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.
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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.
After his appearance as Rauf Lala in Agneepath was widely appreciated, Rishi Kapoor has been nominated for the Best Actor in a Negative Role trophy this year for D-Day. Giving him company is Vivek Oberoi, who played a mutant baddie in Krrish 3. Kangana Ranaut too finds herself nominated for her role as a mutant moll in Krrish 3. Incidentally, two other actors — Konkona Sen Sharma (Ek Thi Dayan) and Supriya Pathak (Ram-Leela) — who have played negative roles for the first time in their career, have also been nominated for the same.
Ear for music
A R Rahman (Raanjhanaa) and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) make their presence felt both in the background score as well as Best Music categories. Aashiqui 2 (by Ankit Tiwari, Jeet Ganguly and Mithoon) and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (Pritam) are strong contenders in the Best Music category, but do not feature in the Background Score category.
The list of nominees for Best Playback Singer sees a new rung of singers taking over — Benny Dayal (Badtameez dil – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), Amit Trivedi (Maanjha– Kai Po Che!), Raju Singh (Rooh mein faasle – Club 60), Arijit Singh (Tum hi ho – Aashiqui 2) or Siddharth Mahadevan (Zinda – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag).
The female playback singers who have bagged their first Screen award nomination are Sona Mohapatra (Ambarsariya – Fukrey) and Monali Thakur (Sawaar loon – Lootera). Shreya Ghosal has been nominated for her song Sun raha hoon main (Aashiqui 2) while Shalmali Kholgade, who won the Best Singer award (Female) last year with Pareshaan (Ishaqzaade) has been nominated for her duet Balam pichkari (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani). Chinmayi Sripada makes a comeback after five years with Titli (Chennai Express).
A LOOK at the nominations for technical categories like Story, Screenplay, Dialogues, Editing, Sound Designs and Cinematography gives an insight into what make the maximum impact in these categories. Take the case of Best Story — the films nominated in this category were clearly not the commercial projects. Cases in point: BA Pass (Mohan Sikka), Inkaar (Sudhir Mishra), Jolly LLB (Subhash Kapoor), Sixteen (Raj Purohit & Pawan Sony), Shahid (Hansal Mehta and Sameer Gautam Singh) and The Lunchbox (Ritesh Batra).
Best Screenplay nominations seem to favour nuanced films like Kai Po Che!, …Ram-Leela, Shahid and The Lunchbox. Best Dialogues category has an interesting mix of films with Prasoon Joshi’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Farhad-Sajid’s Chennai Express, Sita Menon & Kunal Kemmu’s Go Goa Gone, Sameer Gautam Singh’s Shahid and Jaideep Sahni’s Shuddh Desi Romance. In intense films such as Kai Po Che! (Deepa Bhatia), Madras Cafe (Chandrashekar Prajapati), …Ram-Leela (Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Rajesh Pandey) and Special 26 (Shree Narayan Singh) feature once again in the Best Editing category.