Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kangana Ranaut wins National Award for QUEEN!

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut added yet feather in her cap by winning the prestigious 62nd National Award for her effortless performance in Bollywood hit film QUEEN. At a young age of 28 years Kangana Ranaut has bagged her second National Award. She had earlier received the National Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the drug-addict model in FASHION.

Karnataka actor Vijay gave a major setback for Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor, who after winning almost all the popular film awards was heavily banking to grab the country highest honor for his critically acclaimed performance in HAIDER. Nevertheless the jury settled for Vijay, who deservedly won the Best actor award for brilliantly portraying a transgender in the Karnataka film NAANU AVANALLA, AVALU ((I AM NOT A HE, BUT SHE)

The highlight of this year’s National Award is that the awards have been brilliantly dispersed among different state. The Best Film Award has been bestowed upon debutant Marathi film director Chaitanya Tamhane, for his Marathi film COURT. Interestingly the film COURT has won multiple International awards that includes at 71st Venice International Film Festival, 16th Mumbai Film Festival (International competition) and at 51st International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.

Bengali director Srijit Mukherji won the Best Director award for CHOTUSHKONE. The Supporting Actor awards were begged by Tamil actor Bobby Simha for JIGARTHANDA and Baljinder Kaur for Haryanvi film PAGDI - THE HONOUR.

Priyanka Chopra’s MARY KOM was named the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. Vikas Bahl's Queen has been named the Best Hindi film. 

Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj’s HAIDER that created flutter at all the popular film awards nites did created its magic at the National Award by winning as many as five National Film Awards but tragically the most awaited award for its lead actor Shahid Kapoor for his mesmerizing performance went unnoticed! 

HAIDER won Best Male Playback Singer for Sukhwinder Singh for the song Bismil; Best Dialogues and Music Direction for the film's director Vishal Bhardwaj; Best Choreography for Norway-based Sudesh Adhana; and Best Costume Designer for the effervescent Dolly Ahluwalia.

Elated at winning five awards Vishal Bhardwaj briefing media said, "We have got more than what we expected. I am overwhelmed," However deep layer of melancholy could be noticed on his face for Shahid being ignored. "I am a bit disappointed for Shahid. His performance was really good in the film. I feel sad for Shahid," he confided. 

It was also a moment of pride for Marathi cinema, as another Marathi film ‘KILLA’ directed by Avinash Arun, also bagged honours in India Gold section of the festival.

President Pranab Mukherjee will hand over the awards to the winners on May 3 in New Delhi's Vigyan Bhawan.

The complete list 

Dada Saheb Phalke Award: Shashi Kapoor

Best Feature Film:Court (Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati & English)

Best Popular Filmfor Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Mary Kom

Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director: Asha for Jaoar Majhe

Best Direction: Srijit Mukherji for Chotushkone (Bengali)

Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut for Queen

Best Actor: Vijay for Nanu Avanalla Avalu (Kannada)

Best Supporting Actor: Bobby Simhaa for Jigarthanda (Tamil)

Best Supporting Actress: Baljinder Kaur for Pagdi The Honour (Haryanavi)

Best Male Playback Singer: Sukhwinder Singh, for Bismil, Haider

Best Female Playback Singer: Saivam (Tamil) and Uttara Unnikrishanan (Song: Azhagu)

Best Costume Designer: Haider (Hindi) Dolly Ahluwalia

Best Music Direction Songs: Haider

Best Music Direction Background Score: Nineteen Eighty Three (Malayalam)

Best Choreography: Sudesh Bismil, Haider

Best Assamese Film: Othello

Best Bengali Film: Nirbashito

Best Hindi Film: Queen

Best Rabha Film: Orong

Best Haryanvi Film: Pagdi The Honour

Best Punjabi Film: Punjab 1984

Best Tamil Film: Kuttram Kadithal

Best Telugu Film: Chandamama Kathalu

Best Malayalam Film: Ain

Best Marathi Film: Killa

Best Odiya Film: Aadim Vichar

Best Kannada Film: Harivu

Best Konkani Film:Nachom - IA Kumpasar

Special Mention: Killa (Marathi)

Best Film on Environment Consevation/Preservation: Ottaal (Malayalam)

Best Educational Film: Komal & Behind the Glass Wall

Best Exploration/ Adventure Film: Life Force - India's Western Ghats

Best Investigative Film:Phum Shang 

Best Animation Film: Sound of Joy

Best Short Fiction Film: Mitraa

Best Film Critic: Tanul Thakur

Danger of rain looms large over India vs Australia semi - final!!!

History has it that whenever an important cricket tournament is being held rain is known for playing spoilsport. A picture of this bitter truth was noticed at the crucial semi final between New Zealand and South Africa played on Tuesday! 

The bad news is that it seems rain will continue to play spoilsport between the ‘All Important’ semi final between India and Australia because according to weather reports rain will pose a major threat during the India vs Australia World Cup semi-final tie to be played at Sydney on Thursday

Cricket fans may agree that rain proved fatal for the South Africans in the Tuesday’s semi-final because prior to rain South African team was going great guns when they were halted by rain. According to cricket experts had the rain not intervened the South African could have amassed a mammoth total crossing over 350 plus. Also due to rain the pitch became wet and South African bowlers had hard time bowling.

When they play resumed South African total was rounded to Duckworth-Lewis target of 298. Grant Elliott scored a match-winning 84 off 73 to power New Zealand (299/6) to their first ever World Cup final, beating South Africa (281/5) by 4 wickets (D/L) in a cliffhanger heavily affected by rain.

Coming to the critical semi final between India and Australia weather reports reported that it has been raining in Sydney since Tuesday morning and the fear of rain looms large over the important semi –final on Thursday!!

According to the Weather Department rain is predicted to hit on Tuesday as well as on Wednesday. The only relief for India is that Weather Department has forecasted a clear weather for Thursday, when the two teams meet to battle out the crucial final. However the good news ends here because even if it remains clear on Thursday the ground conditions and the pitch are likely to be badly affected. 

Meanwhile team India was seen utilizing innovative tricks to counter the fast pace attack of the Kangaroos. Just as Dhooni countered the lethal attack of Pakistani tall pacer Mohammad Irfan by employing support staff standing on stools to give the batsmen throw downs likewise Dhooni this time adopted a unique tennis racquet training method. To prepare his batsmen to handle bouncers, Dhoni served Suresh Rana, known for his weakness to handle short ball, with the tennis ball and later he too practiced in the same fashion. 

Hope the rain does not play spoilsport.