It was raining awards and accolades at the star-studded award night held at the JW Marriot, Juhu in Mumbai on the closing ceremony of 6th Jagran Film Festival.
Eminent personalities of the film industry gathered to witness members of the film fraternity getting acknowledged and applauded for their cinematic achievements across 25 award categories.
The closing ceremony held saw popular names from the Hindi film industry including the veteran actor Shashi Kapoor who was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the mega event by Shyam Benegal.
Icons of Indian cinema gracing the evening included a star studded award evening with who’s who of cinema,Shashi Kapoor, Shyam Benegal, 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 an outstanding 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 much loved 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 magical make-up strokes that have beautified many Indian actresses over the last six decades with an Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema title.
Neeraj Ghaywan was honored 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 & Atul Raninga won the laurels for Best Background Score for their impressive musical creation in ‘PK’.
Best Sound Design was bagged by Anish Johnfor ‘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 melodious 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 marvelous music pieces of‘Haider’
The winning spree for ‘Haider’ continued with Tabu winning the Best Female Supporting Actor title for her power-packed portrayal.
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’.
It was Vandana Kataria who 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.
Some Special Jury Awards were also in store which honored ‘Vicky Kaushal’ 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 this stupendous film extravaganza at the 6th Jagran Film Festival.
Besides being the film’s World Premiere, the presence of the entire lead cast made the momentous screening extraordinary.
Workshops remained a highlight right till the last day especially with film veterans Anjum Rajabali’s session on screen writing, Kunal Kapoor’s session on crowd funding of films, Visual Effects Director, Srinivas Mohan of Baahubali’s session amongst others.
Manoj Shrivastava, Strategic Consultant, 6th Jagran Film Festival was both elated and nostalgic on wrapping up this edition on a grand note, “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 engaging extravaganza of world while culminating on 04th October, 2014 left indelible imprints and promised to be back next year with another edition of entertainment, excellence and encouragement.
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.
In close collaboration with festival partners such as Whistling Woods International (WWI), Film Federation of India (FFI) and Motion Picture Association (MPA) Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the 2015 edition is all set to surpass its own last benchmarks of presenting over 16 cinema appreciation workshops, 400 screenings in 17 cities, that were witnessed by a direct audience of more than 50000 film aficionados and a media reach-out to nearly 50 million people in India in 2014.