Mumbai: The immensely well-received JIO Filmfare Short Films Awards 2017, announced the winners through a Facebook live session. After shortlisting 44 films from over a thousand entries, the best ones will finally get to take the coveted black lady home on the night of the prestigious 62nd JIO Filmfare Awards.
The first of its kind short film awards property was entirely organized on the digital platform and was supported by many from the film fraternity. The best names in the industry, including Karan Johar, Gauri Shinde, Anand Rai, Meghna Gulzar, Vidya Balan, Zoya Akhtar and Kabir Khan were on board as prestigious members of the jury.
Editor of Filmfare, Jitesh Pillai and jury member Kabir Khan unveiled the winners through a Facebook Live announcement yesterday, a first ever for any awards property. The winners who bagged the first JIO Filmfare Short Films Awards 2017 are Jyoti Kapur Das for a gripping short film, ‘Chutney’ which won two awards under the category of Best Film (Fiction) and Best Actress (Tisca Chopra) respectively. Manoj Bajpai won the ‘Best Actor’ for his character as a constable in ‘Taandav’. Prantik Vivek Deshmukh’s Marathi short film ‘Matitali Kusti’ rightfully won the award for Best Film (Non-Fiction). The People’s Choice Award for Best Film, based on public voting through social media, was awarded to ‘Khamakha’ directed by Aarti S Bagdi, starring Harshvardhan Rane and Manjari Fadnis.
On announcing the winners, director and jury member Kabir Khan said, “Short films is a director’s medium. Given the duration, it is very rare for an actor to display all your skills and craft on screen for such a small duration. That is why it’s a great platform for upcoming directors. Through short films, we are able to address many more issues which because of certain restrictions are not possible on the big screen. They don’t have a box office to worry about and that’s something I would like to encourage.”
“It’s actually an honour for immensely gifted director Devashish Makhija and muvizz.com. I am so happy that Filmfare thought of recognizing the value of short films as a creative platform to showcase ones potential.” said Manoj Bajpayee on winning ‘Best Actor’ for Taandav.
“Filmfare is big, huge, infact. It’s synonymous with the history of Indian cinema. There are many fabulous performances over the years have been highlighted and given longer life by this most prestigious of awards. But what makes this extra special is that I am winning my first Filmfare for ‘Chutney’ which produced and co-wrote. And winning for a character that is the opposite of ‘heroine material’ is what shows me that Filmfare is really looking at the art of acting in a bold and modern way. Introducing the category of short films this year is also a crisp new move. It’s heartening to see that films that have no godfather or a big studio supporting them are also picked by a firm and fair jury. Thank you for the award Filmfare. This one is for the keeps!” said Tisca Chopra on winning ‘Best Actress’ for Chutney.