Telly Awards Nominees' Nite dazzles with
|Indiantelevision.com founder CEO Anil
MUMBAI: They said it wouldn't work. But we
said we wouldn't say so until we'd tried. The response to
the Indian Telly Awards Nominee's Nite held last night at
the ITC Grand Maratha however outshot our wildest expectations
by several miles.
A novel initiative, the Nominees' Nite was intended to converge
and felicitate all those who are deserving of the prestigious
Telly (to be given away on 19 and 21 November).
|Hosts Ali Asgar and Urvashi Dholakia
Now in its third year, the Indian Telly Awards,
instituted by Indiantelevision.com, celebrate excellence in
the television industry, both on screen and off screen, and
are the most credible and sought after honours in their arena.
While only one of the contenders in each
category will finally lay claim to the statuesque statuette,
each candidate had his hour in the sun at the Grand Maratha
as esteemed industry veterans, who had comprised the jury
for the awards, presented each nominee with a certificate
that honours his excellence in his chosen field.
|Cinevistaas' Prem Kishen Malhotra collects
his certificate from Rathikant Basu
The jam packed Ball Room 2 at the Grand Maratha
(even standing room became a privilege when the party after
the presentation reached a crescendo, proving without doubt
that Indiantelevision has its finger firmly on the pulse of
the television industry. Veteran producers like Prem Kishen
Malhotra of Cinevistaas rubbed shoulders with Star India senior
VP, content and communciations Deepak Segal, MTV's vice president,
creative Cyrus Oshidar, CNBCTV18 executive director Vandana
Malik... the list goes on.
|Shweta Kawatra collecting her certificate
from Rathikant Basu
The glamour factor was out in full force
with practically all the major luminaries on the small screen
marking their presence - from Mohnish Behl, Niki Aneja, Shweta
Salve, Deepshikha, Shivaji Satam, Sudha Chandran, Pallavi
Joshi, Asawari Joshi, Yatin Karyekar, Hiten Tejwani, Nausheen
Ali Sardar, Shweta Keswani, Mihir Mishra, Hussain, Maanav
Gohil and Shweta Kawatra, veejay Kim, Aly Khan, Varun Vadola,
Arjun Punj, Shakti Anand, Karishma Tanna, Gurdeep Kohli, Roopali
Ganguly, there was nary a name that could not have been spotted
at the venue.
The broadcasters were represented healthily
by Sony's Anupama Mandloi, Star's Deepak Segal and Channel
V head Amar Deb, among others.
|The jury at the function - (Lto R) -
Prasoon Joshi, Kiran Juneja, Rathikant Basu, Rakesh Sharma
and Lekh Tandon
Jury members including the venerable producer
director Lekh Tandon, the gorgeous Kiran Juneja, filmmaker
Rakesh Sharma, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, Mc Cann Erickson
national creative director Prasoon Joshi, Broadcast Worldwide
chairman Rathikant Basu, Javed Sayed gamely came up on stage
when called by emcees Ali Asgar and Urvashi Dholakia to give
away the certificates.
|Shruti Ulfat, Divya Dutta and Raavee
Gupta at the function
The packed hall sat entranced through a presentation
on the history of the Telly Awards and the acts that interspersed
the presentation ceremony. As the evening wore on, several
artistes, directors, technical heads and the creative types
flowed in, eager to mingle with the chosen few and mark their
presence at a function that so obviously belonged to the entire