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Sunday, 28 February 2016

HIndie Awards 2016: Best Supporting Actor [Female] in A Regional Film

Best Supporting Actor [Female] in A Regional Film

So the Oscars are over and with that the Awards season effectively ends, right?...Wrong!!!

So what, the HIndie Awards season continues…

For the below nominees I would like to first mention, they are a bunch of strong performances by talented actors reflecting a slow but hopefully strong change for female actors to get greater roles in the coming times.

So let's get on with it, and the nominees for Best Supporting Actor [Female] in A Regional Film are…

Tisca Chopra as Meher Singh for Qissa: The Tale of A Lonely Ghost

Within just a few select moments in a film brimming with great tragedy and profound themes that overwhelm you, Tisca Chopra is able to leave a mark and make you feel the painful, tragic, pathos of a mother forced to abide by what is wrong simply on the basis of the patriarchal dominance within her household.

Just like the mother, Chopra is always lurking in the backdrop; never party to the decision, but always to the crime. The crimes she commits on her so called "Son", the crimes she commits on her discarded daughter, the crimes she commits on Neeli and above all the crime she commits on herself by remaining forever silence.

Silences that become a power in her performance as all she can do is weep and gasp for forgiveness when Kanwar confronts her with the heartbreaking truth; that she is like her husband, a monster.

Anushka Shetty as Maharani Devasena for Baahubali: The Beginning

With Baahubali, Shetty continues on the road to her evolution as an eye candy star to an actor truly hungry for more, in an industry that rarely plays fair if ever.

It's not easy for a female actor to leave an impact in Telegu cinema and Baahubali is also an example of the macho image perpertrated by this regional industry; yet Shetty rises above it with a stirring turn as the imprisoned Devasena.

One believes in her strength and faith in her son, but more importantly her resolve to survive. She projects and aura that wouldn't make the audience blink if she were to be released and promptly kicks Bhallala Deva's ass.

It's not richly layered in writing, but Anushka Shetty makes it so; capping of a year that shows despite the limitations, the chains she is in, in Telegu cinema; she, has finally arrived!

Rasika Dugal as Neeli for Qissa: The Tale of A Lonely Ghost

Amidst towering performances, Rasika Dugal as the gypsy girl thrown into a harrowingly complex marriage is a force to reckon with and how.

She stands toe to toe with Irrfan Khan, she adds a tenderness to the dynamic between her and Kanwar and she elevates those silences with Tisca Chopra. It's a small, shadowed but impactful role that sees Dugal become a breakout star.

She's been making waves on the independent scene and its high time Dugal got a big welcome for this fascinatingly feisty turn that sees her in nuanced moments trump the A-Listers.

Leela Samson as Bhavani for O Kadhal Kanmani

In OK Kanmani, Samson brings her charm to the fore with a dose of heartfelt brevity hiding a tragic shattered soul. She is in essence the drama of the film, thanks because her role really etches a place in your mind by her simple gestures, delivery and presence.

Surprising, that this is her acting debut yet she enriches her performance with a certain nuance. The little aside comments may make you laugh, but the heart wonders for her at time even more so than the simple cut and dry love story at the center.

It allows her to be the perennial supporting character by lifting the tension of the climax into provoking an emotional resonance of performances from the two leads as well as and especially giving the underrated Prakash Raj a lot to play with.

It is a supporting showing through and through, just the way it need be.

Ramya Krishnan as Sivagami for Baahubali: The Beginning

It comes as no surprise when watching Baahubali as to why Rajamouli decides to start the film with Sivagami, apart from plot convenience that is.

Despite how ill treated the women of the film, specifically warrior Avanthika [Tamanah] is by the end of the film; the initial foray suggests a strong presence of female characters.

Thanks to the writing behind her but also her own magnetic persona, Ramya Krishnan is able to jump that loop into crafting Sivagami as a formidable force of nature in control of the large flashback sequence with her stirring turn. She breathes fire, lording over the film with an apt scenery chewing turn that offsets the bland and the bad ahead of her in the form of her co-stars.

Krishnan essentially tethers you to the narrative and the essence of the politics of the world of the film with crisp delivery and fluid action. Maybe not by name, but by spirit she is the true Baahubali.

And the Winner is…

Leela Samson as Bhavani for O Kadhal Kanmani!

So there she is, your winner. Another award in the bag and so it's time to move onto…

Up Next: a doting grandfather forced to make a damning choice, a dry mouthed but unbiased judge in a farce of a case, a cantankerous old man hurting for love, a young firebrand that makes you laugh and a loyal warrior that has become a pop culture legend, causing the audience to ask…

Why did Kattapa kill Baahubali?...

The HIndie Award for Best Supporting Actor [Male] in A Regional Film

'Nuff Said

Aneesh Raikundalia

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