'Jatt n Juliet' sweeps Punjabi Film Awards
Mumbai, Mar 7 : Diljit Dosanjh won Best Actor, Neeru Bajwa bagged Best Actress and Anurag Singh won Best Director all for the year's biggest blockbuster, 'Jatt n Juliet', which bagged seven of popular awards in the PTC Punjabi Filmi Awards 2013 held recently at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Mohali.
'Mirza - The Untold Story', which bagged 6 popular and 1 critics awards, and 'Carry on Jatta', with 4 popular and 2 critics awards, were in second and third place respectively.
Sameep Kang won the critics award for best director for 'Carry On Jatta', which also bagged the Critics' Award for Best Film.
Gippy Garewal, who bagged the Critics Award for Best Actor for his role in 'Mirza - The Untold Story', was also awarded the Most Popular Star of the Year award.
Sunny Deol along with Raveena Tandon and PTC Network Director &CEO Rajiee M Shinde and PTC Network President R Narayan presented the Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously to one of the most popular Punjabi and Bollywood stars of all time, late Dara Singh.
His son Vindu Dara Singh accepted the award.
The second Lifetime Achievement Award was again a posthumous one, presented to one of India's most loved humorists and satirists, late Jaspal Bhatti. It was accepted by his wife Savita Bhatti. The award was presented to her by actress Raveena Tandon, along with PTC Network's Rajiee M Shinde and R Narayan.
Interestingly, the best playback singing awards for both, male and female, were bagged by Bollywood singers.
Sunidhi Chauhan bagged the award for the song 'Patang Wali Dor' from the film 'Sirphire', for which Monica Bedi won the best female debutant award.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the Pakistani playback singer who so far has sung predominantly for Bollywood films, won the Best Male Playback singer award for the song Akhiyan, from the film 'Mirza - The Untold Story', which also saw its music directors Jatinder Shah and Honey Singh bag the award for Best Music Director.
Rajiee M Shinde said, "The fact that two singers who have sung mostly for Bollywood films have won the major musical awards for Punjabi Films is a good sign."
Shinde added, "An infusion of Bollywood talent in Punjabi films will extend them appeal to the other HSMs where Bollywood films are traditionally popular. It will also, gradually, mean a bigger and better reach for the wonderful Punjabi musical talent we have, and will help raise the creative bar for films in both, Hindi and Punjabi."
The show was anchored by Punjabi singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh and popular standup comedian Kapil Sharma.
Millions of viewers across the entire distribution footprint of the PTC Network watched the show that top Punjabi GEC PTC Punjabi aired deferred-live (deferred by just 30 minutes).
Highlights of this, the third and the biggest and most spectacular edition of the PTC Punjabi Film Awards yet, included a brilliant live performance by the year's most successful Bollywood music composer and singer, Himesh Reshammiya, who belted out 20 of his most popular songs in a searing, high-energy 20-minute performance.
Many of the 100 dancers who had come for the event from Mumbai, Delhi and Punjab, provided beautiful creative accompaniment to Reshammiya's high-voltage act. Reshammiya not only went off stage to mix with the audience, he also came back for an encore.
Other popular entertainment acts included a Claudia Ciesla's stylish dance to a medley of extremely popular item numbers including her signature song 'Balma' and other item tracks like 'Fevicol', Honey Singh's live Punjabi rap funk performance, Diljit Dosanjh's power-packed medley-dance and Monica Bedi's performance to an od Punjabi film songs medley along with Roshan Prince and Geeta Zaildar.
The PTC Network honoured Sunny Deol and Raveena Tandon by presenting them with a very special Golden Temple memento. Its Director &CEO Rajiee M Shinde and President R Narayan did the honours.
Punjabi films' superstar Jimmy Shergill, along with Mahi Gill and singer-composer Jazzy B and producer Rahul Mittra used the platform to promote their forthcoming film 'Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns'.
Jazzy B performed a song, and the film promos were played out to the 6000-strong audience.
All the winners at the PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2013:
Best Background Score - Jatinder Shah For "Mirza - The Untold Story"
Best Editing - Bunty Nagi For "Carry On Jatta"
Best Cinematography - Toby Gorman For "Mirza - The Untold Story"
Best Story - Atharv Baluja & Rahul Deveshvar for "Raula Pai Gaya"
Best Screenplay - Dheeraj Rattan for "Jatt n Juliet"
Best Dialogue - Naresh Kathooria for "Carry On Jatta"
Best Lyricist - Harman For "Pata Nahin Rabb Kehdeyan Rangan Ch Raazi"
Best Music Director - Jatinder Shah & Honey Singh for "Mirza - The Untold Story"
Best Female Playback Singer - Sunidhi Chauhan for "Patang Wali Dor"
Best Male Playback Singer - Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for "Akhiyaan"
Most Popular Song of the year - Pooja Kiven Aa from "Jatt n Juliet"
Best Performance in a Comic Role - Binnu Dhillon & Jaswinder Bhalla for "Carry On Jatta"
Best Performance in a Negative Role - Rahul Dev For "Mirza - The Untold Story"
Best Supporting Actress - Upasna Singh For "Jatt n Juliet"
Best Supporting Actor - Gurpreet Ghuggi For "Carry On Jatta"
Best Debut (Female) - Monica Bedi For "Sirphire"
Best Debut (Male) - Honey Singh For "Mirza - The Untold Story"
Best Debut Director - Munish Sharma For "Pure Punjabi"
Best Director - Anurag Singh for "Jatt n Juliet"
Best Actress - Neeru Bajwa for "Jatt n Juliet"
Best Actor - Diljit Dosanjh for "Jatt n Juliet"
Best Film - Jatt n Juliet
Best Director - Smeep Kang For "Carry On Jatta"
Best Actor - Gippy Grewal For "Mirza - The Untold Story"
Best Film - Carry On Jatta
Most Popular Star Of the Year - Gippy Grewal
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Late Shri Dara Singh Ji
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Late Sardar Jaspal Bhatti Ji