MUMBAI—A night after the Oscars, the 2018 edition of Power Brand awards, called BFJA (Bollywood Film Journalist’s Awards), organized by Planman Motion Pictures and Daily Indian Media, was held at Hotel Orchid on Mar. 5.

Started last year with the clear ambition of being the Oscars of India, this is India's only film awards decided by Open Ballot Voting by reputed journalists, who decide all but the Special Awards given. What each journalist voted for is also tabulated on the Powerbrand website

Arindam Chaudhuri, the man behind Planman, thanked the voting jury profusely for their integrity and courage for exercising their ballot in a very transparent manner. 22 of the most prominent film critics decided who deserved the trophies for Hindi cinema 2017 in the categories submitted by DailyIndia.com. The voting was done individually and on mail.

The awards are also unique as they honor not just the winner but also the second-highest voted as the Associate Winner.

The evening started with a visual tribute to Sridevi, who was also expected to be there originally, being the Associate Winner of the Best Actress award for her stellar performance in “Mom.” Best Actress award winner Vidya Balan, as well as the Best Actor Rajkumar Rao, were personally present. This year was unique because in the Best Actor category Rao took away both the winner and the associate winner awards for his stellar performances in “Trapped” and “Newton” respectively and also won the Best Supporting Actor award for “Bareilly Ki Barfi.”

Seema Pahwa and Meher Vij took the honors in the Best Supporting Actress category. Marcin Laskawic came all the way from Poland to take his Best Cinematography trophy for “Tiger Zinda Hai.”

Also taking away special Power Brands Awards for furthering the cause of cinema were Raveena Tandon and Anil Thadani, Kay Kay Menon honored with Power Brand Trendsetter award, Annu Kapoor and Sonali Kulkarni and Sachin Khedekar both for outstanding contribution to Marathi cinema of the year. Ram Kamal Mukherjee won power brands autobiographer of the year, Komal Nahata for best trade analyst for the year 2018, Mayank Shekhar for film critic of the year and Subi Samuel won Power Brands photographer of the year. The lifetime achievement award was given to Moushami Chatterjee.

Balan thanked all the jury members. She said, “I have always believed in working on films that offers me something new to explore. And anything that’s new can either be a success or a flop. But when you are recognized for taking up challenges, it encourages you to do better in life.”

Rao said: “I think this is one of those moments when you feel good about yourself. As an actor, I choose the best I get offered, and when that work gets recognized by 22 eminent journalists, that reinstall faith in the work that I am doing. Thanks for the appreciation.”

The guest of honor of the evening was Polish Ambassador to India H. E. Adam Burakowski, who kept everyone entertained with his Hindi from time to time.

Prof. Chaudhuri said “I do hope the industry supports this unique effort in full force in the coming years so that such genuine awards are promoted where awards are not given on the basis of attendance but on the basis of merit. I do hope one day Aamir Khan takes back his vow of not attending any awards functions and makes his first appearance here due to its completely transparent nature.”

The Power Brands-Bollywood Film Journalist's Awards, organized by Planman Group began with a mission and vision to recognize excellence and honor the finest in cinematic achievements, with high integrity and transparency and become the true voice of creative filmmaking.

Recent surveys have proved that viewers are being dismissive of the plethora of popular awards being dished out, which have been contaminated with star power, and have wandered away from celebrating true talent, to become a big publicity party.

As Prof. Chaudhuri stated, “Awards are given even if you merely attend an awards ceremony, or at the diktat of channels that want viewership. We decided to entrust the selection to critics who have been watching films every week for years. The company plans to expand its base of journalists in the next edition to at least double in the next edition.”

The winners (*denotes those for whom this correspondent voted)

Best Feature Film: “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” Producers: Aruna Bhatia, Shital Bhatia, Arjun N. Kapoor, Hitesh Thakkar*

Associate Winner: “Newton” (Manish Mundra)

Best Director

Winner: “Death in the Gunj” - Konkona Sen Sharma

Winner: “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” - Shree Narayan Singh

Winner: “Bareilly Ki Barfi” - Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari*

Best Actor Male

Winner: “Trapped” - Rajkummar Rao

Associate Winner: “Newton” - Rajkummar Rao

Best Actor Female

Winner: “Tumhari Sulu” - Vidya Balan

Associate Winner: “Mom”– Late Sridevi

Best Supporting Actor Male

Winner: “Bareilly Ki Barfi” - Rajkummar Rao

Winner: “Tumhari Sulu” - Manav Kaul

Best Supporting Actor Female

Winner: “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan” - Seema Bhargava Pahwa

Associate Winner: “Lipstick Under My Burkha” - Ratna Pathak Shah

Associate Winner: “Secret Superstar” - Meher Vij

Best Music

Winner: “Jagga Jasoos” – Pritam*

Associate Winner: “Secret Superstar” - Amit Trivedi

Best Background Score

Winner: “Jagga Jasoos” – Pritam*

Associate Winner: “Trapped” - Alokananda Dasgupta

Best Cinematography

Winner: “Jagga Jasoos” - S. Ravi Varman*

Associate Winner: “Tiger Zinda Hai” - Marcin Laskawiec

Best Story Adapted

Winner: “A Death in the Gunj” - Mukul Sharma

Winner: “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan” - R. S. Prasanna

Best Story Original

Winner: “Mukti Bhawan” - Shubhashish Bhutiani

Winner: “Tumhari Sulu” - Suresh Triveni

Best Production Design

Winner: “Jagga Jasoos” - Parijat Poddar & Mr. Rajat Poddar*

Associate Winner: “Daddy” - Parul Sondh

Associate Winner: “Rangoon” - Mr. Subrata Chakraborthy & Mr. Amit Ray

Best Singer Male

Winner: “Yeh Ishq Hai”/“Rangoon” - Arijit Singh

Winner: “Zaalima”/“Raees” - Arijit Singh

Best Singer Female

Winner: “Nachdi Phira” /“Secret Superstar” - Meghna Mishra

Associate Winner: “Main Kaun Hoon”/“Secret Superstar” - Meghna Mishra

Best Costume Design

Winner: “Rangoon” - Dolly Ahluwalia

Associate Winner: “A Death in the Gunj” - Rohit Chaturvedi

Best Editing

Winner: “Trapped” - Nitin Baid

Winner: “A Death in the Gunj” - Aarif Sheikh & Manas Mittal

Best Sound Effects

Winner: “Jagga Jasoos” - Nair Abhishek & Shijin Melvin Hutton*

Associate Winner: “Trapped” - Anish John

Best Make-Up and Hair

Winner: “Daddy” - Sergio Stivaletti & Shrikant Desai

Associate Winner: “Rangoon” - Preetisheel Singh

Best Visual Effects

Winner: “Tiger Zinda Hai” – YFX*

Associate Winner: “Jagga Jasoos” - Zaheer Ahmad

Best Animated Feature Film

Winner: “Hanuman Da Dumdaar” Ruchi Narayan

Associate Winner: “Koochie Koochie Hota Hai” - Karan Johar

Best Animated Short Film

Winner: “Schirkoa” - Ishan Shukla

Best Short Film

Winner: “Juice” Neeraj Ghaywan

Associate Winner: “Khujli” Anuj Gosalia, Chintan Ruparel, Terribly Tiny Tales*

Associate Winner: Aaba - Raj Kumar Gupta

Best Documentary

Winner: “Ask the Sexpert” - Vaishali Sinha

Associate Winner: “Azmaish: A Journey Through the Subcontinent” - Sabiha Sumar

Best Debutant Male

Winner: “Secret Superstar” - Tirth Sharma

Associate Winner: “Noor” - Kanan Gill

Associate Winner: “Raag Desh” - Mohit Marwah*

Best Debutant Female

Winner: “Qarib Qarib Singlle” - Parvathy

Associate Winner: “Hindi Medium” - Saba Qamar

Best Choreographer

Winner: “Galti Se Mistake”/“Jagga Jasoos” - Vijay Ganguly & Ruel Dausan Varandani

Associate Winner: “Laila Main Laila”/“Raees” - Bosco Caesar

Best Lyrics

Winner: “Main Kaun Hoon”/“Secret Superstar” - Kausar Munir

Associate Winner: Sab khaana khaake”/“Jagga Jasoos” - Amitabh Bhattacharya*

Best Child Artiste

Winner: “Chef” - Svar Kamble*

Associate Winner: “Tubelight”- Matin Rey Tangu

Best Screenplay

Winner: “Hindi Medium” - Zeenat Lakhani & Saket Chaudhary

Associate Winner: “Mukti Bhawan” - Shubhashish Bhutiani

Best Dialogues

Winner: “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan” - Hitesh Kewalya

Associate Winner: “Jagga Jasoos” - Amitabh Bhattacharya, Debatma Mandal, Samrat Chakraborty & Anurag Basu*

Associate Winner: “Rangoon” - Vishal Bhardwaj

Associate Winner: “Fukrey Returns” - Mrighdeep Lamba & Vipul Vig

Best Action

Winner: “Tiger Zinda Hai” - Tom Struthers*

Associate Winner: “Daddy” - Shyam Kaushal

The following 22 leading film journalists had given their votes:

Anuj Alankar

Ayanjit Sen

Bharti Dubey

Chandrima Pal

Dipti Vijay Ranglani

Dr. Piyush Roy

Imtiaz Azeem

Jaya Biswas

Johnson Thomas

Jyoti Venkatesh

Mayank Shekhar

Neeru Sharma

Noyon Parasara

Rajiv Vijayakar

RJ Alok

Rohit Bhatnagar

Saibal Chatterjee

Shaikh Aayaz

Shama Bhagat

Sonia Chopra

Sonup Sahadevan

Vishal Verma

PB-BFJA has no nominations. Film critics are free to decide their choice.

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