Life OK Screen Awards 2014 : Bhaag Milkha Bhaag & Ram-Leela triumphs

Life OK Screen Awards 2014 : Bhaag Milkha Bhaag & Ram-Leela triumphs

The latest heartthrob of India’s teens, Varun Dhawan, made an entry on a time machine, suspended mid-air — his white jacket offset against the evening’s gold theme. Dhawan, one of the hosts of the evening, was joined by Richa Chadda of Fukrey fame. Shahid Kapoor’s performance to a medley of his hit songs of 2013 drew cheers from the audience, and Sonu Sood’s daring, action-packed entry on a bike brought the guests to their toes. At the Kamla Pasand 20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards, talent shone alongside the stars — both on stage and off it. This has, indeed, been the trend of the cinema of 2013 itself, where some of the more popular films re-asserted Shah Rukh Khan’s dialogue in the Rs 200 crore-plus blockbuster, Chennai Express: “Don’t underestimate the power of the common man.” This was also witnessed in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, which showcased the journey of a young boy — orphaned and displaced during the riots that followed Partition — beating all odds to become India’s most legendary athlete. The film bagged four awards, as many as Goliyon Ki Raasleela — Ram-Leela, a passionate tale of love, won.

The winners list at this year’s awards in fact shows that Hindi cinema may finally be ready to break the rules it had set for itself. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag won Best Film, while Shoojit Sircar won Best Director for Madras Café. Goliyon Ki Raasleela — Ram-Leela dominated the technical categories, with Best Costume (Anju Modi and Maxima Basu), Best Cinematography (S Ravi Varman) and Best Production Design (Wasiq Khan). The film’s leading lady, Bollywood’s latest golden girl Deepika Padukone, won Best Actor (Female) in both jury and popular categories. Deepika’s Chennai Express co-star Shah Rukh Khan — also the main host for the evening — won Best Actor (Male) in the popular category; Farhan Akhtar, for his act as Milkha Singh, was the jury’s choice for the award.

Quicksilver star dancer Shahid Kapoor descends from on high, and leaps on to the stage. The music swells and fireworks go up in beautifully orchestrated bursts. Light, Camera, Action! And away we go, as it all comes together for the 20th Life OK Screen Awards. The Screen song fills the air, which has a familiar January nip. “Dhak dhak dil dil, dil dil dhak dhak”, perfectly encapsulates the mood of the evening : Indian hearts beat loudest for movies. And the Screen awards, most respected in the industry, kick-start the award season to honour the best and brightest in Bollywood, the biggest film industry in the world, and in Marathi cinema, which continues to astonish with its startlingly original talent. The year gone by was Indian cinema’s centenary year, and in his opening remarks, chief guest Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tiwari, held out some awards of his own : a single window clearance for film making, overhauling the archaic Cinematograph Act, greenlighting the Rs 600 crore National Film Heritage Mission, and the opening shortly of The Museum Of Indian Cinema in Mumbai. But that is all in the future : the present is right here, right now, and things are stirring on the stage. Aaand anchor Shah Rukh Khan arrives, all dapper in a sharp black suit. As soon as he comes on, you can feel the temperature rise, perceptibly. The audience has been waiting for this superstar : he knows it and grins, and we can see the dimple flash all the way across the MMRDA grounds.

Yo Yo Honey Singh, accompanied by a bevy of lovelies, gets into a rap medley, including his popular `Blue Eyes’, and the show is well and truly swinging by now. Next up is Sonu Sood, who does some dangerous stuff on a motorcycle, and then flings off his shirt, both stunts draw hoots and claps. Kazooom. 2013 has been a year of the most unusual confluence in Indian cinema. The big mainstream giants shook hands with the small, individual rookies, and got a couple of the best Indian films into theatres. The 100 crore figure lost its jaw dropping quality : Bollywood welcomed its first 300 crore film with ‘Dhoom 3’. As it happens every year, the big tentpole productions made a lot of money. But this year was not all standard procedure business. A handful of films, like ‘The Ship Of Theseus’, and ‘The Lunchbox’, which redefined the definition of ‘mainstream’ coasted on novelty and creativity, and took Indian cinema into places it hadn’t been before. The awards reflected the year that’s just got over.

The Jury award went to Anand Gandhi for his marvelouslly inventive debut ‘The Ship Of Theseus’. The film got another award : Aida El Kashif as the best debutant female. Ritesh Batra got the Most Promising Debut Director for ‘The Lunchbox’, the film that may not have made it to the Oscars, but continues to steal hearts across the globe. Other new faces in the awardee list included the talented, vivacious Swara Bhaskar ( ‘Raanjhana’, Best Supporting Female), who made a most rousing thank you speech. The writing awards usually tell you where the industry is going : the top awards in this segment were snaffled by the most arresting films ,The Best Screenplay went to the jubilant trio of Hansal Mehta, Apurva Asrani and Sameer Gautam Singh ( who also got it for Best Dialogues) for the most courageous film of 2013, ‘Shahid’. US-based Mohan Sikka, who wrote the short story ‘Railway Aunty, on which ‘BA Pass’ was based, got it for Best Story. One of my favourite performances also got an award : Saurabh Shukla for his practical and pragmatic judge in ‘Jolly LLB’ as the Best Supporting Actor. And Swanand Kirkire took away the Best Lyricist trophy for the melodious ‘Kai Po Che’s ‘Manjha’ , my top song of the year. The Best Ensemble Cast went to Club 60’, whose leading man Farooque Shaikh passed away just a couple of weeks go. The team comes up, takes the award on ‘Farooque Sa’ab’s behalf’, and a lump comes to the throat. Ranveer Singh, the guy whose rub-the-back-of-the-head move has become a dance floor craze, came on to do a jig. And joust with the host. And then it was time for the big ‘uns.

The ‘Outstanding contribution award’ went to Ronnie Screwvala, the man behind UTV, the studio which has been consistently doing some excellent work, producing and distributing both big and small cinema. And which introduced professional practices in Bollywood. The award was handed over, most appropriately, by the man who is now trying to get into the same space, producer-director Karan Johar. The Best Director went to Shoojit Sircar for his ‘Madras Café’, a most unusual Bollywood film in that it was based on recent history ( the Sri Lanka conflict, and the assassination of an Indian Prime Minister : they didn’t name him, but we knew it was Rajiv Gandhi), and was as grittily realistic as a mainstream film can be. Fittingly, the Ramnath Goenka award also went to ‘Madras Café’. Chairman of the Express Group, Vivek Goenka, who instituted this award, spoke about how tough it was to choose the film, which reflected the principles of founder Ramnath Goenka, and the group. The winner, he said, ticked all the boxes, and was a film that ‘Ramnathji would have enjoyed watching!’

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Amitabh Bachchan, ‘ rishtey mein woh sab ke baap lagtey hain’, as Shah Rukh pithily put it : Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Shatrughan Sinha, one time co-star and now better known as Sonakshi’s father, gave away the award. Sinha came up with an affectionate citation, calling Bachchan ‘hamaare nyaare pyaare Amitabh’ : very, very Shotgun. Bachchan accepted with characteristic humility : very, very Amitabh. The big winner ( Best Film) of the evening was ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s biopic on the life of one of ace athlete Milkha Singh. The Best Child Actor went to Japtej Singh, who plays the young Milkha; the senior Milkha, essayed by Farhan Akhtar, took away the Best Actor ( Jury) award. we predict he will sweep all the awards this year. As will the Screen Best Actress, Deepika Padukone, who was nominated for two films, ‘ Chennai Express’, and ‘ Goliyon Ki Rasleela, Ram Leela’, and who won it for both : she got both the Jury and Popular choice awards. And host Shah Rukh Khan switched to the other side for accepting his the Best Actor ( Popular Choice ) award for ‘Chennai Express. We will leave you with the sight of the enticing Deepika swirling on a nagaada. Until next year, when we meet again, same place, same time. Adios…

Here are some exclusive images of Deepika Padukone from her breathtaking performance !

Bollywood's reigning queen Deepika Padukone mesmerised with her scintillating act at the 20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)

Deepika Padukone was a 'sheer' delight in a cream lehenga which was teamed with golden and beige full sleeves blouse. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)

Deepika Padukone looks pretty as she dons Meena-amma's look for the song in a white sari. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)

Deepika looks poised and graceful as she dances away. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)

Deepika Padukone's performs on the huge dhol. (IE Photo: Amit Chakravarty)

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Actor (Jury Award)

Farhan Akhtar for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Best Actor (Popular)

Shah Rukh Khan for Chennai Express

Best Actress (Popular)

Deepika Padukone for RamLeela and Chennai Express

Best Actress (Jury Award)

Deepika Padukone for Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-

Leela and Chennai Express

Best Director Award

Shoojit Sircar

Best Film

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Lifetime Achievement Award

Amitabh Bachchan

Ramnath Goenka Memorial Award

Madras Cafe

Best VFX Award

Red Chillies Entertainment for Krrish 3

Best Dialogues

Sameer Gautam Singh for Shahid

Best Screenplay


Best Story

Mohan Sikka for B.A Pass

Best Ensemble Cast

Sanjay Tripathi for Club 60

Best singer (Male)

Arijit Singh for Tum Hi Ho (Aashiqui 2)

Best Playback Singer (Female)

Shreya Ghoshal for Sunn Raha Hai Na, Aashiqui 2

Best Music

Pritam for Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani

Life Ok Screen Hero Award

Deepika Padukone

Best Supporting Actor (Male)

Saurabh Shukla for Jolly LLB

Best Supporting Actor(Female)

Swara Bhaskar for Raanjhanaa

Best comic Male/Female

Bholi Punjaban Richa Chadda for Fukrey

Best Actor in Negative Role

Rishi Kapoor

Best child artiste

Japtej Singh

Best Action

Manohar Verma for Madras Cafe

Most promising debut director:

Ritesh Batra for Lunchbox

Most Promising Newcomer Male

Sushant Singh Rajput for Kai Po Che

Special jury’s award

Ship of Theseus

Most Promising Newcomer Female

Aida Ei Kashef for Ship Of Theseus

Best costume

Anju Modi, Maxima Basu, Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela

Best Production Design

Wasiq Khan, Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela

Best Editing

Deepa Bhatia for Kai Po Che

Best Cinematography

S. Ravi Varman for Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela

Best Choreographer

Remo D’Souza, Badtameez Dil, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Best Background Score

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Best Film Marketing

Chennai Express

Best Actor (Marathi)

Sachin Khedekar, Aajacha Divas Majha

Best Actress (Marathi)


Best Director (Marathi)

Ravi Jadav, Balak Palak

Best Film (Marathi)

Balak Palak and Duniyadari


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