It’s almost the end of the year, and you know what that means. Whilst snobs aka critics are busy rolling out their “best of the year” lists, I’d rather stick to my annual tradition of OKS Bollywood awards. These are the most legit of all the awards you’ll be seeing over the next couple of months..because, have a look below.
Now that we have established the seriousness and legitimacy of the awards, sit back, relax and let the envelopes open. We won’t have any Red Carpets, or Item Numbers by starlets. But neither will we have 5 hour awards shows, star tantrums or wannabe celebs walking out on us. That’s the beauty of the OKS Awards. You get it, whether you want it or not. 😉 And the categories might seem like they were custom made to fit our egalitarian policy of rewarding everyone *cough* FILMFARE *cough*. But you couldn’t be more wrong. These awards are created and crafted precisely by musical ninja monkeys. Trust the little leaves (see above).
So, Ladies and Gentlemen.. Dil Thaam Ke Baithiye..Pesh Hai..
The OKS Bollywood Music Awards 2011
* Part 1*
Jumping Jack Retro Isshtyle Award :
Ooh Laa Laa – Dirty Picture
It has been a year where Bollywood has pushed the throttle levels for retro. We have seen films named after Dharam paajee’s dance routines (Yamla Pagla Deewana), Aamir doing a hairy Austin Power meets Mithun da (I Hate You Like I Love You) and Salman doing a Raj Kapoor (Character Dheela Hai). But none of them came close to the oomph, the buxom beauty and the bumbaat-ness of Vidya Balan in a pink Apsara costume. Full marks for the matkas, the rolling oranges, the correct placement of thin line moustache on Naseeruddin Shah, and the big drums of course. A perfect blast from the past, Ooh Laa Laa brought back the sassy 70’s n 80’s , and Vishal-Shekhar’s naughty arrangement, along with the playful vocals of Shreya Ghosal and flirtatious Bappi da make it a treat. Never thought that a Palloo could be bechara.
In one of the year’s best soundtracks, comes this surprise package. The soundtrack holds enough goodness in pretty much every genre. From rock, to metal, to love ballad, retro, disco, bhangra and even a masala desi track. I do not normally go for dubstep. In fact, I hate it with vengeance. But the desi grind mix of Bedardi Raja is an example of how dubstep could actually work. The calm and addictive groove is taken up a notch by the dubstep elements, and both singer Sona and composer Ram Sampath deserve the Dubstep Mix Award for this.
Burn the Dance Floor Award:
It is impossible to dispute the power and the might of Chammak Challo. It is possibly the undisputed grooviest number of the year. But more than that, it is a wonderful example of the technical expertise of composers Vishal-Shekhar. With blaring techno sounds and a lead singer who sports tinned vocals, Chammak Challo‘s fusion of hip-hop, R&B, Carribean sounds, and even Tamil lyrics, made it an instant hit, not only nationwide, but globally as well. Not even SEL’s Tron inspired beats on Zara Dil Ko Thaam Lo can sway our vote. It deserves this honour.
Axl Rose Lyrics award:
Even 3 years ago, I wouldn’t have put my money on Bollywood coming up with something like this. Of course, we have seen Emotional Atyachaar stepping up the game with its raw scream of Bitch. But this year’s Jaa Chudail brings the raw power and hatred that could be found in GnR songs like My Michelle or Used To Love Her. If you think I am exaggerating, have a look at the lyrics below –
Phool vool kuch nahi
Sada hua aalo hai tu
You know what you are
Hoor nahi pari nahi
Jungli ek bhaalu hai tu
Suraj Jaggan’s full volume scream at You know what you are is so reminiscent of Axl Rose, and the pounding drums and the funny picturisation multiplies its sheer insanity. Full marks to lyrics writer Amitabh Bhattacharya and composer Ram Sampath for this Chudail.