Black power and cinematic cachet. Filmfare awards spell all that… and more. Winner's pride and rival actor's envy, the dark statuette has been synonymous with excellence in moviedom, over the years.
The 57th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011 slated to be held on January 29, 2012 in Mumbai will send adrenaline levels soaring even as nominated actors vie for the top honour. 2011 had 114 flicks jostling for recognition and the nominations for the popular categories are already out.
At a Press meet convened within the swanky confines of a suburban Mumbai five-star hotel, 'Idea' man Abhishek Bachchan showed up to announce the "most anticipated award ceremony of 2012". Beaming alongside him were Tarun Rai, CEO Worldwide Media and Himanshu Kapania, MD, Idea Cellular, as the ceremonial lamp was lit, kickstarting proceedings.
This time around, the 57th Filmfare Awards event will also boast of a sterling highlight: the 2500th Filmfare statuette.
A visibly elated Rai said, "The 2500th 'Black Lady' that will be given out will be a testament of the magazine's long-standing association with Indian cinema and its commitment to recognise and celebrate the immense talent of our film industry over the last 57 years."
Bachchan Junior, recent proud papa to Beti B, was in his element, ferreting out 'Filmfare' memories and having a blast tackling queries hurled at him by the scribe- tribe.
"I remember the time when the Filmfare award ceremony was held at five-star hotel nearby," Bachchan reminisced."The stage was built over a swimming pool and when the awards ceremony got over, the whole stage collapsed." (laughs).
The actor recalled the time when Zeenat Aman (whom he confessedly had a huge crush on when he was a kiddie), complimented him whole-heartedly when he won his first 'Filmfare' honour (Yuva) stating, "Young man, you're doing such good and brilliant work." And Bachchan pauses dramatically before stating, " And that, coming from Zeenat Aunty, was the biggest and best high for me at that time, apart from winning the award!"
The artiste, whose recent release Players, opened to a "mixed response", in his words, took a potshot at actors who claim that "awards really make no big difference to them."
"I know that there are many actors who say that the audience reaction is the 'best award' and that awards, otherwise, do not really matter to them. I'm definitely not one of them. Awards are a recognition of your work and that's something that every actor cherishes," he asserted.
Admitting that he'd not "viewed all the films that were on the Filmfare nomination list," Bachchan Junior said, "I'm sure that these will all be performances that are noteworthy and merit an award. The one factor that sets 'Filmfare' awards apart from the others, is the fact that these are 'popular awards' and are finalised after readers and the public vote for the actors in the specified categories."
Added he significantly, "That's quite unlike other awards that are given out by a jury. That can be debated upon, but not a 'Filmfare' award, which is clearly a vote by the masses. I remember in the year that I was nominated for Guru, I lost out to Shah Rukh Khan for Chak De India!. But I definitely feel that Shah Rukh deserved it better, since it was an outstanding performance."
Ranbir Kapoor in Rockstar ("fantastic performance for an actor of his age") and the trio of Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol ("I felt that all three of them were brilliant") bag the deserving nod of appreciation for histrionics from Bachchan Junior.
Delving into flashback, Bachchan recalled the moment when he'd bagged his premier 'Filmfare Best Actor' Award for Yuva. "When I was declared the winner among the nominees, I was so happy, that I pulled Pa's hand and took him with me, although he kept saying that it was me who had won!," said a grinning Bachchan. "I hugged everyone on my way to the dais, people whom I knew and even those I did not!"
The three-time Filmfare Award recipient (Yuva, Sarkar and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna), declared that he was pleased as punch with the trio of Black beauties lining his (starry) at home. "I don't sit around thinking that I should have got an award for some other for some other film of mine and that I should have. I'm quite content with the 'Filmfare' awards that I've got until now."
True lies, anyone?