MUMBAI — Yes, you read that right. The producers’ body, the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, along with Wizcraft International Entertainment announced the winners in Hindi cinema for 2015 even before the year ended (never mind if there are no significant releases coming) by being first off the mark in December itself and yet calling it the 2016 awards.
What’s more, the Dec. 18 release “Bajirao Mastani” swept nine awards on the fifth day of its theatrical run — an unprecedented situation! The event was held at Reliance Mediaworks, Film City, and typically, most of the media was invited only for the red carpet and not for the function itself.
“Bajrangi Bhaijaan” won four awards including Best Film along with Best Screenplay, Best Story and Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Typically, the awards were “please all” with the Best Film and Best Director (isn’t he responsible for a film being “Best”?) going to different movies!
Host Kapil Sharma was also given the Best Newcomer (as in film hero) trophy. Sonakshi Sinha opened the evening with an aerial entry and performed to a medley of songs including her single “Desi Kalaakar” and others like “Abhi To Party Shuru Hui Hai” and “Banno Tera Swagger.”
Kriti Sanon and Ayushmann Khuranna also performed, as did Priyanka Chopra to her hits that included “Right Here Right Now,” “Desi Girl” and “Pinga.”
A segment celebrated 25 years of Akshay Kumar, with a special tribute to him. Kumar performed to all-time hits like “Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast,” “Chura Ke Dil Mera” and “Tu Sirf Mera Mehboob.” The actor was also presented with a special award by Anil Kapoor.
Jeetendra received the Lifetime Achievement Award from son Tusshar and Punam Sinha. Chopra walked away with the award for Guild Global Honor for her U.S. debut in “Quantico” and the Guild’s President Honor went to Jhamu Sugandh. The Best Child Artiste award went to Harshaali Malhotra for “Bajrangi Bhaijaan.”
Special honors were also bestowed on the biggest film of 2015 – “Bahubali - The Beginning” and “Talvar” and “Piku” and the K.A. Abbas honor for social consciousness went to that pretentiously arty potboiler “NH10” (!!!). Did we not say “please all”?!
And overall, we would once again ask the eternal awards question: If TRPs for the awards show on television and the channels and lobbies within the industry are so important, why use the adjective “Best” for an award? These should be simply and honestly termed the “Most Popular” awards. Because if quality be the criterion, how come “Bajirao Mastani” won in so many categories but not in music and playback?
And proving how trivial PR has become, the pictures mailed to the media are almost entirely of performances rather than the key winners!
Here are the other winners:
Best Screenplay: Kabir Khan / “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”
Best Story: V. Vijayendra Prasad / “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”
Best Dialogue: Prakash R. Kapadia / “Bajirao Mastani”
Best Choreography: Remo D'souza / “Pinga” from “Bajirao Mastani”
Best Lyrics: Varun Grover / “Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” from “Dum Laga Ke Haisha”
Best Music: Amaal Mallik, Ankit Tiwari and Meet Bros Anjjan / “Roy”
Best Male Singer: Arijit Singh / “Hamari Adhuri Kahani” from “Hamari Adhuri Kahani”
Best Female Singer: Monali Thakur / “Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” from “Dum Laga Ke Haisha”
Best Actor in a Comic Role: Deepak Dobriyal / “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”
Best Actor in a Negative Role: Nawazuddin Siddiqui / “Badlapur”
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Male: Nawazuddin Siddiqui / “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Female: Tabu / “Drishyam” and Tanvi Azmi / “Bajirao Mastani”
Promising Debut Male: Kapil Sharma / “Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon”
Promising Debut Female: Bhumi Pednekar / “Dum Laga Ke Haisha”
Most Promising Debut Director: Neeraj Ghaywan / “Masaan”
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Ranveer Singh / “Bajirao Mastani”
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Deepika Padukone / “Piku”
Best Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali / “Bajirao Mastani”
Best Film “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” (Producers Salman Khan and Rockline Venkatesh)