SCAM ALERT: Celebs Asked To Stay Away From Bogus Award Functions

Imran Asif Fazal |Mar 06, 2020

Several award functions are organized in Mumbai and several celebs are lured to attend the ceremony.

Bollywood award function have always been into controversies. From recently held Filmfare awards to Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival. First it was ex Bigg Boss contestant Mahira Sharma and now renowned YouTuber Gaurav Taneja aka Flying Beast complained that he was scammed by an award function organizers. Several celebs are invited to such award functions which often have similar names.

Mahira Sharma Bigg Boss 13 Contestant
Mahira Sharma was accused of forging an award by one of the event organizer.

Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India's highest award for contribution in cinema. The award function is organized by National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The government of India gives the honour to actors for their excellent work in the film industry. The first award winner was Devika Rani (1969) for her Indian English-language film Karma (1933). Recently, Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with the award in 2018.

Gaurav Taneja in a video posted on his YouTube channel had said that he alonwgith his wife Ritu were invited to an award function in Mumbai. There they were assured by organizers that they will be receiving the award for Best Digital Content Creators. However, they were under impression that they were awarded with the original Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

"Several organizers lure celebs to attend their award functions to make it look big for their sponsors. They use names which match the names of renowned people. But these award functions are total scam. They spread a word through their PR managers and invite media to cover such events. At times the coverage is a paid one.", said an event manager associated with a media house.

However, not only such scam awards function lure celebs but they assure them with awards and other perks like tickets to travel and special accommodation abroad. They include name of several  A listers in invitation cards and promote their events. Experts believe that a notification has been issued to several celebrities to double check credentials before attending any events.

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