A night after the Oscars, The 2018 edition of Power Brands-Bollywood Film Journalist’s Awards, organized by Planman Motion Pictures and Daily Indian Media, was held at Hotel Orchid on March 5th. Virtually all the winners from all categories who were present in Mumbai turned up at this glittering night of honesty and transparency.
Started with the clear ambition of being the Oscars of India this is India’s only film awards decided on the basis of Open Ballot Voting.
Arindam Chaudhuri, the man behind Planman, thanked the voting jury profusely for their integrity and courage for exercising their ballot in a very transparent manner. 22 of the most prominent film critics decided who deserved the trophies for Hindi cinema 2017 in the categories submitted by DailyIndia.com. The voting was done individually and on mail, and the detailed results of who has voted for whom can be seen on the website of Power-Brands.
Apart from being Open Ballot and highly credible due to voting being restricted only to film critics, the award also is unique as it honours not just the winner but the associate winner as well.
The evening started with a beautiful visual tribute to Sridevi who was also expected to be here tonight, being the associate winner of the best actress award for her stellar performance in MOM. The best actress award winner Vidya Balan as well as the Best Actor award winner Rajkumar Rao were personally present. This year was unique because in the Best Actor category Rajkumar Rao took away both the winner and the associate winner awards for his stellar performances in Trapped and Newton. He also won the best supporting actor award for his role in Bareilly Ki Barfi. In the supporting actor category female Seema Pahwa and Meher Vij took the honours. Marcin Laskawic came all the way from Poland to take his best cinematography trophy for Tiger Zinda Hai. Also taking away special Power Brands Awards for furthering the cause of cinema were Raveena Tandon and Anil Thadani, Kay Kay Menon honoured with Power Brand Trensetter Award, Anu Kapoor, Sonali Kulkarni POWER BRANDS OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MARATHI CINEMA OF THE YEAR, Sachin Khedekar POWER BRANDS OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MARATHI CINEMA OF THE YEAR, Ram Kamal Mukherjee won power brands autobiographer of the year, Komal Nahata power brand best trade analyst for the year 2018, Mayank Shekhar power Brands film critic of the year and Subi Samuel won Power Brands Bollywood Photographer of the year. The life time achievement award was given to Moushami Chatterjee.
Vidya Balan: I thank all the 22 jury members, eminent journalists who voted for me. Tumhari Sullu is a very special film for me and my producer Tanuj Garg, and I am extremely delighted to have received this award tonite. I have always believed in working on films that offers me something new to explore. And anything that’s new can either be a success or a flop. But when you are recognized for taking up challenges, that encourages you to do better in life.
Rajkumar Rao: I think this is one of those moments when you feel good about yourself. As an actor, I choose the best I get offered, and when that work gets recognized by 22 eminent journalist from across the country, that reinstall faith in the work that I am doing. Thanks for the appreciation.
Raveena Tandon: This Award is one of the most democratic award, because of its transparency. This will also remain very special for me, because this this for the first time that I am receiving an award with my husband Anil Thadani. If I am the “power” than he is the “brand”, we compliment each other.
The guest of Honour of the evening was the Polish Ambassador to India H. E. Adam Burakowski- was the Guest of Honor and kept everyone entertained with his Hindi from time to time. Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu sent video message for the winners.
Prof. Chaudhuri said “I do hope the industry supports this unique effort in full force in the coming years so that such genuine awards are promoted where awards are not given on the basis of attendance but on the basis of merit. I did hope one day Aamir Khan takes back his vow of not attending any awards functions and makes his first appearance here due to its completely transparent nature.”
The Power Brands-Bollywood Film Journalist’s Awards, organized by Planman Group began with a mission and vision to recognize excellence and honor the finest in cinematic achievements, with high integrity and transparency and become the true voice of creative filmmaking.
Recent surveys have proved that viewers are being dismissive of the plethora of popular awards being dished out, which have been ‘contaminated’ with star power, and have wandered away from celebrating true talent, to become a big publicity party.
As Prof. Chaudhuri stated, “Awards are given even if you merely attend an awards ceremony, or at the diktat of channels that want viewership. We decided to entrust the selection to critics who have been watching films every week for years.” The company plans to expand its base of journalists in the next edition to at least double in the next edition.
Here is the list of winners at the ‘2018 Power Brands Bollywood Film Journalist’s Awards’ –Bollywood’s only Open Ballot awards . Rajkumar Rao sweeps it all winning Best Actor, Associate Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. Vidya Balan wins Best Actor Female and Late Sridevi is the Associate Winner of Best Actor Female. In the category of Best Supporting Actor Female winner is Seema Bhargava Pahwa and Associate Winner is Ratna Pathak Shah. Manav Kaul is the joint winner of Best Supporting Actor Male.
Best Feature Film
Winner : Toilet Ek Prem Katha – Producers : Aruna Bhatia, Shital Bhatia, Arjun N. Kapoor, Hitesh Thakkar
Associate Winner : NEWTON – Manish Mundra
Winner : Death in the Gunj – Konkona Sen Sharma
Winner : Toilet Ek Prem Katha – Shree Narayan Singh
Winner : Bareilly Ki Barfi – Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Best Actor Male
Winner : Trapped – Rajkummar Rao
Associate Winner : NEWTON – Rajkummar Rao
Best Actor Female
Winner : Tumhari Sulu – Vidya Balan
Associate Winner : MOM – Late Sridevi
Best Supporting Actor Male
Winner : Bareilly Ki Barfi – Rajkummar Rao
Winner : Tumhari Sulu – Manav Kaul
Best Supporting Actor Female
Winner : Shubh Mangal Saavdhan – Seema Bhargava Pahwa
Associate Winner : Lipstick Under My Burkha – Ratna Pathak Shah
Associate Winner : Secret Superstar – Meher Vij
BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR
Winner : Jagga Jasoos – Pritam Chakraborty
Associate Winner : Secret Superstar – Amit Trivedi
Best Background Score
Winner : Jagga Jasoos – Pritam Chakraborty
Associate Winner : Trapped – Alokananda Dasgupta
Winner : Jagga Jasoos – S. Ravi Varman
Associate Winner : Tiger Zinda Hai – Marcin Laskawiec
Best Story Adapted
Winner : A Death in the Gunj – Mukul Sharma
Winner : Shubh Mangal Saavdhan – R. S. Prasanna
Best Story Original
Winner : Mukti Bhawan – Shubhashish Bhutiani
Winner : Tumhari Sulu – Suresh Triveni
Best Production Design
Winner : JAGGA JASOOS – Parijat Poddar & Mr. Rajat Poddar
Associate Winner : DADDY – Parul Sondh
Associate Winner : RANGOON – Mr. Subrata Chakraborthy & Mr. Amit Ray
Best Singer Male
Winner : Yeh Ishq Hai / Rangoon – Arijit Singh
Winner : Zaalima/ Raees – Arijit Singh
Best Singer Female
Winner : Nachdi Phira / Secret Superstar – Meghna Mishra
Associate Winner : Main Kaun Hoon / Secret Superstar – Meghna Mishra
Best Costume Design
Winner : RANGOON – Dolly Ahluwalia
Associate Winner : A Death in the Gunj – Rohit Chaturvedi
Winner : Trapped – Nitin Baid
Winner : A Death in the Gunj – Mr. Aarif Sheikh & Mr. Manas Mittal
Best Sound Effects
Winner : Jagga Jasoos – Mr. Nair Abhishek & Mr. Shijin Melvin Hutton
Associate Winner : Trapped – Anish John
Best Make Up and Hair
Winner : Daddy – Mr. Sergio Stivaletti & Mr. Shrikant Desai
Associate Winner : RANGOON – Preetisheel Singh
Best Visual Effects
Winner : Tiger Zinda Hai – ADITYA CHOPRA (YFX)
Associate Winner : JAGGA JASOOS – Zaheer Ahmad & Team
Best Animated Feature Film
Winner : Ruchi Narayan’s Hanuman Da Dumdaar
Associate Winner : Koochie Koochie Hota Hai – Karan Johar
Best Animated Short Film
Winner : Schirkoa – Ishan Shukla
Best Short Film
Winner : Neeraj Ghaywan – Juice
Associate Winner : Khujli – Anuj Gosalia, Chintan Ruparel, Terribly Tiny Tales
Associate Winner : Aaba – Raj Kumar Gupta
Winner : Ask the Sexpert – Vaishali Sinha
Associate Winner : Azmaish: A Journey Through the Subcontinent – Sabiha Sumar
Best Debutante Male
Winner : Secret Superstar – Tirth Sharma
Associate Winner : Noor – Kanan Gill
Associate Winner : Raag Desh – Mohit Marwah
Best Debutante Female
Winner : Qarib Qarib Singlle – Parvathy
Associate Winner : Hindi Medium – Saba Qamar
Winner : Galti Se Mistake / Jagga Jasoos – Mr. Vijay Ganguly & Mr. Ruel Dausan Varandani
Associate Winner : Laila Main Laila / Raees – Bosco Caesar
Winner : Main Kaun Hoon / Secret Superstar – Kausar Munir
Associate Winner : Sab khanna khaake / Jagga Jasoos – Amitabh Bhattacharya
Best Child Artiste
Winner : CHEF – Svar Kamble
Artiste Winner : Tubelight – Matin Rey Tangu
Winner : Hindi Medium – Ms. Zeenat Lakhani & Mr. Saket Chaudhary
Associate Winner : Mukti Bhawan – Shubhashish Bhutiani
Winner : Shubh Mangal Saavdhan – Hitesh Kewalya
Associate Winner : Jagga Jasoos – Mr. Amitabh Bhattacharya, Mr. Debatma Mandal, Mr. Samrat Chakraborty & Mr. Anurag Basu
Associate Winner : RANGOON – Vishal Bhardwaj
Associate Winner : Fukrey Returns – Mr. Mrighdeep Lamba & Mr. Vipul Vig
Winner : Tiger Zinda Hai – Mr. Tom Struthers
Associate Winner : DADDY – Shyam Kaushal
The following 22 leading Film Journalists of India have given their votes!!
Dipti Vijay Ranglani
Dr. Piyush Roy
PB-BFJA has no nominations. Film critics are free to decide their choice.
In its 12th year now, Power Brands is a mega celebration of achievement, highlighting the success of Indian brands. Planman Group’s Motion Pictures arm has produced 3 National Award Winning Films including Do Dooni Chaar and The Last Lear.