Film critics and actors on Sunday night gathered under one roof for the first ever Critics Choice Film Awards. The event’s main highlight was Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s speech roasting film critics. The actor also promised to push the envelope of cinema by challenging himself.
After the main awards were conferred, presenter Neha Dhupia announced that she has a special surprise for the audience. SRK soon proceeded to take the stage and entertain the audience with his speech.
The actor began by imitating the manner of speech reviewers often take when critiquing a film. “The scene opens at an opulent award function with the main protagonist. Anupama Chopra sitting in the first row, looking resplendent in her many varied shades of white,” began the star as he poked fun at film critics Anupama Chopra and Rajeev Masand.
“Now this version of Masand is a far cry from the younger, mustached one, whose complicated vocabulary we were so convinced by back in the day when I played an antihero. He is older, and a tad heavier,” Shah Rukh said while speaking of Rajeev Masand. He concluded the whole thing by giving the award function one-and-a-half star in true film critic style.
However, in the second half of his speech, Shah Rukh Khan also spoke about pushing the envelope of cinema and urging film critics to write heartfelt reviews as they have the ability to “reveal new facets of a film to an audience.”
Meanwhile, the big winners of Critics’ Choice Film Awards were:
Best Actor: Vineet Singh, Mukkabaaz
Best Actress: Alia Bhatt, Raazi
Best Director: Sriram Raghavan, Andhadhun
Best Supporting Actress: Surekha Sikri, Badhaai Ho
Best song: “Halla” from Manmarziyaan
Best Film in Tamil: Pariyerum Perumal
Best Film in Malayalam: Ee Ma Yau
Best Film in Gujarati: Reva
Best Film in Marathi: Lathe Joshi
Best Film in Bengali: Pupa
Extraordinary Achievement Award: Reshma Pathan
Best Writing – Arijit Biswas, Yogesh Chandekar, Sriram Raghavan, Hemanth M Rao, Pooja Ladha Surti
Best Cinematography – Pankaj Kumar, Tumbbad
Best Editor – Pooja Ladha Surti, Andhadhun
Best Background Score – Jesper Kyd, Tumbbad
Best Production Design : Nitin Zihani Choudhary, Rakesh Yadav for Tumbbad