Filmfare Awards 2018 – Filmfare Unfair.

The winners List


Where nominations itself were unfair how can one expect for the awards to be fair. India’s most popular awards are given away for quite unpopular films. Films that had a limited audience some of them didn’t even breakthrough. These were the films that were termed as art films more recently called as parallel cinema wins over the popular ones this season.


Most popular film of the year Box Office per se or for that matter entertainment per se that rides on the Man of the Industry Salman Khan who promises to rake in a mullah one can’t imagine even on a multi-starrer film or putting all these art films together cannot earn the magnum a Salman Khan film earns or promises. The film received the best action award but the Hero that executes the action is not in the nomination also.

They proved Kangana Ranaut wrong that if they ask you to perform they would give away the award to you. Poor Akshay Kumar the highest contender from the Nomination list loses on to winning this time too, whereas he is the only one actor who is consistent in delivering good films, variety of films, films on social cause, films that have feel of the country, films that consistently perform on Box Office. Coming so close this time to win his first Best Actor filmfare award loses this time in spite of performing live on Stage. Filmfare tries too hard to prove Kangana Ranaut wrong. So much so that in the films she appears are deprived of any awards which otherwise they would have won.

Best Costume goes to Rohit for A death in the Gunj than Kangana’s film Rangoon.

Best Cinematography goes to Sirsha Ray for A death in the Gunj than her film.

Best Production Design goes to Parul for Daddy than Rangoon. If out of the above nothing else, production design for sure Rangoon deserved than anybody else out of the nominees in this category.


The unfairness is just not here, as anticipated, they gave away the best actor female award to Vidya Balan and best actor female critics award to Zaira Wasim as anticipated rightly knowing filmfare. It could have been the other way round too.


Coming to the Musical awards, gone are those days where one song was the magnum, winning 3-4 categories of lyrics, music, playback singing, choreography. The best musical film of the year Secret Superstar doesn’t win the best music award. It goes to Jagga Jasoos for the best album. Lyrics goes to ullu ka pattha only shows who has played ullu ka pattha this season at the awards. Glad that they chose Meghna Mishra for Nachdi Phira best playback female; the only right thing that happened in this category. Pritam wins best background score too for Jagga Jasoos fine, but if Mom was spine chilling it was purely because of its background score created by none other than A.R. Rahman. Even for that Screen Shot 2018-01-19 at 11.53.59 ammatter best sound design didn’t happen to Mom.



To whom it happened doesn’t really matter much as the nominations itself weren’t great. Probably if 2017 would have had the films that were expected to roar or happen at the box office, things would have been different.

Salman Khan would have had the nomination for Tubelight or not sure with the practice of Filmfare he wouldn’t have still made it. Shahrukh Khan would have won or bribed his award for Jab Harry Met Sejal. Screenplay, direction would have gone to Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Padmavati then. Ranveer Singh would have been part of the competition and Vidya would have easily lost on Deepika Padukone if not anyone else.


The good thing is all that didn’t happen and made path for films getting closer to Filmfare awards that wouldn’t have been otherwise. Films like Trapped winning these many awards would probably not have seen nominations too.


Mukti Bhavan a great film, more of a festival film, wins the Best Screenplay Award in the popular category. At the same time, they missed out on Gurgaon big time that had a great story and a great role executed by Pankaj Tripathi; who also deserved a best supporting actor for Newton than Newton himself winning the best supporting actor for Baraeilly ki Barfi.


The Best Actor Award would have been Rajkumar Rao for Bareilly ki Barfi than Newton or Trapped considering the popular awards. But Rajkumar Rao didn’t even make it to the nominations list. He has won Best Actor Award Critic for Trapped.


They give the away the Best Original Story to Newton that probably would have been the best plagiarism award. Best debut direction goes to Konkana Sen for A death in the Gunj whereas the Secret Superstar Director Advait Chandan deserved it anytime better than losing out to A death in the Gunj. The list published had no debutant Director nominee list. A konkana sen Sharma was a give away award. Glad Advait had a nomination in the category of the Best Director which Konkana Sen didn’t have. Wonder how this works.


And no Debut popular awards this year best female debut, best male debut or is it considered only for Nepotism kids when next year we will have Jhanvi and Ishaan winning for Dhadak.

Best comedy and best villain awards are history but are we ensuring that these actors get covered in the popular award category. I guess not else there could have been nominations from Judwaa or Golmaal both were smash hits at box office. Oh but not original, oh best story can go to a film that gets copied from out side Bollywood but if you copy something or recreate your own thing, sorry you are sidelined.


Next year filmfare would be unfair to all these art/parallel cinemas who made to the popular category. I doubt if we would see small films making big as this year.


For now, check out the winners in the below nominations list. And of course, some additional comments too.



Best Film


Badrinath Ki Dulhania

Bareilly Ki Barfi

Hindi Medium (winner)

Secret Superstar (Expected Winner)

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha


Best Director


Advait Chandan – Secret Superstar (Expected Winner)

Ashwin Iyer Tiwari – Bareilly Ki Barfi (winner)

Saket Chaudhary – Hindi Medium

Shashank Khaitan – Badrinath Ki Dulhania

Shree Narayan Singh – Toilet: Ek Prem Katha


Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male)


Akshay Kumar – Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (Expected Winner)

Ayushmann Khurrana – Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

Hrithik Roshan – Kaabil

Irrfan Khan – Hindi Medium(winner)

Shah Rukh Khan – Raees

Varun Dhawan – Badrinath Ki Dulhania


Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female)


Alia Bhatt – Badrinath Ki Dulhania

Bhumi Pednekar – Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

Saba Qamar – Hindi Medium

Sridevi – Mom

Vidya Balan – Tumhari Sulu (winner)

Zaira Wasim – Secret Superstar (Expected Winner)


Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male)


Aamir Khan – Secret Superstar

Deepak Dobriyal – Hindi Medium

Manav Kaul – Tumhari Sulu

Nawazuddin Siddiqui – Mom

Pankaj Tripathi – Newton (Deserving)

Rajkummar Rao – Bareilly Ki Barfi (Expected Winner wins)

(Wrong nomination though. He could have won as best actor for this than Irfan Khan over Hindi Medium. A Nomination goof up followed by a vicious circle of goof-ups).



Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Female)


Meher Vij – Secret Superstar (Expected Winner wins)

Ratna Pathak Shah – Lipstick Under My Burkha

Seema Pahwa – Bareilly Ki Barfi

Seema Pahwa – Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

Tillotama Shome – A Death In The Gunj


Best Music Album


Badrinath Ki Dulhania

Bareilly Ki Barfi

Half Girlfriend

Jab Harry Met Sejal – Pritam

Jagga Jasoos – Pritam (Shocking Winner)

Secret Superstar – Amit Trivedi (Expected Winner)


Best Lyrics


Amitabh Bhattacharya – Galti Se Mistake (Jagga Jasoos)

Amitabh Bhattacharya – Ullu Ka Pattha (Jagga Jasoos) (Shocking Winner)

Arko Pravo Mukherjee – Nazm Nazm (Bareilly Ki Barfi)

Kausar Munir – Maana Ke Hum (Meri Pyaari Bindu)

Kausar Munir – Nachdi Phira Secret Superstar (Expected Winner)

Santanu Ghatak – Rafu (Tumhari Sulu)


Best Playback Singer (Male)


Akhil Sachdeva – Humsafar (Badrinath Ki Dulhania)

Arijit Singh – Roke Na Ruke Naina -Badrinath Ki Dulhania- (Winner)

Arijit Singh – Zaalima (Raees)

Arko Pravo Mukherjee – Nazm Nazm – Bareilly Ki Barfi (Expected Winner)

Baarish (Half Girlfriend)

Sachin Sanghvi – Kho Diya (Bhoomi)


Best Playback Singer (Female)


Meghna Mishra – Nachdi Phira (Secret Superstar) (Expected Winner wins)

Monali Thakur – Khol De Baahein (Meri Pyaari Bindu)

Nikhita Gandhi – Ghar (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

Ronkini Gupta – Rafu (Tumhari Sulu)

Shashaa Tirupati – Kanha (Shubh Mangal Saavdhan)

Shreya Ghoshal – Thodi Der (Half Girlfriend)




Best Action

Allan Amin – Jagga Jasoos

Franz Spilhaus – Commando 2

Harpal Singh Pali and Ravi Kumar – Rangoon

K Ravi Verma – Raees

Tom Struthers – Tiger Zinda Hai (Expected Winner wins)


Best Background Score


Alokananda Dasgupta – Trapped

A.R. Rahman – Mom (Expected Winner)

Naren Chandavarkar and Benedict Taylor – Daddy

Pritam – Jagga Jasoos (Shocking Winner)

Sagar Desai – A Death In The Gunj

Tajdar Junaid – Mukti Bhawan


Best Production Design


Anita Rajgopalan Lata, Donal Raegan Gracy – Raees

Parul Sondh – Daddy (Shocking Winner)

Siddharth Sirohi – A Death In The Gunj

Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray – Rangoon (Expected Winner)



Best Costume


Dolly Ahluwalia – Rangoon(Expected Winner)

Nidhi and Divya Gambhir – Daddy

Rohit Chaturvedi – A Death In The Gunj (Shocking Winner)


Best Sound Design


Anish John – Trapped (Winner)

Baylon Fonseca and Dhiman Karmakar – Raees

Nihar Ranjan Samal – Mom(Expected Winner)

Subhash Sahoo – Tumhari Sulu

Udit Duseja – Daddy


Best Editing


Aarif Sheikh and Manas Mittal – A Death In The Gunj (Winner)

Monisha R Baldawa – Mom(Expected Winner)

Nitin Baid – Trapped

Shweta Venkat Mathew – Newton



Best Choreography


Ganesh Acharya – (Badri Ki Dulhania – Badrinath Ki Dulhania)

Shiamak Davar – Ullu Ka Pattha – Jagga Jasoos – (Winner)

Sudesh Adhana – (Bloody Hell – Rangoon)

Vijay Ganguly – Ban Ja Rani – Tumhari Sulu – (Expected Winner)

Vijay Ganguly – (Khaana Khaake – Jagga Jasoos)

Vijay Ganguly and Ruel Dausan Varindani (Galti Se Mistake – Jagga Jasoos)


Best Original Story


Amit Joshi – Trapped

Amit V Masurkar – Newton (Winner)

Rahul Dahiya – G Kutta Se

Shanker Raman and Sourabh Ratnu – Gurgaon- (Expected Winner)

Shubhashish Bhutiani – Mukti Bhawan

Suresh Triveni – Tumhari Sulu


Best Dialogue


Hitesh Kewalya – Shubh Mangal Saavdhan(Expected Winner wins)

Mayank Tewari and Amit V Masurkar – Newton

Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain – Bareilly Ki Barfi

Subhash Kapoor – Jolly LLB 2

Suresh Triveni, Vijay Maurya – Tumhari Sulu


Best Screenplay


Advait Chandan – Secret Superstar (Expected Winner)

Amit Joshi and Hardik Mehta – Trapped

Mayank Tewari and Amit V Masurkar – Newton

Shubhashish Bhutiani – Mukti Bhawan (Winner)

Subhash Kapoor – Jolly Llb 2


Best Cinematography


Jessica Lee Gagne and Pankaj Kumar – Daddy

Pankaj Kumar – Rangoon (Expected Winner)

Ravi Varman – Jagga Jasoos

Sirsha Ray – A Death In The Gunj (Winner)

Swapnil S Sonawane – Newton


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