In My So-Called Bollywood Life, my main character, Winnie Metha, is obsessed with Bollywood. In honor of her, I’ve decided to have the first ever Winnie Metha Bollywood Awards! So without further ado, here are the winners!
Best Item Song
Aao Raja– Gabbar is Back
Nachan Farrate– All is Well*
Aaj Raat Ka Scene– Jazbaa
Daaru Peeke Dance– Kuch Kuch Locha Hai
This one was hard because Aaj Raat Ka Scene was awesome…except for the fact that a crucial part of the movie was taking place during the song which totally diluted it. Although ‘All is Well’ was an awful movie, still loved the song.
Best Dance Song
Gani Bawri– Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Gallan Goodiyan– Dil Dhadakne Do
Gulabo – Shaandaar*
Saturday Night– Bangistan
Okay, part of my love for this song is because Shahid Kapoor dances in it, but it’s a really tight melody that just keeps giving. Although Gallan Goodiyan is FABULOUS on so many levels, Gulabo was a surprise which made is all that more awesome.
Best Love Song
Sapna Jahan– Brothers*
Jalte Diye– Prem Rhatan Dan Payo
I didn’t like this movie at all, but damn was this song romancey-good. A close second was Gerua though for sure.
Best Song for Longing
Aayat– Bajirao Mastani*
Agar Tum Saath Ho– Tamasha
I feel like my heart is breaking when I hear Aayat. Maybe it’s because the music is so incredibly deep and it’s wonderfully sung all at the same time. This one was amazing. I have to admit though, Daayre was on repeat for a while as well.
Birthday Bash– Diliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend
DJ Wale Babu- Badshah
Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan- Roy
Pinga– Baajirao Mastani
Sarfira– Khatti Batti
These songs deserve some recognition, too! I didn’t know which category to put these ones because they were different and fabulous, and didn’t quite make the cut, but pretty solid jam songs either way.
Check out all the songs referenced in my Youtube playlist below.
Best Bollywood Movie Soundtrack
Dil Dhadakne Do*
The criteria for this category was being able to listen to all the songs all the way through and not wanting to skip ahead because of boredom. Shaandaar and Baajirao Missed the cut by one song.
Best Female Supporting Actor
Shefali Shah- Dil Dhadakne Do*
Priyanka Chopra- Bajirao Mastani
Deepti Naval- NH10
This was definitely a cross between Deepti Naval who was scary as SHIT and Shafali Shah, but the reason why Shefali won this category is because her micro facial expressions were fabulous and her timing even better.
Best Male Supporting Actor
Anil Kapoor- Dil Dhadakne Do
Varun Dawan- Dilwale*
Deepak Doobriyal- Tanu Weds Manu Returns
I know that Varun is someone that people either like or hate, but I really like him. He has awesome comedic timing, he’s a great dancer, and he doesn’t shy away from playing up the cheese.
Best Ensemble Cast
Dilwale- Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dawan, Kriti Sanon
Dil Dhadakne Do- Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Ranveer Singh, Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma*
Bajirao Mastani- Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone
The chemistry that the cast in DDD shared was fantastic. They all worked so well together on screen that it added to the character dynamics in the story.
Best Female Actor in a Lead Role
Deepika Padukone- Piku
Kangana Rataut- Tanu Weds Manu Returns*
Anushka Sharma- NH10
Kangana did a BANGING job in Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Although I liked the first one better, she plays a double role in the second one, and has to have a super strong Hariyana accent which seemed so natural to her. She deserves this one.
Best Male Actor in a Lead Role
Ranveer Singh- Bajirao Mastani
Amitabh Bachan- Piku
Ranbir Kapoor- Tamasha*
This was not my favorite movie at all. In fact, I thought that it was a bit of a disappointment considering all the hype. There were some fabulous parts to the story though, one of them being Ranbir Kapoor’s acting. It’s effortless to him which was so fantastic to watch on screen.
Best Character Chemistry
Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra- Dil Dhadakne Do*
Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone- Tamasha
Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol- Dilwale
Okay, so this is totally cheating since Ranveer and Priyanka’s chemistry was as brother and sister in Dil Dhadakne Do, but it was SO FREAKING FABULOUS. I mean, they should be brother and sister in every movie together because it felt so freaking real. I wish I could’ve gone for the obvious Shah Rukh and Kajol choice, but damnit, Ranveer and Priyanka deserve that recognition.
Dil Dhadakne Do*
I have to admit, Baahubali was amazing, and I really would’ve gone for that as my choice, but DDD was created by Zoya Aktar who is this fabulous female director in a male-dominated industry who is just killing it. I hope she makes more fabulous movies about screwy family and friend relationships.
Best Movie- Independent Film
Angry Indian Goddesses
I loved every movie in this category, especially Angry Indian Goddesses which was such a surprise, but this time I’m giving it to Baahubali. It was rejected by every major Bollywood actor and they didn’t have a huge budget at all to work with, but man did they create a fantastic movie. It’s technically not ‘Bollywood’ since it’s not in the Hindi language, but it has such widespread success that I’m including it here anyway. The script was tight, the acting was on point, and it did amazing!
Meet the Patels*
An American in Madras
This is on Netflix now, and you need to just stop everything and go see it. Then give me a call, because seriously, this is my family except Gujrati. If these were my folks, there would be a lot more yelling and guilt.
Check out all the trailers of the referenced movies here!
So there you have it! The Winnie Metha Award for Excellence in Bollywood. There were a few terrible disapointments this year (Shaandaar and Tamasha could’ve been so much freaking better) but overall not bad. Hoping for more movie magic in 2017.
Until then, stay filmy!!!