Monday, January 16, 2012

IRDS Hindi Film Awards 2011 - winners

The Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences (IRDS) based in Lucknow, India has announced their winners for the IRDS Hindi Film Awards 2011 which are presented to films that primarily dealt with social issues.

The award for Best Hindi Film went to the Pakistani film Bol, a thought-provoking drama that raises social issues such as the regressive attitude of a male-dominated society.

The Best Director prize went to Onir for his omnibus film I Am. It consists of four short films exploring themes such as child abuse, same-sex relationships and sperm donation.

Vidya Balan claimed the award for Best Female Character for her portrayal of the 1980's erotic actress Silk Smitha in the film The Dirty Picture. The film is a loose biopic that incorporates aspects of other women in pop culture such as Marilyn Monroe.

Rajeev Khandelwal was the winner for Best Male Character for playing the DJ Raunak Kaul in Soundtrack. Borrowing from the story of Ludwig van Beethoven, his character in the film is shown struggling to overcome tinnitus and losing his hearing while at the peak of his alcohol and drug fuelled success.

The awards were selected by a jury headed by social activist and IPS officer Amitabh Thakur.


Winners list for the IRDS Hindi Film Awards 2011

Best Hindi Film

Best Director
Onir, I Am

Best Female Character
Vidya Balan, The Dirty Picture

Best Male Character
Rajeev Khandelwal, Soundtrack

Best Story
Y P Singh, Kya Yahi Sach Hai

Best Song
“Mauka” from the film Aarakshan, written by Prasoon Joshi

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