Awards are meant to felicitate the good. Something that deserves to be noticed. But over the years, it became an obsession. Especially in the film industry, it became mandatory for a celeb to win an award to prove his/her worth. Trophies on the wall determine one's talent. While this unwritten norm is changing, we have heard stories of celebrities trying to even buy an award in order to be in the limelight. Not many have come forward and spoken about it, except Rishi Kapoor.
The Bobby star has never minced words and is known for his outspoken behaviour. His followers on Twitter would agree to this! So in his book Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor uncensored, the veteran star has unabashedly written about buying an award. An excerpt from his book reads, "I think that Amitabh was sulking because I had won the best actor award for Bobby. I am sure he felt the award was rightfully his for Zanjeer, which released the same year. I am ashamed to say it, but I actually ‘bought’ that award. I was so naïve. There was this PRO, Taraknath Gandhi, who said to me, ‘Sir, tees hazaar de do, toh aap ko main award dila doonga.’ I am not the manipulative sort but I admit that I gave him the money without thinking."
Rishi Kapoor, of course, did not mention the name of the award he bought, but if one recalls, it was the Black Lady that Rishi Kapoor took home at the 21st Filmfare Awards ceremony for Bobby. Wikipedia too says that Rishi Kapoor received a Filmfare Best Actor trophy for his debut. It does not need much calculation to give rise to speculations.
Later in an interview with India Today, Rishi Kapoor, however, exclaimed, "I did not write a Filmfare award (in the book). I have not said any names. I have said I bought *an award*." It must be noted that he stuck to his words and said that he bought an award for Rs 30,000 because he was young and rich.