The year 2013 saw the audience lapping up films of all scales and genres. Not all who joined the Rs 100 crore-club made it to the nomination list of the Kamala Pasand 20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards, but most films with strong content definitely did. The list throws up some interesting names.
Tapping real-life themes
A LOOK at the nominations in the Best Film category gives an idea regarding what kind of films touched a chord with the Screen Awards Jury. At least two out of six films were based on a real life story (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Madras Cafe) or a story of everyday people (The Lunchbox). Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, based on legendary sportsman Milkha Singh, has bagged 13 nominations. Madras Cafe, an espionage thriller that takes its cue from former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, bagged seven nominations. The Lunchbox, which captures an unlikely romance that blooms in Mumbai when a lunchbox is delivered to a wrong address, also bagged seven nominations. Kai Po Che!, a story of friendship and loss in the backdrop of the 2002 Gujarat riots, has got 13 nominations. The Best Film category features two Rs 100 crore films in it — Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani has got 12 nominations while Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela leads the pack with 16 nominations. None of the films, however, reached the magic number that Barfi! and Gangs of Wasseypur created with 18 and 17 nominations respectively in last year’s awards.
THE Best Director category has around seven filmmakers in the running for the coveted award. The nominations mark the return of award favourites — Abhishek Kapoor, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Sanjay Leela Bhansali who directed Kai Po Che!, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and …Ram-Leela respectively. They have company in Ayan Mukerji, who made a promising debut with Wake Up Sid in 2009, and follows it up with Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. After creating a sensation with Vicky Donor in 2012, Shoojit Sircar returns to stake claim at the awards with Madras Cafe. But the new entry in the fold is Hansal Mehta, whose film Shahid has bagged five nominations.
In the last couple of years the Best Actor (Male) and Best Actor (Female) categories have seen that it’s no longer just a star’s domain. The nominations for this category comprise Aamir Khan (Dhoom 3), Shah Rukh Khan (Chennai Express), and Ranbir Kapoor (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) slugging it out with actors such as Irrfan (The Lunchbox), Dhanush (Raanjhanaa) and Rajkummar Rao (Shahid). After playing Milkha Singh, Farhan Akhtar is ready to give these contenders a tough competition. The Best Actor (Female) category has stars Deepika Padukone (Chennai Express) and Sonakshi Sinha (Lootera) competing with new entrants Shraddha Kapoor (Aashiqui 2) and Nimrat Kaur (The Lunchbox). Chitrangada Singh makes a surprise entry into the category with her role in Inkaar.
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