Bollywood Awards 2018: Alia or Tabu? Amit Trivedi or SEL? Manoj Bajpayee or Ranbir? A pick of the year’s best work

Anna MM Vetticad

Jan 02, 2019 12:31:18 IST

As a follow-up to my list of best Bollywood films released in theatres in 2018, here is my pick of nominees and winners in categories recognised at most film awards functions worldwide. I have given a minimum of four and a maximum of seven nominations per slot, except in the case of the Best Film for which I have listed 10 nominees, because my list of 10 best films of 2018 has already been published.

For practical reasons, I have confined myself to films that were released in mainstream theatres. However, in coming years, as the number of films being directly released on online platforms increases, the criteria for this list will perhaps change. That is a consideration for a later date. For the moment, here are my picks of the best that 2018 had to offer in all departments of cinema emerging from what we call Bollywood (i.e. the Mumbai-based industry that produces films largely in the Hindi language), from acting to direction, music and other technical streams:

BEST FILM

Alia Bhatt in a still from Raazi. Image via Twitter

Alia Bhatt in a still from Raazi. Image via Twitter

I have ranked these from 1-10 in my Best Bollywood Films of 2018 article:

Nominees:

Andhadhun

Badhaai Ho

Gali Guleiyan

Mukkabaaz

Mulk

October

Raazi

Stree

Tumbbad

Veere Di Wedding

And the award goes to...

Raazi

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Nominees:

Anurag Kashyap (Mukkabaaz)

Dipesh Jain (Gali Guleiyan)

Meghna Gulzar (Raazi)

Shoojit Sircar (October)

Sriram Raghavan (Andhadhun)

And the award goes to...

Meghna Gulzar (Raazi)

 

BEST WRITING

Banita Sandhu and Varun Dhawan in a promotional still of October. Twitter

Banita Sandhu and Varun Dhawan in a promotional still of October. Twitter

Nominees:

Andhadhun: Sriram Raghavan, Hemanth Rao, Arijit Biswas, Pooja Ladha Surti, Yogesh Chandekar

Gali Guleiyan: Dipesh Jain

Mukkabaaz: Anudeep Singh, Anurag Kashyap, Vineet Kumar Singh, Mukti Singh Srinet, K.D. Satyam, Ranjan Chandel, Prasoon Mishra

October: Juhi Chaturvedi

Raazi: Bhavani Iyer, Meghna Gulzar

And the award goes to…

Raazi: Bhavani Iyer, Meghna Gulzar

 

BEST ACTOR (FEMALE)

A still of Rani Mukerji from Hichki. Image from Twitter.

A still of Rani Mukerji from Hichki. Image from Twitter.

Nominees:

Alia Bhatt (Raazi)

Anushka Sharma (Pari)

Anushka Sharma (Sui Dhaaga)

Neena Gupta (Badhaai Ho)

Rani Mukerji (Hichki)

Tabu (Andhadhun)

Zoya Hussain (Mukkabaaz)

And the award goes to…

Alia Bhatt (Raazi)

 

BEST ACTOR (MALE)

Ranbir Kapoor in Sanju. Image from Twitte/@abramaali2

Ranbir Kapoor in Sanju. Image from Twitte/@abramaali2

Ayushmann Khurrana (Andhadhun)

Gajraj Rao (Badhaai Ho)

Manoj Bajpayee (Gali Guleiyan)

Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Manto)

Rajkummar Rao (Omerta)

Ranbir Kapoor (Sanju)

Vineet Kumar Singh (Mukkabaaz)

And the award goes to…

Ranbir Kapoor (Sanju)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (FEMALE)

Rasika Dugal and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Manto

Rasika Dugal and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Manto

Nominees:

Anuja Sathe (Blackmail)

Gitanjali Rao (October)

Rasika Dugal (Manto)

Shahana Goswami (Gali Guleiyan)

Swara Bhasker (Veere Di Wedding)

And the award goes to…

Shahana Goswami (Gali Guleiyan)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (MALE)

Harshvardhan Kapoor and Priyanshu in a still from Bhavesh Joshi Superhero. YouTube

Harshvardhan Kapoor and Priyanshu Painyuli in a still from Bhavesh Joshi Superhero. YouTube

Nominees:

Abhishek Banerjee (Stree)

Angad Bedi (Soorma)

Aparshakti Khurana (Stree)

Prateek Kapoor (October)

Priyanshu Painyuli (Bhavesh Joshi Superhero)

Jimmy Sheirgill (Mukkabaaz)

Vicky Kaushal (Raazi)

And the award goes to…

Vicky Kaushal (Raazi)

 

BEST CAST

Vineet Kumar Singh in a still from Mukkabaaz. Image via YouTube

Vineet Kumar Singh in a still from Mukkabaaz. Image via YouTube

Nominees:

Andhadhun:

Tabu, Ayushmann Khurrana, Radhika Apte, Anil Dhawan, Manav Vij, Chhaya Kadam, Ashwini Kalsekar, Zakir Hussain, Pawan Singh, Kabir Sajid

Gali Guleiyan:

Manoj Bajpayee, Om Singh, Shahana Goswami, Arbaaz Khan, Neeraj Kabi, Ranvir Shorey

Mukkabaaz:

Vineet Kumar Singh, Zoya Hussain, Jimmy Sheirgill, Ravi Kishan

Pataakha:

Radhika Madan, Sanya Malhotra, Vijay Raaz, Sunil Grover, Namit Das, Abhishek Duhan, Saanand Verma

Raazi:

Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Jaideep Ahlawat, Rajit Kapur, Shishir Sharma, Soni Razdan, Amruta Khanvilkar, Arif Zakaria, Ashwath Bhatt, Aman Vashish

Stree: Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, Aparshakti Khurana, Abhishek Banerjee, Pankaj Tripathi, Atul Srivastava

Tumbbad:

Sohum Shah, Jyoti Malshe, Dhundhiraj Prabhakar Jogalekar, Anita Date, Deepak Damle, Ronjini Chakraborty, Mohd Samad

And the award goes to…

Andhadhun

Tabu, Ayushmann Khurrana, Radhika Apte, Anil Dhawan, Manav Vij, Chhaya Kadam, Ashwini Kalsekar, Zakir Hussain, Pawan Singh, Kabir Sajid

 

BEST MUSIC

Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan in a still from Kedarnath

Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan in a still from Kedarnath

Nominees:

Andhadhun:

Songs: Amit Trivedi

Background score: Daniel B. George

Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain:

Songs: Pravin Kunwar, Oni-Adil, Ranjan Sharma

Background score: Ranjan Sharma

Kedarnath:

Songs: Amit Trivedi

Background score: Hitesh Sonik

Laila Majnu:

Songs: Niladri Kumar and Joi Barua

Background score: Hitesh Sonik

October:

Shantanu Moitra, Anupam Roy, Abhishek Arora

Raazi:

Songs: Shankar Ehsaan Loy

Background score: Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Tubby

And the award goes to…

Raazi:

Songs: Shankar Ehsaan Loy

Background score: Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Tubby

Note: Fabulous though it is, I have not included the music of Dhadak here (songs: Ajay-Atul, background score: John Stewart Eduri) only and only because a bulk of it has been transposed here from Ajay-Atul’s soundtrack for the 2016 Marathi blockbuster Sairat of which Dhadak was a Hindi remake.

 

BEST SONG

A still from Naina Da Kya Kasoor. YouTube

A still from Naina Da Kya Kasoor. YouTube

Nominees:

Ae Watan (from Raazi):

Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy

Lyrics: Gulzar (incorporating lines from Allama Iqbal’s Lab pe aati hai dua)

Singing: Sunidhi Chauhan and the Shankar Mahadevan Academy children’s chorus

Dilbaro (from Raazi):

Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy

Lyrics: Gulzar

Singing: Harshdeep Kaur, Vibha Saraf and Shankar Mahadevan

Meri Ankhein (from Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain)

Music: Pravin Kunwar

Lyrics: Yogesh

Singing: Shaan, Vaishali Mhade and Pravin Kunwar

Naina Da Kya Kasoor (from Andhadhun)

Music: Amit Trivedi

Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni

Singing: Amit Trivedi

Namo Namo (from Kedarnath):

Music: Amit Trivedi

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya

Singing: Amit Trivedi

O’ Meri Laila (from Laila Majnu)

Music: Joi Barua

Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Singing: Atif Aslam and Jyotica Tangri

And the award goes to…

Ae Watan (from Raazi):

Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy

Lyrics: Gulzar (incorporating lines from Allama Iqbal’s Lab pe aati hai dua)

Singing: Sunidhi Chauhan and the Shankar Mahadevan Academy children’s chorus (Soham Vavekar, Advait Raman Shankar, Tanirika Chakraborty, Vasudha Tiwari, Ananya Halarnkar, Tejas Tambe, Ghazal Javed, Archana Hegdekar & Satyajeet Jena)

 

BEST EDITING

A still from Tumbbad. YouTube

A still from Tumbbad. YouTube

Nominees:

Aarti Bajaj, Ankit Bidyadhar (Mukkabaaz)

Aditya Warrior (Omerta)

Sreekar Prasad (Manto)

Chris Witt (Gali Guleiyan)

Nitin Baid (Raazi)

Pooja Ladha Surti (Andhadhun)

Sanyukta Kaza (Tumbbad)

And the award goes to…

Chris Witt (Gali Guleiyan)

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Dulquer Salmaan, Mithila Palkar and Irrfan Khan in Karwaan. Image via Facebook

Dulquer Salmaan, Mithila Palkar and Irrfan Khan in Karwaan. Image via Facebook

Nominees:

Avik Mukhopadhayay (October)

Avinash Arun (Karwaan)

Kai Miedendorp (Gali Guleiyan)

K.U. Mohanan (Andhadhun)

Pankaj Kumar (Tumbbad)

Sachin K. Krishn (Daas Dev)

Ranjan Palit (Pataakha)

And the award goes to…

Avik Mukhopadhayay (October)

 

BEST SOUND DESIGN

Anushka Sharma in a still from Pari. Image from Twitter/@myhardikpandya

Anushka Sharma in a still from Pari. Image from Twitter/@myhardikpandya

Nominees:

Kunal Sharma (Raazi)

Madhu Apsara (Andhadhun)

Mandar Kulkarni (Omerta)

Kunal Sharma (Tumbbad)

Dipankar Jojo Chaki (October)

Anish John (Pari)

Shajith Koyeri & Savitha Nambrath (Stree)

And the award goes to…

Kunal Sharma (Tumbbad)

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Neeraj Kabi in Gali Guleiyan. Image via Twitter

Neeraj Kabi in Gali Guleiyan. Image via Twitter

Nominees:

Aditya Kanwar (Bhavesh Joshi Superhero)

Snigdha Karmahe, Pankaj Poal, Anita Lata Rajagopalan, Donald Reagen Gracy (Andhadhun)

Rita Ghosh (Manto)

Sujata Sharma Virk (Gali Guleiyan)

Nitin Zihani Choudhury, Rakesh Yadav (Tumbbad)

Shazia Zahid Iqbal (Mukkabaaz)

Meenal Agarwal (Pari)

And the award goes to…

Nitin Zihani Choudhury, Rakesh Yadav (Tumbbad)

 

MOST INTERESTING DEBUTANT IN A LEAD OR SUPPORTING ROLE

pataakha social

Sanya Malhotra and debutant Radhika Madan in a still from Pataakha. YouTube

Nominees:

Om Singh (Gali Guleiyan)

Gitanjali Rao (October)

Radhika Madan (Pataakha)

Sara Ali Khan (Kedarnath)

Zoya Hussain (Mukkabaaz)

And the award goes to…

Zoya Hussain (Mukkabaaz)

 

Note: I am not nominating Dulquer Salmaan in this category, although Karwaan was his first Bollywood film, because he is already an established actor (a superstar, to be precise) of Mollywood with hits also in Kollywood and Tollywood. Nominating him in a debutant category for Bollywood films makes about as much sense as Hollywood nominating Priyanka Chopra as a debutant.

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Related links:

Best Bollywood Films 2018: When “small” cinema got big and viewers snubbed conventional industry ‘wisdom’

Director’s Cut: Meghna Gulzar on Alia, Raazi, Muslim bashing and insecurities that lead to majoritarianism

Director's Cut: Shoojit Sircar on Varun Dhawan, the inspiration for October, and Mom

Best Mollywood Films 2018: The gems that redeemed a largely terrible year for Malayalam cinema

Updated Date: Jan 22, 2019 15:20:00 IST