The Good, Bad and Ugly: Filmfare Awards 2012

I’m not a Filmfare fan. Not of the magazine and definitely not of the award functions. Well, I’m not a fan of the current Filmfare. Back in day however, I loved the publication. Now however, it lacks substance and even glamour. Far too trashy for my liking. And the award ceremonies? Don’t even get me started. That said, I watch the award ceremony every single year since it happens to be a ritual my mother and I have. She watches to hopefully catch John Abraham, and I, to hate on it. 2012 was no different. I watched and found exactly what I expected: a lot of kissing– ass kissing, air kisses, etc, and farce galore. So here it is then, the good, the bad, the ugly of this year’s Filmfare Awards.

The Good:
Usha Uthup: Star of the Night
  • Usha Uthup winning for best playback singer was true justice—finally they got it right. I would have screamed if Shreya Ghosal would have won (read: overrated). But it was her speech which had me choked. She teared and told the audience that this was her first award in 42 years. Well deserved.
  • Oh Coke Studio’s tribute to Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor were amazing. Shaan made my night. But what about Jagjit Singh?
  • SRK’s performance with the kids was cute.
  • Ranbir Kapoor. Period.
  • Okay the whole Kolaveri Di line in the action sequences had me in splits.
  • Madhuri Dixit looked phenomenal.

The Bad:
Ex-Rivals?
  • My mother claimed that Vidya Balan behaved rather “vulgarly” with her banana giving. Honestly, I didn’t even pick that up. Moms are more observant; mine is at least.
  • SRK hit an all time low with his cheap jokes. They weren’t funny. Perhaps this is what happens post two major flops?
  • So Priyanka Chopra couldn’t bag any actors to be a part of her swayamwar dance, eh? Explains how she had to make do with Bappi Lahiri as her dulha in the end.
  • Did anyone catch Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra linking arms and smiling for the cameras? Spare us girls.
  • What was up with Kalki? She looked anorexic.
  • All the dances were so overdone; been there done that. Where was Bipasha Basu? She always dances, no?
  • What on earth was Akon nominated as Best Male Playback singer for? And then Chammak Challo for best lyrics? That as a joke, right? If not, then why didn’t Tu Mera Hero not get a nomination?
  • Abhishek Bachchan looked really lonely. And lost.
  • Why do Filmfare insist on showing us the same reactions repeatedly for stars? And whoever did the editing, you clearly have a crush on Parineeti Chopra.

The Queens
The Ugly:
  • Erm, SRK and Ranbir Kapoor made really repulsive women. That whole Drag Queen segment was just not pleasing to the eye.
  • As usual, Rakhi Sawant.
  • Oh, and Shakti Kapoor.
  • Apparently an Ali Zafar performance was edited out from the show. Shameful.
  • Overall, it was rather tacky especially since Filmfare is considered to be the most “classy” and the “Mother” of all awards in India.

But wait a minute, Shah Rukh Khan walked away devoid of a black lady. Wot? They didn’t create a special category for him? Wow. iShock.

Footnote (2/21): I've been told that it's unfair to blame SRK for the tackiness of the show since it has been written by the likes of Vir Das and others. But I'll say this. For starters, they must have known who the hosts were going to be as most of the jokes were directed at SRK, RK, Ra.One, Don 2 and Rockstar. And let's say they didn't know, well that means that SRK has no power/control over what he depicts on stage. Who are you kidding? This is King Khan we are talking about. SRK was served exactly what he likes; trash, vulgar, cheap one-liners and jokes. If he was unhappy with the script, i.e. he found it too brash, you know he would have created havoc over it. But it didn't happen. Why? Because he likes it this way.  I rest my case.

6 comments:

mak said...

Only one observation about no tribute to Jagjit Singh.
Maybe because most of his work was indie and not related to films!

Cheers!

D said...

Please explain when you say that SRK didn't bother doing anything about the bad jokes because "he likes them" when he apparently could, yet had no award created for him.

As much as I agree with the latter, I beg to differ with the former. SRK can't just do anything...blame Weirdass Comedy for the bad jokes, if you must but don't go round pointing fingers at one such artist for some personal hatred you have towards him. As a writer, you've gotta be at least a little smarter than that! Don't give writers a bad name.

pinkribbon said...

Editing of the Filmfare was pretty pathetic. Srk was getting verg boring. I couldn't stand him midway thru the awards. And then he is also the host of Zee Cine. Yawnnnnnn..

Both Filmfare and Zee cine were purtyyy crappy!!

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Daina Chnadani said...

Very well observed, I laughed alot while reading thos post :)) and yes SRK has become really tacky ;-))

Anonymous said...

u are an idiot. Shreya deserved the award and u are no one to judge her

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