Indian National Awards 2008
One of the most awaited film awards in India where we feel there will be fair representation of all the film industries in India. It is incidentally one of the oldest awards in India.
The awards for 2009 were declared on Jan 23th to a mixed shock. Lot of deserving and undeserving awards. Unlike other times, bollywood had a fair share this time. After all they are the biggest industry in India and considered to be the flag bearers of Indian cinema or atleast so they claim. Bollywood got awards via Rock On!, Fashion, Firaaq, and Jodha Akbar.
Priyanka Chopra hogged the headlines in most dailies and portals. She was quite glad and did tweet about it. She thanked god for it. Maybe she should. I do admit that her performance in the movie was more than good, but not great. There were other actresses who gave a better performance. One of the notable mentions is to be given to Priyamani (Award winner in 54th awards) in Thirakkatha. However, we should take ‘perspective’ into consideration.
For the same movie, Kangna Ranaut also got the award for the best supporting actress. I did like her in the movie and must say that she did put up a splendid performance. Thanks to one fact that she didn’t have much to speak in that movie :D. Sorry for that comment, couldn’t help it. Another award which can be debated upon. Similarly debated award is the best supporting male actor award going to Arjun Rampal for Rock On!!. A power backed performance in lines with what Kangna had given in fashion. It was one of a bravura performances by Arjun in the whole of his career.
Choreography award went to Chinni Prakash & Rekha Prakash for Jodha Akbar. India is a land where we can’t imagine a movie without dance and music. This award went for Azeem-o-shaan shehenshah and deserves full marks because of the grandeur of the song. Now don’t cite Hollywood movies here :P. Neeta Lulla also got award for best costume design for the same movie. Well, that was obvious ain’t it.
Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! – being adjudged the popular movie was something I couldn’t quite digest. I do agree that it is a good movie with nice songs and satire. But popular movie! Nah!. It’s a movie, I also enjoyed. However, this section is totally left at the discretion of the judges and anomalies are quite common in this case. I would have given it to Rock On!!. It was a much popular movie, going by the verbal meaning of the award.
Neeraj Pandey got the debutant director award for A Wednesday. No brainer here. Dude, you deserve it. Special effects award went to Govardhan for Mumbai Meri Jaan. What! An award for some teeny imperfect scenes. It could’ve been better awarded to Jodha Akbar / Love Story 2050 (I know the movie is hopeless) / Race. Anyways.
Bala the magician director get the award this time for Naan Kadavul. This is again a closely contended category. But a movie like this can only be pulled off by Bala alone. He gave a total make over to Aryaa. Hats off Bala!
The singers of the year were Shreya Ghoshal for Antaheen and Hariharan for Jogwa. These movies also got the best lyrics and music award . A little disappointed because A.R.Rahman didn’t get an award. 2008 was an year where he has delivered one awesome score after another. There were good scores from other music directors also. However, I can’t comment over here because I haven’t heard the award winner.
Malayalam film industry feels a lil left out this time as Thalappavu, Gulmohar & Thirakkatha didn’t win anything. Thirakkatha was awarded the best Malayalam movie. Malayalam did get a consolation price in for the form of Special Jury award. This award was won by Madhusoodanan the director of Bioscope.
There was one standout award also. Best animation movie went to Roadside Romeo. Although the movie was hopeless, the animation was superb. The Disney partnership really showed.
I had followed the national awards on twitter today. Saw loads of comments on the same. I got whimsical and commented here and there. Now here I am writing this random article. As I hardcore Mallu I was a lil disappointed. The awards were about decent in my opinion and according to my limited knowledge.
Signing off. Ciao
Disclaimer: I haven’t commented on the languages I don’t know and on movies I haven’t seen. 🙂