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.”
“Filmfare was the first and the only award we ever knew of, growing up. To be able to walk the classic Filmfare ‘Red Carpet’ is a dream this hard-core brought-up-on-Hindi-films kid had. It’s overwhelming that my dream is coming true! Chutney is a film made without any agendas. I didn’t expect it to go so viral or to win awards; I just wanted to tell a story engagingly. It’s awesome of the jury and of Filmfare to have rewarded that! When the tweets about the awards came out, I couldn’t stop jumping and I know I will still be jumping when I go up to receive that very special Black Lady on January 14th!” said Jyoti Kapur Das on winning Best Film (Fiction) for Chutney.
“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.
“Winning a Filmfare Award at 24 is a dream come true for an aspiring filmmaker like me. This is beyond my imagination. I hope this film will not only help in reviving traditional mud wrestling but also in reducing the struggles and the pains of the modern day traditional ‘Pehelwans’ (Wrestlers). It will also help in sustaining the values and culture of our country. I would like to thank Filmfare for honouring me on such a huge platform. I want to graduate to making feature length films some day and the short film format definitely acts as a bridge towards that.” said Prantik Vivek Deshmukh on winning Best Film (Non-Fiction) for Matitali Kusti.
“Khamakha as an idea came to me because of my husband Arun, when he mentioned how you end up judging people during your travels by the way they talk, or their language or their clothes. Everything that is so external. I decided to stress on a Pride and Prejudice on Languages. Short films are the simplest way to discover your own voice. With the revered and extremely loved Filmfare coming out and recognizing shorts in such a grand way, it’s going to open up a talent flood that will feel extremely liberating!” said, Aarti S. Bagdi on winning People’s Choice Award for Best Film – Khamakha.