The winners of the 69th National Film Awards were announced recently and to everyone’s surprise, Allu Arjun won the award under the ‘Best Actor’ category for ‘Pushpa: The Rise’. This came as a shock to many people, not because Allu Arjun was lacking in any sense, but because they claimed Vicky Kaushal was far more deserving of the award for his performance in ‘Sardar Udham’.
‘Sardar Udham’ did eventually bag as many as 5 National Awards but for the ‘Best Actor’ category, Vicky Kaushal didn’t even get nominated, let alone being presented with the award.
While many fans criticised the National Awards for “snubbing” Vicky, a lot of people were reminded of 2005 and the 52nd National Film Awards where Saif Ali Khan was presented with the ‘Best Actor’ award for ‘Hum Tum’ but Shahrukh Khan got no recognition for his performance in ‘Swades’, or ‘Veer Zaara’ for that matter.
Here’s what fans have been saying online:
I lost Trust in national Awards when Saif Ali Khan got an award for "Humtum" instead of Shah Rukh Khan for "Swades". pic.twitter.com/iTBnUKh9oe
— Laibah Firdaus. لائبہ فردوس (@FirdausLaibah) August 24, 2023
Still can't believe that SRK hasn't won a national award for Swades. pic.twitter.com/k03Bv6YC06
— Abhishek (@MSDianAbhiii) August 25, 2023
Saif Ali Khan got national award for Hum Tum instead of Shah Rukh Khan for Swades in 2004.
Allu Arjun got national award for Pushpa, instead of Vicky Kaushal for Sardar Udham Singh in 2023.
What are your Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/dzXYv8Em9X
— Abhay 🇮🇳 (@InfinityAbhay) August 25, 2023
This is so true. SRK deserved national award for Swades. https://t.co/LNup3cwR7U
— Syed Irfan Ahmad (@Iam_SyedIrfan) August 24, 2023
srk not having a national award for swades is actually insane tbh
— 17's izzy ✡︎ (@BOLLYCHEOL) August 24, 2023
No national film award for Swades
No national film award for Chak De India!
Never received National Film Award in his entire career.
— Zalim Amrish (@jaNMan312) August 25, 2023
Saif Ali Khan won the National Award for the movie Hum Tum in 2004 when his mother was the chairperson of CBFC, this was the same year when Black Friday, Swades, Ab Tak Chappan, Yuva, Lakshya were also released, since I lost my fascination with award shows. https://t.co/8BCkfjFnmn
— Sachya (@sachya2002) August 24, 2023
Manoj / Shahid / SRK all deserved National Awards !
In 2004, Saif Ali Khan won for HumTum over SRK for Swades 😞 https://t.co/VhfauoQDUm
— ThatSoRevanth (@revanthbandari) August 25, 2023
Forget Swades, he was even better than the National Award winner in Veer Zaara and Main Hoon Naa that year. https://t.co/TPMMA7ORi5
— R (@itzzRashmi) August 25, 2023
SRK for Swades
Shahid for Haider
Manoj Bajpai for Aligarh
Deserve the National Awards. https://t.co/uson0mpIgy
— Why So Serious! (@SurrealZack) August 25, 2023
central bank of iraq robbery where $920 millions were robbed is the second biggest robbery of all time, saif winning national award for hum-tum over SRK in swades remains the first.
— ح (@hmmbly) August 24, 2023
Shah Rukh should have got it for Swades, CDI, MNIK and FAN!! Shahid deserved it for Haider!! National award lost it's credibility long back. https://t.co/LddEyEhbB4
— Jabba (@panchibelieves) August 24, 2023
In my opinion #NationalFilmAwards2023 is also got carried away by the public notions. I believe #VickyKaushal deserve this award and I lost Trust in national Awards when Saif Ali Khan got an award for "Humtum" instead of Shah Rukh Khan for "Swades".
— bollymania (@abnormalladka) August 25, 2023
Interestingly, there seems to be a solid reason why Shahrukh Khan was not nominated for the National Awards for ‘Swades’, and it is not his fault. In a video that has resurfaced online, Kannada filmmaker T S Nagabharana alleged that ‘Swades’ was a copy of a film that he shot and released in 2003. The film was named ‘Chigurida Kanasu’.
“I was getting feedback from Mumbai that there is some film called Swades, on 17 December 2004, when the film got released, I was shocked to see. Swades (is) almost a replica of my film which I shot in 2002 and released in 2003. When I asked my producer, he said, don’t go for legal action because it is also a film and let everybody enjoy that. That’s the generosity of South Indian filmmakers, so I just kept quiet,” Nagabharana says in the video.
T S Nagabharana was also one of the jury members for the National Film Awards that year. He informed his fellow jury members that ‘Swades’ was a copy of his movie.
“I told my fellow jury members that it is a remake of my film, you can compare it with that, and when I showed my film to them, they asked why didn’t you sue him? I replied I don’t want Halla Gulla. I am a filmmaker and that’s how Page 3 got the award,” he explained.
Here’s a look at the video:
What are your views on this issue?