CELEBRATING THE BEST OF WORST – THE GHANTA AWARDS!

Every year, at the bright new start, we have a number of awards celebrating the ‘best’ of Bollywood. Amidst accusations of being biased and crass and downright silly, these award shows continue to tell us what has been the viewers’ favorite (never mind that the people watching this on television might not agree). So with enough of the best, it was time to take a look at the worst too. Coz, it’s many of these baddies which make the others look good in comparison and definitely deserve their due credit. The Ghanta awards have taken upon themselves to do this noble task.

Started last year, this desi version of the Razzies celebrated the best of the worse for the year 2011 and was held at, aptly, the Comedy Store. It was a night of fun (at the expense of the stars!), great doses of sarcasm and wit and loads of hooting and cheering.  The wittiest of the hosts – Varun Grover, G. Khamba, Varun Thakkar, Aditi Mittal and Karan Talwar – emceed the show. Of course there were spoofs galore : whether it was the red carpet ‘coverage’, the too-painted, fake-smiled presenters or the celebrities themselves. We loved the way the nominations were shown as cartoon strips! For the worst film awards, each nomination was shown as a live promo on the ‘thought process’ (read dope intakes) behind the scripting of these disasters. Ra.One, Salman’s Ready /Bodyguard and anything Kangna Ranuat made it to the Ghantas.

We have no doubts what the stars reactions might have been once they heard about their nominations. Mind you, it wasn’t for the faint hearted! The hosts were quite unabashed when it came to pulling legs. Sample this :

Aditi : “Ranbir and Nargis are nominated for worst couple for Rockstar”                                                

Varun : “Yeah, he dates every co-star he works with. (turning to the gal in 1st row) Hi Sonam!”

That’s right. Of all the celebrities nominated, it was only Sonam Kapoor who sportingly attended the award. She even received her WTF award for Mausam (we have new found respect for her!) saying, “This is the first award I have  won for my film!” We saw her happily posing for her fans and she did look like she enjoyed the show very much (she had tweeted, “Was at the Ghanta Awards. What a talented bunch of writers and actors! Great show guys,”).

The nominees were finalized by a panel of judges which consisted of  Karan Anshuman, Sahil Rizwan, Rajeev Masand, Cilemasnob and Mihir Fadnavis and the winners were declared on the basis of an online poll.

BELOW ARE THE GHANTA AWARDS 2012 NOMINEES AND WINNERS (Those highlighted are the esteemed winners)

Worst Film
1. Ra.One

2. Bodyguard

3. Ready

4. Mausam

5. Don 2

Worst Holier-Than-Thou Movie
1. Dhobi Ghat

2. No One Killed Jessica

3. That Girl in Yellow Boots

4. Memories in March

5. Shaitan

Worst Actor
1. Salman Khan – Bodyguard, Ready

2. Shah Rukh Khan – Ra.One, Don 2

3. Ajay Devgn – Rascals, Singham, Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji

4. Sanjay Dutt – Ra.One, Rascals, Chatur Singh 2 Star, Double Dhamaal, Desi Boyz

5. Vinay Pathak – Utt Patang, Tere Mere Phere, Chalo Dilli, Bheja Fry 2

Worst Actress
1. Kangna Ranaut – Game, Miley Na Miley Hum, Double Dhamaal, Tanu Weds Manu, Ready, Rascals

2. Nargis Fakhri – Rockstar

3. Jacqueline Fernandez – Murder 2

4. Gul Panag – Turning 30

5. Bipasha Basu – Dum Maaro Dum

Worst Supporting Actor
1. Tusshar Kapoor – The Dirty Picture, Hum Tum Shabana, Shor in the City

2. Prateik Babbar – Dhobi Ghat, Aarakshan, Dum Maaro Dum, My Friend Pinto

3. Anupam Kher – Every other film

4. Om Puri – Don 2, Khap, Teen Thay Bhai, Bin Bulaye Baarati

5. Shreyas Talpade – Hum Tum Shabana, Teen Thay Bhai

Worst Supporting Actress
1. Hazel Keech in Bodyguard

2. Giselli Monteiro in Always Kabhi Kabhie

3. Mallika Sherawat in Double Dhamaal

4. Charmy Kaur in Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap

5. Raveena Tandon in Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap

Worst Breakthrough
1. Chirag Paswan

2. Rana Daggubati

3. Zoa Morani

4. Sarah Jane-Dias

5. Nargis Fakhri

Worst Director                                                                                                        
1. Anubhav Sinha – Ra.One

2. Anees Bazmee – Thank You, Ready

3. Pankaj Kapur – Mausam

4. David Dhawan – Rascals

5. Rohit Dhawan – Desi Boyz

Worst Rip-Off
1. Don 2 – every Hollywood action film

2. Murder 2 – The Chaser

3. Desi Boyz – Full Monty + all Adam Sandler films

4. FALTU – Accepted

5. Ragini MMS – Paranormal Activity

Worst Couple
1. Kangna Ranaut and Ajay Devgn in Rascals

2. Kangna Ranaut and Sanjay Dutt in Rascals

3. Kangna Ranaut and Chirag Paswan in Miley Naa Miley Hum

4. Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri in Rockstar

5. Shahid Kapur and Sonam Kapoor in Mausam

Worst Song
1. Dhinka Chika

2. Jalebi Bai

3. Bodyguard title track

4. Dum Maaro Dum

5. Chammak Challo

WTF Was That
1. Akshay Kumar going to Oxford University in Desi Boyz

2. Ghost Rape in Haunted 3D

3. The unexplained science behind the science fiction part of Ra.One

4. Colourful holi song in the middle of a movie about Hitler & the holocaust in ‘Gandhi to Hitler’

5. How Sonam Kapoor & Shahid Kapoor don’t manage to exchange a measly phone number over 10 years in Mausam

Thats Anything But Sexy
1. 3 girls conned by Ranveer Singh’s looks and acting abilities

2. Ram Gopal Verma’s camera angles in Not A Love Story

3. Anything involving Kangana Ranaut in Rascals

4. Akshay Kumar as London’s most in-demand male escort in Desi Boyz

5. Any time Shahrukh Khan says “Junglee Billi” in Don 2

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