Upset with the award committee for disrespecting her,veteran actor Mala Sinha did not attend the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award ceremony. She was to receive the award on April 30 but there was no mention about her and the award she was going to get in the invitation card.
I was told I am getting Phalke award but it is shocking that my name is not there and which award I will get is also not mentioned. I did not ask for the award,they decided to give it to me. I am not aware which award I was getting,this is insulting. I am terribly hurt. I feel cheated, Sinha said.
The actor,who has has starred in over a 100 films,including Pyaasa (1957),Dhool Ka Phool (1959),Gumrah (1963),and Aankhen (1968),said her name was announced along with singer Asha Bhosle and late filmmaker Yash Chopra for the award.
She had even attended the announcement press conference of the award ceremony on April 25 and was quite excited about it. I am happy that Asha and Pamela Chopra (Yash Chopras wife) are getting awards. I am close to Asha,I am a big fan of her. I am proud that they both are getting the award, she said.
In the past,she had received accolades for her sterling performance in films like Jahan Ara and Himalaya Ki God Mein. My several films have been hit,I have got film awards,got love and acceptance of audience. I am happy with whatever I have achieved till now, she said. In most of her films from the 60s,she got the first place in the credits,even before the heroes,with exceptions being those with Guru Dutt,Raj Kapoor,Dev Anand,Pradeep Kumar and Kishore Kumar. However,Sinha is not contemplating action against the award committee.