60th Filmfare Awards 2016- Post Mortem

Yes, yes, the awards were over a week or so ago and everyone has already attended the post success bash celebrating this.

No, I wasn’t invited.

But judge sahib, my defence for posting this post mortem so late is thus:

I called on a member of my squad, the awesome Sal to join me for the joyride.

And he arrived in style, on time, with the goods AND with sass to spare. YUSS. #goals

(BTW – if you are not following Sal on Twitter or reading his amazing blog, you should do so.)

(In fact, go ahead and follow him now on Twitter and add his blog to your Favourites. I’ll wait for you).

Done it?

Good. So, Sal had my back. But then stupid life got in the way and I missed the deadline to post before the awards. #indiantiming

But all was not lost. Because we still got tricks up our sleeveless blouses.

The original post discussed who we wanted to win.

But we know who won now because the awards already happened.

So I’ve added the winners names at the end with the original text. #save

Confoosed? Don’t be – read on and see exactly why all those articles saying Hindi cinema award ceremonies need to be on life support stat are wholly accurate.

And see what happens now that I know how to put GIF’s in my post.

But more importantly, be entertained by Sal and myself.


Here we go!


Best Film
Bajirao Mastani
Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Tanu Weds Manu Returns



Who we wanted to win:

Sal: Piku manages to be both 2016’s most pleasing Bollywood film and one of its sharpest. It is written and performed with marvelous sensitivity and humor. It is lovely to look at. It is sad and funny and bittersweet. It refuses to pander while remaining unpretentious and consistently enjoyable. It is just about perfect.

Bhushan: Confession time – I haven’t seen Bajrangi Bhaijaan (I know, I know, I hate myself more than you do right now) or Talvar. I would like to see Bajirao Mastani win this – three amazing performances but more importantly, a film that managed to evoke different sensibilities and worlds all at the same.

Who actually won?

Bajirao Mastani

Best Director
Aanand L Rai – Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Kabir Khan – Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Meghna Gulzar – Talvar
Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani
Shoojit Sircar – Piku
Sriram Raghavan – Badlapur


Who we wanted to win:

Sal:  Sriram Raghavan has ferocious control over the tonally and thematically tricky Badlapur. (It starts out feeling like a straightforward revenge thriller and slowly becomes something weirder and deeper.) He takes hold of you right from the start and doesn’t let you go till the ending (which is open and nebulous in the way that studios probably hate but feels just right in his film’s disorienting, uncertain world.)

Bhushan: I agree with Sal here, Sriram Raghavan is such an underrated director and has a signature style that does not overwhelm or get in the way of the film’s creative ambition. Plus extracting a career best from Varun Dhawan – major props.

Who actually won?:

Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Bajirao Mastani


Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male)
Amitabh Bachchan – Piku
Ranbir Kapoor – Tamasha
Ranveer Singh – Bajirao Mastani
Salman Khan – Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Shah Rukh Khan – Dilwale
Varun Dhawan – Badlapur


Who we wanted to win:

Sal: Ranveer Singh, for the sort of clutter-breaking, magnificently vivid, fully realized performance that one rarely sees in big budget, mainstream spectacles. This is intelligent, carefully considered acting that somehow feels entirely natural and immediate. (Let’s not talk about how they managed to avoid nominating Irrfan for either Talvar or Piku or, if they wanted to go more populist, Ajay Devgn for Drishyam or Akshay Kumar for Baby and nommed SRK for his worst film in years instead.)

Bhushan: No I haven’t seen Dilwale either but already know it should not be in here (looking forward to SRK’s next innings now!). I really liked Varun Dhawan in Badlapur as like Ranveer, he really did step out of his comfort zone and emerged with flying colours. Ranveer deserves it though, with Varun as a worthy runner up.


Who actually won?

Ranveer Singh for Bajirao Mastani

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female)
Anushka Sharma – NH10
Deepika Padukone – Bajirao Mastani
Deepika Padukone – Piku
Kajol – Dilwale
Kangana Ranaut – Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Sonam Kapoor – Dolly Ki Doli


Who we wanted to win:

Sal: This is a dumb set of nominations, since they excluded five excellent candidates (Deepika Padukone in Tamasha, Richa Chadda in Masaan, Bhumi Pednekar in Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Priyanka Chopra in Dil Dhadakne Do, and Kalki Koechlin in Margarita With A Straw) to make room for one perfectly adequate performance in an interesting, not-great film (Sonam Kapoor in Dolly Ki Doli) and an unremarkable performance in a dire film (Kajol in Dilwale). We were spoilt for choice when it came to splendidly performed, memorable female protagonists (in commercially successful films, no less) in 2015; Filmfare has clearly gone out of its way to make itself look ridiculous.


All that aside, my pick for this one is Deepika Padukone, who doesn’t spend a single moment trying to make Piku more likable than this put-upon, crabby, entitled (yet kinda badass) character is. There is no fuss, no big, flashy transformation here. It’s just Bollywood’s most radiant leading lady playing, with great truth and keen understanding, a regular person from the real world, the sort of girl many of us know (or are).


Bhushan: I agree with Sal that Sonam and Kajol have no place in this category for the films they have done in 2015 (calm down haters and re-read that sentence slowly). Whilst Deepika is on a roll and deserves plaudits, I would give this to Kangana for TWMR – the way she created two separate personas and made it seem so effortless was astonishing – never mind what you think of her, there are very few who could have done that among the current lot.


Who actually won?  

Deepika Padukone for Piku



Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male)

Anil Kapoor – Dil Dhadakne Do
Deepak Dobriyal – Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Jimmy Sheirgill – Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Nawazuddin Siddiqui – Badlapur
Sanjay Mishra – Masaan


Sal: What a strong category! I wouldn’t be at all upset if any of these folks won, but my favorite is Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Badlapur. Has anyone conclusively proved themselves one of the greats as quickly as Siddiqui has? He is a generous actor who plays beautifully with his co-stars, but he just can’t help stealing every scene he’s in with that sly, quicksilver timing. His Liak may be a robber and murderer, but he’s so wily and funny and perversely charming that you are horrified to find yourself rooting for him a little.


Bhushan: Now this is a well curated category – nice to see Shergill and Dobriyal getting a look in, even if Filmfare won’t actually give them the award. I really liked Jimmy Shergill in TWMR – despite being sidelined by K-Ran, Shergill still managed to hold his own. Of course, I am a die-hard Siddiqui fan so would not be upset if he won but I would like Jimmy to get some praise for once. BTW – Anil Kapoor was good but not award worthy in DDD IMO.

Who actually won?

Anil Kapoor –Dil Dhadakne Do


Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)

Anushka Sharma – Dil Dhadakne Do
Huma Qureshi – Badlapur
Priyanka Chopra – Bajirao Mastani
Shefali Shah – Dil Dhadakne Do
Tabu – Drishyam
Tanvi Azmi – Bajirao Mastani

Who we wanted to win:

Sal: The criminally undervalued Shefali Shah plays the sort of woman it’d be easy to feel nothing for (she’s icy, cruel, dismissive of her daughter, and very rich) but who is also a figure of pathos and heartbreak. Hers is an elegant, witty, deeply felt performance.

Bhushan: I like this category too. Tanvi did a stellar job in BM as did Priyanka and ditto for Shefali and Anushka in DDD. I also liked Huma in Badlapur and quite frankly, would love Tabu if she was reading the phone directory aloud. I would like Shefali or Tanvi to win but won’t begrudge anyone as they are all winners here.

Who actually won?  

Priyanka ChopraBajirao Mastani


Best Music


Ankit Tiwari, Meet Bros. Anjjan and Amaal Mallik – Roy
Anupam Roy – Piku
AR Rahman – Tamasha
Pritam – Dilwale
Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – Dil Dhadakne Do


Who we wanted to win:

Sal: AR Rahman, who is almost always head and shoulders above the competition (although the best OST of last year, Bombay Velvet, is missing here, and Bhansali’s Bajirao score is fantastic). Tamasha’s songs are full of heady enchantment, and ‘Agar Tum Saath Ho’ is likely to be one of our go-to ugly-cry songs for decades to come.

Bhushan: Some fab soundtracks here, agree that Bombay Velvet should have been included as should have Detective Byomkesh Bakshi (nothing left in the marketing spend YRF?). For me, it has to be A R Rehman who seems obsessed with writing the soundtrack to my life and giving me a song for every occasion, even if I don’t know it at the time.


Who actually won?

Ankit Tiwari for Roy 



Best Lyrics
Amitabh Bhattacharya – ‘Gerua’ (Dilwale)
Anvita Dutt – ‘Gulabo’ (Shaandaar)
Gulzar – ‘Zinda’ (Talvar)
Irshad Kamil – ‘Agar Tum Saath Ho’ (Tamasha)
Kumaar – ‘Sooraj Dooba’ (Roy)
Varun Grover – ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)

Who we wanted to win:

Sal: It isn’t at all easy to do the naughty, flippant, entirely unserious song with any sort of cleverness or originality, and Anvita Dutt (she of the tragically misunderstood Ishq Wala Love) gets it smashingly right with ‘Gulabo.’ The saucy rap portion in this song might be the only one in a Bollywood number that doesn’t make me want to weep out of sheer embarrassment.

Bhushan: Purely for being stuck in my head on loop and for my namesake to not bitch slap J-Pill (oh child, we have all been there), Sooraj Dooba is what I would bet on. Not the best of the bunch but one cannot deny this was catchy like a rash. However, Agar Tum Saath Ho was ingrained in my mind from first listen and the simplicity of the lyrics floors me every time *sob*.

Who actually won? 

Irshad Kamil  for Agar Tum Saath Ho


Best Playback Singer (Male)
Ankit Tiwari – ‘Tu Hai Ke Nahi’ (Roy)
Arijit Singh – ‘Gerua’ (Dilwale)
Arijit Singh – ‘Sooraj Dooba’ (Roy)
Atif Aslam – ‘Jeena Jeena’ (Badlapur)
Papon – ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)                                                      Vishal Dadlani – ‘Gulabo’ (Shaandaar)

Who we wanted to win:

Sal: My pick would have been Sonu Nigam for ‘O Sathi Re’ from TWMR or Mohit Chauhan for ‘Matargashti’ from Tamasha, but Vishal Dadlani has become the most deliriously enjoyable playback voice for Bollywood’s leading men, and his growly, sexy vocals on ‘Gulabo’ send a dance-y thrill up me every time I listen to the song.

Bhushan: Arjit Singh (sorry Sal) – he just sounds so HAPPY and ENTHUSIASTIC that you will either jump for Roy, oops, joy, bend over backwards on a glacier in Iceland in a chiffon sari (just me then), or smash your listening device just to stop the noise.

Who actually won?

Arijit SinghSooraj Dooba



Best Playback Singer (Female)

Alka Yagnik – ‘Agar Tum Saath Ho’ (Tamasha)                                                              Anusha Mani – ‘Gulabo’ (Shaandaar)                                                                              Monali Thakur – ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)                                        Palak Mucchal – ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo’ (Prem Ratan Dhan Payo)                                Priya Saraiya – ‘Sunn Sathiya’ (ABCD 2)                                                                           Shreya Ghoshal – ‘Deewani Mastani’ (Bajirao Mastani)


Who we wanted to win:

Sal: There is nothing in this category that equals the searing gorgeousness of Neeti Mohan in Bombay Velvet’s ‘Dhadaam Dhadaam’, but Shreya Ghoshal is the closest thing to in-her-prime Lata Mangeshkar that the Mangeshkar-worshipping Sanjay Leela Bhansali could have found for his almost ridiculously pretty ‘Deewani Mastani.’

Bhushan: Mucchal should not win this because that bloody PRDP (not a type of medicine BTW) took a long time to get out of my head  and still gives me palpitations of the wrong kind when I hear it – one wishes she had popped a note of cynicism in there somewhere. For me, it is Shreya –butter wouldn’t melt in her throat nodules– Ghoshal who added an extra layer to Deewani Mastani on top of the stunning picturisation. Have we reached peak Shreya yet? Probably.


Who actually won?

Shreya Goshal for Deewani Mastani (Bajirao Mastani)

And that is your lot! Agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments below!

And once again, big love and thanks to Sal!


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