Tellys honour best, celebrate finest!
MUMBAI: The best came, saw and conquered.
Indiantelevision.com's The MTR Indian Telly Awards held tonight
at the Tulip Star in Mumbai had the best of talent from the
television industry coming together to celebrate excellence
in their respective fields. It was a night when top channel
executives rubbed shoulders with prominent advertising and
media professionals, glamorous on-screen stars mingled with
technical and creative heads who lend sheen and sizzle to
the small screen.
The evening crackled with anticipation, excitement
and delight, as several heart-stopping acts interspersed the
actual ceremony of presentation of the much-awaited awards.
Sheikh presents the CEO of the year award to Star India
CEO Peter Mukerjea
Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea was adjudged
CEO of the year and top contenders, Balaji Telefilms and UTV
shared the honours for the TV Production House of the Year
award. Star Plus walked away with the title of Entertainment
Channel of the Year and Aaj Tak was adjudged the News Channel
for the year 2002. MTV turned up trumps as the Music Channel
of the Year and Zee Cinema, which revamped itself in a slicker,
sleeker look last year was adjudged Hindi Movie channel of
actress Sangeeta Ghosh dances to a Punjabi tune
Anchored by Smriti Malhotra Irani, Mandira
Bedi, Simone Singh, Rakshanda Khan, Shweta Salve and Shweta
Kawatra, the glittering, star studded function was interspersed
with some dazzling performances by Amrita Arora, Aasma, Sangeeta
Ghosh, Sukhbir, Perizaad Zorabian, Shaan and Gracy Singh,
who performed for the first time on stage.
Fierce competition saw the most coveted awards
- the best actor in the male and female categories being shared
by two contenders each. Shivaji Satam, who plays ACP Pradyuman
on Sony's CID and Aman Verma, who plays Aditya Pratap in Star
Plus' Kehta Hai Dil shared the honours for the Best Actor
of the Year (Male), while Saakshi Tanwar, better known as
Parvati of Star Plus' Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii and Smriti Z Irani,
a familiar face as Tulsi of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Thi on Star
Plus, were jointly adjudged the Best Actor of the Year (Female).
Unfortunately, three of the four stars were not present to
receive the awards. Reportedly, Shivaji Satam was out of town,
Aman Varma was canvassing for BJP in Delhi and Sakshi Tanwar
was busy in a shooting schedule of her serial Devi.
Star Plus' Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand walked
away with the TV Programme of the Year honours, while the
face of Indian television today, Smriti Z Iraani was honoured
with the TV personality of the year award. Founder of the
ETV empire, Ramoji Rao was felicitated with the Lifetime Achievement
Award in recognition of his immense contribution to the growth
of the Indian television industry. The award was handed over
to Rao by Indiantelevision.com CEO Anil Wanvari at Ramoji
Film City in Hyderabad over last weekend.
The fiercely competitive genre of best continuing
TV programme had two joint winners - Sab TV's hilarious take
on office life, Office Office, and Star Plus' engaging family
drama, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Kyunki Saas... also
bagged the prestigious daily serial of the year award, while
Star Plus' Sanjivani, the emotional story of doctors in love,
and Des Mein...., another Star Plus soap about family values
and conflicts, was conferred the honour of the Best Weekly
Serial of 2002.
Farooque Sheikh was adjudged TV anchor of
the year for Zee's Jeena Isika Naam Hai while Prabhu Chawla
was conferred the News Anchor of the Year award for his work
on Aaj Tak. Pankaj Kapur, who plays Musaddilal in Sab TV's
Office Office got the best TV actor in a comic role (male),
and Supriya Pathak as Hansa Parekh on Star Plus' Khichdi got
the best TV actor in a comic role (female) award. While Urvashi
Dholakia was adjudged Best TV actor in a negative role as
Komolika in Kasautii Zindagi Kay, the award for Best TV actor
in a negative role (male) was shared by Mohnish Behl (Sony's
Devi) and Manoj Joshi (Star Plus' Kehta Hai Dil). Hansika
Motwani as Tina of Des Mein bagged the child artiste of the
Kapoor cheers after announcing Star Plus as the channel
of the year
Sahara Manoranjan's Kadam won in two categories
- the Best TV programme with a social message and Best TV
programme (Single Episodic series). Sab TV's political satire
Public Hai Sab Janti Hai won it the Best TV Sitcom/ Comedy
Programme of the Year award. Reality Bites- The Petrol Pump
Scam won NDTV and Star News the best current affairs programme
of the year award, while Storyboard fetched CNBC-TV18 the
best business programme of the year award.
Zee TV's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa won the Music Programme
of the Year award and the NDTV produced Sports Tonight fetched
Star News the award for the best sports programme of the year.
While Synergy Communications' Mastermind India for BBC World
was honoured with the Game Show of the year award, Optymistix's
Khullja Sim Sim on Star Plus won a special award on behalf
CEO Anil Wanvari with CNBC's Vandana Malik
Jasoos Vijay, the BBC World Service Trust
produced detective series on Doordarshan's National channel
bagged the Thriller Programme of the Year award, and Taurus
Video's Son Pari for Star Plus was adjudged the Kids' Programme
of the Year. Fireworks Productions' Achanak - 37 Saal Baad
on Sony, the spine chilling tale of a killer who gains immortality
via his victims, was declared the Horror Programme of the
A Miditech creation, Kuch Yaadein Kuch Baatein
on Star Gold got the Best Film based Show of the Year award,
and NDTV's Unsung Heroes of Gujarat got Star News the TV Documentary
of the Year award.
NDTV's Reality Bites - Mental Health got
the Non Fiction Programme of the Year award. MTV's Fully Faltoo
won for the Best Comic Shorts of the Year.
Among the personality awards, veteran poet
Naqsh Lyallpuri won the TV Lyricist of the Year for Shikwah
on Doordarshan. Shaan for Zee's Lipstick and Lalit Sen for
Star Plus for Kaahin Kissii Roz jointly shared the honours
for TV Music Director of the year award. Sukhvinder Singh
bagged the Best Title Singer for a TV Show award for Des Mein
Niklla Hoga Chand while the award for Best Director was shared
by Sourabh Narang for Haqeeqat and Aroona Irani for Des Mein....
Haqeeqat fetched Sahara another award for scriptwriter Charudatt
Says Indiantelevision.com and The Indian
Telly Awards Founder Anil Wanvari: "The fantastic response
from industry clearly shows that The MTR Indian Telly Awards
are the the industry's awards. The Indian Telly Awards are
all about celebrating excellence, the best in television today.
We at Indiantelevision.com believe we did exactly that in
the awards' third edition."
The Indian Telly Awards have MTR Foods as
the main title sponsor, while Zandu, Tata Safari and ---are
the associate sponsors. The MTR Indian Telly Awards also has
Hindustan Times as media partner, Radio City as the radio
partner, Bright Advertising as the outdoor partner. Spirits
are provided by the UB group.
full list of winners, click here