54th Filmfare Awards Nominations— Mr. Inkenti’s Pick

There is a love story going on between Filmfare and Shah Rukh Khan. The later is signed up to host the show on Feb 28th, but due to his surgery, the show has been postponed to March 7th, 2009. I just read news that SRK is doing well after this surgery, but will need to take a good 3 month break. I wonder how he will still manage to host the show in which he will be donning two get-ups (hold your breadth): as Suri and Raj (from Rab Ne..). I am not joking, but I did expect SRK to show up at some point in the show in his Suri get-up; so you can imagine my surprise when I read this on ibnlive.com. Anyways, lets see how things shape up post-surgery. Here’s wishing SRK a speed recovery after which he will atleast quit smoking, take to yoga-pranayam, and look fresh; right now he looks much aged for his age.

Ok, lets come back to the topic of the post. Here are some of reflections on the nominations and my pick:

BEST FILM
Dostana
Ghajini
Jodhaa Akbar
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na
Rock On!!

Lets go down the list, Dostana????!!?!?! I realize Filmfare is based on popular movies, but tell me didn’t we have any other good ones? Ghajini? Cummon now, we can’t nominate remakes! It’s not part of the Awards rituals, is it? the story finished up in the first half and the second half was below average. Jodha Akbar: I remember it coming towards the begining of the year 2008. Made on a grand scale and high technical value, but the film was boring (my brother-in-law slept in the nice sofas of Senstation Insomnia during the matinee show). Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi: No way, the film was slow and it took a while to come out of the dissapointment, but by then Surinder ji Sahni won your heart so the film was fine. Rock On!! fine, it was a decently made film, but is it worth getting on this prestigious list? Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na: this film is refreshing, young, peppy, and entertaining with superb couple of songs. Hmm…I wonder what happened to Singh is Kinng, it was a popular movie. Just looking at this shows you what a pathetic year Bollywood had in 2008. I have to think to pick the film, there is nothing pre-determined. Anyways, given this lame list of movies, I’ll the one that was youthfull and entertaining.

Mr. Inkenti’s Pick: Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na

BEST DIRECTOR
A.R. Murugadoss – Ghajini
Abhishek Kapoor – Rock On!!
Aditya Chopra – Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Ashutosh Gowariker – Jodhaa Akbar
Madhur Bhandarkar – Fashion
Neeraj Pandey – A Wednesday!

Ok, this one is no brainer. The first four are all either slow, boring, or routine films so it has to be the last one. Again, although Mr. A. R Murugadoss gave Bollywood it’s All-Time Hit, remakes are cannot be considered. Come to think of it A Wednesday! should be in the Best Picture nominations as well.

Mr. Inkenti’s Pick: Neeraj Pandey for A Wednesday! Yup, this guy is surely the underdog; so I am rooting for him. Given the state of security in our country and the common’s anger on the system and frustration on his helplessness, A Wednesday! deserves a recognition.

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Aamir Khan – Ghajini
Abhishek Bachchan – Dostana
Hrithik Roshan – Jodhaa Akbar
Akshay Kumar – Sinng Is Kinng
Shah Rukh Khan – Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Naseeruddin Shah – A Wednesday!

Hands down, it is Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi for his character of Surinder Sahni. You feel like whistling for this totally loser-like fellow and that is SRK’s achievement. Right from the first scene when we see his Nike shows touch down at the railway platform to the holding of the yellow tiffin carriage to the last sequence when Suri enters the dance ring—he is the hero! And SRK’s Suri made the film run and this is a fact (backed up by good music and the leading lady). Yes, Aaamir Khan did work hard with all the beefing up of body, but again remakes…! (his Tamil counterpant gave a better performance). Akshay ‘the as usual’ Kumar. Naseeruddin Shah is fine, but he didn’t have much of a role in terms of acting untill the very end. Hrithik Roshan was majestic and young, but the sheepish Suri deserves the award as SRK completely surprises us by introducing us to Suri.

Mr. Inkenti’s Pick: Shah Rukh Khan for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Aishwarya Rai – Jodhaa Akbar
Anushka Sharma – Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Asin Thottumkal – Ghajini
Kajol – U Me Aur Hum
Priyanka Chopra – Fashion

Ok, the fight here is clearly between the young and restless, bold and beautiful and not the auties (Aish, Kajol, and Priyanka) of Bollywood. Asin was great, but her over action was clearly visible. Anushka Sharma really gave a performance of a seasoned artist be it emotions, sentiment, laugther, songs, etc. She actually performed and was at par with that of Suri’s performance.

Mr. Inkenti’s Pick: Anushka Sharma for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (MALE)
Abhishek Bachchan – Sarkaar Raj
Arjun Rampal – Rock On!!
Pratik Babbar – Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na
Sonu Sood – Jodhaa Akbar
Tushaar Kapoor – Golmaal Returns
Vinay Pathak – Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Mr. Inkenti’s Pick: Sonu Sood for Jodhaa Akbar. This guy too is an underdog and so I root for him. He is handsome, great looking, and talented. He is actually the #1 heart throb!

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (FEMALE)
Bipasha Basu – Bachna Ae Haseeno
Kangana Ranaut – Fashion
Kiron Kher – Dostana
Ratna Pathak Shah – Jaanu Tu… Ya Jaane Na
Sahana Goswami – Rock On!!

I thought Bips was one of the leading ladies?! Kangana Ranaut must get an award, but that category needs to be created. She deserves the Lifetime Achievement Award in Deranged and Mental Performances. Kiron Kher, in her brief role gave great comic relief. Sahana Goswami? Ratna Shah was great, but too elder na along with Kiron Kher?

Mr. Inkenti’s Pick: Bipasha Basu for Bachna Ae Haseeno. I saw this film only for her hot and juicy figure.

BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (MALE)
Farhan Akhtar – Rock On!! – Socha Hai
KK – Bachna Ae Haseeno – Khuda Jaane
KK – Jannat – Zara Si Dil Mein
Rashid Ali – Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na – Kabhi Kabhi Aditi
Sonu Nigham – Jodhaa Akbar – Inn Lamho Ke Daaman Mein
Sukhwinder Singh – Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi – Haule Haule

All singers did an excellent job (please man…no Farhan Akhtar; even I sing better than him in my bath room!), but there is a clear winner here. Everybody can recognize the routine and same-to-same voice of Sukhwinder Singh, but for Haule Haule…he was different and simply superb. Even my mother asked who is this singer?

Mr. Inkenti’s Pick: Sukhwinder Singh for Haule HauleRab Ne Bana Di Jodi

BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (FEMALE)
Alka Yagnik – Yuvvraaj – Tu Muskura
Neha Bhasin – Fashion – Kuch Khaas Hai
Shilpa Rao – Bachna Ae Haseeno – Khuda Jaane
Shreya Ghoshal – Singh is Kinng – Teri Ore
Shruti Pathak – Fashion – Marjaawa
Sunidhi Chuhan – Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi – Dance Pe Chance

Just when you thought that Sunidhi Chuhan was getting too routine, she gave a power puch and packed in the kick in to the dance!

Mr. Inkenti’s Pick: Sunidhi Chuhan for Dance Pe Chance–Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

BEST LYRICS
Abbas Tyrewala – Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na – Kabhi Kabhi Aditi
Gulzar – Yuvvraaj – Tu Meri Dost Hai
Jaideep Sahni – Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi – Haule Haule
Javed Akhtar – Jodhaa Akbar – Jashn e Bahara
Javed Akhtar – Rock On!! – Socha Hai
Prasoon Joshi – Ghajini – Guzarish

hmm…I am not too good at this one, but Jash e Bahara has full classical words, but again Javed Bhai has got so many awards. I’ll go for Jaideep Sahni’s Haule Haule…it is simple and sweet.

Mr. Inkenti’s Pick: Jaideep Sahni for Haule Haule…Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi


BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR
A R Rahman – Ghajini
A R Rahman – Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na
A R Rahman – Jodhaa Akbar
Pritam – Race
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – Rock On!!
Vishal-Shekhar – Dostana

ok, AR Rahman is on a roll. Most likely, he’ll win the Oscar (for basically presenting to the West what he presented to us all these years) and with three nominations here, he is sure to win one. hmm…so i’ll pick Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na…it was diverse and quite a rage. But how come Rab Ne…is not in the list? Rock On, Dostana, Race were waste…not even a single melody worth remembering. In fact, the best music-bit of 2008 is the baby-steps harmonium music that comes in the begining of Haule Haule…that music-bit was a rage–you should have heard the cheers that bit would get!

Mr. Inkenti’s Pick: A R Rahman for Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na

Lets see what really makes the Pick on the night of Filmfare.

Comments anyone? Please go ahead.

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6 Comments »

  1. Sridhar said

    Five picks for RNBDJ out of 10 features – Nice. Best film – Jaane Tu – Nothing special to brain in it. Bad year for the movie goers
    But I think u have earlier picked the best worst movies of the year with more ease and appropriateness.

  2. Krishna said

    Give all awards to SRK..I know why ?

  3. Abhishek said

    It is like reading the views of a SRK fan and not a film critic….

  4. Mahavir said

    Why are you guys crying over SRK? have you no other work to do?

    It is a fact that SRK is the entertainment powerhouse of Bollywood and has been like that for more than a decade now! however his movies may be, he has craze.

    Coming to the awards, everybody will agree that though RBDJ is not good, SRK’s acting is superb and because of that only the film is a super hit. Musically too the film is excellent. Other films too have been recognized so why call the author an SRK fan? If you feel the author is an SRK fan then read Rab Ne review and Billu review—your misconception will be cleared.

    so stop crying over SRK and move on.

  5. Nagesh sindagi said

    yes agree with all the predictions srk is the best actor for that film atleast.:-):-) bullsigt jodha akbar boring movie of all time

  6. Rakesh Mehra said

    Never understood why Hrithik wins whenever nominated! The guy can’t act to save his life.

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