfare magazine and awards. However, with less than two weeks remaining for the awards ceremony, Bachchan’s tweet seems ill-timed for Filmfare's publicity.