Nominations for the 58th Filmfare Awards 2012

The 58th Filmfare Awards will be held on 20 January 2013. So before that, here are the nominees of the awards to make guesses and see if your guesses come true ;)

BEST FILM
  • Barfi!
  • English Vinglish
  • Gangs Of Wasseypur
  • Kahaani
  • Vicky Donor
BEST DIRECTOR
  • Anurag Basu – Barfi!
  • Anurag Kashyap – Gangs Of Wasseypur
  • Gauri Shinde – English Vinglish
  • Shoojit Sircar – Vicky Donor
  • Sujoy Ghosh – Kahaani
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (MALE)
  • Hrithik Roshan – Agneepath
  • Irrfan Khan – Paan Singh Tomar
  • Manoj Bajpayee – Gangs Of Wasseypur
  • Ranbir Kapoor – Barfi!
  • Salman Khan – Dabangg – 2
  • Shah Rukh Khan – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (FEMALE)
  • Deepika Padukone – Cocktail
  • Kareena Kapoor – Heroine
  • Parineeti Chopra – Ishqazaade
  • Priyanka Chopra – Barfi!
  • Sridevi – English Vinglish
  • Vidya Balan – Kahaani
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (MALE )
  • Akshay Kumar – Oh My God!
  • Annu Kapoor – Vicky Donor
  • Emraan Hashmi – Shanghai
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui – Talaash
  • Rishi Kapoor – Agneepath
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (FEMALE )
  • Anushka Sharma – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
  • Huma Qureshi – Gangs Of Wasseypur
  • Ileana D’Cruz – Barfi!
  • Rani Mukerji – Talaash
  • Richa Chadda – Gangs Of Wasseypur
BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR
  • Amit Trivedi – Ishqazaade
  • Pritam – Barfi!
  • Pritam – Cocktail
  • Sneha Khanwalkar – Gangs Of Wasseypur
  • Vishal – Shekhar – Student Of The Year
BEST LYRICS
  • Amitabh Bhattacharya – Abhi mujh mein kahin – Agneepath
  • Gulzar – Challa – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
  • Gulzar – Saans – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
  • Javed Akthar – Jee le zara – Talaash
  • Swanand Kirkire – Aashiyan – Barfi!
BEST PLAYBACK (MALE)
  • Ayushmann Khurrana – Pani da rang – Vicky Donor
  • Mohit Chauhan – Ala barfi – Barfi!
  • Nikhil Paul George – Main kya karoon – Barfi!
  • Rabbi – Challa – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
  • Sonu Niigaam – Abhi mujh mein kahin – Agneepath
BEST PLAYBACK (FEMALE)
  • Kavita Seth – Tumhi ho bandhu – Cocktail
  • Neeti Mohan – Jiya re – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
  • Shalmali Kholgade – Pareshaan – Ishaqzaade
  • Shreya Ghoshal – Saans – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
  • Shreya Ghoshal – Chikni chameli – Agneepath

Winners of 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards

Colors-Screen-Awards-2013-NominationsThe Bollywood fans in India already know a lot about this but for those who don’t live in India, here is the list of winners of Screen Awards: 

Best Film
Paan Singh Tomar

Best Actor (Male)
Ranbir Kapoor (Barfi!)
Irrfan Khan (Paan Singh Tomar)

Best Actor (Female) 
Vidya Balan (Kahaani)

Best Director
Anurag Basu (Barfi!)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) 
Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Talaash)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) 
Dolly Ahluwalia (Vicky Donor)

Best Background Score
Pritam Chakraborty (Barfi!)

Best Editing
Namrata Rao (Kahaani)

Popular Choice (Male)
Salman Khan (Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg 2)

Popular Choice (Female)
Katrina Kaif (Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Ek Tha Tiger)

Best Sound Design
Sanjay Maurya, Allwin Rego (Kahaani)

Best Production Design
Kaushik Das, Subrata Barik (Kahaani)

Best Animation
Delhi Safari

Best Marketed Film
Barfi!

Best Action
Shyam Kaushal (Gangs Of Wasseypur)

Best Costume
Anaita Shroff Adajania (Cocktail)

Ramnath Goenka Award
Gangs Of Wasseypur

Best Actor In A Comic Role (Male/Female) 
Abhishek Bachchan (Bol Bachchan)
Annu Kapoor (Vicky Donor)

Best Lyrics
Javed Akhtar – Muskanein Jhoothi Hai (Talaash)

Best Story 
Sujoy Ghosh, Advaita Kala (Kahaani)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Yash Chopra

Best Choreography
Prabhu Dheva (Go Govinda, OMG Oh My God!)

Most promising Newcomer (Male) 
Ayushmann Khurrana (Vicky Donor)

Most promising Newcomer (Female) 
Ileana DCruz (Barfi!)

Most promising Debut Director
Gauri Shinde (English Vinglish)

Best Screenplay
Sanjay Chouhan, Tigmanshu Dhulia (Paan Singh Tomar)

Best Jodi
Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra (Barfi!)

Best Dialogue
Bhavesh Mandalia, Umesh Shukla (OMG Oh My God!)

Best Music
Pritam Chakraborty (Barfi!)

Special Award
Amitabh Bachchan

Best Playback Singer (Male) 
Javed Ali – Ishaqzaade (Ishaqzaade)

Best Playback Singer (Female) 
Shalmali Kholgade – Pareshaan (Ishaqzaade)

Best Child Artiste
Mohammad Samad (Gattu)

Best Actor in a Negative Role (Male) 
Tigmanshu Dhulia (Gangs Of Wasseypur)

Best Ensemble Cast
Gangs Of Wasseypur

OMG Oh My God! (2012)

OMG Oh My God Movie PosterWhat do you believe in? 

Oh My God had been in my “to-watch list” for sometime but the poster of it didn’t appeal to me much. I thought that it most probably was another cheesy comedy movie but hey it was only 2 hours long. (Could be even considered as a shorter movie in Bollywood terms) So I decided spending (or wasting?) my 2 hours watching it last Sunday. Well, I quickly realized that I was wrong… Not about watching it but thinking it was cheesy…

It is the story of a shop owner in Chor Bazaar, Mumbai who sues God for destroying his shop with an earthquake. Kanji Lalji Mehta is not a believer to start with but also he takes advantage of the “religious” people who believe in and practice all the rituals of the religion. (This movie takes place in India, that’s why we  mostly see the rituals of Hinduism.)

After he loses his shop because of the earthquake Kanji goes to insurance company but they don’t want to pay out because earthquake is “act of God” and it isn’t covered in the insurance. After that point everything starts going downward and Kanji only finds the solution in suing God since the problems are caused by act of God. As soon as he understands that he can not directly sue God because he doesn’t know the address to send the legal notice, he chooses temples as the opponent for his case.

I should admit that the presentation of religious rituals and the gurus etc. were a bit caricaturised to make sure that people get the point. This also makes us feel more close to Kanji emotionally because we think that he might not be the perfect man but he has a point.

Oh My God might look to you like a light-hearted movie  at first glance however it gives some serious messages and make you re-think about your beliefs and the way you practice them. According to me Oh My God is definitely a must-see from 2012.

Ranbir Kapoor Interview on TBIP Tête-à-Tête

It might be old news for you already but I just came across with Ranbir Kapoor‘s interview the other day on The Big Indian Picture (an online magazine on cinema) and I really enjoyed watching it.

The series of interviews are called “TBIP Tête-à-Tête” by Pragya Tiwari. I haven’t had the chance to watch the other interviews yet but the one with Ranbir Kapoor was good according to me because its style was totally different than the usual interviews.

Pragya Tiwari conducts the interview in a very peaceful and sensible way; nothing crazy happening, not much movement, no crazy costumes, no stupid jokes but two people talking calmly about the guest’s personal and professional life without any tricky questions or unnecessary comments.

The interview went online in September 2012 and it’s nearly 1 hour long. You can visit TBIP’s website and watch the interview there or you might like to subscribe to their Youtube Channel TBIP1 to hear more about what’s happening.

Barfi! (2012)

Barfi! Movie PosterDid you know that Barfi is name of a sweet from India made with condensed milk and sugar? :)

Barfi! is a movie I was waiting to watch desperately  from the very first moment I heard about it. As usual, the songs were introduced first and I thought they were quite different from the typical Bollywood soundtracks. Plus there were Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in it. Then, I didn’t know anything about Ileana. Barfi has became one of the  highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time and also is the India’s official entry to the Academy Awards 2013.

You’ve most probably noticed already that Ranbir Kapoor mostly takes part in movies which are somewhat different from the common trend. They are not so different; so it doesn’t make it difficult for you to relate but also not so similar and you find a glimpse of marginality wrapped up in mischief and sweetness. So he might be quite a weirdo in Rockstar or somewhat bizarre in Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani, but you still like the character he presents. Even thought he doesn’t shine dazzlingly in ordinary Bollywood-type hero roles, he has certain charms which make us love and accept his strange character in this movie.

Priyanka Chopra performs just great! When we look back to her career, we see she has started as Miss World 2000. Then she has received National Film Award for Best Actress and Filmfare Awards in four different categories. When I watched “What’s Your Raashee?” I thought she was putting on real effort to advance her acting. Even though the movie was quite boring, she was praised by the critics for her performance. In Barfi!, I admired PC’s performance as an autistic girl. There is no over-acting which is the usual problem in these kind of movies.

Ileana D’Cruz is very new to me so I don’t have much to say about her yet. I think she is famous in Telugu cinema but I haven’t had a chance yet to watch any Telugu movies.

About the script, my first comment would be that it is quite complicated with going back and forth in time. There are 3 time periods we visit, present day, 1972 and 1978. It is obviously easier to differentiate between present day and past because we see the characters in their older and younger versions. (Have you realized in some scenes, quite old Shruti has very young hands? ;) ) But it took me sometime to realize that it changed to 1978 from 1972 and back, then I found a clue. Ileana’s costume totally changes; when she acts as a married woman, she leaves the trousers and goes to wearing traditional sari.

I don’t feel like talking about the movie’s script this time. Because it is not really about the script in Barfi, there is something more about it. Watching the movie and listening to it songs give a positive feeling somehow. Barfi is young, mischievous, full of life and fun to be around. So as it says in the trailer, be charming, be loved, be crazy, be in love… with Barfi! :)