Best Film: Ashutosh Gowariker and Ronnie Screwvala for Jodhaa Akbar ; Presented by Bipasha Basu.
Best Director: Ashutosh Gowariker from Jodhaa Akbar ; Presented by Preity Zinta and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Best Actor (Male): Hrithik Roshan for Jodhaa Akbar ; Presented by Rekha, Shahid Kapoor and Katrina Kaif.
Hrithik Roshan wasn’t present at the occasion and hence his director Ashutosh Gowariker picked his award.
Best Actor Female: Priyanka Chopra for Fashion; Presented by John Abraham and Tabu
Priyanka Chopra says, “I am limping a little bit tonight as I met with a small accident recently. This award is an honour. Thanks to UTV and Madhur for believing in me. My family and my fans, thanks to all.”
Lifetime Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Award: Om Puri; Presented by Amitabh Bachchan.
The actor says, “Thanks Filmfare for appreciating my work. Art cinema gave me the credibility as an actor and opportunities to showcase my talent. I would like to thank my friends who were with me at all times. I still remember in 1974 when Nasseruddin encouraged me to enroll myself to National School of Drama. I was going to be rejected because of my poor appearance. But my examiners gave me A plus and I made it to the school.”
First Oscar winning Indian, Bhanu Athaiya gets Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented by Ashutosh Gowariker and Aishwarya Rai.
Bhanu says, “This award belongs to my father who introduced me to the world of art. This award goes to those directors who gave me beautiful films. This award goes to the actors who put faith in my work. It’s a beautiful award. I am very happy. Thanks Filmfare.”
Best Jury Award
Best Director (Critic): Nishikant Kamat for Mumbai Meri Jaan ; Presented by Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan
Best Actor (Critic): Manjot Singh for Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! ; Presented by Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan
Best Actress (Critic): Shahana Goswami for Rock On ; Presented by Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan
Outstanding Performance: Prateik Babbar for Jaane Tu ... Ya Jaane Na and Purab Kohli for Rock On ; Presented by Shabana Azmi.
Best Supporting Actors
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Arjun Rampal for Rock On; Presented by Riteish Deshmukh.
Arjun Rampal says, “It feels nice, fantastic. All of us want our hand around this Black lady. I want to say thanks to everyone. Farhan, Abhishek, Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy and the cast and crew who made this happen. And finally all the people who stood by me... my family, friends and fans.”
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Kangana Ranaut for Fashion
Kangana says on stage, “Thanks Madhur for giving me this role. Thanks Mugdha, Priyanka and all the cast and crew of the film. Thanks Rangoli, my sister. You mean a lot to me, you are truly my strength.”
Best Writers of Bollywood
Best Story: Abhishek Kapoor for Rock On ; Presented by Neil Nitin Mukesh and Atul Kulkarni.
Best Screenplay : Yogesh Vinayak Joshi and Upendra Sidhaye for Mumbai Meri Jaan
Best Dialogue: Manu Rishi for Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! ; Award presented by Manmohan Shetty
Sukhwinder and Shreya bag Best Singer Awards, AR Rahman is Best Music Director
Best Lyrics: Javed Akhtar for Jashan-e-Bahaara ( Jodhaa Akbar ); Presented by Sonam Kapoor
Best Playback Singer (Male): Sukhwinder Singh for Haule Haule ( Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi ); Presented by Irrfan Khan and Raima Sen.
Sukhwinder wanted to take this award from AR Rahman and so he called him up on the stage to take the award from his hands. Sukhwinder also said, “I have performed all over the world, I would like to request the jury members that please give me an opportunity to perform at the Filmfare Awards.”
Best Playback Singer (Female): Shreya Ghosal for Teri Ore ( Singh Is Kinng ); Award presented by Mugdha Godse and Vishal Bharadwaj.
Best Music Director: AR Rahman for Jaane Tu ... Ya Jaane Na ; Presented by Asha Bhosle
Asin, Farhan and Imran are Best debutantes of 2008
Best Debutant Male: Farhan Akhtar ( Rock On ) and Imran Khan ( Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na ); Presented by Abhishek Bachchan and Vidya Balan.
Imran says, “Thanks to Aamir uncle for always knowing what is good.”
Farhan says, “After watching Rock On , Salim uncle called me and gave the Filmfare trophy in my hand. Now I know what it means.”
Best Debutant Female: Asin for Ghajini ; Presented by Abhishek Bachchan and Vidya Balan.
Winners of Technical Awards
Sony Filmfare Best Scene of the Year: Yash Chopra for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi ‘Flower on the Dining Table’ scene; Award presented by Pradeep Srivastav and Manjit Singh
Best Background Score: A R Rahman for Jodhaa Akbar ; Presented by Alka Yagnik and Prasoon Joshi
Best Costumes: - Manoshi Nath and Rushi Sharma for Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! ; Presented by Kunal Kapoor and Genelia D’Souza
Best Cinematography: Jason West for Rock On ; Presented by Chunky Pandey and Rajeev Menon.
Best Sound Design: Vinod Subramanyam and Bela for Rock On ; Award presented by Kunal Khemu and Poonam Dhillon.
Best Choreography: Longines for Pappu Can’t Dance Sala. (Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na). Presented by Koena Mitra and Ratan Jain.
Best Editing: Amit Pawar for Mumbai Meri Jaan ; Presented by Shriya Saran, Anil Tandon.
Best Production Design: Vandan Kataria and Monica Angelica Bhowmick for Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! ; Presented by Ramesh Taurani and Mukesh Bhatt
Best Action: Peter Hein for Ghajini; Presented by Abbas Mastan
Best Visual Effects Award: John Deitz for Love Story 2050 . Payal Rohatgi and Imtiaz Ali presented the award.
In the nick of time: A R Rahman
While all the hoopla and euphoria surrounding A R Rahman's double Oscar has been talked about, no one knows that the composer had a close shave with death during the rehearsals for his stage performance for the Oscars. This came to light after Rahman's return to India yesterday.
Recalling the nerve-wracking experience Rahman says, "I really don't know what happened. Two days before the Oscars, we were rehearsing at one of the theatres for the Oscars, the Jay Leno Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show; when a massive chandelier, covering a portion of the ceiling crashed on the spot a split second after I moved away."
Rahman recounts, "If I hadn't moved away, I'd have become history after making history in no time at all. The incident left me shaken but not terrified. I guess it was God's warning not to take any of the good things happening to me too seriously."
Sighing in relief Rahman says, "As I walked from the left side of the stage to the right I could feel a heavy drop from the air, like water rushing down from a height of 30 to 40 feet. So with the good came the rude reminder of how quickly it can all be snatched away."
Says Rahman, "When I did Oprah Winfrey's show for the Oscars, she asked me what Jai Ho meant. I said it meant, 'May victory be yours.' She wished the same back for me and I could see she meant it. It's the best wishes the world over that saved my life that day."
Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue landed in Mumbai early yesterday morning. Seen here in a dotted blue dress at Akshay's residence, the Grammy Award winner lunched with Akki and his wife, Tina and their close friends from the industry, plus the Blue crew yesterday afternoon. Kylie has recorded a song for Akshay's underwater thriller Blue, which is being directed by Anthony D'Souza. Akshay apparently even decided to do some of the cooking himself for his special guest.
It should have been a joyous occasion for Rubina Ali. She'd just returned home after having the time of her life in the US after the commercial and Oscar success of Slumdog Millionaire and she is famous as the film's little Latika. But when she reached home at the Garib Nagar slum in Bandra, her biological mother (circled in the below Photograph) tried to snatch her away. Rubina's parents are divorced and both have since remarried. But Rubina stays with her father and stepmother. The little girl started crying, saying she wanted to stay with her father. After some time, her mother left screaming abuses.
Considering that everyone knows how Aamir Khan hates awards and never attends such events (of course, if it is an Oscar, he goes!), his presence at Anu and Shashi Ranjan's eighth GR8! Women's Awards at a Sahar hotel took everyone by surprise. Among the winners from B-Town were Asin, Avika Gor (Balika Vadhu), Deepika Padukone and Zeenat Aman (for lifetime achievement). Awards are given in various categories to women achievers. The event was attended by Yash Chopra, Hurman S Baweja, Roopkumar Rathod, Alka Yagnik, Prem Chopra and Farah Khan. While Celina Jaitly danced to B-Town tracks. The theme of the event was Beti, the cause against female foeticide.
Music maestro A R Rahman, the first Indian to win two Oscars, returned to his home city of Chennai to a rousing welcome by his fans and friends in the wee hours of today.
Rahman (43), who won the Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Song for his compositions in Slumdog Millionaire at the 81st Academy Awards, arrived in Chennai from London by an Emirates Airways flight at around 2.30 am.
A large number of people, who waited at the airport for the 'Mozart of Madras', cheered as he emerged out of the international terminal to the beats of drum specialist Sivamani and his troupe.
On behalf of the state government, Tamil Nadu Information Minister Parithi Ilamvazhuthi received Rahman with a bouquet at the airport terminal.
A visibly happy Rahman waved at the crowd acknowledging their support before leaving for his home. Rahman was born in a musically affluent family in Chennai on January 6, 1966.
The Boy From The Backwaters of Kerala Resul Pookutty Makes History By Winning Oscar For Best Sound Mixing For Slumdog Millionaire
Resul is in a state of disbelief as he is swamped with congratulatory messages from the likes of Angelina Jolie and sound mixers for The Dark Knight and Wall E. "It feels like I've gone from Black to black-out," Resul jokes about his work for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black. "I can't believe that a boy from the backwaters of Kerala is today holding the most coveted statuette. I'm a holding a piece of history in my hand and I'm so glad to have made my country proud."
Resul's story could make for a riveting potboiler, as we discover on a trip to his village. It's the rise of young talent from Vilakkupara, a small village near Anchal in Kollam district of Kerala. Resul's father Pookutty was a ticket checker with a private bus company. He struggled to make ends meet. There were times when Resul gave tuitions to pay his fees. He sold his watch once to pay for his education, recalled his brother Baiju Pookutty. Resul was the youngest of eight children. He studied in Ayilara Lower Primary School and Anchal High school before moving to Kayamkulam MSM College, where he graduated in Physics before he moved to Mumbai.
Resul is the toast of the town. The people of Vilakkupara, a village with a population of around 10,000, which got an electricity connection only 10 years ago, were very confident that he would win an Oscar. People had gathered in front of Resul's house as early as 5.30 am on Monday. His family had installed a television set in front of their house so that the whole village could watch him receive the Oscar.
The gathered crowd heard Resul's name being announced and there was a burst of jubilation. Tears of joy rolled down Resul's sisters' eyes. Crackers were burst and sweets were distributed as the villagers prepared themselves for weeks of celebration.
VIP and VVIP's started streaming to the house to share their joy. Political leaders, from the local panchayat president to MLAs and Kerala ministers, landed in Vilakkupara. The local people call the Academy Award and BAFTA award-winning Indian film sound designer, Biju. Only recently, they discovered that Biju has another name, Resul Pookutty.
“We knew he would win this award,”said the district congress committee member K Daniel. And a spectacular win it was!
On Monday morning from the Oscars venue in LA, trying to make himself heard above the din of cinema's glitterati, Resul gushes, "I'm watching the best and most glamorous talent from American and the world cinema passing by. I can't believe I'm here with my wife. Our kids are in Mumbai and they saw their father getting the Oscar. It's a moment of pride that my family will treasure forever."
Resul adds, "The response to an Indian winning a technical award at the Oscars is so encouraging. For decades, we Indian technicians have been fighting to be seen and heard in Indian cinema, using old equipment and dodging the belief that the more visible aspects of cinema (like the actors) are all that counts. I'm so glad to see the technical aspect of filmmaking come into its own."
Resul plans to return to India on Tuesday to be with his family. "I need to share this little beauty with everyone out there. It doesn't belong only to me. After that, I'll see where this new turn in my destiny takes me."
Resul made his debut in sound design with the 1998 film Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One directed by Rajat Kapoor. He got his big break with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black in 2005. He also engineered sound for major productions like Musafir (2004), Zinda (2006), Traffic Signal (2007), Gandhi, My Father (2007), Saawariya (2007) and Dus Kahaniyaan (2007).
As India was still celebrating the success of Jai Ho, India’s bona fide contribution to the British production Slumdog Millionaire, two of its key participants, singer Sukhvinder Singh and lyricist Gulzar, found themselves watching the event unfold on television, miles away from Los Angeles where they were meant to be. The irony is sharper for Singh, who was supposed to perform live along with AR Rahman at the 81st Academy Awards ceremony at Kodak Theatre. The singer and lyricist could not make it to the event because their paperwork was botched. Their absence has raised quite a few eyebrows in the music industry.
A reliable source close to the singer said, “Sukhwinder was charged up and was looking forward to the live performance at the Oscar event. Rahman had worked out an updated version of Jai Ho and the two were to sing the new version at the event.”
However, Sukhwinder was surprised to learn that he had not received the official work permit letter from the Oscar authorities. “A work permit letter is required because Sukhwinder was to perform there. Sukhwinder had even completed all the formalities, sending across a photocopy of his passport along with the required important documents. But somebody goofed up.” Whether the balls-up came from Rahman’s end or Foxlight Productions is still a mystery.
Sukhwinder has some esteemed shoulders to cry on. Gulzar too failed to receive an official letter from the Oscar committee. “Gulzar was looking forward to the event too, but missed it because no letter came.”
Sukhwinder, when contacted, confirmed that attending and performing at the Oscar night remained a dream. “Yes it is true that I did not receive any official intimation from there and therefore I could not make it to the event. I don’t know what went wrong. Rahman and I are like brothers and he is not responsible for this. In fact, he was the one who insisted on my performance at the event. Somewhere, someone must have goofed up but I don’t know who is responsible for it.”
Gulzar remained unavailable for comment. Composed by AR Rahman and penned by lyricist Gulzar, the song Jai Ho won the Oscar in the Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score category.
The name A R Rahman has become a chant by now in America, and the reticent musician is clearly elated. “I am very excited, it (the evening of the 81st Academy Awards) has been a lovely amalgamation of Indian and American people. The love and response that we have received has been immense.”
Was he expecting to win?
“I was expecting nothing, I had no expectations at all. There had been speculation here that we would not receive the award as the music is very Indian. So I was completely engrossed and concentrating on the performance. When I got the first award I went numb. On receiving the second award I realised the impact. I feel that that this can be seen as a bridge or a starting point for India. People have an aversion to different cultures. That this film has been so hugely accepted by the Americans is a great crossover.”
“It totally felt like it was an Indian evening, with the Americans watching it. I loved the way the kids came and we all started crying in the end.”
Speaking about the song which gave him his second Oscar in one night, he says, “Jai ho! Each and every word that is spoken has power. Jai ho has a very positive and powerful vibration — a word that defines ambition, the action of life. Subhash Ghai gave me an idea that just as the film professed destiny to be a miracle, this was in our destiny indeed. It was written in the stars.”
“It was fun having my mother here. I was not scared. I don’t like to make music with any expectation because that leads to corruption.”
The deeply-religious Rahman who only composes in the night is very clear about staying away from any corrupting influence. Recalls film critic and film director Khalid Mohamad: ”Once while recording for Zubeida, Farooq Ratansey, Shyam Benegal and I went to Rahman’s studio late at night. I had had my share of wine and Shyam had a few pegs of whisky before going to the studio. We had no idea that Rahman frowned upon drinking or smoking. As soon as we got in Rahman sniffed the air and asked, ‘What have you had?’ His tone was dead serious. He made dear old Benegal go out with a glass of water to rinse his mouth and only then was he allowed inside.”
CELEBRATION IN CHENNAI
Rahman’s world in Chennai is very different from the hoopla of the Oscars. At his K M Music Conservatory in Kodambakkam, the atmosphere is like that of a place of learning. And there’s only one guru. R Ranjit, 23, an A R Rahman fan, a sound engineer in the making and who was among the many fans lined up at Rahman’s sister’s house in Valasaravakkam in Chennai, believes the Academy award came too late in the day.
Raihana, Rahman’s elder sister and a singer herself, says, “The whole of India had prayed for Rahman to get this award, and he did.”
At the school where Rahman visits his disciples once a month, listening to them play, the students had organised a giant screen and had all woken up at 6 am to watch the award ceremony. “We are ecstatic,” says Jai, 26, who is undergoing a foundation course in piano at the conservatory. Rahman’s family sent payasam (kheer) for the students and staff.
T Kalaimagan, who is doing a preparatory course in the conservatory, was still blissed out from the lingual connect. “Ellapugazhum Iraivanukkae’’ (All Glory to God) uttered by Rahman are the first Tamil words spoken by anyone in the history of the Academy Awards.” That’s typical Rahman says friend of over 30 years Bharatbala, with whom Rahman has worked on several projects. “The way he spoke in Tamil at the Oscars speaks volumes of his humbleness.”
A.R. Rahman holds up his Oscars for best original song and best original score for "Slumdog Millionaire" backstage at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 22, 2009.
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