The Indian Telly Awards 2001 Night
started a little later than we had mentioned on the invitation. Mumbai
traffic did us in; a few of our special guests were delayed. That
was one of the irritants for our invitees, but they bore us patiently.
But when the Indian Telly Awards night flagged off with a light show,
which unveiled The Indian Telly - a slender lady holding a dish, receiving
everything that is beamed down from the skies by satellite broadcasters
- rounds of applause were heard, clearly signifying that The Indian
Telly Award has managed to find its place under the television arc
Aly Khan, the anchor - who did a phenomenal job keeping our one and
a half hour show tight and together - followed, giving a flying start
to the proceedings.
Anil Wanvari, our nattily dressed (for once) CEO, got on stage and
spoke nervously, and honoured two television artistes who are no more
with us: Marathi newsreader and theatre actress Bhakti Bharve Inamdar
and comic actor Jatin Kanakia. While no one from the Barve family
could attend (Her mother requested to be excused as she had yet to
recover from her daughter's untimely demise), Kanakia's nephew received
the satuette saying that wherever his uncle is, may he rest in peace.
From thereon, it was over to Khan, who had come dressed in a fabulous
sherwani. He called on stage the first presenter Sony programming
head Rekha Nigam to hand out the first set of awards (four of them),
which she did in her usual graceful style.
MTV Bakra Cyrus came on and gave a quick take on the Indian television
business, leaving the audience in splits. It was onto the next set
of awards which were handed out by MTV India boss Alex Kuruvilla (again
four of them). A break followed which had Darren Das and his dancers
doing a western-Indian fusion dance.
It was time for the miscellaneous awards like best marketing activity,
best promoted TV event, MSO of the year, and finally production house
of the year. The last award had Ekta Kapoor at her best when she retaliated
rather angrily to a comment made by Khan, when he said that success
needn't determine good quality programmes. Quoth her: "Don't
underestimate your viewers. They can very well differentiate from
good from bad. And it is because our programmes are good they are
popular. I am grateful to Sony, Channel 9, Zee TV, and If our programmes
were bad they would not be popular. And most of all Star TV, kyunki
unhone banaiya hamhe kahani ghar ghar ki."
Then it was on to the final set of awards: The special awards, which
recognised the efforts TV channels, a TV personality, a TV CEO and
finally the contribution of a single individual to the television
Which left us with the last or rather the second last act of the evening:
Mumbai musicians Viv and Merlin who rocked those in attendance. Then
it was on to drinks and dinner. And finally, it was over to deejay
Lloyd who drew the crowd onto the dance floor. The party rocked on
till close to 1 pm.
Television people we loved bringing The Indian Telly Awards to you.
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Indiantelevision.com CEOAnil Wanvari hands
over The Indian Telly to the late Jatin Kanakia's nephew. "May
his sould rest in peace," said he.
Star India ad sales head Raj Nayak receives The Indian Telly Award
for best TV sitcom/comedy for Tu Tu Mein Mein from Sony programming
head Rekha Nigam
An In House Production representative gleefully holds aloft his Indian
Telly for best continuing TV show Movers & Shakers
BBC World's Deeptie Sethie accepts the statuette on behalf of programming
head Narendar Morar for Hard Talk India from Rekha Nigam