Sixteen years ago, when he donned a rustic cloth and trained an amateur cricket team, the British waived off a Gujarat village’s land tax. Recently, when he donned a rustic cloth and groomed his two daughters to become wrestling champions, the inspiring film compelled Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi to declare it tax-free.
Sixteen years ago, when he donned a rustic cloth and trained an amateur cricket team, the British waived off a Gujarat village's land tax. Recently, when he donned a rustic cloth and groomed his two daughters to become wrestling champions, the inspiring film compelled Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi to declare it tax-free. It does seem like every time Aamir Khan, among the highest tax-paying actors of Bollywood, becomes a rural sports coach, he helps you save tax.
Last night, though, another coincidence closed the 16-year gap between 'Lagaan' and 'Dangal'. At the 62nd Jio Filmfare Awards 2017, the notorious perfectionist, who last won a Best Actor award for 'Lagaan' in 2002, bagged one this year for his brooding portrayal of a patriarch who grooms his daughters to be wrestling champions in 'Dangal'.
Given that the sports biopic based on the Phogat sisters picked up three major awards at the event, the venue could not have been more on point. Held at the Dome at Worli's National Sports Club of India (NSCI)— an indoor stadium where Pro-Kabaddi players have slapped their thighs as their earthy game received a shot of glamour— the event saw 'Dangal' bag both Best Film and Best Director (Nitesh Tiwari) awards. In addition, 'Udta Punjab'—Abhishek Chaubey's weighty look at the insurgence of drug abuse in Punjab—too enjoyed some well-deserved spotlight with Alia Bhatt winning the Best Actress award and Shahid Kapoor the Critics Award for Best Actor for his mind-altering portrayal of a drug-addled singer.
Unlike the heady concert events in that film, though, the air at the glamorous award ceremony boasted only legal substances such as free WiFi and stardust.
The evening began with the host, Shah Rukh Khan, dropping from the sky in a harness with a guitar, lipsyncing a song about cinema and strumming even as he dangled mid-air. "I am banned in Wankhede, not in NSCI," he told the organizers through his hands-free mike, while requesting them to let him step on to the stage. Given that the Best Actor category featured all three Khans, the Badshah of Bollywood decided to take an instant poll of popularity by asking the audience to clap for their favourite Khan one by one. When they clapped for Aamir, SRK deadpanned: "Liars. If you are a true fan of Aamir, you won't be at an awards function."
Title sponsor for the event was Jio, associate sponsors were Reliance Digital, Gaurs, Carnival Cinemas and Shivtara Properties Pvt Ltd; the event was powered by LYF smartphone plus and Sanjay Ghodawat Group, telecast partner Sony Entertainment Television, exclusive digital streaming partner Sony LIV, hair styling partner Schwarzkopf, metal partner Lumineux Uno, online jewellery partner Nakshatra World, skill partner Skill Ministry, outdoor partner Bright Outdoor, cinema advertising partner Khushi Advertising, English news channel partner Times Now, Hindi news channel partner India TV and music partner T Series.