Black: The Filmfares Get it Right… Sometimes

The 51st annual Filmfare Awards, “India’s Oscars”, just concluded and I normally abhor these- goes back to 1996 when Raja Hindustani inexplicably beat out the brilliant Rangeela.

This year, however, they have regained my respect, with one of “my favorite films of the year”: winning almost every major award. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s incomparable Black won:

  • Best Actor- Amitabh Bachchan
  • Best Actress- Rani Mukherjee
  • Best Director- Sanjay Leela Bhansali
  • Best Film- Black
  • Best Supporting Actress- Ayesha Kapoor

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black
In addition to these, Black also picked up Cinematography, Background Score and Editing. Also, Vidya Balan won Best Debut (Actress) for Parineeta, which was a great pick. It has been 10 years since I wrote a heated letter to Khaled Mohammed, the editor of Filmfare, about the travesties that were the ’96 awards- but they have regained my repect now.


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