Wednesday, July 13, 2005

2004 National Awards

Rather slim pickings for Tamil cinema at the National awards for 2004, especially considering the haul last time, which included the prestigious Best Actor award for Vikram. And its only one Tamil film that has won all the awards coming to Tamil. And the film, not unexpectedly, is Autograph.

Autograph shared the Most Popular Film award with Veer-Zaara. Chitra and Vijay also won awards for Best Female Playback Singer and Best Lyricist respectively for the film. And though the news item didn't mention the winner of the Best Feature Film in Tamil, my money is on Autograph.

Saif Ali Khan won the Best Actor award for Hum Tum. That was an enjoyable film but I don't think his award was really deserved. Were they somehow making up for not giving the award to a Hindi actor(read Hrithik Roshan) last year? And the Best Film winner, Page 3, is a surprise too. Though I have not seen it, the few reviews I read in other blogs and the comments on the film from Sundar and his wife led me to think the film was not even worth a dekho, let alone deserving a national award.

Expectedly, Saif's win is being treated with surprise and one suggested reason behind his win seems quite likely. The article also says the joint award to Veer-Zaara and Autograph was controversial. Why?

30 Comments:

At 7:20 AM, Anonymous GP said...

Unlike the early times, the film awards nowadays seem to be largely biased by the juries, esp. the head of the juries. I have seen all the Tamil and Hindi award-winning movies. Certainly I am not pleased with the awards.

a) As you had said, Saif did nothing to win the best actor award.. he did his typical cool flirting guy act (DCH, KHNH hangover). No emotional scene worth noting. I think Hrithik, Ajay Devgan (Raincoat) and our heroes Surya & Kamal did certainly better than him.

b) Page 3 was OK, was carried fully by Konkana. Interesting concept and different but depressing climax.. Doesnt surely guarantee the best film award.. Swades had a better message, though narration was slow and poor.

c) Whatever happened to 'Kadhal'?

d) 'Yeh Tara' by Udit Narayan in Swades was OK.. what great effort did he put into it?

e) Isnt it an irony that Raincoat was the best Hindi film? Does it paradoxically mean that it is better than Page 3, adjudged the best film in the whole country?

 
At 7:24 AM, Anonymous GP said...

Plz check this out:

http://us.rediff.com/movies/2005/jul/13saif.htm

 
At 7:27 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

gp, thats an interesting question. if the best film in the country Page 3 was a Hindi film, how can another film be the best Hindi film?! thot process of the jury is really strange!

and i already referred to the saif link in the line "one suggested reason..."

 
At 8:05 AM, Anonymous Gopi said...

Interesting article, GP. Atleast the Oscars were originally envisioned for American movies and then extended to include foreign films. I had always thought that the National Awards jury was intended to cover all movies of Indian origin. Perhaps they need to review their standards...

 
At 8:30 AM, Blogger Kaps said...

Balaji,

from what I heard in Sun news, the award for the best film in Tamil went to an art film by Santhosh Sivan (i think the name of the movie is Manasa or some similar sounding name). I hvn't heard of this film b4.

 
At 8:42 AM, Blogger Vijay Ramamurthi said...

Sivaji Ganesan never got a national award...thats enuf for me to consider national awards as a big joke...the awards ceremony is the best...is generally a comedy of errors.....it is fun to watch...

eppadikku

 
At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Vijays said...

Saif best actora??:-0 WTF??!! At this rate, It won't be long before Salman and Fardeen Khan will pick up National trophies for their 'performances' soon!
Travesty!

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

gopi, the # of languages makes creating a national jury a very difficult job. and then there's the matter of members agreeing to select a film they havent seen, as the best pic.
IMO they should have separate juries for each lang. and just select bests in each lang. rather than at the national level. that would be fair to all languages.

kaps, interesting info. lemme see if i can google for that.

vijayr, to rub salt into the wound(of sivaji not winning a national award), do u know mgr won a best actor award?! it was for, of all movies, rickshakaaran!! goes to show how politicized the whole awards thing is.

vijays, u left out vivek oberoi and john abraham :-) there's hope for all of them!

 
At 11:07 AM, Anonymous ram said...

i am totally depressed with this...
one of my fav actors kaatla ennaikki "Mazhai" peiyyumo ?! :(

yeah, what the f__k about Kadhal? Page3, Saif...oh my goodness...Pan Parag Filmfare-e thevala pola irukku...

 
At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Vijays said...

Music Director - Vidyasagar
Choreographer - Prabhu Deva

J Philip (Kutty) has won the special jury award for his role in 'Dancer'. Did anyone see 'Dancer'?

 
At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Prakash said...

From BB's link on Rediff "On the controversial decision to give a joint award to Yash Chopra's Veer-Zaara and Cheran's Tamil film Autograph, Sagar said both the films were wonderful, and that filmmakers outside Hindi cinema also needed to be encouraged."

In other words: "Autograph wasn't as good. But we want to encourage moviemakers in other languages when they put forward their rare, decent efforts". Oh puhhhleaze!

 
At 12:12 PM, Blogger Munimma said...

How can a small group of people judging be a national something? Consider the size of our country and the size of the award committee. So take heart ;-)

But Saif has definitely improved from his earlier days, though not enough to warrant the small golden thingie.

I am sure there were better "subtle" actors in one of those regional movies.

Remember the fox!

 
At 12:26 PM, Blogger Ganesh said...

Saif mother Sharmila Tagore is person leading the censor board and much.
Whole award thing is all rigged, its a shame.

 
At 1:58 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

vijays, which movies did the 2 win for?
havent seen 'dancer' yet though i was looking for it. just saw this week that our local grocery store has finally got it. planning to c it soon.

 
At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

VS - Swarabhishekam
PD - Lakshya

 
At 2:08 PM, Anonymous GP said...

Balaji, I think Vidyasagar would have won it for Ghilly (Appadi podu).. Enna ulagamappa..

 
At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Vijays said...

Prabhudeva won it for 'Lakshya' and Vidyasagar for 'Swarabhishekam'(Telugu - K.Vishwanath)

 
At 3:07 PM, Anonymous GP said...

Vijay, that makes me feel better... Thanks.. "Main aisa kyun" was a good number.. Even Hrithik had acknowledged that it was tough..

 
At 4:38 PM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Yeah, I read about this today and was wondering...Saif Khan.!! Maybe I should watch HUM-TUM before I pass any judgement.!

 
At 6:51 PM, Blogger Ram.C said...

Eventhough 'PAGE 3' is a different story, I don't accept it can take the national award beating so many other good movies.. I personally feel that 'Raincoat' was better than that.

Saif has acted very well in 'HumTum'. As u pointed out, some bollywood politics might have played a role here.

 
At 7:17 PM, Anonymous rekhs said...

thank god ganesh and ramc finally agree with my opinion:)abt the rigging...
u bet ram(c),def raincoat was better than page 3!
bb only u can have the patience to watch dancer:)waiting for yr UKM review..esp since it is jeeva's venture after 12b that got stalled for so long..
and w of w...
waiting.......(im)patiently:)

 
At 7:18 PM, Blogger Kaps said...

Navarasa has been adjudged the best Tamil movie....the Hindu article says so
http://www.hindu.com/2005/07/14/stories/2005071402652200.htm

 
At 7:53 PM, Blogger Me too said...

Considering the other filmi awards, the national awards are generally fair. They do bungle once in a while [Raveena Tandon, Sunny Deol, Saif, MGR(!!) etc.] For, I have seen many good movies on the Regional film slot on Sunday afternoons in DD.

 
At 8:28 PM, Anonymous F e r r a r i said...

I felt Swades should have got more awards. Evlo arumayaana padam!!

I guess next year tamil movies will come back with a bang.

 
At 9:34 PM, Blogger Deepika said...

vijays, actually kutty deserves de award 4 his performance.its xtremely difficult 4 a single legged man 2 dance without de help of others.
actually i haven't watched de movie but i have seen de songs which only shows de talent and de performance.

 
At 9:42 PM, Blogger Sridhar Raman said...

Just one doubt. Wasnt Rahman's Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera much better than Udit's Yeh Tara? I was seriously pinning my hopes on Rahman winning the best singer this time.
:(

 
At 10:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More on navarasa

http://66.102.7.104/search?q=cache:xVR6BuYskGUJ:newstodaynet.com/27SEP/SS1.HTM+navarasa+santhosh+sivan&hl=en

 
At 11:48 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

ram, konja naal poru thalaivaa :)

me too, i agree. relatively speaking, national awards tend to be more fair. the other awards r simply popularity contests.

ferrari, me hoping so too. but idhu varaikum vandha movies paathaa no big hopes. and no legitimate contender on the horizon either :(

has any1 heard songs from swarabishekam? deserved award?

sridhar, not a big arr fan here but agree with u on the 2 versions though.

 
At 4:10 AM, Blogger Munimma said...

arr, imho, goes off key a bit while singing. Udit is a better singer. Although, my vote is for Shankar M. or Sonu Nigam (albeit reluctantly)

 
At 2:16 AM, Blogger bladehawk1404 said...

Yet again another dissapointing stuff. This time National Awards which is considered as 'Oscars' of India. Looking at the winners, the tamil filmfare awards looks more like a national award! There were so many other deserving people who should have won but once again it's all 'fixed' and a total disgrace to the nation. Except for a few the rest didin't even deserve to be nominated!

Munimma, ARR is a good singer and he is even better then most singers today. The way he sung 'Yeh Jo Desh' with full of soul and patriotism, none can equal him. Just listen to his many soul stirring patriotic songs such as 'Vellai Pookal, Vande Mataram, Jana Gana Mana, Desh Mere', etc.

 

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