The winners of 59th National Film Awards are…​

The most prestigious award ceremony has arrived and so have the winners. Although there are no lavish dance performances, no cheap jokes, these are surely the most awaited award functions in India. Before we share the winners list, here are some of the interesting facts about these awards. It was established in 1954, and is administered, along with the International Film Festival of India and the Indian Panorama, by the Indian government’s Directorate of Film Festivals since 1973. The National Film Awards are presented in two main categories: Feature Films and Non-Feature Films. The juries are appointed by the Directorate of Film Festivals in India. And the award ceremony is held in New Delhi, where the President of India presents the awards.

Did you know that the prize money for Best Actor and Actress is Rs 50000? Shocking? Well that’s the standard amount for almost all the winners. But the top most Prize money is for the Best Director and Best Film – Rs 250000. The winners have been declared today but the award ceremony would be held on May 3.

So here is the list of winners of this prestigious award:

  • Best Feature film: ‘Devur’ (Marathi) & ‘Byari’ (Kannada)
  • Best Director: Gurvinder Singh, ‘Anhe Ghorey Da Daan’
  • Best Actor: Girish Kulkarni, ‘Deool’
  • Best Actress: Vidya Balan, ‘The Dirty Picture’
  • Best Supporting Actor: Appu Kutty, ‘Azhagar Samiyin Kuthirai’ (Tamil)
  • Best Editing: Praveen KL for ‘Aranyaa Kandam’
  • Best Debut Film of A Director: ‘Aranya Kaandam’ (Tamil)
  • Best Children’s Film: ‘Chillar Party’
  • Best Singer (Female): Rupa Ganguly
  • Best Singer (Male): Anand Bhate for ‘Bal Gandharva’
  • Best Screenplay (Adapted): ‘Shala’, Avinash Deshpande
  • Special Jury Award: Anjan Dutta for ‘Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbo Na’
  • Best Dialogue: Girish Kulkarni, ‘Deool’
  • Best Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya for ‘I Am’
  • Best Child Artist: Partho Gupte for ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’, and for ‘Chillar Party’: Irfan Khan, Sanath Menon, Rohan Grover, Naman Jain, Aarav Khanna, Vishesh Tiwari, Chinmai Chandranshuh, Vedant Desai and Divji Handa
  • Best Make Up Artist: Vijram Gaekwad for ‘The Dirty Picture’ and ‘Bal Gandharva’
  • Best Special Effects: ‘Ra.One’
  • Best Screenplay (Original): Vikas Behl & Nitish Tiwari for ‘Chillar Party’
  • Best Costume Design: Niharika Khan for ‘The Dirty Picture’ and Neeta Lulla for ‘Bal Gandharva’
  • Best Choreography: Bosco-Caeser for “Senorita…” from ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’
  • Best Hindi Film: ‘I Am’
  • Best Marathi Film: ‘Shaala’
  • Best Kannada Film: ‘Koorma Avatar’
  • Best Bengali Film: ‘Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbona’
  • Best Malayalam Film: ‘Indian Rupee’
  • Best Tamil Film: ‘Vaagai Sooda Vaa’
  • Best Punjabi Film: ‘Anne Gode Da Daan’
  • Best film critic: Manoj P Pujari
  • Indira Gandhi award for debut film director: Thiagarajan Kumararaja for ‘Aaranya Kaandam’
  • Special Mention: Director Shari for ‘Adi Madhyantam’ (Malayalam Film) and Mallika for ‘Byari’ (Kannada Film)
  • Best Book Award: Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Balaji Vittal for the title ‘R.D. Burman The Man, The Music’

So get ready to see the winners on the stage on May 3rd when they will be presented the awards by President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

Happy Viewing

What makes Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah a special show !!!

Gokuldham Society….. any bells ringing…….. I am sure that most of you might relate this society to Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. Did you know that In August 2010, it beat Balika Vadhu to become the most watched TV show in India. And is by far the longest-running daily comedy show on Indian television. So what makes this show special…..? Is it the story or the characters!!! Don’t worry, we will soon find the answer to this question.

Let’s start with what this show is all about. The Gokuldham society is where all the action happens. It is a society with Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamilian, Bengali, Parsi families staying together. They just don’t stay together, but also share their joys and sorrows. Every festival is being celebrated with the same vigor as any other festivals. Every family participates in the events organised by the society members.

The Show is been anchored by Mr Taarak Metha, who is a writer by profession and Jetha Bhai’s best friend. He is accompanied by his wife Anjali Mehta, who is always worried about his husbands diet and ends up offering him some amazing dishes 😉 Taarak Metha can also be described as the life saver of Jetha Lal. Talking about the main characters of the show, Dilip Joshi ie Jethalal Champaklal Gada and Disha Vakani ie Daya Jethalal. The show revolves around their family. It also includes Tipendra Jethalal Gada (a.k.a. Tapu), Champaklal Jayantilal Gada ie Dadaji and one and only one brother of Daya Bhabi, Sundar (a.k.a. Sundarlal). You will notice that in almost every eposide, Jethalal is surrounded with problems and issues. There are some amazing moments in the show when Daya Ben and Sundar get together and then Jethalal’s expressions are worth watching. And to top it all Daya Bhabi’s Garba, it is a icing on the cake.

Mr Bhide ie Aatmaram Tukaram Bhide who is a teacher by profession, is accompanied by his wife Madhavi Bhide, and their daughter Sonu Bhide. Madhavi is famous for her “achaar” and “papad”. Mr Bhide is Jethalal’s best friend…. Hang on hang on …. You know what I meant by best friend. 😉  He never leaves a chance to complain about the mischiefs of Tapu and Tapu sena….. I know you are waiting to hear about Mr Krishnan Iyer and his wife Babita. Jethalal always tries to impress Babita ji and ends up flirting with her and who can ignore the cold war between Iyer and Jethalal.  Now let’s meet the Sher of Gokuldham Society, Roshan Singh Sodhi and his wife Mrs Roshan. He is a happy-go-lucky person and always super charged to take on any problems that arise in the society. His son Gogi too is full of fun and an important part of Tapu Sena. Meet Mr Hansraj Hathi, and his wife Komal Hathi, who is worried about the eating habbits about her husband and their son Goli.

I am sure that ladies watching the show look forward to the Kitty Parties and the gossip that happen on regular basis and the gents that gather at Abdul’s Shop to have Soda almost every night. Am I missing something…. Well, you right, who can miss Toofan Express ie Patrakar Popatlal, who is in search of his dream girl and his famous lines  “cancel kardo” and “duniya hila doonga.” Hang on there are a few more interesting characters that end up troubling Jethalal ie Nattu Kaka and his nephew Bhaga. They end up creating problems for Jetha Bhai at his Shop (unknowingly)

Well these are some of the few reasons that make this show what it is right now.. Super Hit. I am sure that you might have more of such reasons from your end. Also you might have your favourite moments from the show. Do let us know about it. Looking forward to hear from you. Happy Viewing………