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Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Akshay Kumar lead nominations at annual Golden Kelas

It may have been a vintage year for Indian cinema, with the likes of ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ and ‘Talaash’ thrilling audiences and critics alike around the world but Bollywood also served up plenty of tripe.

Yash Chopra’s final romance and Salman Khan’s 100-crore romp will compete for the ‘Worst Film of the Year’ at the annual ‘Golden Kela Awards’.

The ‘Kelas’, now in their fifth year, recognize the worst of Bollywood and are built along the lines of Hollywood’s Golden Raspberry Awards.

The late Yash Chopra’s befuddling, 3-hour romance starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma along with Salman Khan and Sonakshi Singha cop caper Dabbang 2 will compete against Ajay Devgan’s ‘Son of Sardar’ and most of Akshay Kumar’s 2012 roster; Housefull 2, Khiladi 786 and Joker.

Akshay’s critically mauled – albeit commercially successful – year is topped off with his nomination in the Worst Actor (Male) category for all four of his releases in the year, which includes Rowdy Rathore, apart from the aforementioned trio.

Ajay Devgan also receives a nod in the same category, alongside Imran Khan for Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu; Sanjay Dutt for his over-the-top villain in Agneepath as well as Karan Johar’s much-hyped newcomers Siddharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan for their debut turns in Student of the Year.

Anushka Sharma flies for the flag for Bollywood’s ladies with her role as a filmmaker in Jab Tak Hai Jaan – described by one critic as the worst insult to all Discovery documentary filmmakers.  

Sonakshi Sinha is nominated in the same Worst Actress category for what the organizers of the ‘Kelas’ termed as ‘everything she did in 2012’; Deepika Padukone and her co-star in Cocktail Diana Penty receive nods for their roles in the film; Alia Bhatt for her debut in Student of the Year whilst Farah Khan is also nominated for her decision to discard her day job and give acting a try in Shirin Farhad Ki Nikal Padi.

Apart from the usual categories such as Worst Film, Worst Actor etc, the 2013 Golden Kela’s also feature some innovative new categories, including ‘Most Irritating Song’, ‘Most Atrocious Lyrics’ and, best of all, the ‘Bawara ho gaya hai ke’ award.

“We could not help but nominate the ‘Indian Moviegoers’ in the ‘Bawara ho gaya hai ke award’ category for spending more than 600 crores on Bol Bachchan, Housefull 2, Agneepath, Rowdy Rathore and Ek Tha Tiger (we’ll keep adding the crores as figures keep coming in for Khiladi 786 and Dabangg 2),” said Jatin Varma, Founder, Golden Kela Awards.

The organizers are far from flippant about the awards, despite its remit; carefully articulating the reasons behind each choice. 

‘Son of Sardar’s nomination in the Worst Film category, for example, is in recognition of its ‘offensiveness’ not just to the ‘Sikh Community but to anyone with intelligence and a sense of humour’.

Akshay Kumar’s ‘Khiladi 786’ is nominated for ‘being written by the “multi-talented genius” known as Himesh Reshammiya’.  

The winners of the Golden Kelas will be chosen by an audience vote and announced in March 2013.


For the full listing of nominees, visit www.goldenkela.com



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