Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Apsara Awards

Another day, another awards show! This time it’s the Apsara Film and Television Producers Guild Awards. Let’s see who they chose to honor:


Best Film:
Best Director: Karan Johar for
My Name Is Khan [They’re joking, right? Sigh.]

Best Editing: Namrata Rao for
Band Baaja Baaraat
Best Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterji for
Guzaarish and Santosh Sivan and V.Manikandan for Raavan

Best Dialogue: Abhinav Singh Kashyap and Dilip Shukla for
Best Screenplay: Rajat Aroraa for
Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai
Best Story: Anusha Rizvi for
Peepli [LIVE]

[See, I would have given best dialogues to
Band Baaja Baaraat and given best editing to Dabangg, the writing for which was fun but nearly as clever as BBB. I haven’t seen Raavan but if the cinematography was close to Raavanan, then they chose well for both - very moody films helped along by the cinematography.

And at least it wasn’t
Raajneeti for best screenplay. I did like the screenplay for Once Upon..., it was clever and well-plotted.]

Best Debutante Director: Manish Sharma for
Band Baaja Baaraat

Critics' Choice Cinematic Excellence Best Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali for


Best Actor: Salman Khan for
Best Actress: Vidya Balan for
Ishqiya and Anushka Sharma for Band Baaja Baaraat

Again, was Salman really the best actor of the year? Best performer, yes, but best actor? That’s the problem with jumbling popular and arty films together. If anything, Shahrukh was a strong contender for Best Actor, along with Hrithik for Guzaarish and Arshad and Nasser for Ishqiya.]

Best Supporting Actor: Arjun Rampal for
Raajneeti [VAH! VAH! He totally deserves this.]
Best Supporting Actress: Prachi Desai for
Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai [Um... really? She was fine but best supporting actress? I get the feeling Ekta Kapoor has a lot of sway in the Apsara Awards.]

Best Actor in a comic role: Paresh Rawal for
Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge
Best Actor in a negative role: Sonu Sood for
Dabangg [YAY!]

Best Debut, Male: Ranveer Singh for
Band Baaja Baaraat
Best Debut, Female: Sonakshi Sinha for

Obviously! I think these two are golden for 2011 - let’s hope Ranveer gets some good roles next year! Sonakshi has already signed quite a few things but it’s harder for an unknown hero, I think. They can’t just stick him opposite one of The Three Khans... Although they could! Dostana 3 FTW!]

Hindustan Times Reader's Choice Entertainer of the Year, Male: Shahrukh Khan [
Now, I enjoy SRK films as much as the next person but was he really Entertainer of the Year with just one film out and a “serious” one at that.]
Hindustan Times Reader's Choice Entertainer of the Year, Female: Katrina Kaif [

Critics' Choice Cinematic Excellence Best Actor: Hrithik Roshan for
Critics' Choice Cinematic Excellence Best Actress: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dharmendra


Best Singer, Male: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan “Tere Mast Mast Do Nain” from
Best Singer, Female: Sunidhi Chauhan for “Sheila Ki Jawani” from
Tees Maar Khan and Mamta Sharma for “Munni Badnaam Hui” from Dabangg

I like the diplomatic pick for the female vocal - they are both great performances. I might edge Mamta ahead just because I think the tone of her voice is unusual but Sunidhi did a great job, too. And obviously, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is phenomenal! Love these choices!]

Best Music: Sajid-Wajid for
Best Lyrics: Gulzaar for “Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji” from
Best Choreography: Farah Khan for “Sheila Ki Jawani” from
Tees Maar Khan

While I enjoyed the song, it’s not really the best choreography of the year - from TMK, I would give it to either “Wallah Re Wallah” or “Bade Dilwala.”]



He may have had only one major release in 2010 but SRK was apparently Mayor of the Apsara Awards! Look at him go!

With rumored frenemy Farah Khan...

With Priyanka Chopra...

In the middle of a Vidya Balan and Anushka Sharma sandwich... (and who doesn't envy that?!)

And on stage performing...

And on stage with the Dharmendra and Bobby!

Of course, there were other people there!

Katrina Kaif looking sad.

And then fake-smiling while posing next to Govinda.

Sonakshi Sinha and her mum!

Arbaaz and Malaika Arora Khan!

Sonu Sood!

RANI MUKERJI, looking cute enough to eat!

Arjun Rampal and his wife Mehr Jesia!

Karan Johar, looking dapper!

Anushka Sharma!

Vidya Balan!

AKSHAY! Don't look so sad... I'm sure everybody will love
Patiala House!

Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma boogie-woogieing!

Aisharya Rai and her father-in-law... The Big B!

RANVEER SINGH! You know what's funny is that there are like no pictures of him from the press before the awards ceremony, like people didn't think he was anybody.

Sonakshi Sinha!

I love these two snap shots - Priyanka obviously LOVES the camera.


Bombay Talkies said...

I keep slipping and calling these the Aspirin Awards.

Amaluu said...

Agree on everything. And huzzah to Kat, Vidya and Ash for wearing Indian clothes for once. Jeez, if only I had somewhere to wear all my fab sarees and salwar kameez to!

harsh said...

bullshit u talk....Akshay was looking bad bcoz no awards at an awards show

eliza bennet said...

I love Katrina's sari and Anushka's dress. Rani looked great too.

I think SRK should have gotten the best actor award. That was a great performance in a not so good film.

Lime(tte) said...

Don't know why everyone's so against MNIK... But okay, just different opinions.

Vidya looked fabulous, but I didn't like Rani's dress.
And Salman was def. not the best actor this year.

However, many deserved awards.

Sami Saayer said...

much much much better than star screen. except for best director. definitely not karan johar. critics choice award could also go to udaan.

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Shell said...

Rani, omg, SUPER LOVE the dress! I think Anushka's is kind of cool too. Also, Ranveer Singh is so good looking! I want to see BBB so bad I can hardly stand it!

Okay, so that was completely shallow, but I've never put much stock into awards shows. Fun and showy - isn't that what they are all about after all?

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