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20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards/ Winners’ Circle

“I still haven’t been able to digest the fact that I’ve won the Screen Award for Best Actor (Female) in both the Jury and Popular segments. But this year has been great for me. I’m just extremely happy!” — Deepika Padukone

“I still haven’t been able to digest the fact that I’ve won the Screen Award for Best Actor (Female) in both the Jury and  Popular segments. But this year has been great for me. I’m just extremely happy!”   — Deepika Padukone. (IE Photo) “I still haven’t been able to digest the fact that I’ve won the Screen Award for Best Actor (Female) in both the Jury and Popular segments. But this year has been great for me. I’m just extremely happy!” — Deepika Padukone. (IE Photo)

Tally Ho!

5 The number of awards bagged by Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela after being nominated in 16 categories.

4 The number of awards Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (out of 13 nominations), Madras Cafe (out of 9 nominations) and Chennai Express (out of 7
nominations) walked away with.

3 Is the number of awards won by Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, out of 12 nominations.

2 The number of awards won by Kai Po Che (out of 13 nominations),
Aashiqui 2 (out of 4 nominations), Shahid (out of 5 nominations) and
BA Pass (out of 3 nominations).

1 Films like Club 60 (out of 3 nominations), D-Day (out of 2 nominations), Fukrey (out of 5 nominations), Jolly LLB (out of 3 nominations), Krrish 3 (out of 5 nominations), Raanjhanaa (out of 11 nominations), Shuddh Desi Romance (out of 6 nominations) and The Lunchbox (out of 7 nominations) were the one-award wonders this year.

From winner of Lifetime Achievement Award, Amitabh Bachchan, to Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who reclaimed past glory with Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, from Farhan Akhtar (Jury) to Shah Rukh Khan (Popular Choice) for the Best Actor, from first-time award winner Hansal Mehta to Shoojit Sircar winning the Ramnath Goenka Award for his film, and Deepika Padukone
looming large with her three breakout performances — the 20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards took Bollywood by storm with its interesting palate of winners. Here’s what they had to say about their grand haul on the big night.

Best Film

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, P.S. Bharathi, Rajiv Tandon & Viacom 18 Motion Pictures)

Each of the names behind the film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (BMB) come with a formidable track record, especially Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. Among the many notable films, the former ad film-maker Mehra has to his credit Rang De Basanti that went on to get a cult following, several awards and landed eight Screen awards. Mehra won the Best Film Director award for the same.
Similarly Viacom 18 Motion Pictures has constantly been associated with films as varied as the masala potboiler Singh is King to intimate art-house films like Little Zizou from the time of its inception in 2008. Last year saw many of its productions being talked about for fresh content and performances like BMB, Madras Cafe, Special Chabbis and Inkaar, and rightfully the first two pictures won four awards each at the 20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards.

“Staying true to our endeavor of bringing Indian cinema meaningful content, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was a film that we all believed in and one that has won both critical acclaim, and the viewers’ hearts. Bringing home the coveted Screen Award for the Best Film category is another feather to our cap and here’s hoping for many more to come our way.” — Ajit Ajare, COO, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures

“Getting Milkha… off the ground was very tough, but Rakeysh (Omprakash Mehra) is very stubborn too. But once on, all the cast and crew who came on board gave the film 200 per cent, whether it was Farhan (Akhtar) training for four and a half hours, or Sonam (Kapoor) who did the film for a rupee. It is the entire team’s effort which made the film what it is. Congratulations to the whole team! — P.S. Bharathi

Best Director

Shoojit Sircar (Madras Cafe)

Shoojit Sircar is no stranger to awards. The film-maker, who has his roots in theatre, has been making not just films that connoisseurs sit up and take notice of from the time he made his debut with Yahaan, but has been successfull in engaging the masses with his unusual film subjects — sperm bank and infertility in Vicky Donor and an espionage thriller Madras Cafe. With 11 odd Screen nominations to his credit, Sircar has won the Screen Best Director Award for the second time; the first being for Yahaan in 2005. When not doing Hindi films, he’s busy shooting documentary (one on the life of Big B), indie Bengali film like Aparajita Tumi or advertisements. While all eyes are on his third film 1911 with John Abraham, reports state that the film-maker is set to act in the film too.

“It’s really motivating because a film this complicated has been appreciated by the Jury. It just gives me a good feeling because I made a film which I wanted to make, and the Indian Express Group, and Screen which is a paper known for its accurate journalism, appreciates the film.”  — Shoojit Sircar

Best Actor (Male)

Farhan Akhtar (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)

So much has been said about Farhan Akhtar’s multifaceted personality, but with his role as the legendary Indian sprinter, Milkha Singh in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has taken his image to another level. One had already got an inkling of the change in perception towards the star in the Screen Annual Survey 2013 (conducted by C-fore) in its anniversary special, where he was rated third (34%) in the ‘Talented’ category; the first two were Kamal Haasan (64%) and Naseeruddin Shah (51%). On the level of ‘Intelligence’, Shah (51%), who topped the poll, was followed by Akhtar in the second rung (25%) and finally, in the category of actors ‘Excellent at their craft’, which was topped by Rajinikanth (16%), Akhtar came a close second (15%). While he has won several Screen nominations and awards, including for Best Dialogue (Luck By Chance), but in the acting category, BMB is his third Best Actor Award; the other two for the Most Promising Newcomer (Male) for Rock On!! and Ensemble Cast for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.

“I think winning any award always feels good. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a special film, but I’d have been equally happy even if I had won an award for any other film as well, because winning an award only means that all the hard work that you’ve put in has been recognised.” — Farhan Akhtar

Best Actor (Female)

Deepika Padukone (Chennai Express & Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela)

She had a dream debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan with Om Shanti Om, and instantly caught the imagination of the nation with her role as Shantipriya. She won Screen’s Most Promising Newcomer (Female) and Jodi of the Year with Shah Rukh Khan for that film. Hailed as numero uno material, it however took Deepika Padukone more than five years to reach her full potential and how! The model turned actress not only gave four Rs.100 crore plus films at the box-office, but three distinct bravura performances at the box-office — the shy Naina Talwar who comes into her own after a hike with Bunny (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani); Meenamma (Chennai Express), a South Indian runaway bride and the desi Juliet —the bold, passionate and tragic Leela of Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela. It’s not surprising that 2013 is called the watershed year for badminton legend Prakash Padukone’s daughter. While there have been stellar performances from other heroines as well, Deepika clearly towered over all of them. All eyes are now on Bollywood’s Queen Bee to see if she’s able to top the incredible track record of last year in 2014.

“I still haven’t been able to digest the fact that I’ve won the Screen Award for Best Actor (Female) in both the Jury and  Popular segments. But this year has been great for me. I’m just extremely happy!”   — Deepika Padukone

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