Opinion: '12th Fail' Should Be the 'Film of the Year' at Dadasaheb Phalke Awards Over 'Salaar'!

Exploring why the emotionally resonant '12th Fail,' directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and starring Vikrant Massey, should take precedence over 'Salaar' for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Awards. Read the opinion below.

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In the cinematic showdown for the coveted 'Film of the Year' title at the Dadasaheb Phalke Awards, 'Salaar: Part 1 – Ceasefire' emerged victorious, stirring a debate among film enthusiasts. Directed by Prashanth Neel and featuring Prabhas and Prithviraj Sukumaran, 'Salaar' concluded 2023 with a cinematic spectacle, earning it accolades and a significant box office haul of 270 crores worldwide.


However, the decision to award 'Salaar' the 'Film of the Year' title has sparked mixed reactions, with many asserting that '12th Fail,' directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and starring Vikrant Massey, is a more deserving candidate. This sentiment resonates strongly among those who believe that cinematic excellence goes beyond box office numbers and high-octane action.

The Emotional Resonance of '12th Fail'

Vikrant Massey's '12th Fail' is not just a film; it's an emotion that has touched the hearts and souls of audiences across the nation. The narrative, presented in a deeply touching manner, has garnered immense appreciation since its release on an OTT platform. Transforming into a cultural phenomenon, this flick has defied expectations, becoming the highest-rated Indian film on IMDb with an impressive score of 9.2 out of ten.


12th Fail Box Office Collection (After 33 Days): Vikrant Massey Starrer  Crosses 50 Crores!

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The film explores the nuances of a striking real-life story, resonating with viewers on a profound level. While 'Salaar' showcased dynamic action, '12th Fail' delves into the realms of genuine human experiences, earning it a special place in the hearts of cinephiles.


 Oscars Recognition and IMDb Acclaim

Adding to its credentials, '12th Fail' has been officially submitted to the Oscars in 2024, receiving an independent nomination. Vikrant Massey confirmed this, and sources close to the team suggest that the film is being seriously considered for an Academy Award. The Oscars, a pinnacle of cinematic recognition, could potentially validate the film's standing as a masterpiece.

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Choosing Substance Over Spectacle

The debate surrounding 'Salaar' and '12th Fail' underscores a crucial question: should awards prioritize substance over spectacle? In an industry often dominated by high-octane action and commercial success, '12th Fail' stands as a testament to the power of authentic storytelling and impactful performances.

As cinema aficionados continue to express their views on social media and in conversations, the question remains - if a film like '12th Fail' embodies the true spirit of cinematic excellence, why should it play second fiddle to a different genre? The Dadasaheb Phalke Awards have an opportunity to champion substance over spectacle, and it is a worthy standard-bearer for this cause.





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