As a society, we love honoring achievement. Awards are a great way to appreciate one’s work and it also encourages talent. Bollywood celebs too are honored with awards for their outstanding work in the Hindi film industry. But what happens when these people don’t want to be honored? It’s uncommon for recipients to turn down prestigious rewards, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.
Among other things, it lands them on this list of people who declined awards and refused honors. Take a look at those Bollywood celebs who refused prestigious awards, and then ask yourself, would you ever do the same?
1- Shashi Kapoor
Veteran actor-producer Shashi Kapoor has received four national awards and two Filmfare awards. Shashi Kapoor accounts to be the only actor who has ever refused a national award. The award was given to him for this great performance in the movie Dharma Putra. But he believed that his performance wasn’t great enough for the award.
2- Lata Mangeshkar
Known as the ‘Nightingale of Bollywood,’ Lata Mangeshkar is one of the biggest playback singers in India. She has a big list of awards under her name that includes Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, etc. However, she denied accepting her first Filmfare award because the trophy was designed as a lady that didn’t have any clothes on. So, the Filmfare team redesigned the award and gave it to her.
3- Sonu Nigam
Known for his soulful voice, Sonu Nigam is a recipient of one national award, two Filmfare awards in Hindi and two Filmfare awards in the South. In 1997, Sonu refused to take the Filmfare award for the best song for Sandese Aate Hai which was sung by both Sonu Nigam and Roop Kumar Rathore. He rejected the award saying that both of them deserved the same honor.
4- Suchitra Sen
There was one time when she dominated the Hindi and Bengali cinema. Suchitra also played a role in the movie Devdas by Bimal Roy. She was awarded India’s biggest movie honor, Dadasaheb Phalke Award but she didn’t receive it as she wanted to take it in a private ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, but her wish wasn’t accepted.
A great actress of her time, Vyjayanthimala played the role of Chandramukhi in the movie, Devdas by Bimal Roy. In 1955, she was given the Filmfare award for best supporting actress. She rejected the award because she believed that she played the lead role and not a supporting role in the movie.
6- Kumar Sanu
Undoubtedly, an excellent Indian playback singer, Kumar Sanu was awarded five times with Filmfare Award for the Best Singer. Because he had won so many times, he decided to reject the award so as to give an opportunity to the upcoming singers.
7- Reena Roy
Regarded as one of the best actresses of Bollywood, Reena has played many iconic roles from 1972 to 1985. In 1977, she was awarded the Filmfare Award for the Best Supporting Actress for the movie Apnapan. But Reena rejected the award because she believed that she didn’t play a supporting role, but a lead role.
8- Salim Khan
Salim Khan is one of the best writers in Bollywood. He refused the Padma Shri in 2015 because he believes that his contributions deserved higher honor than a Padma Shri.
9- Prithviraj Kapoor
Recipient of Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his amazing performance in movies, Prithviraj Kapoor had once refused to take the Filmfare award for the Best Supporting Actor for the movie Mughal-E-Azam as he believed that he deserved an award for the Best Actor.
10- Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut is one of the most talented actresses and is popularly known for not being able to get along with award shows. She never attends an award show but was invited to accept her award for the Best Actress Award at the Melbourne Film Festival, for her very successful movie, Tanu Weds Manu.