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Monday, 5 January 2015

The HIndie Awards 2015: Final Nominees List

The First Official

HIndie Awards


After a grueling 365 days and more, I've completed the task of watching as many movies as I could in the best of conditions to present to you the main ballot of nominees for this year's HIndie (Hindi Independent) film awards.

There's a lot of changes in the nomination lists to discuss. A lot about the movies that might have been awesome that I just missed. And about the nominees in question. 

Now just cause it's called the HIndie Awards, it does not mean that the films nominated in question will be Independent films or for that matter Underdog films. It's just a word I want to use for my awards, and its a cool word. 

This year in Hindi cinema, has seen quite a lot of bad. What I hate though is when an audience will cry about the dredge that Bollywood churns out, but never look at the good. 

They'll complain on the Happy New Year's, Jai Ho's and Bang Bang's that they saw, but never remember the Aankhon Dekhi's, Miss Lovelies and Highway's that they missed. 

There's such good films that I maybe felt a bit too generous, thus I created a new system of awards in lieu of the Golden Globes. This now allows me to nominate fourteen movies in most categories including now even screenplay (a new addition). Along with a bevy of technical awards such as for VFX, costume, production and ensemble acting.

Maybe I'm becoming like the Indian film awards I despise so much. 

Granted once again this year most are getting it right with the wins; Haider picking up quite an amount of trophies. 

But my problem is with the nominations and the extra awards they hand out. A recent award show for example gave awards for each genre and then on top of that for overall best and also tertiary awards for fashion and box office. 

So much so that undeserving people like Sonam Kapoor (Khoobsurat), Jacqueline Fernandez (Fashion) and Shah Rukh Khan (Happy New Year) won awards. 

I have problems with too many dance numbers and bad comedy but more so with the nominations and giving out of awards at this show. 

You could also accuse me of doing that here, but I'm trying my best to give awards to deserving films. 

Of course in my opinion.

So new additions: VFX, Ensemble and more importantly a divided screenplay award between Drama and Comedy/Musical instead of Adapted and Original. 

Once again all these apart from the technical awards will be about 5-7 nominees. 

Speaking of which. 

At one point I really felt that this divide and more nominees experiment was a flop. In fact I'm still not convinced. 

I'll explain though, after I unveil the nominees list. 

    Best Motion Picture (Drama)
    Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical)
    Miss Lovely
    Aankhon Dekhi
    Hawaa Hawaai
    Dedh Ishqiya
    Hasee Toh Phasee
    Kya Dilli, Kya Lahore
    Finding Fanny

    Best Director
    Best Cinematography
    Anurag Kashyap-Ugly
    Finding Fanny
    Vishal Bhardwaj-Haider
    Miss Lovely
    Imtiaz Ali-Highway
    Dedh Ishqiya
    Vikas Bahl-Queen
    Rajat Kapoor-Aankhon Dekhi
    Abhishek Chaubey-Dedh Ishqiya
    Ashim Ahluwalia-Miss Lovely

    Best Screenplay (Drama)
    Best Screenplay (Comedy/Musical)
    Dedh Ishqiya
    Finding Fanny
    Kya Dilli, Kya Lahore
    Miss Lovely
    Aankhon Dekhi

    Best Actor in A Leading Role Drama (Male)
    Best Actor in A Leading Role Comedy/Musical (Male)
    Randeep Hooda-Highway
    Naseeruddin Shah-Dedh Ishqiya
    Vijay Raaz-Kya Dilli, Kya Lahore
    Arshad Warsi-Dedh Ishqiya
    Shahid Kapur-Haider
    Sharib Hashmi-Filmistaan
    Partho Gupte-Hawaa Hawaai
    Sanjay Mishra-Aankhon Dekhi
    Purab Kohli-Jal
    Naseeruddin Shah-Finding Fanny
    Nawazuddin Siddiqui-Miss Lovely
    Aamir Khan-PK
    Rajkumar Rao-Citylights

    Best Actor in A Leading Role Drama (Female)
    Best Actor in A Leading Role Comedy/Musical (Female)
    Priyanka Chopra-Mary Kom
    Vidya Balan-Bobby Jasoos
    Rani Mukherjee-Mardaani
    Parineeti Chopra-Hasee Toh Phasee
    Alia Bhatt-Highway
    Madhuri Dixit-Dedh Ishqiya
    Kangana Ranaut-Queen
    Tejaswini Kolhapure-Ugly
    Deepika Padukone-Finding Fanny

    Best Actor in A Supporting Role Drama (Male)
    Best Actor in A Supporting Role Comedy/Musical (Male)
    Vineet Kumar Singh-Ugly
    Vijay Raaz-Dedh Ishqiya
    Manu Rishi-Kya Dilli, Kya Lahore
    Rajat Kapoor-Aankhon Dekhi
    Anil George-Miss Lovely
    Girish Kulkarni-Ugly
    Rajkumar Rao-Queen
    Tahir Raj Bashin-Mardaani
    Pankaj Kapur-Finding Fanny
    Manav Kaul-Citylights
    Anil Mange-Hasee Toh Phasee
    K K Menon-Haider
    Gopal Dutt-Filmistaan

    Best Actor in A Supporting Role Drama (Female)
    Best Actor in A Supporting Role Comedy/Musical (Female)
    Neha Joshi-Hawaa Hawaai
    Lisa Haydon-Queen
    Tannishtha Chatterjee-Jal
    Anushka Sharma-PK
    Seema Pahwa-Aankhon Dekhi
    Shraddha Kapoor-Haider
    Huma Qureshi-Dedh Ishqiya
    Niharika Singh-Miss Lovely
    Dimple  Kapadia-Finding Fanny

    Kalki Koechlin-Happy Ending

    Best Breakthrough Actor (Male)
    Best Breakthrough Actor (Female)

    Best VFX
    Best Ensemble

    Best Production Design
    Best Costume Design

    Best Editing
    Best Documentary

    Best Soundtrack
    Best Score
    Ek Villain
    Dedh Ishqiya
    Finding Fanny
    Dedh Ishqiya
    Miss Lovely

A few things as I said to clarify. 

Despite being a supporting role in a film just full of them, I decided to bump Tejaswini Kolhapure to leading for Ugly. This is because there was a lack of a fifth nominee in that list that felt viable, I could have pushed Parineeti Chopra (Daawat E Ishq) or Alia Bhatt (2 States/Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania) but their performances weren't that great to be warranted and for that matter they're already nominated elsewhere. 

The technical awards will come first. These are the awards with no nominees (Expect for the breakthrough performances). 

I hate that I couldn't balance nominees to seven or five, so for screenplay, direction and movie I forced myself to get a balance equation between comedy/musical and drama. 

Once again the big rule pertaining to performance awards. All the leading awards will have their own post (same with supporting), the first set will depend on which side has the best award. 


If Randeep Hooda wins the leading drama award and he is better than leading drama (female), leading comedy/musical (male) and leading comedy/musical (female) say Kangana Ranaut. 

Then drama goes after comedy/musical. 

Separately if Kangana is better than Naseeruddin Shah, then Kangana goes last. 

As the last is mostly the respected one in the awards show. 

Anyways, you'll see one you see the posts. 

If there's anything more, I'll state it on the separate posts.

Also there's a few films I didn't see, so here's the list;

Suleimani Keeda: A slacker comedy, about film writers. This would have resonated so much with me. 

Rang Rasiya: A period romantic drama based on the life and paintings of Raja Ravi Verma. Randeep Hooda plays the titular character, and is supposedly brilliant. 

Children of War: Couldn't find a good print for this harrowing take on the Bangladesh liberation war. 

Titil (Unreleased) and Liar's Dice (Unreleased)

So that's it. 

The next time we meet, it will be for the technical awards. Also we wont meet very soon, I need a few weeks to settle down and also rewatch these films, so hopefully by February it's be HIndie Awards time (and in March-April it will be Underdog Awards time).

Up next: a stunning technical spectacle, a short but sweet tale of love and camaraderie and a top notch examination on India's B-Grade cinema...the Technical Section of the HIndie Awards

'Nuff Said

Aneesh Raikundalia

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