The 65th Filmfare Award will go down in history as one of the most controversial as the audiences were mighty irked by the fact that many superlative performances were ignored and winners were nominated and chosen that clearly showcased a bias. Yami Gautam who was much appreciated for her performance in Bala was ignored and not nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category. This exclusion did not sit well with her fans that had started trending #BoycottFilmfare and #UnfairFilmfare before the winners were announced.
Today, Yami took to social media to issue a statement wherein she expressed her gratitude to her fans for standing by her. She also wrote quite humbly to the jury members who overlooked her impeccable performance. She wrote, “I feel compelled to express my views, in response to the countless messages that I have been receiving, for getting 'overlooked' and not being nominated for my performance in Bala. Honestly, winning an award does feel like a strong sense of achievement and confidence. But more than that, a nomination in itself, is a mark of acknowledgment, love and respect towards your hard work and talent. Having said that, the esteemed jury are some of the most noted and senior members of the fraternity who have made important contributions in cinema. Hence, I shall respectfully accept their perspectives."
She added, "In the end, I just want to say, these are just experiences which make you even more self-assured and determined in life. It re-instates your faith, in fact, that you don't need to seek validation for your work or yourself from anyone. The kind of love that I have received this year, from the industry, critics, media, my talented fellow contemporaries and most importantly YOU - my audience, for always showing unconditional love - selfless support, means the world to me and is enough to boost me to keep working harder. It doesn't matter where you come from, who you are, just don't ever give up and keep walking ahead. It's a long journey and I am a hustler, for life."
Yami co-starred along with Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar in Bala. Filmfare received a lot of flak for overlooking Manoj Muntashir’s song Teri Mitti from Kesari in the Best Lyrics category. It also was panned for not acknowledging the performances of Akshay Kumar, Kangana Ranaut, Ankita Lokhande and several others. The awards were labeled as 'Paid Award' on Wikipedia by a user.