Superstar Mahesh Babu-Koratala Siva's Srimanthudu bagged six awards at the first edition of IIFA Utsavam. Of the 12 award categories, Srimanthudu managed to fetch the most sought-after ones like Best Actor in Leading Role and Best Actress in Leading Role.
Though Mahesh and Shruti Haasan deserve them for pulling off their roles with ease, the jury's choice is receiving a lot of criticism, since many opine that Prabhas is fitting to get his due for Baahubali. Neverthless, Baahubali bagged five awards at the event, including the Best Picture and Best Director.
But the fan wars among Mahesh Babu and Prabhas fans are giving rise to the discussions, if Mahesh really deserves it over Prabhas. However, the worthy point to note of all that it is being said is, IIFA Utsavam announce its awardees on the basis of public voting system, conducted on their website prior to the awards ceremony.
Apparently, the myth that awards are only presented to the actors/actresses, who are willing to attend the event, is adding fuel to the fan wars. The downside of the awards and the lack of transparency in the polling system are largely in debate, making the awards lose its credibility. Perhaps, it is just not about IIFA Utsavam, but all the award ceremonies that we have today.
So, the discussion 'if Mahesh deserves it or Prabhas deserves it', has now moved on to' whether the awards hold any esteem?'. Albeit, there is also an argument that if all the award ceremonies continue to glorify 'only' Baahubali and its cast and crew, then the awards this year will go single-handed, making the other releases of the year appear disregarded.
A few opine that it is going to be a controversy in any which way if we go on discussing. What is fair and what is unfair will always remain a point of conflict, and we stick to this take.