That now hallowed weight gain and then loss on Aamir Khan's part did not impress either. "It's not just someone looks right for the character, we cannot call him Best Actor. Mohanlal and Akshay have survived for so long, we thought it's good encouragement," Priyadarshan said.
Twitter is filled with as many posts asking why Aamir Khan was ignored as there are congratulating Akshay Kumar. Manoj Bajpayee's performance in Aligarh has also been cited as more National Award-worthy.
Akshay Kumar getting the #NationalFilmAwards instead of Aamir. This is how GEN category people feel everyday while competing with quota guys? Pritam Verma (@tigerpritam) April 7, 2017
#NationalFilmAwards is a joke now! Didn't you see Aamir in dangal, SRK in fan! Even salman was better actor than AK this year!? Dilwala (@Angoor_aadmi) April 7, 2017
National award to #AkshayKumar for rustom?It should be Aamir khan for his superb acting.? Ritika Sharma (@ritikasharma_) April 7, 2017
It's not easy to gain and lose weight in few months
#NationalFilmAwards Why Akshay for Rustom? Why not Aamir for Dangal? At times I really think you guys are stoned? shubham maloo (@shubhammaloo) April 7, 2017
Some tweets have joined dots between Akshay Kumar and Priyadarshan, who directed him in films like Hera Pheri, Garam Masala and Bhagam Bhag.
Just a couple of months ago, Twitter was outraging on behalf of Akshay Kumar, when the Filmfare Awards nominees were announced - Akshay was very conspicuous by his absence in the Best Actor category, which included Salman Khan's performance in Sultan. Aamir Khan, who famously does not attend award shows, won.
Dangal, one of 2016's biggest critical hits, scored a sole win at the National Awards - 16-year-old Zaira Wasim won Best Supporting Actress. Aamir's performance as an ageing, pot-bellied former wrestler and autocratic father of two daughters he trains in his own sport was widely hailed as his career-best work. Dangal had a record-shattering run at the box office.