61st Britannia Filmfare Nominations: Hits and Miss

Gone are those days when receiving the black lady was  cherished, not only by the winners, but also the industry and audience who poured their love and appreciations for their wonderful work onscreen.

I used to watch award ceremonies on TV religiously, hoping for the deserving ones to make to the stage and be honored. Alas ! I can no longer feel the same genuineness it had before.

Now, the ‘prestigious’ Filmfare award and many other ceremonies are presented as Television show derived from TRP’s and infamous for paying the actors to perform in exchange of the trophy (candidly revealed by Akshay Kumar & Varun Dhawan in the Actors roundtable by Rajeev Masand).

I am not surprised that this year’s Filmfare nomination had more miss than hits. What made me feel bad is the jury member’s disregard towards some fine talents who, consciously or unconsciously, wait for that moment to experience the acknowledgement in the form of getting nominated for an award ceremony, that is reckon as ‘Bollywood’s equivalent to the Oscars’. Sad part is – despite witnessing similar prejudices in Hollywood counterpart as well – Oscar remains the best for maintaining the thrills throughout.

In our Bollywood ceremonies, Categories are divided into popular, jury, critics to please every actors and bring them to doorsteps (in most cases, they are informed in advanced), Critics awards are given away as ‘Consolation prize’, Stars dances to hit tunes only to extend the award shows overly-long. In short, TO PLEASE STARS.

No wonder, they aren’t taken seriously neither by artist not we, the audience. (Kangana Ranaut, Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgan & Paresh Rawal have been the ones to snub awards more frequently than ever)

Today 61st Filmfare award nominations got revealed in this list:. The jury members did what they had to do, but I would like to certainly voice my apprehension on some of their choices.

It’s my personal opinion and readers can beg to differ civilly.

P.S: The films, actors, actresses, musicians nominated are absolutely talented, no doubts arises on that. What I feel that is, recognition of talent is important and this credibility Filmfare seem to be lacking since last few years


Bajirao Mastani
Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Tanu Weds Manu Returns

My take:

Films should’ve been nominated : Masaan, Titli

Films that got nominated: Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Tanu Weds Manu Returns


Aanand L Rai – Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Kabir Khan – Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Meghna Gulzar – Talvar
Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani
Shoojit Sircar – Piku
Sriram Raghavan – Badlapur

My take:

Directors who should’ve been nominated: Neeraj Ghaywan (Masaan), Kanu Behl (Titli)

Directors who got nominated: Kabir Khan (Bajrangi Bhaijaan), Aanand L.Rai (TWMR)


Amitabh Bachchan – Piku
Ranbir Kapoor – Tamasha
Ranveer Singh – Bajirao Mastani
Salman Khan – Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Shah Rukh Khan – Dilwale
Varun Dhawan – Badlapur

My take:

Actors who should’ve been nominated: Irrfan Khan (Talvar), Ranvir Shorey (Titli), Akshay Kumar (Baby)

Actors who got nominated: Shah Rukh Khan (Dilwale), Salman Khan (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)


Anushka Sharma – NH10
Deepika Padukone – Bajirao Mastani
Deepika Padukone – Piku
Kajol – Dilwale
Kangana Ranaut – Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Sonam Kapoor – Dolly Ki Doli

My take:

Actresses who should’ve been nominated: Kalki Koechlin (Margarita with a straw), Richa Chaddha (Masaan) & Konkona Sen Sharma (Talvar), Bhumi Pednekar (Dum Lagake Haisha)

Actresses who got nominated: Kajol (Dilwale), Sonam Kapoor (Dolly Ki Doli) & Deepika Padukone (Tamasha)

P.S: I thought Deepika was splendid in Tamasha, but wouldn’t it be fair to rather select one performance and make a dignified space for other performances?


Anil Kapoor – Dil Dhadakne Do
Deepak Dobriyal – Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Jimmy Sheirgill – Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Nawazuddin Siddiqui – Badlapur
Sanjay Mishra – Masaan

My take:

Actors who should’ve been nominated: Sohum Shah (Talvar), Vaibhav Tatwawdi (Bajirao Mastani)

Actor who got nominated: Jimmy Shergill (TWMR)


Anushka Sharma – Dil Dhadakne Do
Huma Qureshi – Badlapur
Priyanka Chopra – Bajirao Mastani
Shefali Shah – Dil Dhadakne Do
Tabu – Drishyam
Tanvi Azmi – Bajirao Mastani

My take:

Actresses who should’ve been nominated: Moushmi Chatterji (Piku), Radhika Apte (Badlapur), Revathy (Margarita with a Straw)

Actresses who got nominated: Anushka Sharma (Dil Dhadakne Do), Tabu (Drishyam), Tanvi Azmi (Bajirao Mastani)


Ankit Tiwari, Meet Bros. Anjjan and Amaal Mallik – Roy
Anupam Roy – Piku
AR Rahman – Tamasha
Pritam – Dilwale
Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – Dil Dhadakne Do

My take:

Musicians who should’ve been nominated: Amit Trivedi (Bombay Velvet), Indian Ocean (Masaan)

Musicians who got nominated: Pritam (Dilwale)




Alka Yagnik – Agar Tum Saath Ho (Tamasha)
Anusha Mani – Gulabo (Shaandaar)
Monali Thakur – Moh Moh Ke Dhaage (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)
Palak Mucchal – Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo (Prem Ratan Dhan Payo)
Priya Saraiya – Sunn sathiya (ABCD 2)
Shreya Ghoshal – Deewani Mastani (Bajirao Mastani)

My take:

Singer who should’ve been nominated: Neeti Mohan (Dhadaam Dhadaam – Bombay Velvet).

Singer who got nominated: Anusha Mani (Gulaabo – Shaandaar)




Ankit Tiwari – Tu Hai Ke Nahi (Roy)
Arijit Singh – Gerua (Dilwale)
Arijit Singh – Sooraj Dooba (Roy)
Atif Aslam – Jeena Jeena (Badlapur)
Papon – Moh Moh Ke Dhaage (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)
Vishal Dadlani – Gulabo (Shaandaar)

My take:

Singer who should’ve been nominated:  Tu kisi rail si (Swanand Kirkire – Masaan), Mohit Chauhan (Matargashti – Tamasha)

Singer who got nominated: Arijit Singh (Gerua – Dilwale), Vishal Dadlani (Gulaabo – Shaandaar)


Nived Nambiar


2 thoughts on “61st Britannia Filmfare Nominations: Hits and Miss

  1. shanky says:


    How can you say that Kajol shouldn’t have been nominated for Dilwale. I have seen the performance of her and it is the only saving point of the film. I am shocked that you think Bajrangi Bhaijaan shouldn’t have been nominated. I think Bajrangi and Tamasha are the best films of the year. In fact, Bajirao Mastani was the most overrated film of the year, where people gets carried away with big sets and over dramatic acting, Sorry to say, that’s not cinema. If India needs to learn cinema, they should start appreciating movies like Tamasha and Wazir.


    • Nived Nambiar says:

      Hi Shanky,

      First thing first, I loved Bajrangi Bhaijaan. It struck an emotional chord with the us but I feel films like Masaan and Titli were more braver, articulated and terrific films.
      It’s ironical that an Indian film that won many international awards and made the world sit and take notice of Masaan and Titli’s uncompromised storytelling, couldn’t be bright enough to get a nominations back at home.

      Kajol might’ve been the best thing of Dilwale but if you’ve read my blog, you must have noticed that I have mentioned actresses like Kalki Koechlin, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bhumi Pednakar were left out. They’ve had not only given their career’s best performances but also pushed the envelope in terms of establishing strong female characters, and Kajol’s performance pale in front of them.

      I found Bajirao Mastani wonderful, Characters were written well, performances were remarkable and the story was narrated beautifully. To be honest, BM had many things to offer and Bhansali did with aplomb.


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