Movie award shows have reduced to TV shows, says John Abraham

Mumbai: Actor-turned-producer John Abraham, who has been in the industry for a decade now, says Bollywood award shows have been reduced to prime-time television shows and believes they can never reach the level of a fair award.

"All our award shows are television shows. Actors have to dance on those shows for television rating points. So it is a channel thing," the 40-year-old said here Wednesday at a promotional event for his film ‘I, Me aur Main’.

Asked why is Bollywood not able to reach the level of the recently-held Oscars in Hollywood, he said: "We don`t have any single award which is a serious award, so I don`t think we will ever reach that level of a fair award. The actor who will dance will get the award and I think that`s the way it has been happening."

However, John feels this year he has observed a change and good films have bagged awards.

"Last year all awards have been pretty fair, to be very honest, as new and different films like `Paan Singh Tomar`, `Vicky Donor`, `OMG: Oh My God!`, `English Vinglish`, `Kahaani` - they have all bagged a lot of awards. I believe we still need to make a legitimate award. I don`t think we have reached that level of maturity," John said.