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”:http://www.devanshanu.com/things/2006/02/19/my-best-of-2005/ 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
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.