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58th Filmfare Awards 2012 – Predictions   Leave a comment

The Indian film industry will mark its centenary celebrations this year. Also, Filmfare Awards will turn 60 in 2014. Therefore to celebrate this unique achievement, organizers of 58th Filmfare Awards 2012 have decided to go the Hollywood way, i.e integrate gold gold and bestow the special trophy to the awardees.

2012 has been really good year for the bollywood for the fact that most of the movies were non-conventional eg, Gangs Of Wasseypur, Kahaani , Paan Singh Tomar, Vicky Donor. With shoestring budget and terrific screenplay, they were really authentic, straightforward and very Indian. These movies have created a new trend in the bollywood industry and directors are striving hard to soak audience in neo-Indianness. The classic example: In GOW, Angurag Kashyap expresses his gratitude to tamil cinema for inspiring him to get back to his roots.

Ok, here we go with the predictions

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Best Film

  • Barfi!
  • English Vinglish
  • Gangs Of Wasseypur
  • Kahaani
  • Vicky Donor

Barfi! , English Vinglish – heartwarming and too trendy, GOW – Brilliant filmmaking, Vicky Donor – superb concept, but I ll go with Kahaani – though the climax is very similar of to Jolie’s Taking Lives, Kahaani with its own uniqueness,  simply dazzles. It’s a fantastic thriller which mesmerizes you with the brilliant performances and cinematography.

Best Director

  • Anurag Basu – Barfi!
  • Anurag Kashyap – Gangs Of Wasseypur
  • Gauri Shinde – English Vinglish
  • Shoojit Sircar – Vicky Donor
  • Sujoy Ghosh – Kahaani

I have to pick Sujoy Ghosh as Best Director 2012 for depicting Kolkatta as a central character in Kahaani.

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female)

  • Deepika Padukone – Cocktail
  • Kareena Kapoor – Heroine
  • Parineeti Chopra – Ishqazaade
  • Priyanka Chopra – Barfi!
  • Sridevi – English Vinglish
  • Vidya Balan – Kahaani

Omitted in the list is Rani Mukerjee for Aiyya.
Miss Padukone was damn hot in Cocktail, KK didn’t carry Chameli’s essence in Heroine, Parineeti was bold, refreshing in Ishqazaade, PC – big dud in Barfi! Sridevi was all refined, brilliant in English Vinglish. Nonetheless, without any kind of doubt, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) is “My name is Vidya Bagchi ..V.. ” :) has to go to Vidya Balan for her gritty role in Kahaani.

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Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male)

  • Hrithik Roshan – Agneepath
  • Irrfan Khan – Paan Singh Tomar
  • Manoj Bajpayee – Gangs Of Wasseypur
  • Ranbir Kapoor – Barfi!
  • Salman Khan – Dabangg – 2
  • Shah Rukh Khan – Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Shah Rukh, Salman Khan – Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Dabangg – 2  ?!!?? Duh!! Cut Me Some Slack!! Where’s Nawazuddin Siddiqui for GOW?  Paresh Rawal for Oh my God! ?? They thoroughly deserved to be nominated and had absolutely earned it . So, that leaves me with three options and I’ll go with Irrfan Khan for brilliant performance in Paan Singh Tomar.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)

  • Anushka Sharma – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
  • Huma Qureshi – Gangs Of Wasseypur
  • Ileana D’Cruz – Barfi!
  • Rani Mukerjee – Talaash
  • Richa Chadda – Gangs Of Wasseypur

Anushka was all hippity hoppity in JTHJ, Ileana – naively beautiful in Barfi! Nothing much of Ms Mukerjee in Talaash, Huma Qureshi’s solid portrayal of Frustiyaao nahin moora, Upsettaao nahin moora was superb, but have pick Richa Chadda for her role as Nagma Khatoon , she has faithfully endorsed the notions of factual rustic identity which is in itself a very difficult thing to achieve in contemporary cinema.

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Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male)

  • Akshay Kumar – Oh My God!
  • Annu Kapoor – Vicky Donor
  • Emraan Hashmi – Shanghai
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui – Talaash
  • Rishi Kapoor – Agneepath

It has to be Annu Kapoor (Dr. Baldev Chaddha – MD, Infertility specialist) for his outstanding role in  Vicky Donor and this has to be the dialogue of the year Dr. Baldev Chaddha with his finger reflexes, inimitable panache to Vicky Arora: “Shakal dekh kar bande ka sperm pehchan jaata hu.. Aise DNA aryan race ke dekhe gaaye hain..Tu, pure aryan race hai..Aryan puttar hai.. Bhenchod!”  ;) :D

Best Music Director

  • Amit Trivedi – Ishqazaade
  • Pritam – Barfi!
  • Pritam – Cocktail
  • Sneha Khanwalkar – Gangs Of Wasseypur
  • Vishal – Shekhar – Student Of The Year

7 music collaborations in 2012 and 11 albums still to be released for 2013 and yet Pritam does not run out of steam and I really wonder how he manages it! Pritam is the winner this time for his exquisite, soulful music for Barfi!

Best Lyrics

  • Amitabh Bhattacharya – Abhi mujh mein kahin – Agneepath
  • Gulzar – Challa – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
  • Gulzar – Saans – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
  • Javed Akthar – Jee le zara – Talaash
  • Swanand Kirkire – Aashiyan – Barfi!

Check out the names, Gulzar, Javed Akthar – bollywood’s most celebrated lyricists and added to that Swanand Kirkire, Amitabh Bhattacharya – National Film Award winners (Best Lyrics) , I would’ve also included Amitabh Bhattacharya’s Rabta in this list and on the other hand will hesitantly elect to choose Abhi mujh mein kahin for Best Lyrics fof 2012.

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Best Playback Singer (Male)

  • Ayushmann Khurrana – Pani da rang – Vicky Donor
  • Mohit Chauhan – Ala barfi – Barfi!
  • Nikhil Paul George – Main kya karoon – Barfi!
  • Rabbi – Challa – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
  • Sonu Nigam – Abhi mujh mein kahin – Agneepath

This list’s a bit inadequate… particularly missing are, Javed Ali for Ishaqzaade , Javed Bashir for Kahaani and KK for Jannat2  and out of the lot I’ll go with Nigam’s Abhi mujh mein kahin. However I still believe Roop Kumar Rathod’s O Saiyyan was better than Nigam’s quintessential poignancy.

Best Playback Singer (Female)

  • Kavita Seth – Tumhi ho bandhu – Cocktail
  • Neeti Mohan – Jiya re – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
  • Shalmali Kholgade – Pareshaan – Ishaqzaade
  • Shreya Ghoshal – Saans – Jab Tak Hai Jaan
  • Shreya Ghoshal – Chikni chameli – Agneepath

It’s tricky again, Seth modulations for Tumhi ho bandhu – exceptional!! And so is Neeti’s bubbly tempo for Jiya re, and I am short of superlatives for Shreya’s voice , it’s the most perfect thing, notice that contrast Saans – a patho love song and Chikni chameli – item number and she makes it look so… easy!!! But this time have to pick Shalmali Kholgade – dubbed as the newest Bollywood singing sensation, made her dream entry in Ishaqzaade lending her opulent voice for the dreamy lyrical “Pareshaan” which is just sumptuously delicious.

References:
http://www.filmfare.com/news/58th-idea-filmfare-awards-nominations-are-here-2123.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Bollywood_films_of_2012
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-01-10/mumbai/36257473_1_tarun-rai-filmfare-awards-trophy-marks

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Best of Bollywood songs – 2012   Leave a comment

A brief blurb on Best of Bollywood songs – 2012

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10. “O Saiyaan” of Roop Kumar Rathod – Agneepath , Music : Ajay-Atul
Abhi Mujhe Mein Kahin” of Sonu Nigam and “O Saiyaan” of Roop Kumar Rathod echo pretty much the same, however “O Saiyaan”  has evocative lyrics (Amitabh Bhattacharya) and Rathod’s vocals effortlessly scale over the high notes and efficiently transits back thus, enhancing the rhythm of the song.

9. “Mahek Bhi” of Shreya Ghoshal – Aiyyaa, Music: Amit Trivedi
Beautiful piece of Composition from Amit Trivdei, perhaps the only sober number in the whacky list of Aiyyaa, Lyrics from Amitabh Bhattacharya is simple, neat and svelte voice of Shreya skillfully constructs this into a lullaby.

8. Gustakh Dil” of Shilpa Rao – English Vinglish , Music: Amit Trivedi.
Gustakh Dil” is bollywoods fine example for Rythm & Blues which is generally characterized by a strong backbeat and repeated variations, accentuating the weak sounds thus creating a melody that lingers on and Shilpa Rao does an amazing job to enhance the same.

7. ‘O Womaniya Live’ of  Khusboo Raaj, Rekha JhaGangs of Wasseypur, Music: Sneha Khanwalkar.
I can do thousands of songs for a film like Gangs of Wasseypur. I will exhaust myself but I don’t think my bank of songs will ever get exhausted. I have a lot of ideas.”  says miss Khanwalkar and honestly Sneha has really made her mark as of one of the most creative, imaginative music director in neo-bollywood . Rustic and eccentric O Womaniya is one of the most innovative song of 2012 and with the tracks like “Ik Bagal” and “Manmauji” , add more contrast and flavor to vast array of songs composed in a multitude of musical styles , thereby, making it one of the most experimental, diverse album of the year.

6. “Pareshaan” of Shalmali Kholgade – Ishaqzaade , Music: Amit Trivedi.
Shalmali Kholgade – dubbed as the newest Bollywood singing sensation, made her dream entry in Ishaqzaade lending her opulent voice for the dreamy lyrical “Pareshaan” which is just sumptuously delicious.

5. “Heer” of Harshdeep Kaur – Jab Tak Hai Jaan , Music: A.R Rahman.
Honestly, the movie – Jab Tak Hai Jaan it is so pathetic that it took all the jaan out of the audience, even at the music front the combo Rahman-Gulzar didn’t work out as expected. However, Jiya Re and Heer do provide some justice, esp Harshdeep Kaur vocals to “Heer” which has references to the two great Punjabi folk love stories of Heer Ranjha & Saheeba Mirza.

4. “Piya Tu Kahe Rootha Re” of Javed Bashir – Kahaani, Music: Vishal-Shekar.
Piya Tu Kahe Rootha Re”  is one of the best classical fusion piece , it starts of with stunning alaap and blends in with fusion of Guitar riffs, tabala and talam(manjira) and Javed Bashir powerful classical vocals intensifies this fusion, essentially producing a master-piece.

3.Kyonof Papon Sunidhi Chauhan and “Phir Le Aya Dil (Reprise)” of Rekha Bhardwaj – Barfi, Music – Pritam.
Arguably, Barfi has all the ingredients and is indeed one of the best albums of 2012,  the tracks Kyon”,  Phir Le Aya Dil” simply stand out. Incorporating wonderful lyrics, and subtle variations, it just glides along effortlessly creating harmony, rhythm which is marvelously beautiful.

2. “Raabta (Siyaah Raatein)” of Hamsika Iyer, Joi Barua, Arijit Singh – Agent Vinod , Music – Pritam.
It is really strange that I am picking Pritams (plagiarism king) number for second spot, and again it is doubly odd that I am advertising with full conviction that he must, should get this year’s filmfare award for best music director. His composition for four different versions of Rabtaa is just outstanding and it is unquestionably the best lyrical work of the year, courtesy: Amitabh Bhattacharya again.

1. “Pani Da Rang” of Ayushmann Khurrana – Vicky Donor, Music: Abhishek-Akshay.
Watta Movie and Watta Song ! Ayushmann Khurrana wrote the song way back in 2003, while studying at DAV College while with a theatre group called Manchtantra) with long-time friend and collaborator, Rochak Kohli. Akin to the movie which is ingeniously authentic, Pani Da Rang too is one of its kind and has simplicity written all over it which made the entire country groove this year thus earning the title “best song of the year”.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Bollywood_films_of_2012
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-05-11/news-and-interviews/31656640_1_song-ayushmann-khurrana-reality-show
http://www.rediff.com/movies/slide-show/slide-show-1-interview-with-sneha-khanwalkar/20120724.htm

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