MUMBAI: The first of the juries to decide
the 63 programming, technical and trade categories of The
Indian Telly Awards 2003 finished their delebrations late
this evening in Mumbai. In their third year, The Indian Tellies,
instituted by Anil Wanvari the founder of indiantelevision.com,
seek to reward excellence in Indian television.
jury meet for the Indian Telly Awards 2003 in progress
After a hectic schedule of three days, the
jury comprising Lekh Tandon, Rakesh Sharma, Shailaja Bajpai,
Vanita Kohli-Khandekar, Sabira Merchant, Rathikant Basu, Shanta
Gokhale, Prasoon Joshi, Kanwaljit Singh and Kiran Juneja,
finished shortlisting five nominees for all the 20 Popular
Awards categories. They viewed showreels and episodes covering
more than 400 entries before zooming in on the Top Five in
The consenus at the end of it all was: 'The Indian Telly
Awards are the most credible and transparent awards in the
"We have been very objective while deciding the nominees
for all the categories. It has been a herculean task because
there were a lot of entries for each category," said
Sharma when asked about his experience as a member of the
jury. "By the way things are going, I'm sure that a couple
of years down the line, The Indian Telly Awards will be the
top most awards for the televison industry in our country,"
Promoter of Broadcast Worldwide Pvt Ltd Rathikant Basu expressed
his opinion on the awards by saying, "I have been on
a lot of other juries prior to this but most places there
are nominees and winners are pre decided and a jury is just
a formality. But I can tell you that The Indian Telly Awards
are probably one of the most transparent and honest awards
in our country."
Actress Kiran Joneja said, "The categories have been
increased this year but there is still some scope for improvisation.
Some categories can be broadened so as to give equal and fair
opportunites to everyone."
Veteran director Lekh Tandon said, "The team behind
the Telly Awards is very hardworking and diligent. The awards
give due recognition to the people in the television industry
and are unbiased."
"Today there are so many award functions
for the Indian film industry but there are hardly any awards
for the television industry. The Indian Telly Awards has really
grown from the time of its conception three years back and
I can only see it going further," said Businessworld
magazine's senior editor- Media Vanita Kohli-Khandekar.
At the end of the three days, the jury members
were very satisfied with the way things had turned out. Although
there were times when they did not reach a unanimous decision
at first go, but after some critical analysis and discussions
a consensus was finally reached.
The second round of judging through another
jury is slated to commence on 15 September and will continue
over two days in Mumbai. The jury will decide on whose work
is good enough to figure amongst the nominees for the technical