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Monday, 14 December 2015

HIndie Awards: What if?

HIndie Awards

What if?

So I thought about this, since I'm anyways going crazier by making predictions for my blog's HIndie Awards then why not go the whole way.

If you see a lot of Oscar season predictions then the race generally bends to not only how good a film or an aspect of it is, but who is behind the film; the backers that are going to campaign the hell out of it to win. It's like any other dirty political race.

So I decided; why not utilize that-yes flawed but-fun method to cast my predictions for this year's HIndie Award.

For that to happen, it mean there is a need for a history to be built around the awards and since it is in actuality only one year old; why not do a What if version like I did for my Underdog Awards.

It'd be fun...right?! RIGHT?!

Yeah, I'm going nuts.

Anyways let's begin with what if's going from 2013-2009 [Only this decade! and the one year which in my opinion cannot be missed since it was one of the best for modern Hindi cinema]

HIndie Awards 2010

So let's begin with what is now the actual first official HIndie Awards ceremony; the 2010 HIndie Awards, honoring the actual best of the best of Hindi films of 2009 [As well as I can remember and judge them].

So here is the nomination are highlighted in bold/italics. 

Best Motion Picture (Drama)
Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Romantic)
Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani for Luck By Chance [Reliance BIG Entertainment]
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Ronnie Screwala for Delhi 6 [UTV Motion Pictures]
Deepak Sharma for Gulaal [Zee Limelight]
Anupam Mittal and Aditya Shastri for 99 [People Pictures]
Rahul Merchant, Shailendra Singh and Harindra Singh for Firaaq [Percept Picture Company]
Ronnie Screwvala for Dev D [UTV Motion Pictures]
Vishal Bhardwaj and Ronnie Screwvala for Kaminey [UTV Motion Pictures]
Vidhu Vinod Chopra for 3 Idiots [Reliance BIG Entertainment]
Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sunil Manchanda and Mahesh Ramanathan for Paa [Reliance BIG Entertainment]
Karan Johar for Wake Up Sid [Dharma Productions and UTV Motion Pictures]

Best Director
Best Cinematography
Anurag Kashyap for Dev D
Binod Pradhan for Delhi 6
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra for Delhi 6
Rajeev Ravi for Dev D
Vishal Bhardwaj for Kaminey
Natarajan Subramaniam for Love Aaj Kal
Zoya Akhtar for Luck By Chance
Anil Mehta for Wake Up Sid
Rajkumar Hirani for 3 Idiots
Tassaduq Hussain for Kaminey

Best Screenplay (Drama)
Best Screenplay (Comedy/Romantic)
Raj Singh Chaudhary and Anurag Kashyap for Gulaal
Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane for Dev D
Zoya Akhtar for Luck By Chance
Ayan Mukherjee for Wake Up Sid
Nandita Das and Suchita Kothari for Firaaq
Sita Menon, Raj Nidhimoru and Krishna DK for 99
Vishal Bhardwaj, Sabrina Dhawan, Supratik Sen and Abhishek Chaubey for Kaminey
Jaideep Sahni for Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year
R. Balki for Paa
Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra for 3 Idiots

Best Actor in A Leading Role Drama (Male)
Best Actor in A Leading Role Comedy/Romantic (Male)
Farhan Akhtar as Vikram Jaisingh for Luck By Chance
Aamir Khan as Rancho/Phunsuk Wangdu for 3 Idiots
KK Menon as Dukey Bana for Gulaal
Saif Ali Khan as Jaivardhan Singh/Veer Singh for Love Aaj Kal
Naseeruddin Shah as Khan Saheb for Firaaq
Abhay Deol as Dev Singh Dhillon for Dev D
Shahid Kapoor as Guddu/Charlie for Kaminey
Ranbir Kapoor as Siddharth 'Sid' Mehra for Wake Up Sid
Amitabh Bachchan as Auro for Paa
Ranbir Kapoor as Harpreet Singh Bedi for Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year

Best Actor in A Leading Role Drama (Female)
Best Actor in A Leading Role Comedy/Romantic (Female)
Shahana Goswami as Muneera for Firaaq
Deepika Padukone as Meera Pandit for Love Aaj Kal
Priyanka Chopra as Sweety for Kaminey
Mahi Gill as Parminder 'Paro' for Dev D
Deepti Naval as Aarti for Firaaq
Konkona Sen Sharma as Aisha Banerjee for Wake Up Sid
Konkona Sen Sharma as Sona Mishra for Luck By Chance
Gauhar Khan as Koena Sheikh for Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year
Vidya Balan as Vidya for Paa
Kareena Kapoor as Pia Sahastrabuddhe for 3 Idiots

Best Actor in A Supporting Role Drama (Male)
Best Actor in A Supporting Role Comedy/Romantic (Male)
Rishi Kapoor Rommy Rolly for Luck By Chance
Deepak Dobriyal as Mamdu for Delhi 6
Abhimanyu Singh as Rananjay 'Ransa' Singh for Gulaal
Boman Irani as Viru Sahastrabuddhe for 3 Idiots
Paresh Rawal as Sanjay for Firaaq
Madhavan as Farhan Qureshi for 3 Idiots
Piyush Mishra as Prithvi Bana for Gulaal
Rishi Kapoor as Veer Singh for Love Aaj Kal
Amole Gupte as Bhope Bhau for Kaminey
Anupam Kher as Ram Mehra for Wake Up Sid

Best Actor in A Supporting Role Drama (Female)
Best Actor in A Supporting Role Comedy/Romantic(Female)
Jessie Randhawa as Anuja for Gulaal
Kalki Koechlin as Leni/Chanda for Dev D
Dimple Kapadia as Neena Walia for Luck By Chance
Aditi Rao Hydari as Rama Bua for Delhi 6
Tisca Chopra as Anuradha Desai for Firaaq
Supriya Pathak as Sarita Mehra for Wake Up Sid
Kirron Kher for Kurbaan
Waheeda Rehman as Dadi for Delhi 6
Arundhati Nag as Nani for Paa
Divya Dutta as Jalebi for Delhi 6

Best Original Song
Best Original Score
'Sapno Se Bhare Naina', Shankar Mahadevan for Luck By Chance
Piyush Kanojia and Rajat Dholakia for Firaaq
'Iktara', Kavita Seth and Amitabh Bhattacharya Wake Up Sid
Amit Trivedi for Dev D
'Rehna Tu', AR Rehman,Benny Dayal and Tanvi Shah for Delhi 6
Vishal Bhardwaj for Kaminey
'Main Kya Hoon', KK for Love Aaj Kal
Piyush Mishra for Gulaal
'O Pardesi', Tochi Raina for Dev D
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for Luck By Chance

 I will make a few statements on the winners;

-Thanks to the new genre divide...both Kashyap films leave a mark and win, this was the year Anurag Kashyap became a juggernaut alternative to mainstream cinema. Also in favor UTV and Ronnie Screwala handled the production and distribution of Kashyap, heralding his entry into the big leagues.

-Since I didn't want to nominate him twice, Kashyap unofficially wins for both films though Dev D being the fresher of films [Gulaal was released in 2009 after much delay due to censorship] is much more technically crisp and presents a refined skill set of the director hence the actual champion

-Rajeev Ravi's lucid cinematography gives a brilliantly trippy vibe to the new age Devdas it trumps his own red tinged Gulaal.

-Written with a more complex bent and very raw issue at its core, Gulaal is where the drama screenplay award goes. 

-Wake Up Sid's breezy style and from the heart musings of growing up and romance make it a winner for debutante Ayan Mukherjee

-Farhan Akhtar gives a stirringly nuanced subtle performance as a struggling actor in a massive ensemble piece while Abhay Deol knocks it out of the park in a career best performance. If I had begun a year prior then he would have struck gold for Oye Lucky as well. 

-Much of Firaaq is underrated and the actors especially don't get their due, the ensemble cast is phenomenal especially in this case veteran Deepti Naval who's guilt ridden character is vulnerably and hauntingly performed. Mahi Gill also stands toe to toe with Deol as his Paro pulling off her breakthrough role with aplomb. 

-Side Note; Some might be surprised by my inclusion of Gauhar Khan in a leading capacity, yes she is a supporting figure but she is also in a role and performance that truly lets her shine, being the second best behind a game Ranbir in a fascinating film. 

-Piyush Mishra is equal parts hilarious and scary as the subjugated younger brother to KK Menon in Gulaal. Boman is the best thing of 3 Idiots, scenery chewing and an actual laugh riot with his reactions and physicality. Dimple Kapadia steals the film in a key scene highlighting something that is scarily emotionally raw and powerful. Kalki in a first time role is a beacon of light for Dev and a hell of a dark entertainer. 

-Who can beat A.R. Rehman? Rehna Tu is so soothing. As trippy and slick the Dev D cinematography is, so is its hypnotic score.

Now onto the distribution models; 

Reliance BIG Entertainment and UTV Motion Pictures were making huge splashes around this time, effectively controlling the market on some of the better films as such becoming their own competitions. 

Ronnie Screwvala and UTV are probably like the Harvey Weinstein's of Bollywood and it shows. Dominant across the board, making Dev D a bumper success. 

Here's the final tally of how many wins each film scored as well;

Dev D
Luck By Chance
Delhi 6
Wake Up Sid
3 Idiots
Love Aaj Kal
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year

HIndie Awards 2011

As the previous awards season proved Reliance BIG Entertainment and especially UTV Motion Pictures are juggernauts when it comes to the awards season campaigns. 

Films distributed by UTV took about 34 nominations with a total of 9 trophies home where as the other big distributor Reliance BIG Entertainment went home 3 trophies out of 21 with the rest distributed mostly between smaller independent productions. 

It shows that the big fish still rule in terms of top notch content.  

From here, it's onwards and let's begin;

Best Motion Picture (Drama)
Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical)
Ross Katz and Susan Landau for Road, Movie [Studio 18]
Arindam Chaudhari for Do Dooni Chaar [Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ronnie Screwvala for Guzaarish [UTV Motion Pictures]
Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao for Peepli Live [Aamir Khan Productions and UTV Motion Pictures]
Sanjay Singh, Anurag Kashyap and Ronnie Screwvala for Udaan [UTV Motion Pictures]
Ashok Pandey for Phas Gaye Re Obama [Warner Bros. India PVT. LTD]
Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor and Priya Sreedharan for Love Sex aur Dhokha [ALT Entertainment and Balaji Motion Picture]
Raman Maroo and Vishal Bhardwaj for Ishqiya [Shemaroo Entertainment]
Mahesh Ramanathan for Mirch [Reliance BIG Pictures]
Pooja Shetty Deora and Aarti Shetty for Tere Bin Laden [ShowMan Pictures]

Best Director
Best Cinematography
Abhishek Chaubey for Ishqiya
Shanker Raman for Peepli Live
Vikramaditya Motwane for Udaan
Michael Amathieu for Road, Movie
Dibakar Banerjee for Love Sex aur Dhokha
Sudeep Chatterjee for Guzaarish
Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Guzaarish
Nikos Andritsakis for Love Sex Aur Dhokha
Anusha Rizvi for Peepli Live
Ayananka Bose for Kites

Best Screenplay (Drama)
Best Screenplay (Comedy/Romantic)
Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap for Udaan
Anusha Rizvi for Peepli Live
Dev Benegal for Road, Movie
Subash Kapoor for Phas Gaye Re Obama
Dibakar Banerjee and Kanu Behl for Love Sex Aur Dhoka
Habib Faisal and Rahil Qazi for Do Dooni Chaar
Chandan Arora and Sunita Rajwar for Striker
Vishal Bhardwaj, Sabrina Dhawan, Abhishek Chaubey and Gulzar for Ishqiya
Vinay Shukla for Mirch
Abhishek Sharma and Mohammad Ahmed for Tere Bin Laden

Best Actor in A Leading Role Drama (Male)
Best Actor in A Leading Role Comedy/Romantic (Male)
Hrithik Roshan as Ethan Masacarenhas for Guzaarish
Omkar Das Manikpuri as Natha for Peepli Live
Rajat Barmecha as Rohan for Udaan
Boman Irani as Arman Ali for Well Done Abba
Abhay Deol as Vishnu for Road, Movie
Rajat Kapoor as Om Shastri for Phas Gaye Re Obama
Ranbir Kapoor as Samar Pratap for Raajneeti
Naseeruddin Shah as Khalujan/Iftikhar for Ishqiya
Siddharth as Suryakant Sarang for Striker
Rishi Kapoor as Santosh Duggal for Do Dooni Chaar

Best Actor in A Leading Role Drama (Female)
Best Actor in A Leading Role Comedy/Romantic (Female)
Konkona Sen Sharma as Anita/Lavni for Mirch
Vidya Balan as Krishna Verma for Ishqiya
Aishwarya Rai as Sofia D'Souza for Guzaarish
Minnisha Lamba as Muskaan Ali for Well Done Abba
Kangana Ranaut as Rehana Shergill for Once Upon A Time in Mumbai
Anushka Sharma as Shruti Kakkar for Band Baaja Baraat
Tannishta Chatterjee as The Woman for Road, Movie
Neetu Singh as Kusum Duggal for Do Dooni Chaar
Nushrat Bharucha as Shruti for Love Sex aur Dhokha
Raima Sen as Sandhya for The Japanese Wife

Best Actor in A Supporting Role Drama (Male)
Best Actor in A Supporting Role Comedy/Romantic (Male)
Emraan Hashmi as Shoaib Khan for Once Upon A Time In Mumbai
Arshad Warsi as Babban for Ishqiya
Ronit Roy as Bhairav for Udaan
Manu Rishi as Anni for Phas Gaye Re Obama
Manoj Bajpai as Veerendra Pratap for Raajneeti
Pradhuman Singh as Noora/Osama Bin Laden for Tere Bin Laden
Rajkumar Rao as Adarsh for Love Sex aur Dhoka
Amole Gupte as Dhananjay Singh for Phas Gaye Re Obama
Manjot Singh as Maninder for Udaan
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Rakesh for Peepli Live

Best Actor in A Supporting Role Drama (Female)
Best Actor in A Supporting Role Comedy/Romantic (Female)
Arya Banerjee as Naina for Love Sex aur Dhokha
Ira Dubey as Pinky Bose for Aisha
Raima Sen as Maya/Manjula for Mirch
Aditi Vasudev as Payal Duggal for Do Dooni Chaar
Prachi Desai as Mumtaz for Once Upon A Time In Mumbai
Amrita Puri as Shefali Thakur for Aisha
Shahana Goswami as Ruchi for Mirch
Neha Dhupia for Munni Gangster for Phas Gaye Re Obama
Kangna Ranaut as Gina Grover for Kites
Sughanda Gharg as Zoya Khan for Tere Bin Laden

Best Original Song
Best Original Score
'Madno', Kshithij Tarey and Chinmayi for Lamhaa
Michael Brook for Road, Movie
'Pee Loon', Mohit Chauhan for  Once Upon A Time in Mumbai
Sandeep Shirodkar for Once Upon A Time In Mumbai
'Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji', Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for Ishqiya
Amit Trivedi for Udaan
'Kahaani', Amitabh Bhattacharya, Joi Barua and Neuman Pinto for Udaan
Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Guzaarish
'Zindagi', KK for Kites
Indian Ocean and Ram Sampath for Peepli Live

 -The second editions marks another big one for UTV Motion Pictures as Screwvala takes two films to the top in both sections. Anurag Kashyap wins another biggie this time as producer where as Aamir Khan makes his strategic and smart producing capabilities felt with Udaan and Peepli Live respectively. 

-Vikramaditya Motwane proves to make a stellar directorial debut in Udaan, furthering the Kashyap brand of proteges

-Andritsakis makes a huge splash in the Indian market with his sensational work in LSD that utilizes neat camera work to look like sting operations and spy cameras in this anthology tale

-Utilizing elements from his own life Kashyap and protege Motwane score another big one with the screenplay award. On the other side Rizvi secures the same for Peepli Live, proving without a shadow of a doubt who the two major picture winners will be. 

-Hrithik Roshan shines in his most underrated and finest melodramatic performance, proving that the man packs a talent and capping off his cold box office but high caliber performance phase beautifully 

-Side Note; This non-mainstream phase is littered with some of Roshan's finest/varied and nuanced performances as the stiff and majestic Akbar in Jodhaa Akbar, the subtly dark superstar Zafar in Luck By Chance, the heartbreaking Jai in Kites and the soul stirring Ethan in Guzaarish. 

-To be honest apart from Rai, the nominees in leading female drama all fall under a supporting category and are elevated to fill the spaces [I know it's sad] such performance wise Aishwarya Rai is trumped by the little unknown Tannishta Chatterjee, who simply kills it as the Gypsy woman on the road trip. 

-Of the comedic/romantic leading actors, I really take a shine to Vidya Balan's work as Krishna in Ishqiya...however both Rishi and Neetu Kapoor are in such form and so tethered together as a married couple in reel and real life that one cannot win without the other. They work well as a duet and give stellar showings. 

-Every award show in the house that year gave Ronit Roy the statuette, then who am I to deny him one. To this day Roy is in typecast roles of the angry patriarch, all because he was so magnificant in Udaan. The fact that Pradhuman is a dead ringer for Bin Laden is true, but he also has the comedic chops to be the complete opposite of the dreaded man. 

-Raima Sen gets the supporting nod over Konkona [who goes leading] simply on the basis of stature, it works in her favor because Sen is wickedly brilliant in Mirch compared to her other female counterparts who fall short of her sizzle. While Ira Dubey is the definition of snark, deadpan and all out emotionally stirring. 

-Amit Trivedi strikes a chord with a great score but one cannot deny the power of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's vocals. 

Now let's have a peek at the success stories this year;

Once again Ronnie Screwvala and UTV Motion Pictures are at the top of their game. In the years awards season they have accumulated around 23 nominations of which they have 8 wins; 5 in the major technical categories and 2 in the acting categories. 

UTV's recent success stories are due to the efforts of its collaborations with other smaller but revered production teams such as Aamir Khan's production house and the likes of Kashyap Films as well as Dharma and the efforts of its titan owner Ronnie Screwvala. If I were to have started a few years earlier, the imprint of his efforts would be detected from there. 

In so far as two editions, the major studio in Bollywood; Yash Raj, has failed to leave a dent despite diversifying its content and breeding new powerful talents from Jaideep Sahni to Maneesh Sharma to Anushka Sharma. 

The other big news is the piercing of international distrbutors/studios into the Indian market with Disney's first foray into Indian cinema that will bear fruit later on and also Warner Bros entry that would also open the eyes for a market of the likes of Fox 20th Century among others. 

Here are the big winners of the night; 

Peepli Live
Do Dooni Chaar
Love Sex aur Dhokha
Road, Movie
Tere Bin Laden
Aisha PVR
Phas Gaye Re Obama
Once Upon A Time In Mumbai BALAJI
Striker STUDIO 18
Raajneeti UTV
Well Done Abba
Band Baaja Baraat YASH RAJ
The Japanese Wife SAREGAMA
It might point out some bias of mine by saying so, but each HIndie Award year proves that despite the two big picture divide there is one film that simply dominates the ceremony. 

HIndie Awards 2012

As the decade moves forward, each passing year becomes better and proves that the film industry and the audiences are craving for content.

2011 is another great year so to speak, and the campaigns get tougher as the competition from the independent circuit comes crawling out to face big studios looking to make a stamp with great works that straddle lines of mainstream and art.

Here are the nominees and winners;

Best Motion Picture (Drama)
Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Romantic)
Ronnie Screwvala for No One Killed Jessica [UTV Motion Pictures]
Vinod Bachchan,  Shailesh Singh and Surya Singh for Tanu Weds Manu [Viacom 18 Motion Pictures]
Tshepel Namgyal, Aamir Khan, Dhillin Mehta for Dhobi Ghat [Reliance BIG Entertainment]
Ronnie Screwvala and Vishal Bhardwaj for 7 Khoon Maaf [UTV Motion Pictures]
Dhilin Mehta for Rockstar [Eros International and Shree Asthavinayak Cine LTD.]
Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara [Eros International]
Sanjay Suri and Onir for I Am [Anticlock Films]
Amole Gupte for Stanley Ka Dabba [Fox Star Studios]
Rahul Mitra for Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster [UTV Motion Pictures]
Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao and Ronnie Screwvala for Delhi Belly [UTV Motion Pictures]

Best Director
Best Cinematography
Onir for I Am
Carlos Catalan for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Imtiaz Ali for Rockstar
Anil Mehta for Rockstar
Zoya Akhtar for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Tushar Kanti Ray for Dhobi Ghat
Amole Gupte for Stanley Ka Dabba
Anay Goswami for No One Killed Jessica
Rajkumar Gupta for No One Killed Jessica
Tushar Kanti Ray for Shor in the City

Best Screenplay (Drama)
Best Screenplay (Comedy/Romantic)
Onir, Urmi Juvekar and Merle Kroeger for I Am
Sita Menon, Raj Nidhimoru and Krishna DK for Shor in The City
Sanjay Chauhan for I Am Kalam
Himanshu Sharma for Tanu Weds Manu
Tigmanshu Dhulia for Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster
Akshat Verma for Delhi Belly
Anil Mehta and Kiran Rao for Dhobi Ghat
Amole Gupte for Stanley Ka Dabba
Imtiaz Ali and Muazzam Beg for Rockstar
Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Best Actor in A Leading Role Drama (Male)
Best Actor in A Leading Role Comedy/Romantic (Male)
Rahul Bose as Jai for I Am
R Madhavan as Manoj 'Manu' Sharma for Tanu Weds Manu
Harsh Mayer as Chhotu/Kalam for I Am Kalam
Abhay Deol as Kabir Dewan for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Ranbir Kapoor as Janardhan 'Jordan' Jakhar/JJ for Rockstar
Partho Gupte as Stanley Fernandez for Stanley Ka Dabba
Prateik Babbar as Munna for Dhobi Ghat
Prateik Babbar as Michael Pinto for My Friend Pinto
Gulshan Devaiya as KC/Karan Chaudhary for Shaitan
Farhan Akhtar as Imran Habib for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Best Actor in A Leading Role Drama (Female)
Best Actor in A Leading Role Comedy/Musical (Female)
Mahie Gill as Madhavi Devi for Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster
Kangana Ranaut as Tanuja 'Tanu' Trivedi for Tanu Weds Manu
Kalki Koechlin as Amrita Jayshankar/Amy for Shaitan
Gul Panag as Naina for Turning 30
Vidya Balan as Reshma/Silk for The Dirty Picture
Priyanka Chopra as Susanna for 7 Khoon Maaf
Nandita Das as Afiaa for I Am
Chitrangada Singh as Priti for Yeh Saali Zindagi
Vidya Balan as Sabrina Lal for No One Killed Jessica
Kalki Koechlin as Maggie for My Friend Pinto

Best Actor in A Supporting Role Drama (Male)
Best Actor in A Supporting Role Comedy/Romantic(Male)
Kumud Mishra as Khatana for Rockstar
Vijay Raaz as Somayajulu for Delhi Belly
Rajesh Sharma as N.K. for No One Killed Jessica
Deepak Dobriyal as Pappi for Tanu Weds Manu
Naseeruddin Shah as Suryakanth for The Dirty Picture
Divyendu Sharma as Nishant Agarwal/Divyendu Sharma for Pyaar Ka Punchnama
Gulshan Grover as Bhati for I Am Kalam
Amol Gupte as Babubhai Verma/Khadoos for Stanley Ka Dabba
Jimmy Shergill as Aditya Pratap Singh for Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster
Pitobash Tripathi as Mandook for Shor in The City

Best Actor in A Supporting Role Drama (Female)
Best Actor in A Supporting Role Comedy/Romantic (Female)
Aditi Rao Hydari as Sheena for Rockstar
Kalki Koechlin as Natasha for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Monica Dogra as Shai for Dhobi Ghat
Swara Bhaskar as Payal for Tanu Weds Manu
Rani Mukherjee as Meera Gaity for No One Killed Jessica
Parineeti Chopra as Dimple Chaddha for Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl
Kriti Malhotra as Yasmin for Dhobi Ghat
Poorna Jaganathan as Menaka Vashisht for Delhi Belly
Manisha Koirala as Rubina for I Am
Nushrat Barucha as Neha for Pyaar Ka Punchnama

Best Original Song
Best Original Score
'Sooraj Ki Bahon Mein', Loy Mendoza, Dominique and Clinton Cerejo for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Hitesh Sonik and Amol Gupte for Stanley Ka Dabba
'Tum Ho', Mohit Chauhan and Suzanne D'Mello for Rockstar
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
'Jo Bhi Main', Mohit Chauhan for Rockstar
AR Rahman for Rockstar
'Saadi Gali', RDB and Lehmber Hussainpuri for Tanu Weds Manu
Amit Trivedi for No One Killed Jessica
'Nadaan Parinde', AR Rahman and Mohit Chauhan for Rockstar
Ram Sampath for Delhi Belly

-Side Note; I just realize some films are distributed by UTV Motion Pictures where as others by its subsidary UTV Spotboy. However I am unaware as to who heads the production of both instead producer is always listed as Ronnie Screwvala, so in this awards case the tag doesn't matter as long as both are part of UTV

-This year despite a large prescence once again, UTV is trumped by the dual works of Fox Star [the Indian 20th Century Fox subsidary] and Eros International [back in the game!] thanks to the wins for Stanley Ka Dabba and Rockstar respectively

-Imtiaz Ali's most passionate project to date may be flawed but evokes his heart and vision, through and through.

-Catalan capture Spain with such glory, you feel like you are on that road trip with the Zindagi boys

-Onir and his team are so insightful on human psychology, sexuality and issues they win.  Gupte's Stanley Ka Dabba is lighthearted but touching.

-Ranbir Kapoor gives a career best, Partho Gupte proves to be a talent for the ages becoming possibly one of the finest actors of this generation at such a ripe age, Nandita Das as Afiaa strikes a chord with her touching showing and Priyanka gives her finest performance to date in an underrated gem; shouldering the film.

-Side Note; While it may seem odd, Saat Khoon Maaf is listed as a black comedy and is very much a odd sort of romantic tragedy at its core.

-Side, Side Note; Vidya Balan always the bridesmaid, never the bride. In the HIndie Awards case she is the Amy Adams. Once again two fine performances lose out to something more nuanced. She's still fantastic and highlighting the craziness of this all [She has actual awards to boast off]

-Naseer Saab is such malicious wicked brilliance in a film that isn't his. Deepak Dobriyal cracks the mainstream with a hilarious turn. Rani is a hardhitting show stealer amidst her career resurgence [IMO her best phase]. Kalki gives a moment of respite from the boys in a witty bitchy girlfriend turn.

-Rockstar dominates the song charts this year, so one of the compositions has to win. Heck why not score as well since AR Rahman is on top form.

Now to the distrbutors;

UTV loses out quite a bit this while, while EROS on the backs of UTV's later decade successful move of mixing top content with cast and crew and finances follows suit with some really craftily selected projects propelled to the top. Their collaborations with the Akhtar clans proving to be fruitful.

Fox Star also finally makes a big splash!

The amount of great content in the year proving that there is space for both new generation actors to shine and older ones to redefine themselves.

Here is the winners tally;

Stanley Ka Dabba
I Am
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
No One Killed Jessica
Tanu Weds Manu
7 Khoon Maaf
The Dirty Picture
Dhobi Ghat
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster
Delhi Belly
Shor in the City
I Am Kalam
My Friend Pinto
Pyaar Ka Punchnama
Turning 30
Yeh Saali Zindagi
Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl

HIndie Awards 2013

Another year, another set of awards in a season filled with in my honest opinion, some of the finest Hindi films of modern times.

Indeed 2012 is a jam packed year with tough predictions to make on eventual winners.

The year also sees the acquisition of UTV Motion Pictures by Walt Disney Studios, making it a subsidary and an Indian market representation of the animation juggernaut. Well Disney as usual backs a winning horse.

So here goes;

Best Motion Picture (Drama)
Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Romantic)
Priya Sreedharan, Dibakar Banerjee, Ajay and Sanjay Bijli for Shanghai [PVR Pictures]
Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur for Barfi! [UTV Motion Pictures]
Ronnie Screwvala for Paan Singh Tomar [UTV Motion Pictures]
John Abraham and Ronnie Lahiri for Vicky Donor [John Abraham Entertainment and EROS International]
Atul Sukhla, Anurag Kashyap and Sunil Bohra for Gangs of Wasseypur [Viacom 18 Motion Pictures]
Karan Johar and Ronnie Screwvala for Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu [UTV Motion Pictures]
Sujoy Ghosh and Kushal Kantilal Gada for Kahaani [Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Pen India Pvt. Ltd.]
Sunil Lulla, R. Balki, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and RK Damani for English Vinglish [EROS International]
Bedabrata Pain for Chittagong [Bohra Bros. Productions]
Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Ashvini Yardi for OMG!: Oh My God [Viacom 18 Motion Pictures]

Best Director
Best Cinematography
Anurag Kashyap for Gangs of Wasseypur
Ravi Varman for Barfi!
Sujoy Ghosh for Kahaani
Eric Zimmerman for Chittagong
Dibakar Banerjee for Shanghai
Setu for Kahaani
Anurag Basu for Barfi!
Nikos Andritsakis for Shanghai
Tigmanshu Dhulia for Paan Singh Tomar
C.K. Muraleedharan for Agent Vinod

Best Screenplay (Drama)
Best Screenplay (Comedy/Romantic)
Urmi Juvekar and Dibakar Banerjee for Shanghai
Juhi Chaturvedi for Vicky Donor
Zeishan Quadri, Anurag Kashyap, Akhilesh and Sachin Ladia for Gangs of Wasseypur
Akshay Kumar and Umesh Shukla for OMG!: Oh My God
Sujoy Ghosh, Suresh Nair, Nikhil Vyas for Kahaani
Gauri Shinde for English Vinglish
Tigmanshu Dhulia and Sanjay Chauhan for Paan Singh Tomar
Sameer Sharma and Sumeet Bhateja for Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurrana
Bedabrata Pain and Shonali Bose for Chittagong
Ayesha Devitre and Shakun Batra for Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

Best Actor in A Leading Role Drama (Male)
Best Actor in A Leading Role Comedy/Romantic(Male)
Emraan Hashmi as Joginder Parmar for Shanghai
Paresh Rawal as Kanji Lalji Mehta for OMG!: Oh My God
Irrfan Khan as Paan Singh Tomar for Paan Singh Tomar
Ayushman Khurrana as Vicky Arora for Vicky Donor
Manoj Bajpai as Sardar Khan for Gangs of Wasseypur
Sharman Joshi as Rustam Deboo for Ferrari Ki Sawaari
Aamir Khan as Surjan Sekhawat for Talaash
Imran Khan as Rahul Kapoor for Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Faizal Khan for Gangs of Wasseypur
Ranbir Kapoor as Murphy 'Barfi' Johnson for Barfi!

Best Actor in A Leading Role Drama (Female)
Best Actor in A Leading Role Comedy/Romantic(Female)
Kareena Kapoor as Rosie/Simran for Talaash
Deepika Padukone as Veronica for Cocktail
Kalki Koechlin as Shalini Sahay for Shanghai
Kareena Kapoor as Riana Briganza for Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
Kareena Kapoor as Mahi Arora for Heroine
Priyanka Chopra as Jhilmil Chatterjee for Barfi!
Vidya Balan as Vidya Bagchi  for Kahaani
Sridevi as Shashi Godbole for English Vinglish
Parineeti Chopra as Zoya Qureshi for Ishaqzaade
Rani Mukherjee as Meenakshi for Aiyaa

Best Actor in A Supporting Role Drama (Male)
Best Actor in A Supporting Role Comedy/Romantic (Male)
Tigmanshu Dhulia as Ramadhir Singh  for Gangs of Wasseypur
Boman Irani as Behram Deboo for Feraari Ki Sawaari
Abhay Deol as TA Krishnan for Shanghai
Rajesh Sharma as Titu Mama for Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurrana
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Tehmur for Talaash
Adil Hussain as Satish Godbole for English Vinglish
Prosenjit Chatterjee as Dr. Ahmadi for Shanghai
Annu Kapoor as Dr. Baldev Chaddha for Vicky Donor
Saswata Chatterjee as Bob Biswas for Kahaani
Akshay Kumar as Krishna for OMG!: Oh My God

Best Actor in A Supporting Role Drama (Female)
Best Actor in A Supporting Role Comedy/Romantic (Female)
Rani Mukherjee as Roshni Shekhawat for Talaash
Priya Anand as Radha for English Vinglish
Richa Chadda as Nagma Khatoon for Gangs of Wasseypur
Dolly Ahluwalia as Mrs. Arora for Vicky Donor
Tillotama Shome as Aruna Ahmadi for Shanghai
Ratna Pathak Shah as Rahul's Mother for Ek Main aur Ekk Tu
Mahie Gill as Indira for Paan Singh Tomar
Illeana D'Cruz for Shruti Ghosh Sengupta for  Barfi!
Huma Qureshi as Mohsina for Gangs of Wasseypur
Kamlesh Gill as Biji for Vicky Donor

Best Original Song
Best Original Score
'Ik Bagal', Piyush Mishra for Gangs of Wasseypur
Pritam for Barfi!
'Rabta', Aditi Sharma and Arijit Singh for Agent Vinod
G.V. Prakash Kumar for Gangs of Wasseypur
'Pani Da Rang', Ayushmann Khurrana for Vicky Donor
Pritam for Agent Vinod
'Aashiyan', Shreya Ghoshal and Nikhil Paul George for Barfi!
Vishal-Shehkar for Kahaani
'Gubbare', Amit Trivedi, Shilpa Rao and Nikhil D'Souza for Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
Amit Trivedi for English Vinglish

-Siddharth Roy's first foray into big time productions yields positive results with a win for Barfi!. Anurag Kashyap carries his magnum opus Gangs of Wasseypur on the backs of Viacom 18, turning to be a champion distributor and strategist company.

-With a tough five man race; Sujoy etches out on the basis of Kahaani's technical finesse and the director's ability to take the usually melodramatically powerful Vidya Balan to a much more nuanced subtle performance win.

-Nikos Andritsakis bags his second cinematography win with another well shot films capturing the grim and grit of bharatnagar as well as dispalying an apptitude for capturing the psychological atmosphere of characters through lighting.

-A dense and large script carrying varied quirky characters with a dose of great humor, realism, action, drama and romance. True to form Gangs of Wasseypur is the finest masala film script in a long while [Yes, Masala!].  While Juhi Chaturvedi takes a taboo topic turning it into a witty comedy with a heart of gold.

-Irrfan Khan wins his first award in the leading drama category, in a tough congested competition. Ranbir Kapoor secures the other half of the leading man award, elevating his status to five nominations and two wins. Now the bride! Vidya Balan after toiling away with three nominations, finally secures the big win! Priyanka Chopra like her co-star Ranbir gets her second award in a row.

-Dhulia may have lost out on the big ones for his film Paan Singh Tomar but he clinches it for his gleeful vicious turn as the villain of Gangs of Wasseypur. Joining him is Richa Chadda from the same film as the venom spouting and vicious wife to determined lead Manoj Bajpai. On the other side, both Annu Kapoor and Dolly Ahluwalia secure victories for their hilarious parts in Vicky Donor.

-Ayushmann composes one hell of a romantic ballad with a breezy feel. Vishal-Shehkar thrilling score adds the spike of nerves and excitement to Kahaani.

With Disney's accquisition of UTV, Siddharth Roy Kapur makes a swift rise to producer. The mentor-protege team of Ronnie Screwvala and Kapur work wonders. Viacom 18 are also on their heels. These two distrbution companies prove they have the campaign strategy nailed down.

Here are the winners tally;

Gangs of Wasseypur
Vicky Donor
Paan Singh Tomar
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
English Vinglish
OMG!: Oh My God
Agent Vinod
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
Ferrari Ki Sawaari

HIndie Awards 2014

As 2012 proved to be a stellar year, how could it be topped...well it was just the lull before the actual storm that was 2013. Films had multiple nominees, top categories are stacked and above all else even some mediocre and okay range of films could sneak in a nomination proving that they at least had a few well working parts. 

So here is the ballot;

Best Motion Picture (Drama)
Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Romantic)
Ajay Bahl for BA Pass [VIP Films]
Shital Bhatia and Kumar Mangat for Special 26 [Viacom 18 Pictures]
Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra, Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur and Shailesh Singh for Shahid [UTV Motion Pictures]
Aditya Chopra for Shuddh Desi Romance [Yash Raj Films]
Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur for Kai Po Che [UTV Motion Pictures]
Arun Rangachari, Anurag Kashyap and Guneet Monga for The Lunchbox [UTV Motion Pictures]
Arun Rangachari and Monisha Advani for D-Day [DAR Motion Pictures and Yash Raj Films]
Krishika Lulla for Raanjhanaa [EROS International]
John Abraham, Shoojit Sircar and Ronnie Lahiri for Madras Café [Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and JA Entertainment]
Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor for Lootera [Balaji Motion Pictures]

Best Director
Best Cinematography
Shoojit Sircar for Madras Café
Mahendra Shetty for Lootera
Vikramaditya Motwane for Lootera
Tushar Kanti Ray for D Day
Riteish Batra for The Lunchbox
Kamaljeet Negi for Madras Cafe
Neeraj Pandey for Special 26
Ajay Bahl for BA Pass
Hansal Mehta for Shahid
Anay Goswamy for Kai Po Che

Best Screenplay (Drama)
Best Screenplay (Comedy/Romantic)
Ritesh Shah for BA Pass
Ritesh Batra for The Lunchbox
Pubali Chaudhari, Supratik Sen, Chetan Bhagat and Abhishek Kapoor for Kai Po Che
Jaideep Sahni for Shuddh Desi Romance
Sameer Gautam Singh for Shahid
Subash Kapoor for Jolly LLB
Sumit Saxena and Ashish Shukla for Prague
Bhavani Iyer and Vikramaditya Motwane for Lootera
Somnath Dey and Shubendu Bhattacharya for Madras Café
Neeraj Pandey for Special 26

Best Actor in A Leading Role Drama (Male)
Best Actor in A Leading Role Comedy/Romantic (Male)
Chandan Roy Sanyal as Chandan for Prague
Arshad Warsi as Jolly for Jolly LLB
Farhan Akhtar as Milkha Singh for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Irrfan Khan as Sajan Fernandez for The Lunchbox
Shadab Kamal as Mukesh for BA Pass
Sushant Singh Rajput as Raghu for Shuddh Desi Romance
Rajkumar Rao as Shahid Azmi for Shahid
Dhanush as Kundan for Raanjhanaa
Saqib Saleem as Avinash for 'Ajeeb Dastan...' Bombay Talkies
Ranveer Singh as Varun Srivastav for Lootera

Best Actor in A Leading Role Drama (Female)
Best Actor in A Leading Role Comedy/Romantic (Female)
Rani Mukherjee as Gayatri for 'Ajeeb Dastan...' Bombay Talkies
Sonakshi Sinha as Pakhi for Lootera
Chitrangada Singh as Maya Luthra for Inkaar
Nimrat Kaur as Ila for The Lunchbox
Mahi Gill as Madhavi Devi for Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster Returns
Parineeti Chopra as Gayatri for Shuddh Desi Romance
Shilpa Shukla as Sarika for BA Pass
Sonam Kapoor as Zoya for Raanjhanaa
Swara Bhaskar as Amaya for Listen...Amaya
Riya Vij as Gurpreet Kaur/Gippi for Gippi

Best Actor in A Supporting Role Drama (Male)
Best Actor in A Supporting Role Comedy/Romantic (Male)
Amit Sadh as Omi for Kai Po Che
Anupam Kher as PK Sharma for Special 26
Farooq Sheikh as Jayant for Listen...Amaya
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub as Murari for Raanjhanaa
Rishi Kapoor as Goldman for D Day
Nawazzudin Siddiqui as Shaikh for The Lunchbox
Rajkumar Rao as Govind for Kai Po Che
Varun Sharma as Choocha for Fukrey
Arfi Lamba as Arfi for Prague
Rishi Kapoor as Goyal for Shuddh Desi Romance

Best Actor in A Supporting Role Drama (Female)
Best Actor in A Supporting Role Comedy/Romantic (Female)
Shriswara as Nafisa for D Day
Supriya Pathak as Dankhor Baa for Ram-Leela
Elena Kazan as Elena for Prague
Divya Dutta as Pappi Kaur for Gippi
Divya Dutta as Isri Kaur for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Richa Chadda as Bholi Punjaban for Fukrey
Deepti Naval as Leela for Listen...Amaya
Kalki Koechlin as Aditi for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Konkona Sen Sharma as Diana for Ek Thi Dayaan
Swara Bhaskar as Bindiya for Raanjhanaa

Best Original Song
Best Original Score
'Tum Hi Ho', Mithoon for Aashiqui 2
AR Rahman for Raanjhanaa
'Laal Ishq', Arijit Singh for Ram-Leela
Karan Kulkarni for Shahid
'Zinda', Amit Trivedi for Lootera
Max Ritcher for The Lunchbox
'Aise Na Dekho', AR Rahman and Karthik for Raanjhanaa
Amit Trivedi for Lootera
'Meethi Bholiyaan', Amit Trivedi and Mili Nair for Kai Po Che
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for D Day

-Side Note; Lootera was Phantom Films [Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl and Madhu Mantena] first production, though the all powerful Balaji was behind its distribution. 

-Big obvious wins right of the bat for both The Lunchbox which went on to become an international phenomenon and Shahid, a national award winning well crafted biography. Top class wins for Anurag Kashyap on both fronts but also a statement of UTV's dominance on the landscape of Modern Hindi Cinema. 

-Vikramaditya Motwane secures the directorial prize for the second time in his two film career proving his stature amidst stiff competition. 

-Ajay Bahl's neon drenched and drab tinted cinematography captures the gruesome awakward underbelly of upper middle class Delhi. 

-Both big picture winners can thank their assured writers and screenplays for the laurels. 

-Post a National Award victory Rajkumar Rao score the leading man trophy cementing his legacy. The Romantic genre divide sees the sublime performance of Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur score despite how close Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha were nipping at their feet. Finally the Leading Female Drama section require a huge save after the Romantic drenches most contendors; leaving Shilpa Shukla's masterful show stealing turn to be bumped up all the way to victory. 

-Rishi Kapoor's Dawood act is both fearsome and oddly humorous, adding layers to the myth of Goldman. Siddiqui threatens to steal the show with his hilarious turn in the Lunchbox. Deepti Naval is elevated by the abscence of Rani and especially Shilpa Shukla, but is still giving a fine turn. Richa Chadda's mouthy pimp/drug dealer Bholi Punjaban is a riot. 

-Amit Trivedi after a couple of nominations finally scores for the perfect song and caps it off with a double win for Original Score for Lootera. 

Once again this year UTV [Now under Disney] proved to be a champion in getting its films and performers some huge wins. Content is king has been established this decade and at the fore is UTV's skills in finding that balance between good content in cinema and commmercial value of it as well. 

So that's it, of course we also have last years HIndie Awards to consider where both UTV [Haider] and even Viacom 18 [Queen] struck big chords amidst some greater independent producers infiltrating the season [Aankhon Dekhi to Miss Lovely].

What does this then herald for the campaigns of the big films of this year? 

Let's see through the lens of the top competing producers and the films they are backing in this horse race 

[Note; this is solely based on the production company that distributes the film not produces it e.g. both UTV and Nadiawala and Grandson's produced Imtiaz Ali's Tamasha but only UTV is distributing the film in screens]

[Second Note; Films listed are those that will be the ones campaigned for HIndie Awards, not all the films the company distributes during the year]

UTV Motion Pictures: Phantom, Tamasha

Yash Raj Films: Piku, Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Titli

EROS International: NH 10, Shamitabh, Badlapur, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Bajirao Mastani, Dil Dhadakne Do

Viacom 18 Motion Pictures: Drishyam, Margarita With A Straw, Rahasya, Manjhi: The Mountain Man 

Fox Star Studios: Bombay Velvet, Shaandaar, Brothers

While other films are backed by independent producers and smaller fixtures. 

So that's it, what will this entail for the upcoming race...not just in terms of which Distributing Production company has the hold on the season but also what the record stands for certain film personalities and elements in the upcoming HIndie Awards 2016

e.g. is it third times the charm for Shoojit Sircar with Piku, after losing out twice?

PS: Yes I still know that no one else is really taking part in this so called awards race, but if you want please do indulge my craziness. 

'Nuff Said

Aneesh Raikundalia

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