MUMBAI: Its that time of year again. The "judges" have
gathered and are in session. The onerous task before them: vetting
the record number of entries competing for the most coveted awards
in television - edition fourth of the Indian Telly Awards.
The six-day long jury meet - on till 28 August - began today at
a suburban hotel in Mumbai.
The Indian Telly Awards, the brainchild of Indian Television Dot
Com founder and CEO Anil Wanvari, are divided into three main categories
- Popular, Technical and Special.
Under the Popular awards, there are 60 categories that include
six channel awards, 27 programming awards and 27 personality awards.
Out of these, 34 categories will be adjudged by the jury and the
rest will be done via online polling.
Falling under the Special awards category will be the Lifetime
Achievement Award and the Big Idea Award (initiated this year).
The Big Idea Award will be given to any marketing, advertising or
technical idea that the jury finds exceptionally good.
The jury for the three categories of awards will be different.
The jury for the Popular awards category comprise eminent personalities
from the industry Lekh Tandon, Rathikant Basu, Kunal Kohli, Anju
Mahendroo, Kunika Lall, Bharati Achrekar, Rekha Nigam,Rakesh Sharma,Poonam
Dhillon,Padmini Kolhapure and Aanjan Srivastava. The Technical awards
will be judged by Dharam Gulati, Javed Sayyed and Ashmith Kunder.
over lunch are jury members Rathikant Basu, Anju Mahnedroo,
Kunika Lall and Indian Television Dot Com's founder CEO Anil
Five categories of the Popular awards were adjudged today by the
jury. The judging process began in the morning and continued through
the day. The categories were: Best Current Affairs Programme of
the Year, Best Music Programme of the Year, Best Game Show of the
Year, Best Talk Show of the Year and Best Edutainment/Science/Knowledge
based show of the year.
The response from the television industry in terms of the entries
for the awards this year has been phenomenal with close to 2,000
applications (which in turn makes the job of the jury that much
more cumbersome). Also the number of categories have been increased
this year to 93 from last year's 61, which means an additional of
32 new award categories have been introduced!
jury celebrates Rekha Nigam's birthday!
Said Rekha Nigam, "There is a lot of scope of bettering the
quality of programmes that the channels and production houses send
in. They need to realise that the audience they are catering to
is exposed to a lot of technicality these days and hence what the
channels offer them should be up to the mark. I feel there is a
lot of room for improvement."
When asked how his experience as a jury member had been, a tired
Kunal Kohli said, "Well it was long; fun but long!" On
the other hand, Anju Mahendroo said, "I really enjoyed myself
and I felt that the judging process was correctly done."
End of Day One of the jury meeting saw some members concurring
on some things while also having conflicting viewpoints for others.
But in the end all was amiable with the jury reaching a unanimous
Day Two promises some more categories, some more heated debates
and of course, a lot of fun!