Best Actor in a Negative Role (Female)
Shilpa Shukla (BA Pass)
Shilpa Shukla made her debut in films with Khamosh Paani (2003), which received wide acclaim across the festival film circuit around the world. Though she did several films after that, including Sudhir Mishra’s Hazaaron Khwaishen Aisi, the former theatre actress first got noticed for her feisty, rebellious act as Bindiya Naik in Shimit Amin’s Chak De! India with Shah Rukh Khan as the disgraced hockey coach. It bagged Shukla her first Screen Award for the Best Actor in Supporting Role (Female). Her performance as the dubious Aunty Sarika in BA Pass, who initiates young boys into male prostitution got raved about not just for the erotic nature of the role, but the way Shukla portrayed it. Any other actor of lesser calibre would not have been able to pull off the role without making it look sleazy. The film earned her, her second Screen Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role (Female).
“I was not expecting it, but I’m happy. It’s a good start to the year, and I hope I continue to perform well, and keep getting appreciated. An award like this is definitely good news as it means people are accepting all kinds of stories.“ — Shilpa Shukla