It is pretty much the annual routine now to moan and whine about Bollywood Awards. I mean, the only point they serve is to wind us up, don’t you think? Screen and Zee Cine Awards 2013 nominations are out – and some of it look like the who’s who of WTF. Unlike last year, where I discussed the categories, I will do a summary round up and also come up with my predictions. Here is the full list of nominations . But it seems like nobody in the jury listens to us.
So, hit the jump!
Screen seems to have totally turned a blind eye to the fabulous Aiyyaa. There are no Best choreography nods to any of - Sava Dollar, Aga Bai, or even Dreamum Wakeupum. No other movie in the whole year had that level of out-n-out dancing Rani awesomeness. I mean, c’mon Pandey Ji Seeti, Fevicol, Chikni Chameli, and bloody Kabaddi Ishq Shava. Did you even see Rani’s belly dancing?
Another omission from the list is Eega, which even though was a Telugu movie, it was dubbed and released as Makkhi. I’d be happy if Screen does give an honorary big ass platinum award to SS Rajamouli. But I am happy to see Arjun: The Warrior Prince being nominated, and also one of the cutest movie of the year – Gattu getting a nomination for the Best Child Artiste.
The usual herogiri action from Dabangg, Agneepath, Rowdy Rathore and Ek Tha Tiger have found their way in Best Action. But it is good to see Gangs of Wasseypur getting a gong too.
Here are my predictions/picks for the Technical Awards:
Best Costume: Varsha (Ishaqzaade)
Best Action: Shyam Kaushal (Gangs of Wasseypur)
Best Choreography: Ganesh Acharya (Chikni Chameli, Agneepath) – pfft, someone has to win.
Best Animation: Arjun, the Warrior Prince
Best Sound Designer: Sanjay Maurya, Allwin Rego (Kahaani) / Kunal Sharma, Alok De (Gangs of Wasseypur)
Best Dialogue: Zeishan Quadri, Anurag Kashyap (Gangs of Wasseypur)
Best Story: Sujoy Ghosh, Advaita Kala (Kahaani)
Best Screenplay: Sujoy Ghosh (Kahaani)
Best Editing: Akiv Ali (Barfi)
Best Production Design: Rajat Poddar (Barfi)
Best Music: Again, no Aiyya. NO FUCKING AIYYAA!!! Bollocks to that! And the two other best albums of the year are given the kick in the arse – Chittagong, and Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. Instead, we get Cocktail and Dabangg 2. Whatevs! But I am elated to see the very talented Sneha Khanwalkar getting nominated for her monstrous Gangs of Wasseypur soundtrack. But we all know who is winning the Best Music award – this is the year of Pritam – Barfi is your masterpiece. Pritam must be thanking God that Rahman’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan turned out to be a disaster.
Best Lyrics: It is funny to see Gulzar saab’s CPR song – Saans getting nominated. And he stands alongside the equally mediocre Dagabaaz Re. If Screen was going for some controversy, it’d give the award to Dibakar Banerjee for Bharat Mata, as a consolation prize for not getting nominated in the Best Director category. But my pick here is Ayushmaan Khurrana for Paani Da. Again, he’s not winning the newcomer award.
Playback Singer Female: Neeti Mohan for Jiya Re, Kavita Seth for Tumhi Ho Bandhu, Mamta Sharma for Fevicol – Are you fucking kidding me? Where is Sunidhi’s amazing “Tootpeshht se leke ghar baar baech daalu” in Sava Dollar? Or Shreya’s much superior Jhalla than the absolutely mediocre Radha? If Fevicol can get a nomination, then by the same logic, Dreamum Wakeupum should win. The only rightful entry here is Shalmali Kholgade for the thumping Pareshaan track from Ishaqzaade. And that is my pick.
Playback Singer Male: WTF is Pungi doing here? And the biggest WTF – no nomination for Sonu Nigam’s Abhi Mujh Mein Kaheen (Agneepath). Also, Mohit Chauhan for Ala Barfi? That wasn’t used in the movie either. It was Swanand Kirkire’s version which was in the movie. And by that logic, Rekha Bharadwaj should’ve been nominated for Phir Le Aaya Dil. Sigh, Barfi has way too many songs which deserve nominations. My pick however is – Ayushman Khurrana – for Paani Da. Just because, they did not nominate Arijit for Phir Le Aaya Dil or Sonu Nigam.
And since, Amit Trivedi won’t be getting the Best Music award, let’s give him the Best Background Music award for English Vinglish.
Best Ensemble Cast: Nothing this year came close to the monstrosity of Gangs of Wasseypur – Ramadhir Singh, Kureshis, Sardar Khan, Faisal Khan, Danish Khan, Definite Khan, Perpendicular, Sultan, Nagma Khatoon, Shama Parveen, Durga. No other movie in recent times has been able to leave such an indelible impression even with its minor characters. Well, you know that already from my review. It is only funny to see a movie like Bol Bachchan getting nominated alongside this.
Debut (Male): This belongs to Varun Dhawan. He got the best Rockstar entry that a debutante could dream of. But on second thoughts, this could also go to Ayushman Khurrana. We’ll see.
Debut (Female): All are fillers here – where is my fav Sunny Leone ? Ok, give it to Huma Qureshi – the only promising actress here.
Debut Director: Again a clear winner here. And no amount of Shakun Batra praise can do anything to the inevitable win of Karan Malhotra’s Agneepath. That’s how you do a remake!
Best Actor in a Comic Role: Why does this even exist? I believe it solely exists to award people like Riteish Deshmukh and Tushhar Kapoor. But behold people, we have the Beeji of Comedy – Kamlesh Gill, who should win this.
Best Actor in a Negative Role: It is a fight between Ramadhir Singh and Rauf Lala. And as much as I love Ramadhir Singh, Chintujee will sweep this by all means. Look, Deepak Dobriyal’s Chunni is crying in the corner, and Sanjay Dutt’s Kaancha is smoking weed with Mithun da. Bipasha is too busy making fitness DVDs to take notice of her nomination. And where the fuck is Bob Biswas?
Supporting Actor: Akshay Kumar’s nomination for OMG is WTF. And they seemed to have nominated the wrong actor for Wasseypur. Jameel Khan, instead of the much superior Piyush Mishra. And no nods for Nawaz in Kahaani, but he does get a nomination for Talaash. But if I was to choose from this list, my pick is Emraan Hashmi for Shanghai.
Supporting Actress: Great to see Rani get a nomination, even though it is for Talaash. It is a fight between Richa Chaddha and Dolly Ahluwalia here. But I think Richa wins by a small margin. Anushka can go sing in Ladakh in her micro pants, and let Ileana get some proper ageing makeup.
Best Actor: There has never been such a tight race to the Best Actor award than this year’s nominees – Hrithik, Ranbir, Irrfan, and Manoj. All of them were superb, and to include Chulbul Pandey and SRK’s Samar Anand in the same list is the awards equivalent of a huge facepalm. I’d have added Nawaz from Wasseypur to this list instead. My pick however, from this list, has to be Ranbir Kapoor as Barfi. Rock Solid and miles above his depressing rockstar Devdas Jordan that people keep talking about. Now, this is a well deserved award.
Best Actress: This is BIDDDDAAAAAAA’s territory. Although I’d love Sridevi to win this, but no one comes close to what Vidya Balan achieved in Kahaani. Bebo can well, do more of Fevicol, and Deepika can do some more Kingfisher calendars. But none of them will ever come close to what Mrs.Balan Roy Kapoor did with this role. But I am still sad that Meenaxi aka Rani did not get nominated. And thank god, Karishma did not get nominated.
Best Director: All bets are off. Anurag Kashyap for Wasseypur, Tigmanshu Dhulia for Paan Singh Tomar, Anurag Basu for Barfi, Sujoy Ghosh for Kahaani. Tough to call. As much as I want Anurag Kashyap to win, I think this one should go to Sujoy Ghosh.
Best Film: What a year it has been in Bollywood. And of the many amazing movies, these are the finest.. well sort of. It is crazy not to see Agneepath to see on the list, but thankfully none of Rohit Shetty, Sajid Khan or any of the South Indian remakes made to this list. But it is a big fight between Kahaani, Barfi, Gangs of Wasseypur and Paan Singh Tomar. My vote goes for either of Gangs of Wasseypur, or Kahaani.
And that was my list of predictions for Screen Awards 2013. In other news, Zee Cine Awards also released its nominations for Best Song – which features Chikni Chameli., Pungi, Chinta ta, Radha. Apparently no one in the jury heard any of the better soundtracks of 2012.
And surprisingly (or not), Gangs of Wasseypur has been completely ignored from the nominations. Their official website where you can vote is experiencing a downtime as of when I wrote this post [ link here] . And to nobody’s surprise, Sharukh Khan has been nominated for Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
And that is a wrap! Leave your comments below, and don’t forget to include your own predictions.