You cannot use Filmfare and Oscars in the same sentence…Can you??

Here you go, you might say that I have already used  Filmfare and Oscars in the same sentence 😉 Just Kidding. Time to get serious…

Filmfare is just around the corner and Oscars too will be out with its Nominations on 24th Jan. So what are we talking about !!!! The reason for writing about this topic was to clear the air between to the two Awards.There are a section of people, oops fans that say that Filmfare is the Oscars of Bollywood. Where as the other section of fans don’t agree. They have gone one step ahead and said “How can you use Filmfare and Oscars in the same sentence?”


So, what next !!  Following are some of the points that might help you to decide if you can (not) use both the award functions in one sentence. 

  • It is said that Filmfare only nominates movies that are a huge hit and does not encourage small budget movies and movies that have failed to earn corers.
(Example : Filmfare has two awards for Best Movies – Popular and Critics) In my opinion, there can only be One Best Movie… like the Oscars.. What say!!!
  • Some say Filmfare focuses more on performances during the awards, and somehow end up ignoring the real hero “Cinema”
(Well, i don’t think I need to give an example, you might all agree with the performance example.. Right !!) Oscars always gives preference to the Movies and its makers.
  • Need I mention about the low standard of Jokes year after year at the Filmfare functions…. (Sorry SRK fans, but just sharing the truth)
( You might say that even in Oscars, they crack jokes… Well, do you mean Cheap Jokes.. or just Jokes )
  • Did you know that Katrina Kaif has been nominated for Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (Best Actress)… Let me ask you… do you think that she even deserves to be nominated for this prestigious category ??  You can chek the Nominations in the earlier Post “Are you ready for the 57th FilmFare Awards 2012!!
  • And the best part, did you know that Vishal Dadlani and Niranjan Iyengar have been nominated for  Best Lyrics category for their song Chammak challo (RA.One) Are you surprised?? Shocked?
There are many such examples, and the list is endless. By this time you might have labeled me a Oscars fan, and me being biased to the Oscars. Well this is not true. I have been growing up watching both the awards. But somehow overs the years, there have been so may Award Functions that have sprung up in India. And every other Corporate house and TV channel are promoting their awards shows. Hence in a sense to prove which is better, these award functions end up doing the impossible and the unimaginable drama to get TRP’s. It would not be wrong to say that it’s as good as a Naach Gana show. I am not saying that we should be like Oscars, but can’t we have one award function that really celebrates Cinema… The real Hero.
As always looking forward to your views on this topic. Happy Viewing.

Are you ready for the 57th FilmFare Awards 2012!!

Oh yes, the biggest and arguably the best Award Show that Indian Cinema has ever witnessed….Till date. And it is all set to knock on your Television sets soon. The Filmfare Awards are presented annually by The Times Group and is one of the oldest and most prominent film events given for Hindi films in India.

The honour is been given to both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the Hindi language film industry of India. The Filmfare Awards have been often referred to as Hindi film industry’s equivalent to the Oscars. (Well it’s a debatable topic, let’s not get into it) 😉 I know you must be eagerly waiting to find out the nominations for this year’s FilmFare Awards, but before that let me take this opportunity to share some interesting facts about these awards.

Did you know:

– Dilip Kumar, Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan have won 8 awards each till date(Best Actor + Best Supporting Actor)

– Surprisingly, the biggest blockbuster hit in the history of Bollywood – Sholay, won only one Filmfare Award in 1975 and that too for Best Editing.

– ‘Do Bigha Zameen’ was the first movie to win ‘Filmfare Award For Best Film’.

– In the 25th year of Filmfare Award ceremony, the statue was made of silver, while in the 50th year of its celebration, gold status were given.

– Filmfare Award was initially named ‘Clare Awards’, after the ‘Times of India’ film critic – Clare Mendonca.

– In 1969, Sunil Dutt organized a party for Dilip Kumar, when the latter beat him for ‘Filmfare Best Actor Award’. This started the trend of post-award parties in Bollywood.

– In 2006, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie ‘Black’ won 11 Filmfare awards, the most awards won by a movie in the history of Filmfare Awards, till date.

So are you finally ready to find out the Nominations!!!!! Here you go ………

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Actor.  This will be surely be one of the most toughest category, with such amazing actors in the race.

  • Ajay Devgan – Singham /  Amitabh Bachchan – Aarakshan / Hrithik Roshan – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara / Ranbir Kapoor – Rockstar / Salman Khan – Bodyguard / Shahrukh Khan – Don2

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Actress.  

  • Katrina Kaif – Mere Brother Ki Dulhan / Mahie Gill – Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster / Priyanka Chopra – 7 Khoon Maaf / Vidya Balan – No One Killed Jessica / Vidya Balan – The Dirty Picture

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Film

  • Delhi Belly / Don 2 / No One Killed Jessica / Rockstar / The Dirty Picture / Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Director

  • Abhinay Deo – Delhi Belly / Farhan Akhtar – Don2 / Imtiyaz Ali – Rockstar / Milan Luthria – The Dirty Picture / Raj Kumar Gupta – No One Killed Jessica / Zoya Akhtar – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Abhay Deol – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara / Farhan Akhtar – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara / Naseeruddin Shah – The Dirty Picture / Pitobash Tripathy – Shor In The City / Vir Das – Delhi Belly

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Actress In A Supporting Role

  • Juhi Chawla – IAM / Kalki Koechlin – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara / Parineeti Chopra – Ladies vs Ricky Bahl / Rani Mukherji – No One Killed Jessica / Swara Bhaskar – Tanu Weds Manu

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Music Director – So who will win this award… who will you bet on !!!!!

  • A.R.Rahman – Rockstar / Ram Sampat – Delhi Belly / Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara / Sohail Sen – Mere Brother Ki Dulhan / Vishal-Shekhar – Ra.One

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Lyrics ( I am Surprised to see Chammak challo in this list.. Are you???  )

  • Gulzar – Darling – (7 Khoon Maaf) / Irshad Kamil – Nadaan parindey – (Rockstar) / Irshad Kamil – Sadda haq – (Rockstar) / Javed Akhtar – Senorita – (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) / Vishal Dadlani and Niranjan Iyengar – Chammak challo – (RA.One)

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Playback Singer (Male)

  • Akon and Vishal Dadlani – Chammak challo (RA.One) / Mohit Chauhan – Jo bhi mein (Rockstar) / Mohit Chauhan – Sadda haq (Rockstar) / Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – Teri Meri (Bodyguard) / Shafqat Amanat Ali – Dildaara (RA.One)

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Playback Singer (Female)

  • Alyssa Mendonsa – Khwabon ke parindey (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) / Harshdeep Kaur – Katiya karu (Rockstar) / Rekha Bhardwaj & Usha Uthup Darling (7 Khoon Maaf) / Shreya Ghoshal – Teri Meri (Bodyguard) / Shreya Ghoshal – Saibo (Shor In The City)

So are you ready….. Oh did I mention that Shahrukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor will be hosting the show this year……. So get glued to the television on 29th January on Sony Television and watch your favorite stars dazzle the screen. Do let us know about your favourite moments during the award ceremony. It’s always good to know your views. Happy Viewing.

Film Promotions on Television : Is it a healthy trend??

Yes… off late this has been a common trend in Indian Television Industry. Every other week we see film promotions on various shows, be it Reality Shows, Dance or Musical shows. So where is this trend going? Sonam & Neel Nitin makes an appearance in (Bigg Boss season 4) recently to promote Players, Imran and Katrina seen in India’s Got Talent (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan), Shahid and Sonam seen cheering the contestants of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs (Mausam) and many more… the list is endless. Every now and then film stars are seen dancing, singing and judging various reality shows.

Earlier these celebs use to make guest appearances in some of the reality shows stating it to be one of the special episodes and now the audience is wise enough to understand that this guest appearance is just to promote one of their flicks releasing on Friday. I often wonder why do these Big banners needs this kind of promotion, answer to this is attract the mass. TV and especially REALITY Show is one Medium which reaches out to every household in India. Adds and celeb interviews are common these days and it limits the viewers age group..I mean how many viewers above 40 would actually sit and watch celebs interview after all!! I am pretty sure every household follows one reality show at least or at least one daily soap so why not capture their attention and promote the movie to all age group. Television shows are huge hits in India and now it’s serving to be a gold mine for film promotions as well.

How does channel producer react to this new trend…well it’s a win-win situation for the both the parties, both get mileage out of this. Appearance of a movie star adds more color and spark to the show, increase their TRP too. It’s also a treat for the audience to have their favorite actor making appearance on various shows making them tune to a show which earlier they might not be following.

I personally feel that these promotions have gone overboard when the entire crew makes appearance on every possible show. There has to be a connect between the movie script and how it is presented in the reality show. The manner films are being promoted today kills the essence of promotion of films as well the show. We the audience feel cheated when we are forced to see a celebrity enter our favorite show every other week! Somehow the link of the television show is broken and the smooth flow is not seen. The focus shifts from finding the best Talent (Singer, dancer or any other talent) to the stars who go on and on about their films.

So viewers what’s your take on this?? Do you feel cheated as well or do you enjoy the weekly promotions of every possible movie!!………  Looking forward to your views on this topic……