India's leading television stars and stalwarts
shone bright at Indiantelevision.com's The Seventh
Indian Telly Awards 2007 where excellence in television
(popular categories) was honoured and recognised
Se's Prachi Desai
(Bani) and Ram Kapoor (Jai Walia) walked away
with the best actress and best actor award respectively
in the popular category. Another highlight was
Siddhartha and Anita Kaul Basu being inducted
into the Hall of Fame.
Siddhartha Basu, "It is a matter of pride
that the Indian television industry has recognised
Software Communications CEO Ronnie Screwvala was
conferred with the Contribution to Indian Television
Awards were held this evening at the Chitrakoot
Grounds in Andheri, Mumbai.
Malhotra who plays Sagar Singh in Bannoo Mein
Teri Dulhan and Smriti Zubin Irani who plays
Vasudha in Virrudh were the critic's choice
for best actor and actress respectively. The best
daily soap Indian Telly went to Shakuntalam Films
Banoo Mein Teri Dulhan, while the best
weekly show statuette was picked up by Dharti
Ka Veer Yodha Prithviraj Chauhan.
ensemble cast was awarded to Virrudh, produced
by Ugraya Entertainment. "Producing the show
and then winning this award has been a dharam
yudh for me. It has been a great journey,"
said Ugraya Entertainment promoter Smriti Irani.
Hindi Entertainment Channel of the year award
was picked up by Zee TV. The seven long year running
Kyuunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
was adjudged the best in the continuing TV programme
evening was hosted by TV actor Ram Kapoor and
actress Roshni Chopra. The event was marked by
lively performances from Eijaaz Khan, Anita Hassnandani,
Sayantani Ghosh, Rajashri Thakur Vaidhya, Mona
Singh, Urvashi Dholakia, Smriti Iraani, Mouni
Roy, Naman Shaw, Jay Bhanushali and the miraculous
duo from Amber Dhara. The new Balaji find
Dimple Jhangiani was also revealed for the first
time in a performance with Akashdeep Saigal.
major treat of the spectacular evening was the
closing act which had a cross section of industry
ranging from Mukesh Khanna to Smriti Irani swaying
to Om Shanti Om, replicating Shahrukh Khan's
on screen act for the first time in a live event.
IBN was awarded the best news channel of the year
- English, while Aaj Tak bagged the best news
channel of the year - Hindi.
glittering evening had the who's who of industry
in attendance right from Set India CEO Kunal Dasgupta,
INX Media's Peter and Indrani Mukerjea, to Balaji
Telefilms' Ekta Kapoor and Miditech's Sandip Sikcand.
eligible bachelors of television Pulkit Samrat,
Naman Shaw, Karan Mehra and Romit Raaj performed
an "all-boys-act" at the night. New
York-based singer of Indian origin Reenie Mansata
whose album is set for an end month release under
the Sare Gama label also performed here for the
first time in India.
Indian Telly Popular Awards have 37 categories
this year and few of the awards categories include:
Best Actor (Popular and Critics - Male and Female),
Best Supporting Actor (Male and Female), Best
TV Daily, Best TV Weekly, Best Continuing TV show,
Best TV Anchor, Best Hindi Channel, Best Production
House, Best Reality Show, Best Talent Show, Best
News Channel (English and Hindi), Best Hindi Movie
Channel, Best Business News Channel, The Hall
of Fame Award and Contribution to Television Award,
among many others.
exquisite stage and set was designed by the husband
wife duo of Kunal and Leena Bhandula. Creative
Direction and TV production was orchestrated by
Fazilla and Kamna of SOL Productions while all
the sequences were choreographed by Geeta Kapoor
who is part of the choreography team of the just
released blockbuster Om Shanti Om and who
has choreographed numerous TV awards nites.
brands got together to partner the prestigious
evening. These included Sony Entertainment Television,
Zee TV, Zee Cinema, Network 18, Dainik Bhaskar,
Bright Outdoors, Radio Mirchi, Orienta, Hathaway,
InCable, 7Star and Telly Chakkar.com.
Indian Telly Awards are the most watched TV awards
Nite on television. The show which was telecast
on Sony Entertainment Television last year clocked
a rating of 3.54, the highest viewership for any
independently run TV awards show. The awards were
instituted in early 2001 by TV analyst and specialist
Anil Wanvari, one of the few board members of
the American International Emmy Awards, For the
first three years, The Indian Telly Awards were
telecast by Star Plus and since then they have
been aired on Sony.
can catch the event on Sony Entertainment Television
on 2 December at 8 pm