Granted, that Miss Kaif has been in the Hindi film industry for more than a decade, and her latest releaseBaar Baar Dekho with Sidharth Malhotra wasn't a complete wash-out, however, many in the online universe believe that the decision by the Priyadarshini Academy, the NGO conducting these awards, may be an insult to the memory and acting prowess of the late actress who won immense critical acclaim for her performances in films like Manthan, Bhumika and Arth.
In spite of a massive fan following, Katrina's nomination for the award is so surprising to many that it wasn't long before Twitter exploded with jokes, and started trolling the actress.
Some are not fans of Katrina's acting and they made it abundantly clear:
Katrina Kaif receiving Smita Patil Memorial Award is same as Sajid Khan getting an Oscar? Bobby Deol (@thebobbydeoll) September 16, 2016
500 year old Mummies gives more expressions on their faces than Katrina Kaif.? Thakur Baldev Singh. (@HathwalaThakur) September 15, 2016
Meanwhile Katrina Kaif must be 'googling' who was Smita Patil for she doesn't even know a b s of acting? Aria (@adagio_aria) September 16, 2016
People surprised over Katrina kaif getting the Smita patel Award. Hv a look at this pic.twitter.com/r9dTxAx0Pt? Pawan SinghA (@urbanpendu00) September 16, 2016
Smita Patil will wake up from the grave n attack the ones who are awarding it to Katrina n ruining her name ha ha https://t.co/ZCe2DExMun? TRULY/MADLY/DEEPLY (@DPCRAZEN1001) September 15, 2016
There were political angles:
When Kejriwal can win Magsaysay award for emergent leadership, why so much hue and cry over Katrina getting award for B'wood contribution?? Professor (@BeerOholic) September 16, 2016
Well, look at it this way: Smita Patil award mite spur Katrina 2 better acting. Same logic applied when Obama was awarded Nobel Peace Prize!? Rasheed Kappan (@kappansky) September 16, 2016
Some recalled her alleged high-profile relationship with a certain superstar:
Don't make fun of Katrina kaif, surviving in Bollywood after breaking up with Salman Khan is a big talent.? EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) September 15, 2016
Katrina Kaif To Be Awarded The Smita Patil Award For Contribution To Cinema.? Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) September 16, 2016
Only Acting She Ever Did Was Dating Salman To Enter Bollywood.
Before we knew it, Chetan Bhagat was getting trolled:
Katrina Kaif getting the Smita Patil award is wonderful news. It has paved the way for Chetan Bhagat getting the Nobel Prize for Literature? The Bad Doctor (@DOCTORATLARGE) September 16, 2016
Some were still trying to find sense in the world:
The people who decided to give the Smita Patil award to Katrina Kaif must be smacked in the face. Is there no sense left in this world?? ruchi kokcha (@ruchikokcha) September 16, 2016
Filmfare Award for Best Actress, National Film Award for Best Actress -Smita Patil Awards? Bhushan khiladi (@Bhushanadhau1) September 16, 2016
Katrina Kaif Haters Time To Leave Planet Earth Now
Stop the world, some people wanted to get off:
#KatrinaKaif to get Smita patil memorial award for her excellence in Bollywood? Sameera Gawandi (@sameeratweeter) September 15, 2016
Someone kill me
I hear katrina Kaif is getting the Smita Patil Memorial Award the end is inevitably near #roflmao? Bongitybong (@bongitybong) September 15, 2016
But Katrina needn't worry. Because 'haters gonna hate.'
Katrina Kaif celebrating her Smita Patil award for contribution to Indian Cinema. pic.twitter.com/4bCs7nm4x2? $ir $ri Aditya Magal (@jhunjhunwala) September 16, 2016