Kalakaar 2012 Awards Recognizes Bollywood and Bengali Movie Artists in Kolkata

Rituparna Sengupta
"Tollywood Queen" Rituparna Sengupta

Kolkata, Jan 19, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio) “Farah khan is the most beautiful lady I have worked with”, declared Boman Irani to WBRi during his latest visit to Kolkata.

Irani also told WBRi that he is willing to work in Bengal if he gets an opportunity. “Bengal always has been a breeding ground of talent. A lot of stalwarts who have contributed to Indian and World Cinema have come from Bengal which preserves one of the richest cultures of India. Some of the finest movies get made in this state and the Bengali film Industry also has some great actors, directors, composers and singers. I will be glad to work in Bengal and in fact looking for a good opportunity to do so. If a film with an interesting script is offered to me, I shall grab it for sure.”

Rituparna Sengupta was presented the ‘Queen of Tollywood’ award and Kolkata Bangla movie hero Dev (Deepak Adhikari) was awarded the ‘King of Tollywood’. Rituparna and Dev also grabbed an award each for their individual performances in the film Charulata 2011 and ‘Paglu 2’ respectively.

Priyansghu Chatterjee was awarded Best Actor for the film ‘Paanch Adhaya’. Paanch Adhaya also won the best film award which was handed over to filmmaker Pratim D Gupta.

Satabdi Roy - Best Director
"Best Director" Satabdi Roy

Shatabdi Roy was presented the ‘Best Director’ award for her film ‘Om Shanti’.

Farah Khan - best debutant female actressFarah Khan - best debutant female actress
Farah Khan

Farah Khan received the best debutant female actor award for the film ‘Shirin Firhad ki to Nikal Padi’. Khan spoke to WBRi about her upcoming film ‘Happy New Year’, saying “The script is almost completed and we are ready to shoot now. Shah Rukh Khan has been roped in as the lead of this film. The female lead is being looked for.”

On being asked by WBRi why ‘Happy New Year’ was so delayed inspite of the fact that it was planned even before Om Shanti Om, she replied, “The script was not fully ready at that point of time so we decided to move on with ‘Om Shanti Om’. After that it became difficult to match dates. So the project got delayed so much. Hopefully we will start it soon.”

At the event WBRi also caught up with Basudev Bagchi, the Managing Director of Prayag Group of companies. Bagchi revealed some of their plans regarding their upcoming film city at Chandrakona Road in Bengal. He said, “Prayag Film City at Chandrakona Road is going to be the largest film city of the world. It will have the latest technologies and equipment for film-making. Film tourism will be promoted and a state-of-the-art Amusement park will also be constructed. Hotel Resorts of world class quality is on the cards and the ‘Night life’ there will be enviable for any city of the world.”

Speaking of one of the latest technologies which will amuse visitors, he said, “Films will be screened on water curtains by special laser technology which will be a treat for the eyes. This will be the first of its kind of show in India.”

Boman IraniBoman Irani and Farah Khan
Boman Irani and Farah Khan

The occasion which brought Boman Irani to Calcutta along with a host of other glitterati from Bollywood was the 21st Kalakaar awards, one of the oldest award ceremonies of India that has been honoring accomplishments of personalities from different sections over the years. Held on Janurary 13, other than Irani, the award function was also graced by Farah Khan, Caludia Ciesla, Udit Narayan, Runa Lailla, Prem Chopra and other Bollywood personalities. Many Indian Bangla movie stars were also present.

Prem Chopra
Prem Chopra

Veteran actor Prem Chopra, one of the most popular antagonist of Bollywood, was honored with the ‘Living Legend’ award.

Usha Uthup
Usha Uthup

Goutam Ghosh and Amala Shankar
Goutam Ghose and Amala Shankar

Lifetime Achievement

Ace danseuse Amala Shankar, wife of Late Uday Shankar, was awarded with a life time achievement award.

Inauguration of Kalakaar Awards - Lighting of Lamp by Amala Shankar
Inauguration - Lamp Lighting by Amala Shankar

Udit NarayanUdit Narayan
Udit Narayan

Udit Narayan, the man with the golden voice, received the award for the Best male play back singer for a song from the Akshay Kumar-Sonakhsi Sinha starrer film ‘Joker’. Udit has recorded numerous songs in Bengali and amazed everyone by speaking fluently in the language.

Claudia Ciesla
Claudia Ciesla

Claudia Ciesla, the German actress whose dance item number ‘Balma’ from Akshay Kumar's ‘Khiladi 786’ set India gyrating, won the ‘Best Foreign Face’ award.

Karan Tacker and Krystal D'Souza
Karan Tacker and Krystal D'Souza

Karan Tacker and Krystal D'Souza's won the ‘Best Jodi Award’ award.

- Jyoti Prakash Mandal (jpmandal@washingtonbanglaradio.com)