58th Filmfare Awards 2013 – Winner’s Circle

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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Best Film


English Vinglish

Gangs of Wasseypur


Vicky Donor


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.

Best Director

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.

Best Actor

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

Ranbir kicks ass

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.

Best Actress

Vidya Balan – Kahaani

Deepika Padukone – Cocktail

Kareena Kapoor – Heroine

Parineeti Chopra – Ishqzaade

Priyanka Chopra – Barfi!

Sridevi – English Vinglish

Vidya wins!

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

Annu Kapoor

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

Ranbir mit Illeana

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.

Best Lyricist

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!

Challa on a motorbike

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

Ayushmaan sings AND acts.

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:

All images are courtesy of: http://www.glamsham.com

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.

Deepika Padukone


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.

Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma

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.

Priyanka Chopra


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.

2 thoughts on “58th Filmfare Awards 2013 – Winner’s Circle

  1. Haha LOVEEDD this post, Bhushan!I agreed on everything you said and have some massive problems on how Heer or Harshdeep wasn’t nominated, as well. Such a magnificent song that was totally shunned by allll the award shows (not only Filmfare). Also, how the hell was Saans nominated for lyrics! So mundane and basic. Which makes me curious as to why JTHJ was kind of ignored this year, along with Agneepath and ETT (I more than enjoyed that movie). It seems like the same 5 movies were nominated again and again and again. *facepalm*

    Also, don’t you think Karan Malhotra from Agneepath deserved at least a nomination in the best director category. He did some fantastic things in the visual department of his movie. Sad to see him earning nothing.

    And hehe HELL YES! “This is the standard we expect from an award ceremony” Deepika! She looks elegant AT EVERY public appearance. Underrated yet again! Pshhhh Sonam. Lol


    1. Thanks Kavs! It’s true, just when you think there are no politics, something comes out of the woodwork!

      Good call on Karan Malhotra, I noticed there were six nominees for Best Actor and Actress but only 5 for all the others – why couldn’t there be six directors????

      LOL @ Sonam, no wonder Anil Kapoor was giving DPad evils on Front Row the other day!


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