Akshay Kumar on winning National award for best actor for Rustom, controversies started that Aamir Khan should won for Dangal or Manoj Bajpaye should win the award for Aligarh.
One of the jury member of National Award Priyadarshan issued the statement on questioning the decision that:
Akshay Kumar deserved the award and so we gave it to him. There were a total of 38 jury members with me on this. How can you question the decision of so many people? Ramesh Sippy headed the jury last year. When he gave Best Actor to Amitabh Bachchan for ‘Piku’ why didn’t anyone question him?
He also said that Akki was given the ward in keeping both his performances of Rustom & Airlift in mind.
On questioning that Aamir Khan should receive the award he said:
Aamir recently said that he wouldn’t personally accept the award if he is given one. If I remember, Aamir didn’t attend the ceremony when he won the award for ‘Taare Zameen Par’ (The film bagged the National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare in 2008). So, why spoil it for some other actor who stood as good a chance of winning the award.