Best Debutant row: Harshvardhan apologises to Diljit Dosanjh

Harshvardhan Kapoor has apologised to Punjabi actor-singer Diljit Doshanj, seeking to put an end to the ‘best debutant’ controversy. Harshvardhan had expressed his displeasure over the Filmfare Awards, after he lost the Best Debut (Male) to Diljit for the latter’s ‘Udta Punjab’.

"Love you to sir, have lots of respect for you and your body of work sorry if I said anything that came out wrong @diljitdosanjh @AnilKapoor," Harshvardhan posted on Twitter.

Harshvardhan, who was also nominated in the same category for his film ‘Mirzya’, felt that his performance deserved the award, as Diljit had already done many Punjabi films, and ‘Udta Pujab’ wasn’t his debut.

“Although I picked up two debutant awards earlier, I was really looking forward to winning the black lady. But I guess every awards event has its own parameters. I’ll be honest, though. I think a debutant award is meant for someone working on his first film. It shouldn’t go to an actor who has worked in several films in another industry or language,” the 26-year-old actor was quoted as saying.

His comments were slammed by Filmfare magazine’s executive editor, further fuelling the row. Diljit too defended himself and was quoted as saying, “I know that Dhanush got an award, who has worked in many South films and Fawad Khan also got an award, who is a star in Pakistan. I am not the first example. So it is not ethically wrong. People’s love is the biggest award.”

The ‘Proper Patola’ singer, however, said that he is not hurt by the newcomer’s remarks. “I am not hurt. I am not sad. I am thankful to Filmfare Awards for the honour that they gave me. I don't think I was deserving enough. It's a big award (and) I think they would have seen something in me and so they gave me the award," Diljit told PTI.