The latest Filmfare Awards have disappointed many netizens. People have taken to social media to express their dissatisfaction with the winners, and #BoycottFilmfareAwards has been trending on Twitter since Monday morning. While fans tweeted their ire, lyricist Manoj Muntashir declared that he is heartbroken over not winning an award for penning the heart-wrenching track Teri Mitti (Kesari). He took to Twitter to announce that he would not be attending any award ceremonies for the rest of his life.
Manoj penned an emotional note, "Dear Awards, even if I try all my life...I won't be able to write a better line than 'Tu Kahti Thee Tera Chaand Hoon Main Aur Chaand Humesha Rahta Hai'. You failed to honor the words which made millions of Indians cry and care for their motherland. It would be a great disrespect to my art if I still continue caring for you. So here I bid you a final good bye. I officially announce- I won't attend any award show till I breathe my last. Alvida."
Good bye Awards..!!! pic.twitter.com/iaZm0za40u
— Manoj Muntashir (@manojmuntashir) February 15, 2020
Gully Boy that swept all the major awards including Best Actor for Ranveer Singh, Best Actress for Alia Bhatt, Best Supporting Actress for Amruta Subhash and Zoya Akhtar taking home the Best Director award came under severe backlash from the netizens. One disgruntled user decided to ake his indignation known by editing the Filmfare page on Wikipedia and labeled Gully Boy’s awards as ‘Paid’.
The mood has been similar for many fans who accused the awards to be fixed and promoting nepotism and awarding actors and filmmakers who are star kids. People were irked that superlative performances like Akshay Kumar in Kesari, Sushant Singh Rajput and Navin Polishetty in Chhichhore and creative films like Hrithik Roshan in Super 30 were ignored. Check out some of the tweets below:
So true...coz they have to promote betis some renowned people Akhtar, Bhatt and Pandey....nepotism rules in Bollywood ....so sad that quality cinema does not matter..#BoycottFilmfareAwards #BoycottFilmFare https://t.co/uC4mnT144n
— Abhishek Sharma (@pingaksho9abhi) February 17, 2020
This won filmfare Deserving
Best lyrics award pic.twitter.com/l51ypxEqjU
— Bhavana (@Bhavna83090486) February 17, 2020
— ( % _) (@watan1912) February 17, 2020
— BihariBabu (@mayanksledger) February 17, 2020
When i came to know most of the awards were dedicated to #GullyBoy , my expressions were ... shocking to know #Kesari didnt receive a single award.... #FilmfareAward2020, did u get paid from #GullyBoy team? https://t.co/3d8zBPjERz
— ChandanRj (@zensmit11) February 17, 2020
#GullyBoy took 13 awards at #FilmfareAward2020 ! This is the condition of India, instead of giving any major awards to the creative films like Super 30, Article 15 etc., they are obsessed with one Hardich Film!
How can you expect India to win any Oscar ever#BoycottFilmFare
— Diptayan Rated R (@DiptayanM) February 16, 2020
— SAHIL DUBEY (@SAHILDU47524402) February 16, 2020
Go home @filmfare ... You’re drunk af !!
— Yo Yo Funny Singh (@moronhumor) February 16, 2020
— swapnil (@swapnilkksi) February 16, 2020
— Sourabh Jha (@thesourabhjha) February 17, 2020
— Smruti Sagar Brahma (@SmrutiBrahma) February 17, 2020
— Shana Launda (@shanalaunda) February 16, 2020
Even singer Neha Bhasin called out Filmfare on ignoring Manoj Muntashir.
We music industry make your films as much as your actors do @filmfare and we are stars too, our fans love us with all their might. If i can afford a certain standard of living n stature i refuse to be treated otherwise
I #BoycottFilmFare thank u @manojmuntashir for speaking up
— Neha Bhasin (@nehabhasin4u) February 16, 2020
They deserved better
Shreya Ghoshal, Shahid Kapoor, Hrithik Rohan, Rani Mukharji Really feeling sad for you guys pic.twitter.com/6mkhbn8XSE
— Megastar Fan Dev (@DevMegastarFan) February 16, 2020
On Muntashir, netizens came up in support of him because Teri Mitti is a song that touched hearts of almost all Bollywood buffs, especially due to its lyrics. Commenting on his post, a user wrote: "@filmfare and @jiteshpillaai You literally killed faith of many Indians and lyricist by not giving award to #TeriMitti. This song is best of the decade not only of this year. Rap songs winning over such beautiful meaningful and soulful song."
— Vishali (@vishalikoul16) February 17, 2020
Netizens continued to express their unhappiness and the hashtag #BoycottFilmfareAwards continued to trend throughout Monday afternoon.