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20 Years Of Lagaan EXCLUSIVE – Aamir Khan reveals why he doesn’t believe in awards ceremonies and how it’s not a viable option for films

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Aamir Khan starrer Lagaan has completed 20 year. The film had talented performances of Aamir Khan, along with debutant Gracy Singh and British actors Rachel Shelley and Paul Blackthorne in supporting roles. Over the years, the actor has refrained from attending award shows since he doesn’t believe in them.

20 Years Lagaan EXCLUSIVE – Aamir Khan reveals why he doesn't believe in awards ceremonies and how it's not a viable option for films

The PK actor talked about his long disagreement with award ceremonies and why he doesn't condone it. He talked about the importance of Oscars and why films shouldn't be compared. “At the end of the day, when we look at award ceremony of films, you all know my opinion little bit. Let me elaborate about it. How can you compare films? Like Lagaan and Dangal? Both are my films, how can you compare. Which is better? How can you say which is better? Can you compare the two? You can't. So I don't take awards so seriously. Dangal is also good, Lagaan is also good. Imagine if they were made in the same year, one of the two would've won. Does that mean the other film is less? No, it does not mean that. It's just means that this jury found this one better. Another one would have found another better. Both are good films,” Aamir Khan explained.

He talked about the difference between sports and films and how winners in sports are justified and films depend on subjectivity. “When you talk about awards in Sports, there's no subjectivity, either you jump the highest or you don't, you have run the fastest or you have not. It's very clear, that one person is the fastest, and one person jumps the highest. It's not that way with cinema. It's very subjective. You like one thing, someone else will like another. So, sports and film are different in this aspect. When in sports you say, someone is the winner, he is actually the winner. When in films, you say this one is the winner for us that we don't have to take so seriously. This group has one winner for some other group; someone else would have been the winner. So, don't take awards so seriously? Until you're talking about the Oscars, the reason I give some value to the Oscars is because the process that they follow, number one and number two – it is a window of opportunity for your marketing. Because Lagaan was nominated, a whole lot of people in the world wanted to watch the nominated film. A lot of people watch nominated film. So, you get an opportunity and window for increasing your window and that's how I looked at it. In actuality, winning the award or not winning it is not that important. For me, what is important is that audience for whom we have made the film, how much they have liked it. No awards is bigger than that. It is the audience for me, nothing else. Not Oscars, not anything.”

Lagaan revolved around the British Raj when a farmer named Bhuvan accepts the challenge of Captain Andrew Russell to beat his team in a game of cricket and enable his village to not pay taxes for the next three years. The film starred Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley and Paul Blackthorne.

Also Read: 20 Years of Lagaan EXCLUSIVE: Aamir Khan on Oscars’ loss – “The film was highly appreciated, so you don't look at it negatively”

More Pages: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India Box Office Collection , Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India Movie Review


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