The 65th Filmfare Awards ceremony, presented by The Times Group, honored the best Indian Hindi-language films of 2019.The ceremony was held on 15 February 2020 in Guwahati and broadcasted on Colors TV the following day.This is the first time in six decades that a Filmfare Award ceremony was held outside Mumbai. Karan Johar and Vicky Kaushal were hosts of the award ceremony.
WINNER: Gully Boy
Directed by Zoya Akhtar, Gully Boy was a classic underdog story in which Murad (Ranveer Singh) conveys the struggle of his life and other social issues through rap. Despite facing various setbacks, Murad rises to the top with the backing of his mentor MC Sher (Siddhanth Chaturvedi) and his love Safina (Alia Bhatt).
BEST FILM (CRITICS)
WINNER: Article 15 (Anubhav Sinha) and Sonchiriya (Abhishek Chaubey)
Article 15: Discrimination is still a serious issue that exists in our society. With Article 15, director Anubhav Sinha tackles the issue by portraying a story through the eyes of an upright city bred police officer played by Ayushmann Khurrana, who launches an attack against the age old tradition of caste based discrimination in India.
Sonchiriya: Along with a talented cast and directed, Sonchiriya features a gripping story set in Chambal based on the feared dacoits who once terrorised the Indian heartlands.
WINNER: Ranveer Singh (Gully Boy)
You could almost say that Ranveer Singh was born to play Murad from Gully Boy as he raps his soul out in the film. He digs his claws into the character and delivers a performance that will be remembered for a long time.
BEST ACTOR (CRITICS)
WINNER: Ayushmann Khurrana (Article 15)
Ayushmann Khurrana put up a pleasant surprise with his role of a tough cop who refuses to give in to the obstacles and backs his himself in the fight against caste discrimination.
WINNER: Alia Bhatt (Gully Boy)
Alia Bhatt brings back her effusive charm with the portrayal of Safina in Gully Boy. She’s a feisty young woman who beats up girls who flirt with her boyfriend. Her performance is so great that you’re always left wanting for more.
BEST ACTRESS (CRITICS)
WINNER: Bhumi Pednekar and Taapsee Pannu (Saand Ki Aankh)
Bhumi Pednekar played the character of Chandro Tomar in the film and boy did she do a brilliant job. Her character really signified that women are a lot more than handling house chores.
Kudos to Taapsee Pannu for picking such a role but she also does complete justice to it. Along with the prosthetics, it’s her mannerisms that convince you she’s a 60 year old women.
WINNER: Zoya Akhtar (Gully Boy)
While Gully Boy was a classic underdog story, Zoya Akhtar’s sheer brilliance took it to a whole new level. She creates a world of her own and draws you into it. With Gully Boy, she also put Indian street hip hop on the mainstream scene.
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
WINNER: Siddhant Chaturvedi (Gully Boy)
Siddhant Chaturvedi never for a second lets you believe with this was his debut film. He exudes the dominating personality that was MC Sher with great confidence on screen.
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
WINNER: Amruta Subhash (Gully Boy)
Amruta Subhash played Murad’s (Ranveer Singh) mistreated mother Razia Ahmed in Gully Boy. A woman physically and mentally abused by her husband turns into her son’s strength and watches his rise to the top. Amruta Subhash played the role with great conviction which was evident on screen.
BEST MUSIC ALBUM
WINNER: Zoya Akhtar and Ankur Tewari (Gully Boy)
Mithoon, Amaal Mallik, Vishal Mishra, SachetParampara and Akhil Sachdeva (Kabir Singh)
Gully Boy: The album boasted of collaboration between various artistes like Divine, Naezy, Sez on the beat, Rishi Rich, Dub Sharma, Jasleen Royal, Ace, Ishq Bector, MC Altaf, MC TodFod, 100 RBH, Maharya, Noxious D, Viveick Rajagopalan and was a true tour de force, merging new age hip hop and blues with Bollywood sound.
Kabir Singh: Kabir Singh’s album coasted on melody. Though it had various music directors, there was a cohesiveness to it all the same. It helped that most songs were part of the narrative and weren’t lip-synced by the leads.
WINNER: Divine and Ankur Tewari (Apna Time Aayega – Gully Boy)
The song became so popular it became the anthem of the nation in no time. The aspiration and hopes of a generation got expressed through it. Its hook line has become part of everyday slang of today.
BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (MALE)
WINNER: Arijit Singh (Kalank Nahi – Kalank)
The song was all about the legitimacy of love. Of how the lovers perceive it vis a vis how our society beholds it and Arijit made the paradox come alive through his rendition. He was pitch-perfect, as always.
BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (FEMALE)
WINNER: Shilpa Rao (Ghungroo – War)
The song belonged to both the old world and the new in the sense that it reproduced the house sound admiringly and yet the lyrics were quintessentially Indian.
BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR
WINNER: Aditya Dhar (Uri: The Surgical Strike)
Uri was a huge dose of patriotism sprinkled with some high octane action. It also had an emotional chord running through it. Great visuals, laudable acting by the entire cast plus an engaging story made it a must-watch.
BEST DEBUT ACTOR
WINNER: Abhimanyu Dassani (Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota)
It’s brave to mark your debut in a film that defies definition but Abhimanyu went ahead and did just that. He played a man who didn’t feel pain and the film revolves around how he copes with life saddled with this handicap.
BEST DEBUT ACTRESS
WINNER: Ananya Pandey (Student Of The Year 2)
She’s spunky, sporty and all things nice, with a charming smile to boot. Ananya made a confident debut playing a spoilt rich girl who falls in love with the hunky hero but is wise enough to understand it could just be a passing attraction.
WINNER: Paul Jennings, Oh Sea Young, Parvez Shaikh and Franz Spilhaus (War)
The action scenes of war, be it the introduction scene of Tiger Shroff, Hrithik Roshan’s fight scene in the aircraft or the climax fight between the two — it all looked extraordinary indeed.
BEST BACKGROUND SCORE
WINNER: Karsh Kale and The Salvage Audio Collective (Gully Boy)
The film was based on the life of real-life underground rappers based in Mumbai and hence the background score had to reflect the pain, the angst as also the triumph of the marginalised artistes and Karsh Kale and his team aced the brief.
WINNER: Remo D’souza (Ghar More Pardesiya – Kalank)
Remo has been known for his unique take on Western dance forms so it must have been a challenge for him to choreograph a kathak based song. He showed that he shouldn’t be slotted into a single category and proved his versatility with this dance number that had a period feel to it.
WINNER: Jay Oza (Gully Boy)
The film was shot in the marginalised areas of Mumbai. Also, the sets were cleverly designed to resemble slums. A grey tone was maintained throughout to give the film a singularity of vision.
WINNER: Divvya Gambhir and Niddhi Gambhir (Sonchiriya)
The film followed the exploits of a gang of dacoits in Chambal. The cast mostly wore the same costume throughout the length of the film. The clothes had to have a lived-in look and the Gambhir sisters made sure of that and more.
WINNER: Shivkumar V Panicker (Uri: The Surgical Strike)
The film showcased the valour of our commandos. There were lots of action sequences and training routines that were to be coherently incorporated in the narrative seamlessly. Shivkumar’s confident editing made it all possible.
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
WINNER: Suzanne Caplan Merwanji (Gully Boy)
The recreation of slums on the sets was so authentic that no one was able to tell them apart from the real thing. Suzanne did a fine job indeed and had everyone believing that the entire film was shot in Dharavi.
BEST SOUND DESIGN
WINNER: Bishwadeep Dipak Chatterjee and Nihar Ranjan Samal (Uri: The Surgical Strike)
The sounds of battle going on in full fury, what with various guns blasting away, the bombs and grenades being thrown as well as the cries of the wounded — everything felt eerily real in the film.
WINNER: Sherry Bharda and Vishal Anand (YFX – War)
The film has such good immersive CGI that even the aeroplane scene which had Hrithik fighting a group of soldiers felt like we’re watching it in real life.
WINNER: Vijay Maurya (Gully Boy)
A young man belonging to the slum dreams big — that was the film’s premise and Vijay Maurya got the street slang just right. The scene where the hero’s mother and father fight, for instance, had lines that tore you apart with their earnestness.
WINNER: Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar (Gully Boy)
Reema and Zoya made sure you caught the emotional drama behind the lives of underground rappers to perfection. The various strands of lives of the marginalised class were tied up nicely.
BEST ORIGINAL STORY
WINNER: Anubhav Sinha and Gaurav Solanki (Article 15)
The film showed us how casteism is so deeply rooted in our society. It made us realise how our police, our judiciary too isn’t immune to it. The hard-hitting narrative was an eye-opener alright.
Last Updated: 16-Feb-2020