For me, awards season in the world of Hindi cinema is just like the arrival of snow in England. I know it is going to happen. I know that I have to prepare for it. And yet, when it does happen, I go into a denial/shock/hibernation phase of sorts, only emerging afterwards to swear on my Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge collector’s edition DVD that the following year I will be better organised. Hence, BEFORE the awards took place, I wanted to do a write up on who I thought should win and why. But it didn’t happen.
So instead I present a short summary of who won what in the popular awards category where I am either congratulating the jury on a task well done or berating their ineptitude. Plus, as a reward at the end, I’ve listed my three favourite “looks” of the night, also known as working the fierce on the red carpet. Alors, let us begin.
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Gangs of Wasseypur
Actual Winner: Barfi!
Who I wanted to win: Kahaani
Look at that stellar line up. No one can deny 2012 was a fantastic year for Hindi cinema and this is probably the toughest category to judge as all the nominees were awesome films. Personally, I would have chosen Kahaani but can’t and won’t crib too much about Barfi! winning as this film has already received a 100 crore worthy drubbing from its detractors in the past.
Sujoy Ghosh – Kahaani
Anurag Basu – Barfi!
Anurag Kashyap – Gangs Of Wasseypur
Gauri Shinde – English Vinglish
Shoojit Sircar – Vicky Donor
Winner: Sujoy Ghosh – Kahaani
My winner: Sujoy Ghosh – Kahaani
Yup, sounds about right. Gauri Shinde did a fantastic job with English Vinglish and Anurag with Gangs of Wasseypur, but Sujoy smashed it with Kahaani; whilst all the nominees boast of taut direction, a dedication to maintaining a creative vision and a quiet confidence that shone through in the final product, Kahaani brought that extra something something to the table.
Ranbir Kapoor – Barfi!
Hrithik Roshan – Agneepath
Irrfan Khan – Paan Singh Tomar
Manoj Bajpai – Gangs Of Wasseypur
Salman Khan – Dabangg 2
Shah Rukh Khan – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Winner: Ranbir Kapoor – Barfi!
My winner: Irrfan Khan – Paan Singh Tomar
I get that these are popular awards but why on earth nominate Salman for Dabangg 2? Surely Ek Tha Tiger was his best film of 2012? I digress – this was a three horse race for me with Hrithik in third, Ranbir in second and Irrfan my top choice. Though Irrfan won the Critic’s Award for Best Actor, a popular award win would have gone some way to restoring credibility to the awards in general.
Vidya Balan – Kahaani
Deepika Padukone – Cocktail
Kareena Kapoor – Heroine
Parineeti Chopra – Ishqzaade
Priyanka Chopra – Barfi!
Sridevi – English Vinglish
Winner: Vidya Balan – Kahaani
My Winner: Vidya and Sridevi in English Vinglish
Minor verging on major gripe – I would rather have had Bipasha Basu get a nomination for Raaz 3 than Parineeti – controversial I know but Bips’ brilliant performance deserved a shout out. Tough times for PC who was my third choice, but it was always going to be Vidya or Sridevi – with Vidya forging ahead in her career and for all heroine kind in general, perhaps it was fitting that it went to Vidya in the end.
Best Supporting Actor
Annu Kapoor – Vicky Donor
Akshay Kumar – OMG – Oh My God
Emraan Hashmi – Shanghai
Nawazuddin Siddiqui – Talaash
Rishi Kapoor – Agneepath
Winner: Annu Kapoor – Vicky Donor
My winner: Rishi Kapoor – Agneepath
Seriously, why is Akshay Kumar even in this category? Paresh Rawal carried OMG on his own with AK nothing more than laconic set piece. In other news, nice to see Nawazuddin Siddiqui get a shout out here and I can’t hate on Annu Kapoor as he made Vicky Donor so entertaining. But Rishi was the surprise of Agneepath, essaying his role perfectly – the risk he took paid off and should have been acknowledged.
Best Supporting Actress
Huma Qureshi – Gangs Of Wasseypur
Richa Chadda – Gangs of Wasseypur
IIeana D’Cruz – Barfi!
Rani Mukerji – Talaash
Anushka Sharma – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Winner: Anushka Sharma – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
My winner: Rani Mukerji – Talaash
Nice to see the GOW actresses’ getting recognition in the popular category – no mean feat to stand out amongst all that testosterone. Same with Ileana withstanding an on form Ranbir and Priyanka. Whilst Anushka did steal the show from Katrina in JTHJ and deserves a nomination, Rani really stood out in Talaash on pure merit. I’m not a Rani fan but her performance deserved this accolade.
Best Music Director
Amit Trivedi – Ishqzaade
Pritam – Cocktail
Pritam – Barfi!
Sneha Khanwalkar – Gangs Of Wasseypur
Vishal Shekhar – Student of The Year
Winner: Pritam – Barfi!
My winner: Pritam – Cocktail
My additional Nominations: A R Rehman – Jab Tak Hai Jaan & Sohail Sen – Ek Tha Tiger
MAJOR gripe – where the hell was A R Rehman’s nomination for JTHJ? Or Sohail Sen for Ek Tha Tiger? Popular awards indeed (!) Anyway, this Barfi! hard-on is getting out of hand here – Pritam should have got the award for Cocktail which was far more popular and engaging in my opinion. Vishal-Shekhar are runners up as SOTY was another fab soundtrack that took a while to wean off of.
Gulzar – “Saans” – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Gulzar – “Challa” – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Amitabh Bhattacharya – “Abhi Mujhe Mein Kahin” – Agneepath
Javed Akhtar – “Jee Le Zara” – Talaash
Swanand Kirkire – “Aashiyan” – Barfi!
Winner: Gulzar – “Challa” – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
My Winner: Gulzar – “Challa” – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Nice to see Jab Tak Hai Jaan here though I would trade out Saans for Heer in any category. And why not pick the most obscure song from Agneepath rather than Shah Ka Rutba which kicked ass(?) Serious props on hand here though for Javed Akhtar as Jee Le Zara has some wonderfully profound lyrics but I’m with the jury on this one, Challa is the clear winner.
Best Playback Singer – Male
Sonu Nigam – “Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin” – Agneepath
Mohit Chauhan – “Barfi!” – Barfi!
Nikhil Paul George – “Main Kya Karoon” – Barfi!
Rabbi Shergill – “Challa” – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Ayushmaan Khurrana – “Pani Da Rang” – Vicky Donor
Winner: Ayushmann Khurana – “Pani Da Rang” – Vicky Donor
My Winner: See above or Rabbi Shergill for “Challa” – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Mohit Chauhan not getting a nod for Saiyaaran for Ek Tha Tiger is a damn damn shame. Nikhil deserves the nomination for Main Kya Karoon but Sonu Nigaam seem to be phoning it in with his song. As much as I love Challa from Jab Tak Hai Jaan and how Shergill’s voice suits Shah Rukh on screen, Ayushmann does deserve the award for rendering this song so well.
Best Playback Singer – Female
Kavita Seth – “Tumhi Ho Bandhu” – Cocktail
Neeti Mohan – “Jiya Re” – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Shreya Goshal – “Saans” – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Shalmali Kholgade – “Pareshaan” – Ishqzaade
Shreya Goshal – “Chikni Chameli” – Agneepath
Winner: Shalmali Kholgade – “Pareshaan” - Ishqzaade
My winner: Neeti Mohan -”Jiya Re” – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Additional Nomination: Harshdeep Kaur – “Heer” – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
First off, why was Harshdeep Kaur not nominated once and Shreya Goshal nominated twice (and for her vocally weakest songs too?). I did like Shalmali’s voice which has that earthy quality to it and Kavita Seth also has a gorgeous voice as Tumhi Ho Bandhu proves. But in Harshdeep’s absence, this should have gone to Neeti who sounds fresh and is certainly a promising voice that deserves encouragement.
Fashion Round Up:
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What a dull red carpet – apart from these three which caught my eye, I was disappointed by the saris on show with ballgowns clearly ruling the roost. Equally disappointing were the heroes who had some interesting looks going on (Ranbir, Ranveer, Irrfan) but lacked the polish to elevate their respective looks any further.
Now that the red carpet phenomenon is part and parcel of film award ceremonies and indeed film promotions, it would be lovely to have more stars knocking it out of the park – the right designer name or frock of the moment just will not cut it. Attitude, proper styling and attention to detail is what is the order of the day.
Whilst award season fatigue may be setting in, I’m looking towards the stylists to raise the game as they did for these three ladies who in my view, were the best dressed at the event. Let’s hope next year my biggest problem is choosing the best looks rather than shutting down the meh list for too many entries.
Look at that Prabal Gurung dress. Check out that amazing hair and make up. And that hand on hip and confidence in her eyes. From London to LA to Bombay- you could put Deepika on a red carpet anywhere and she would get universal praise for her look. This is the standard we expect from an award ceremony peeps.
Another one that could be transported to a red carpet anywhere, Anushka smizes like the rent is due and so she should. Working every inch of that Victoria Beckham dress with spot on hair and make up, Anushka had me at the colour which I’ll admit is not for everyone. An example of how the right styling makes all the difference.
This also won’t be to everyone’s taste but for me, it stood out for the right reasons. PC keeps it elegantly simple in this Armani Prive number with the colour of the dress suiting her to a tee and a gorgeous red lip to finish things off. Out of all three looks, this is the only one I would think of modifying, namely PC’s hair. It is a little too safe and I wish she had experimented with something more adventurous to really raise the bar. Having said that, she still looks awesome.
The 58th Filmfare Awards took place on Sunday 20th January 2013 at the Yash Raj Films Studios in Mumbai.
The telecast is scheduled for Sunday 17th February 2013 on Sony Television Networks.