Telly Award winners look ahead to next year
and hope for encore
MUMBAI: Whether it was the first time or
even the third time, there was pride as well as a commitment
that they would be back on the winning podium again for the
Telly Awards 2004 among those who walked away with the coveted
|Karan Johar & Dino Morea giving
the TV Actor of the year (female) award to Smriti Z Iraani
As far as Star value is concerned, the MTR
Foods Telly Awards 2004 belonged without doubt to Smriti Z
Iraani. She won in two categories of TV Actor Of The Year
(Female) as also in the biggest individual prize for the night
as far as performers go - the TV Personality Award. Iraani
was also one of the all-woman presenter cast on the night.
Said a suitably modest Iraani: "I didn't expect the Best
Actress of the Year Award. But of course, I am glad that I
got it. As for the Best Personality of the Year Award, I am
very surprised that I got it. I thought that the award should
have gone to someone who has really changed the face of television."
According to Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea
who won the TV CEO Of The Year award for the third straight
time (as too his channel Star Plus), "It's great to be
nominated and get the award for the third year." Now
that we have the award, we have to work harder."
Mukerjea, while expressing his delight at
having got the award said, " We have to keep the spirit
going and hope that next year we are as good." Mukerjea
also hoped that the Star Network would win the award next
year too "as we are reaping the harvest of what we had
On phone from Hyderabad, TV Today Network
CEO G Krishnan said after Aaj Tak won the Television News
Channel Of The Year award, "We would like to keep the
lead going and the award is an impetus for us to stay ahead."
According to Krishnan, having seen the growth "we'd like
to keep the lead going and are in the process of introducing
new features in the news."
Krishnan also said that the channel would
win the award next year too.
A happy vice-chairman of Sri Adhikari Brothers
Markhand Adhikari said toeing the "comic line" had
paid off after his channel. Adhikari was speaking after SAB
TV's hit comedy
According to Adhikari, "One has to work
towards the goal without thinking whether one one would score
Having won the award, Adhikari said that
it would be the channel's endeavour to "continue with
the format that is being followed now."
|Shaan receiving his award from VJ
Shaan, who received the Best TV Music Director
Award of the year for Lipstick, thinks this is a good opportunity
for him to consider composing as a vocation too. "I never
thought of myself as a composer till now. I just wrote and
composed my own songs without judging them as good or bad.
But winning an award is fantastic because it tells me what
an outsider thinks about my songs. The entire credit for the
award goes to Goldie Behl. He suggested that I compose and
write the song. It was just an informal process where I did
the scratches, which Goldie approved instantly. Probably if
it was some other producer, the process wouldn't have been
so much fun."
Winner of Best Single Episodic Series and
Best Programme With A Social Message, Suhail Tatari, producer,
director of Kadam on Sahara says, "I'm happy that this
programme has won an award. That's because it is one of the
few that has serious content and doesn't depend entirely on
TRPs. People have always been doing women's stories. But we
wanted to do something with a different but realistic approach.
With the award, we know that it has worked."
While talking of Achanak 37 Saal Baad, that
won the Best Horror serial, Anupama Mandloi of Sony says,
"When the production house came with the concept of Achanak,
we immediately approved it because it had a good span of story
telling. We even put up a set, Gahota, which was like a village
in itself. The premise of good vs. evil was fairly complex
and soon we changed it from a weekly to a daily."
|Farooque Shaikh receiving the Best
TV Anchor award from Madhur Bhandarkar
Farooque Shaikh, winner of Best TV Anchor
award says, "The feeling of winning is always great.
But with Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai, it feels even better because
the show is shot in such informal surroundings and naturally
relaxed fashion that the entire process becomes a lot of fun.
I have had lot of fun moments on the show. It's great to participate
in the celebration of a successful person's accomplishments.
The challenge in anchoring such a show is to keep it simple.
The trick is to drive the show without bringing attention
to yourself. I think that's what clicks with the audience."
On BBC World Service Trust and Doordarshan's
Jasoos Vijay winning the Best Thriller Award, a DD official
said, "Social communication with reference to the issue
of HIV/AIDS has always been a difficult challenge. Jasoos
Vijay has been innovative in that manner to telecast it on
DD1 on prime time. The consolation is in knowing that it is
reaching a much wider audience. The good news is that we are
extending Jasoos Vijay for another 24 new episodes after December
Ashwini Dheer, who won the Best Continuing
Sitcom Award for Office Office, had this to say. We had tried
hard to make something real. It's been long since we've been
crying over the problem. Office Office takes a tongue-in-cheek
look at it and that's why I guess we are the best sitcom.
Creative director of Miditech Anil Jha, whose
show Kuch Yaadein Kuch Baatein on Star Gold won The Film Based
Show Of The Year award, said: "It's just about a film
star's story. It's straight from the heart."
|Mohnish Behl & Manoj Joshi jointly
shared the best actor in a negative role award
Best Actor in Negative role (Male) Mohnish
Behl for his performance in Sony Entertainment Television's
Devi says, "I was motivated to do the role because the
character Vikram is not pure black. He has shades of grey
as well. He is motivated with a purpose. That's why people
like it and I have won this award."
When asked how Bhel, who began his career
with positive roles, perfected himself in a negative role,
he said, "I don't look at it as a positive character
or a negative one. I just comprehend my role and try play
On a more general note, Bhel said, "An
award function like this has always been essential for the
television fraternity because people in the business meet
here, socialize and exchange ideas. This leads to progress
in the industry. That's why Indian Telly Awards is so valued."
Co-winner in the negative category Manoj
Joshi as Mayorsahab of Star Plus' Kehta hai Dil said, "My
character Mayorsahab is not your regular villain. He is sadistic
and yet has an impeccable comic timing. Perhaps that's why
this six-week's role was fleshed out into a full-fledged role.
It has worked and how! It has landed me an award!"
TV18 executive director Vandana Malik whose
show Storyboard on CNBC-TV18 won The Business Programme Of
The Year award: "Ten years ago we started out with little
money and a big dream. This award is recognition for the fulfilment
of that dream. We are not one of a clutter but one of a kind.
Of course hard work and honesty have also helped us reach
where we are today."
Plus won a special award on behalf of Indiantelevision.com.
"Storyboard is not your typical business
programme. It is an innovative advertising programme backed
by very strong editorial. What was significant about last
year was that the number of programming hours went up. We
also became a majority stakeholder so our name TV18 became
branded. We have the first mover advantage."
Synergy Communications' Mastermind for BBC
World was honoured with the Game Show of the Year award. Deepti
Sethi said, "The advantage of mastermind is the BBC format
it has adopted. The style of the show is all drama...the dark
surroundings, the spotlight" that itself makes the show
a winner." Sethi says, "I am very happy that Mastermind
won the best game show award. I think we deserved it. It doesn't
matter whether we are different from other game shows, it
doesn't matter that we are most watched. What matters are
the accolades we have received. That's most memorable."
|Hansika with her mother after receiving
the TV Child Artiste of the year
TV Child Artiste Of The Year award winner
Hansika Motwani was visibly excited by her achievement. "All
along the way to the venue, my mother and I were debating
whether I would get the award or not. I was terribly nervous
and excited when the winner was about to be announced. I am
thrilled to bits. Getting an award before such a huge capacity
crowd has added to my thrill. I don't hink that I can precisely
explain what I am feeling."
Another very satisfied face on the night
was Aroona Irani who walked away with the Best Weekly and
Best TV Programme Of The Year awards for her show on Star
Plus Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand: "Since I have been in
films, I am used to awards and limelight. But yes, television
has taken me to places where cinema could not. I am loving
every moment of my stint on the small screen. I owe this award
to the increasing twists and turns in the Des Mein... plot.
Every Monday, people are very anxious to know what will happen
next Monday. There are more interesting and shocking turns
in store. Wait and watch."
What she was happiest about though, was the
TV Director Of The Year Award that she jointly won with Sourabh
Narang For Haqeeqat on Sahara Manoranjan. "I think that
I owe this award to my actors. Their team work and ability
to understand what I want to extract from them makes the direction
a pleasing and non-taxing job. Once this is achieved, the
rest follows automatically."
There were no surprises meanwhile that Ekta
Kapoor and Balaji Telefilms won its share of the awards. Speaking
about the best production house trophy (again jointly won
along with Ronnie Screwvala's UTV, "This award is for
one and all at Balaji Telefilms. Our passion to excel has
seen us come to the top. We will continue to work hard and
give you the best."
|Urvashi Dolakia receiving the Best
Actress in a negative role award from Poonam Dhillon
Balaji also won in the Best Daily and Continuous
Serial trophies. "It's always great to win awards. This
moment is no exception. It's really a great feeling to see
that the people continue to love Kyunki...," said Kapoor.
Another excited winner meanwhile, was Urvashi
Dolakia who won for Best Actress In A Negative Role: "I
didn't expect to win it. My joy cannot be put in words. This
award is ample proof to realise that the Komolika character
has become a household name. I will cherish it always."