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Report Dated January 15, 2017 3:46 PM
Bollywood came together to raise a toast to the best in the industry at the 62nd Jio Filmfare Awards 2017, held on January 14 at the NSCI Dome in Worli, Mumbai. Aamir Khan bagged the Best Actor Award for his performance in ‘Dangal’. Alia Bhatt was honoured with the Best Actress Award for her gritty portrayal of a Bihari migrant in ‘Udta Punjab’. Rounding up the top awards was ‘Dangal’ again- the wrestling drama was awarded the Best Film and Nitesh Tiwari bagged the Best Director Award.
Sonam Kapoor won the Critics Award for Best Actor (Female) for her portrayal of Neerja Bhanot in the biopic ‘Neerja’. Actors Shahid Kapoor and Manoj Bajpayee got the Best Actor (Male) nod for their performances in ‘Udta Punjab’ and ‘Aligarh’ respectively.
‘Neerja’ and ‘Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921)’ won five awards each. Actor Shatrughan Sinha took home the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.
Here is the complete list of those who won big at the 62nd Jio Filmfare Awards2017.
Best Actor (Male): Aamir Khan for ‘Dangal’
Best Actor (Female): Alia Bhatt for ‘Udta Punjab’
Best Film: ‘Dangal’
Best Director: Nitesh Tiwari for ‘Dangal’
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film: ‘Neerja’
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor (Male): Shahid Kapoor for ‘Udta Punjab’ and Manoj Bajpayee for ‘Aligarh’
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor (Female): Sonam Kapoor for ‘Neerja’
Best Actor (Male) in a Short Film: Manoj Bajpayee for ‘Taandav’
Best Short Film People’s Choice: Khamakha
Best Short Film (Fiction): ‘Chutney’
Best Short Film (Non-fiction): ‘Matitali Kusti’
Best Actor (Female) in a Short Film: Tisca Chopra for ‘Chutney’
Best Debut Director: Ashwini Iyer Tiwari for ‘Nil Battey Sannata’
Best Male Debut: Diljit Dosanjh for ‘Udta Punjab’
Best Female Debut: Ritika Singh for ‘Saala Khadoos’
Best Dialogue: Ritesh Shah for ‘Pink’
Best Screenplay: Shakun Batra and Ayesha Devitre Dhillon for ‘Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921)’
Best Story: Shakun Batra and Ayesha Devitre Dhillon for ‘Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921)’
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Rishi Kapoor for ‘Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921)’
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Shabana Azmi for ‘Neerja’
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award: Shatrughan Sinha
Best Music Album: Pritam for ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’
Best Lyricist: Amitabh Bhattacharya for ‘Channa Mereya’ from ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’
Best Playback Singer (Male): Arijit Singh for ‘Ae dil hai mushkil’ from ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’
Best Playback Singer (Female): Neha Bhasin for ‘Jag Ghoomeya’ from ‘Sultan’
Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent: Amit Mishra for ‘Bulleya’ from ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’
Best Visual Effects: Red Chillies for ‘Fan’
Best Editing: Monisha Baldawa for ‘Neerja’
Best Costume: Payal Saluja for ‘Udta Punjab’
Best Action: Shyam Kaushal for ‘Dangal’
Report Dated January 8, 2017 6:52 PM
One of India’s finest actors, Om Puri, died in Mumbai on Jan 6, 2017, aged 66. Film writer Aseem Chhabra believes he never got the recognition he deserved.
In 2007 Om Puri played a significant supporting role in Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War: portraying a near-perfect Pakistani president Zia-ul-Haq.
In one scene he spoke in a delightful Punjabi accented English and cautiously suggested to Charlie Wilson, a Congressman from Texas played by Tom Hanks, that covert aide to the mujahideen, fighting the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, should pass through the hands of the Pakistani government.
I wanted to write something on this terrific actor, one of the few from India who straddled so many film spaces – from Bollywood to Indian art house indies, British Asian immigrant stories and big Hollywood productions.
But the publicists for the film and even the studio Universal Pictures informed me that they had no images of Puri.
Sadly this amazing actor had left no impression on the publicists who were mostly focused on promoting Hanks and his co-star Julia Roberts.
Puri acted in over 300 film projects in India and abroad, and yet he did not get the kind of recognition that he surely deserved.
He won two National Awards in India in the acting category (Arohan, 1982 and Ardh Satya, 1983), and was recognised at a number of film festivals, including a lifetime achievement medal at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival.
He was even nominated for a Bafta film award in 2000 for playing the lead in Ayub Khan Din’s autobiographical British film East is East.
But unfortunately in the last decade or so Puri, the actor, was largely forgotten in the west and even in India.
He did play one last big role in the west – that of an Indian chef in a remote French town in The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014), opposite a feisty Helen Mirren.
It was a rare moment when Puri was suddenly, albeit briefly, the focus of a film produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.
While promoting that film, Puri said that Hindi cinema mostly concentrated on younger, good looking actors. And the industry had relegated him to roles of the father of a lead actor or a police officer. He was rarely offered meaty roles, he complained.
He was always hungry for more challenging work and recognition.
In another interview while promoting East is East (1999), Puri said that his big regret was that he would never get the kind of roles given to Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro.
But Om Puri was as great an actor as Hoffman and De Niro.
In fact, one can say he was even better, given the number of films he acted in and the range of his performances.
His comic timing was perfect and we can see that in the cult classic indie Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) and later on in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Maqbool – a modern day take on Macbeth, where Puri played one of the witches, along with his colleague and friend Naseeruddin Shah.
Also in the same time period he played a sleazy photographer in Shyam Benegal’s Mandi (1983).
He was the voice of an angry, frustrated cop in Ardh Satya (1983), but was equally charming and seductive with his co-star, the late Smita Patil. And in Aakrosh (1980) he was the oppressed peasant who barely uttered a word.
Puri became one of the first Indian actors of his generation to crossover to the west with his work in British films – East is East, its less successful sequel West is West (2010), the rarely seen Brothers in Trouble (1995), the Hanif Kureishi scripted My Son the Fanatic (1997), and the mini-series White Teeth (2002), based on Zadie Smith’s bestseller novel.
That was a time when nearly every Indian or Pakistani role in a British production was offered to Puri.
Hollywood came calling as well.
Mike Nichols also cast him in an important role in Wolf (1994) where Puri shared screen time with Jack Nicholson. And earlier Roland Joffé cast him in a supporting role in City of Joy (1992).
In 1994, Ismail Merchant cast Puri as a hapless college professor who sets out to interview an ageing and overweight Urdu poet (Shashi Kapoor) in In Custody, based on Anita Desai’s Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel.
Puri was perfect in the film, displaying his frustration as he observed the decline of Urdu language and poetry.
But it is the sad reality of the film business, that talented men and women find it harder to get juicy roles as they get older. And Puri had to face that fact.
Om Puri died too soon. But he has left a huge body of work reflecting his four decades as a film actor. He should get the most attention that a master actor of his stature deserves.
Report Dated January 3, 2017 2:54 PM
Aamir Khan’s latest block buster Dangal makes film history, as usually Hindi films drop sharply in the second weekend but Dangal a sports drama staring Aamir Khan that is the story of wrestling champion Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters, world class wrestlers Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari made $4.8 million, which was a record, to rank as the first biggest second weekend take in history.
With this outstanding success now Aamir Khan has 3 films among the top six titles, ‘Dangal, PK, and Dhoom3.
Report Dated December 23, 2016 11:26 PM
Many Indian Twitterers have criticised the famous Bollywood couple for naming their baby Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi, as many believe that back in history, Taimur known as Tamerlane, killed thousands in India during his conquests.
The couple’s fans however disagree and say that Taimur is just a name that means iron.
Khan is the son of former cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore, a former actress. The couple however are very pleased about the birth of their son, and they are delighted to introduce little Taimur to the world.
Report Dated November 8, 2016 12:59 PM
Two Indian stuntmen have drowned after they jumped into a reservoir as part of a film shoot near Bangalore.
The crew was shooting a scene for a Kannada language film when Anil Verma and Raghav Uday dived from a helicopter into the water.
A local inspector said the two men could not swim and were not rescued in time.
Police have registered a criminal case of negligence against the producers.
One officer said ‘Precautionary and safety measures were not taken for the shoot, as there were no life jackets or rescue team nor an ambulance.
Duniya Vijay Kannada cinema’s top actor also jumped into the water with the stuntmen, but he managed to swim ashore without injury.