WON DAY WONDERS
Filmfare|January 2021
DEVESH SHARMA chronicles the winners of the inaugural FLYX Filmfare OTT Awards 2020
DEVESH SHARMA

Paraphrasing the first man on the moon, we can say that the first-ever FLYX Filmfare OTT Awards is a small step on Filmfare’s behalf to appreciate the giant stride taken by the entertainment industry in the OTT space. For close to seven decades, Filmfare has been honouring excellence in cinema. Over the years, we've extended the ambit to include South, Marathi, Bengali and Punjabi cinemas as well. We've also included short films recently. Now, when the interest in web-based content is on the rise, it was only natural that we would turn our attention to OTT. The coronavirus pandemic had stemmed the flow of life as we knew it and brought it to a trickle. One thing that did much to uplift our mood as we grappled with the mental chaos was the OTT content. Viewers needed something solid, something relatable, something that packed an emotional punch. And shows like Paatal Lok, The Family Man, or Aarya fitted the bill. The OTT shows were both our escape from reality and escape into reality as most mimicked real-life situations. And for actors, OTT ventures not only satisfied their creative urges but also opened up another revenue stream. Read ahead to know more about who took the coveted Black Lady home that day..

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BEST SERIES

PAATAL LOK

The series follows the misadventures of a disillusioned cop who is handed the thankless task of investigating an assassination attempt gone wrong. It’s dark, visceral and doesn’t give any quarter to the viewers. It doesn’t allay our fears about the deterioration of society but makes them sound more real. Every episode twists the knife further and makes the wound deeper and yet one persistently watches the show.

NOMINEES

Aarya

Asur

PAATAL LOK

Special OPS

The Family Man

BEST DIRECTOR (SERIES)

AVINASH ARUN AND PROSIT ROY

PAATAL LOK

The dark underbelly of policing is exposed in this gritty saga which touches a chord with the audience despite the visceral violence. Avinash Arun and Prosit Roy work as a team and never waver in their vision. There isn't any redeeming feature for anyone in the series as even the good guys have grey motives. The directors hammer home the fact that not something but everything is indeed rotten in the state of Denmark.

NOMINEES

AVINASH ARUN AND PROSIT ROY (PAATAL LOK)

Krishna D.K. and Raj Nidimoru (The Family Man)

Neeraj Pandey and Shivam Nair (Special OPS)

Oni Sen (Asur)

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES (MALE)

JAIDEEP AHLAWAT

PAATAL LOK

Hathiram Chaudhary is a policeman who's never caught a good break. The one chance he gets too turns out to be a false alarm. And his disillusionment is complete when he succeeds in unravelling the truth. The character is overworked and underpaid. There are constant bags under his eyes. He doesn’t have a great family life as well. Yet he persists in doing good, as he sees it as his one chance at redemption.

NOMINEES

Abhishek Bachchan (Breathe: Into The Shadows)

Arshad Warsi (Asur)

JAIDEEP AHLAWAT (PAATAL LOK)

Kay Kay Menon (Special OPS)

Manoj Bajpayee (The Family Man)

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES (FEMALE)

SUSHMITA SEN

AARYA

Sushmita Sen plays a widow named Aarya Sareen who has to take the place of her dead husband in order to ensure the safety of her loved ones. And learns that she has what it takes to be a crime boss. It's Sushmita’s comeback project. She faced the camera after many years but it feels like there hasn't been an interval at all. In fact, she looks and acts better than before.

NOMINEES

Jennifer Winget (Code M)

Kirti Kulhari (Four More Shots Please! Season 2)

Nithya Menen (Breathe: Into The Shadows)

Priyamani (The Family Man)

SUSHMITA SEN (AARYA)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES (MALE)

JITENDRA KUMAR

PANCHAYAT

Abhishek Tripathi’s character played by OTT veteran Jitendra Kumar, is the soul of the series. A man with urban roots, finds himself exploring rural India with each episode and comes to like what he sees. He’s an engineering graduate who takes a job in a remote panchayat for lack of prospects. Initially disillusioned with what he sees as a dead-end job, he finds himself thawing to his circumstances as the series progresses.

NOMINEES

Dhruv Sehgal (Little Things Season 3)

Gulshan Devaiah (Afsos)

JITENDRA KUMAR (PANCHAYAT)

Ranvir Shorey (Metro Park Quarantine Edition)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES (FEMALE)

MITHILA PALKAR

LITTLE THINGS SEASON 3

She loves him, she loves him not... it’s the vulnerability of Mithila Palkar’s character that makes the show so exciting and fun. And her comic timing is second to none. Season 3 sees her character maturing as an individual while dealing with a long-distance relationship. She finds her own tribe and is shown to be comfortable with the idea of living alone. Mithila’s histrionics makes it all relatable.

NOMINEES

Maanvi Gagroo (Four More Shots Please! Season 2)

MITHILA PALKAR (LITTLE THINGS SEASON 3)

Purbi Joshi (Metro Park Quarantine Edition)

Rinku Rajguru (Hundred)

Sumukhi Suresh (Pushpavalli Season 2)

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A DRAMA SERIES (MALE)

AMIT SADH

BREATHE: INTO THE SHADOWS

Amit Sadh plays a dogged policeman who is haunted by his own demons on the one hand and is handed an almost impossible case on the other. The case gets murkier by the minute and he knows he has to bend the laws to solve it and save innocent lives. Amidst all the mayhem, he never loses his humanity and manages to get to the bottom of the mystery.

NOMINEES

Abhishek Banerjee (Paatal Lok)

AMIT SADH (BREATHE: INTO THE SHADOWS)

Ishwak Singh (Paatal Lok)

Pankaj Tripathi (Sacred Games Season 2)

Sharib Hashmi (Asur)

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A DRAMA SERIES (FEMALE)

DIVYA DUTTA

SPECIAL OPS

She plays a highly suspicious character in the series. She goes from being a radical to being someone who is willing to give the goodness within her a second chance. Her humanity finally triumphs. She's someone who shows that half the problems of the world can be solved, if your heart is in the right place. It was a complex character indeed but Divya Dutta seamlessly portrays the character with utmost ease.

NOMINEES

DIVYA DUTTA (SPECIAL OPS)

Gul Panag (Paatal Lok)

Mairembam Ronaldo Singh (Paatal Lok)

Maya Sarao (Aarya)

Swastika Mukherjee (Paatal Lok)

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A COMEDY SERIES (MALE)

RAGHUBIR YADAV

PANCHAYAT

Raghubir Yadav plays the ‘Pradhan Pati’ or the husband of the sarpanch. He has usurped his wife’s place and has been administering the village. Towards the end, however he realises his mistake and also the changes that need to be done. He’s not a bad person at heart and is shown to be quite progressive in some cases and goes out of his way to make his assistant feel at home.

NOMINEES

Hrishikesh Joshi (Breathe: Into The Shadows)

RAGHUBIR YADAV (PANCHAYAT)

Rahul Dev (Who’s Your Daddy)

Shrikant Verma (Breathe: Into The Shadows)

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A COMEDY SERIES (FEMALE)

NEENA GUPTA

PANCHAYAT

Despite being the Pradhan of the village, Neena Gupta’s character is shown to have a secondary place. Her voice is final in her home, however. And her husband never fails to consult her on different issues as well. But when it comes to administering the village, he takes the lead. Later, circumstances prove that she’s equal to the task. Neena Gupta’s on song and essays the rural character with ease.

NOMINEES

Ahsaas Channa (Hostel Daze)

NEENA GUPTA (PANCHAYAT)

Samridhi Dewan (The Office Season 2)

Trupti Khamkar (Hum Tum And Them... Bachchon Ke Side Effects)

BEST ORIGINAL STORY (SERIES)

SUDIP SHARMA, HARDIK MEHTA, SAGAR HAVELI AND GUNJIT CHOPRA

PAATAL LOK

Pataal Lok tells the story of how murky our society has become, thanks to corruption running rampant everywhere. There’s no redemption in sight as everyone has been corrupted. Even those who are the guardians of the society, use their power for their gains. The police, judiciary, even the press... the malaise is everywhere and it isn’t going away. It's a gutsy storytelling indeed.

NOMINEES

Chandan Kumar (Panchayat)

Gaurav Shukla (Asur)

Mayank Sharma, Vikram Tuli (Breathe: Into The Shadows)

Suman Kumar, Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K (The Family Man)

SUDIP SHARMA, SAGAR HAVELI, HARDIK MEHTA AND GUNJIT CHOPRA (PAATAL LOK)

BEST COMEDY (SERIES/SPECIALS)

PANCHAYAT

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