It was lights, camera, action all the way at the first ever Jio Filmfare Awards Punjabi 2017.Stars of the Punjabi film fraternity came together to felicitate the best of cinematic talent at the glittering ceremony held on March 31 at the Multipurpose Sports Stadium in Mohali.
Popular Punjabi actor Diljit Dosanjh, who is also making it big in Bollywood, bagged two awards, one for best actor for his performance in `Ambarsariya’ and the other for best playback singer.
The best actress award went to Sargun Mehta for her outstanding performance in `Love Punjab’.
Another highlight of the evening was the `Living Legend award’ which went to Gurdas Maan. The Jio Lifetime Achievement award went to Punjabi actor Yograj, for his contribution to Punjabi cinema.
Among the top winners were ‘Bambukat’, which got the best film award while Pankaj Batra bagged the best director award.
Aesthetic dance performances dotted the night as the deserving took the coveted black lady home.
Manish Paul and Sumeir Pasricha aka Pummy Aunty played perfect hosts for the evening. Most of the time, they had the audience in splits.
Simmi Chahal hosted the second half of the evening with Arjan Bajwa, delighting the audience with their comic timing.
Singer Ammy Virk’s melodious musical act set the tempo for the night and actress Surveen Chawla stunned the audience with her mesmerizing performance.
The superstar trio, Sugandha Sharma, Kaur B and Jenny Johal also put up an incredible act. Manish Paul and Simmi Chahal’s perfor mance received huge app l a u s e. A m r i t Mann, Dilprit Dhillon and M i l i n d G ab a ‘s moves also won the audience over.
“Punjabi film industry, over the years, has made its presence felt across the nation with combined efforts of talented artists, musicians and filmmakers. This industry has always been the contributor of exceptional performances to Indian cinema.
We felt the need to recognize and honor these outstanding performances. Therefore, we decided to have our first ever Filmfare Punjabi awards.
It gives me immense pleasure to have witnessed the success of its first edition and we will continue to honour truly de serving talent that is a part of this industry,“ said Film fare editor Jitesh Pillai.
Title sponsor of the event was Jio.
Other sponsors were LYF and Natu ramore. Telecast partner of the first edition of the most iconic awards was MH ne, whereas the Metal One, whereas the Metal Partnerwas Lumineux Uno.
The radio partner was Radio Mirchi, Online Jewellery partner was Nakshatra World, multiplex partner was Orienta Cine Advertising. TheEnergy Partner was LMES and Orienta Cine Advertising was the multiplex partner.
The Trophy Partner was The Award Gallery and Netsurf En tertainment was the Production Agency .
Show Direction & Artist Management was done by Prabhjot Mahant & Manjeet Hans of Prinday and Technical Direction & Stage Management was done by On Cue Productions.
Acts were choreographed by Zenith Dance Troupe and the Script Written by Deepak Isser.
COMING OF AGE
While the glamour of Film fare remains unchanged, Punjabi cinema has acquired maturity over the years.
Even though slapstick comedies are being made, filmmakers are experimenting with new themes.The film, Bambukat, is a case in point.
A delightfully sensitive story on the equations between family members depending on their financial grounding and aspirations the film hits home despite the old world setting.
Still, the film is not preachy , which is exactly how director Pankaj Batra, from Chandigarh intended it to be.
“Concept should be the hero of the film. You need to work step by step. Excitement is necessary for work like this. You need to get a kick.“ he said.
Going by the present scenario, it is time to break stereotypes.“Stereotypes have been tolerated for so long because of filmmakers.
The audience is ready for intellectual stimulation, it is only the filmmakers who were apprehensive,“ Batra says.
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