So, just like a couple days ago, the nominees were announced, and now the awards ceremony is already over! That is so fast!
But, let’s be real, it was never really about the Awards anyway, it’s all about the live performances! Which you can read about here. But in the meantime, thanks to Times of India and their minute by minute coverage, I can tell you who won, who lost, and how right (or wrong) I was in my guesses.
The winners (my comments in parentheses):
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) – Deepika Padukone for Piku (HA!!! I was RIGHT!!! I’m so happy!!! Although I wasn’t sure if she would get it for Piku or Bajirao. Either way, it was clearly her year, and, as I mentioned, she always brings it hardcore to the ceremony, so they know that if she wins, it will be good TV. Apparently she did again this year, giving a touching tribute to her Dad in her speech.)
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male) – Ranveer Singh for Bajirao Mastani (I was wrong! This is the End of the World! I was betting on Shahrukh if he wanted it, otherwise Ranbir or Amitabh. I’m guessing Amitabh didn’t want it either, but Ranveer beating Ranbir is definitely interesting. Continuation of Ranbir’s slow slide from next superstar status?)
Best Film – Bajirao Mastani (Boooo! I hate this movie! But on the other hand, yay! I was right! FilmFare did go for the one that was a perfect mix of crowd pleaser and respectable!)
Best Director – Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Bajirao Mastani (Right again! Ish! I said it would be SLB or Kabir Khan, whichever one didn’t win for best picture. But I just found out that Kabir Khan won a FilmFare Style Award last month, so maybe they figured he’s good for now?
(he earned that style award too! Even filming in Kashmir, look how stylish he is!)
Best Debut Director – Neeraj Ghaywan for Masaan (I didn’t even bother guessing for this one because whooooooooo cares. Some well-regarded artsy film gets an award, awesome, wake me up when a superstar is involved)
Best Debut (Female) – Bhumi Pednekar for Dum Laga Ke Haisha (Yay! I love her and I am thrill she was recognized. Also, Yash Raj! Getting a little love! Also, this was not on the list of nominations that was published, so I didn’t make any predictions.)
Best Debut (Male) – Sooraj Pancholi for Hero (I have no idea if he deserved this or not, like most other people in the world, I did not see Hero. But, Salman lost for Bajrangi, probably a good idea to give a nod to one of his protoges to make up for it. Smart, FilmFare. Very smart)
Critics Choice Best Film – Piku (Okay, that seems reasonable. Again, it wasn’t on the published list, so I had no predictions)
Critics Choice Best Actor (Male) – Amitabh Bachchan for Piku (okay, now I see why they could give regular Best Actor to Ranveer. Oh, and again, no predictions made by me in advance for this category)
Critics Choice Best Actor (Female) – Kangana Ranaut for Tanu Weds Manu Returns (Man, Kangana! Tanu Weds Manu did so much better at the box office than Piku! Why did they stick you with the Critics Choice version? It’s got to be just because you aren’t as good at the Awards speeches and dances)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) Priyanka Chopra for Bajirao Mastani (So, I said she would get it, if she committed to coming to the ceremony. Apparently, she did not, and in fact Dips accepted for her. Hmm, Priyanka. Might be time to start shoring up support at home. Depends on whether there are an editorials about missing out on India’s biggest night to film her little American TV show. And if she is photographed at the same time doing something frivolous like buying ice cream in LA.)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) ? Anil Kapoor For Dil Dhadakne Do (Yaaaaaaay! I love you Anil! I was hoping you would win, but not actually expecting it! So, yes, I was completely wrong on this one. I was guessing Nawazuddin Siddiqui. It looks like he came to the party and everything, no idea why they snubbed him)
(He really did float over that film like some kind of sea god)
Lifetime Achievement Award Moushumi Chatterjee (that’s nice, and really another award for Piku, since it’s the only reason people are thinking about her this year)
Best Costume – Anju Modi and Maxima Basu for Bajirao Mastani (totally deserved, wasn’t part of my list, so I had no predictions)
Best Sound Design – Shajith Koyeri for Talvar (what the heck? Is it possible not that many films even qualified for this category? Because its a lot of films may not have had an official Sound Designer role, since that is sort of a Hollywood position?)
Best Production Design – Sujeet Sawant, Sriram Iyengar and Saloni Dhatrak for Bajirao Mastani (again, totally deserved)
Best Choreography – Pandit Birju Maharaj for Mohe Rang Do Laal from Bajirao Mastani (seriously? I didn’t have a guess for this category, but I would not have guessed this. It’s a very songy-song, but the cheorography was just not that impressive.)
Best Cinematography – Manu Anand for Dum Laga Ke Haisha (It was a gorgeous movie, and this is a good suck up to Yash Raj award.)
Best Action – Sham Kaushal for Bajirao Mastani (Since Bahubaali doesn’t qualify, yes, absolutely, I totally agree)
Best Background Score – Anupam Roy for Piku (Yep, very pretty sounding)
Best VFX – Prana Studio for Bombay Velvet (HA! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT ACTUALLY WON SOMETHING! IT IS SO SO BAD!!)
Best Playback Singer Female – Shreya Ghoshal for Deewani Mastani from Bajirao Mastani (Ha! I was Right! Recognizable name, pretty girl, pretty song, home run)
(Wouldn’t you rather have this up on stage than 80-something Lata Mangeshkar?)
Best Playback Singer Male – Arijit Singh for Sooraj Dooba Hai from Roy (Huh. Did not guess him. I guess the actual most popular soundtrack of the year is actually getting some love!)
Best Lyrics – Irshad Kamil for Agar Tum Saath Ho from Tamasha (Man! Guessed wrong again! I was thinking they would give it to the song from Dum Lage to suck up to Yash Raj)
Best Music – Ankit Tiwari, Meet Bros Anjjan and Amaal Mallik for Roy (Actual most popular album of the year, good on them! And it was one of my top guesses, so I am giving it to me)
RD Burman Award – Armaan Malik (okay, he’s like 20. Unless this is for most promising musician, that makes NO SENSE. Oh, it’s for New Musical Talent. Okay, then it makes sense. And his uncle is Anu Malik, composer superstar, and his mentor is Salman. Then this becomes almost boringly predictable)
Best Screenplay – Juhi Chaturvedi for Piku (Oh look, a woman! And it was a great screenplay, and the most script-y film of the year, so I can see this)
Best Editing – A Sreekar Prasad for Talvar (again, did anyone else even submit in this category? Often a director will just do his own editing, or have a random assistant do it, I could see only Talvar being a legitimately good film that also had a staff member called “Editor”)
Best Story – Vijayendra Prasad for Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Woot-woot! Finally!!! Although, on the whole, Salman cleaned up this year. Sooraj won and Armaan won, they were much harder sells than Bajrangi for best film)
Best Dialogue – Himanshu Sharma for Tanu Weds Manu Returns (Okay, this seems reasonable. Especially with the double role, the dialogue would have to do a lot of heavy-lifting in terms of differentiating the two heroines)
So, what is my total tally as a guesser? I put in a guess for 10 categories. I got 7 right (Best Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Soundtrack, Best Supporting Actor, Best Playback Singer Female, and Best Director). Thank goodness, it’s 7 out of 10, so even I can figure out that is 70% accuracy rate. But, I am going to give myself the extra 30% because my biggest prediction did come through, NO SHAHRUKH KHAN. He was at the ceremony and participated, but he must have given them a high sign that he DID NOT want an award this year. I suspect, part of his slow transition into thoughtful elder statesman actor from SuperStar is going to be sending more and more awards towards the young folk.
So, 100% accuracy! Is what I am Awarding Myself! In my own sad little FilmFare ceremony in a windowless room in front of my laptop!