The 6th Jagran Film Festival was held in Mumbai recently. On the final night of the event, awards for excellence in Cinema were meted out to personalities from the industry. Film personalities gathered to witness members of the fraternity getting acknowledged and applauded for their cinematic achievements across 25 award categories. The closing ceremony saw popular names from the Hindi film industry including the veteran actor Shashi Kapoor who was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Shyam Benegal at the mega event.
Icons of Indian cinema gracing the evening included Pandhari Juker, Madhur Bhandarkar, Prabhudeva, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Udit Narayan, Kunal Kapoor, Gulshan Grower, Bhumi Pednekar, Tushar Kapoor, Amy Jackson, Sudhir Mishra, Anand Rai, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sanjay Mishra, Ashvini Yardi Neeraj Ghaywan, Juhi Chaturvedi, Swara Bhaskar, Nitin Desai, Kartik Aryan, Mishti, Shreeram Raghvan, Vickey Kaushal, Kaushik Ganguly, Dulal Sarkar, among others.
Dulal Sarkar won the Best Actor (Male) for his performance in ‘Chotoder Chobi’. Bhumi Pednekar bagged the Best Actor (Female) award for her portrayal of Sandhya in ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’. Shoojit Sarkar was adjudged the Best Director for the second consecutive year at Jagran for his slice-of-life film ‘Piku’. Kaushik Ganguly’s ‘Chotoder Chobi’ bagged another laurel on winning the Best Feature Film title. Veteran make-up artiste Pandhari Juker was honoured for his work in make-up with an Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema title.
Neeraj Ghaywan was honoured as the Best Debut Director for his maiden attempt in the internationally acclaimed Indian film ‘Masaan’. Award for Best Screenplay went to Juhi Chaturvedi for her work in ‘Piku’. Pooja Ladha Surti won the award for Best Editing for ‘Badlapur’. Sanjay Wandrekar and Atul Raninga won the laurels for Best Background Score for their musical creation in ‘PK’. Best Sound Design was bagged by Anish John for ‘Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labor of Love)’. Pankaj Kumar’s discerning eye behind the camera in‘Haider’ bagged him the Best Cinematography Award. Jyoti Nooran won the Best Singer Female Award for her renditions in‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ and Sukhwinder’s musical notes in ‘Haider’ bagged him the Best Singer Male Award. Vishal Bharadwaj was declared the Best Music Director for the music pieces of ‘Haider’.
The winning spree for ‘Haider’ continued with Tabu winning the Best Female Supporting Actor title. Sanjay Mishra won the Best Male Supporting Actor award for ‘Masaan’.
Abhimanyu Kanodia’s ‘Kathakaar’ won the Best Short Film award while Sri Swara bagged the Special Jury Award for her acting in short film ‘Teaspoon’. Vandana Kataria bagged the laurels for Best Set Design for ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshi’. The Gold, Silver and Bronze for Cinema of the Sellers were picked up by ‘Fevi kwik Parade Campaign’, ‘Skymet Weather's Initiative: #HelpTheFarmer’ and ‘Sony Max Pepsi IPL 2015- India Ka Tyohaar Main Film- Sweet shop’ respectively.
In the Special Jury Awards category, Vicky Kaushal was awarded for his performance in ‘Masaan’; and Gajendra Ahire for his film ‘Postcard’.
Director Sachin Kundalkar’s Hindi family drama ‘Rajwade And Sons’ as the closing film concluded the film screenings of the 6th Jagran Film Festival.
Manoj Shrivastava, Strategic Consultant, 6th Jagran Film Festival was both elated and nostalgic on wrapping up this edition. “This year’s Jagran Film Festival has exceeded its own benchmarks and reached a point where it is looked up by the film fraternity as well as film enthusiasts as the largest travelling film festival of the country. We are thrilled with the success and response and promise to be back next year with an even grander version of glitz, glamour and cinema.”
The 2015 edition of Jagran Film Festival traversed from Delhi to the Indian hinterlands of Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Raipur, Indore, and Bhopal before culminating in Mumbai. The event was held in close collaboration with festival partners such as Whistling Woods International (WWI), Film Federation of India (FFI) and Motion Picture Association (MPA) and Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).