After accepting the ‘Smita Patil Memorial award’ actress Katrina Kaif has said the world cinema, not only Indian cinema, is often called a man’s world and the concept is changing slowly.
Kaif who was honoured with the award for her outstanding contribution to Hindi cinema, promised to keep her sincerity towards her work intact.
She added that cinema has given her the purpose in her life and she has been truthful about it.
“I believe the most important thing in art is truth. And I can promise that my attempt is sincere and truthful to the craft, which has largely given me my purpose in life over the last few years,” Katrina told reporters.
The Bollywood star said it was “overwhelming” for her to be given the recognition.
The 33-year-old Baar Baar Dekho actress said the award honours the memory of Smita, who has inspired several actresses. “This award honours the memory of one of the greatest, accomplished actress, whose roles served as an inspiration to the lives of millions of women. The one thing I do hope is I can continue to make the audience, who has given so much love and support over the last few years, proud of me and to deserve their love and support as they have given me.”
Katrina, who was presented the award by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, said she accepts the honour on “behalf of every woman who seeks to excel in her field of work.”
But there has been lot of criticism for awarding this year’s award to her.
A journalist has said: “You may ask what she has contributed in her 30-film-old career to deserve the honour, other than being Chameli and Sheila? And why, of all the other, infinitely more deserving actors (Kalki Koechlin, Radhika Apte, Konkana Sen Sharma, to name a few), she has been handpicked by the Priyadarshni Academy.
“Kaif’s selection is not just a grave insult to Patil, who captured the imagination of an entire generation with her poignant portrayal of the socio-political issues of her time, it also mocks all the previous recipients — brilliant actors notable for their powerful performances and choice of films — Vidya Balan, Tabu, Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi among others,” he said. – CINEWS