Vidya Balan, Rajkumar Rao sweeps the prestigious & most transparent Powerbrand-Bollywood Film Journalists Awards!!

Vidya Balan, Rajkumar Rao sweeps the prestigious & most transparent Powerbrand-Bollywood Film Journalists Awards!!

Vidya Balan, Rajkumar Rao sweeps the prestigious & most transparent Powerbrand-Bollywood Film Journalists Awards!!

Arindam - Vidya

A night after the Oscars, The 2018 edition of Power Brands-Bollywood Film Journalist’s Awards, organized by Planman Motion Pictures and Daily Indian Media, was held at Hotel Orchid on March 5th. Virtually all the winners from all categories who were present in Mumbai turned up at this glittering night of honesty and transparency. Started with the clear ambition of being the Oscars of India this is India’s only film awards decided on the basis of Open Ballot Voting.

Vidya - Maushami

Arindam Chaudhuri, the man behind Planman, thanked the voting jury profusely for their integrity and courage for exercising their ballot in a very transparent manner. 22 of the most prominent film critics decided who deserved the trophies for Hindi cinema 2017 in the categories submitted by The voting was done individually and on mail, and the detailed results of who has voted for whom can be seen on the website of Power-Brands. Apart from being Open Ballot and highly credible due to voting being restricted only to film critics, the award also is unique as it honours not just the winner but the associate winner as well.

Arindam - Kay kay

The evening started with a beautiful visual tribute to Sridevi who was also expected to be here tonight, being the associate winner of the best actress award for her stellar performance in MOM. The best actress award winner Vidya Balan as well as the Best Actor award winner Rajkumar Rao were personally present.   This year was unique because in the Best Actor category Rajkumar Rao took away both the winner and the associate winner awards for his stellar performances in Trapped and Newton. He also won the best supporting actor award for his role in Bareilly Ki Barfi. In the supporting actor category female Seema Pahwa and Meher Vij took the honours.

Raj Kummar - Arindam

Marcin Laskawic came all the way from Poland to take his best cinematography trophy for Tiger Zinda Hai. Also taking away special Power Brands Awards for furthering the cause of cinema were Raveena Tandon and Anil Thadani, Kay Kay Menon honoured with Power Brand Trendsetter Award, Anu Kapoor, Sonali Kulkarni POWER BRANDS OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MARATHI CINEMA OF THE YEAR, Sachin Khedekar POWER BRANDS OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MARATHI CINEMA OF THE YEAR, Ram Kamal Mukherjee won power brands autobiographer of the year, Komal Nahata power brand best trade analyst for the year 2018, Mayank Shekhar power Brands film critic of the year and Subi Samuel won Power Brands Bollywood Photographer of the year. The life time achievement award was given to Moushami Chatterjee.

Arindam - Sachin - Raveena

Vidya Balan: I thank all the 22 jury members, eminent journalists who voted for me. Tumhari Sullu is a very special film for me and my producer Tanuj Garg, and I am extremely delighted to have received this award tonite. I have always believed in working on films that offers me something new to explore. And anything that’s new can either be a success or a flop. But when you are recognized for taking up challenges, that encourages you to do better in life.

Arindam - Raveena - Anil

Rajkumar Rao: I think this is one of those moments when you feel good about yourself. As an actor, I choose the best I get offered, and when that work gets recognized by 22 eminent journalist from across the country, that reinstall faith in the work that I am doing. Thanks for the appreciation.

Raveena - Arindam

Raveena Tandon: This Award is one of the most democratic award, because of its transparency. This will also remain very special for me, because this this for the first time that I am receiving an award with my husband Anil Thadani. If I am the “power” than he is the “brand”, we compliment each other.

Sonali - Arindam

The guest of Honour of the evening was the Polish Ambassador to India H. E. Adam Burakowski- was the Guest of Honor and kept everyone entertained with his Hindi from time to time. Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu sent video message for the winners.

Ram - Maushami - Vidya

Prof. Chaudhuri said “I do hope the industry supports this unique effort in full force in the coming years so that such genuine awards are promoted where awards are not given on the basis of attendance but on the basis of merit. I did hope one day Aamir Khan takes back his vow of not attending any awards functions and makes his first appearance here due to its completely transparent nature.”

Komal - Raj Kumaar - Arindam

The Power Brands-Bollywood Film Journalist’s Awards, organised by Planman Group began with a mission and vision to recognize excellence and honour the finest in cinematic achievements, with high integrity and transparency and become the true voice of creative filmmaking. Recent surveys have proved that viewers are being dismissive of the plethora of popular awards being dished out, which have been ‘contaminated’ with star power, and have wandered away from celebrating true talent, to become a big publicity party.

Mayank - Arindam

As Prof. Chaudhuri stated, “Awards are given even if you merely attend an awards ceremony, or at the diktat of channels that want viewership. We decided to entrust the selection to critics who have been watching films every week for years.” The company plans to expand its base of journalists in the next edition to at least double in the next edition.


Here is the list of winners at the ‘2018 Power Brands Bollywood Film Journalist’s Awards’ –Bollywood’s only Open Ballot awards . Rajkumar Rao sweeps it all winning Best Actor, Associate Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. Vidya Balan wins Best Actor Female and Late Sridevi is the Associate Winner of Best Actor Female. In the category of Best Supporting Actor Female winner is Seema Bhargava Pahwa and Associate Winner is Ratna Pathak Shah. Manav Kaul is the joint winner of Best Supporting Actor Male.

Best Feature Film

Winner : Toilet Ek Prem Katha – Producers : Aruna Bhatia, Shital Bhatia, Arjun N. Kapoor, Hitesh Thakkar

Associate Winner :  NEWTON – Manish Mundra

Best Director

Winner  : Death in the Gunj – Konkona Sen Sharma

Winner : Toilet Ek Prem Katha – Shree Narayan Singh

Winner : Bareilly Ki Barfi – Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

Best Actor Male

Winner : Trapped – Rajkummar Rao

Associate Winner : NEWTON – Rajkummar Rao

Best Actor Female

Winner : Tumhari Sulu – Vidya Balan

Associate Winner : MOM – Late Sridevi

Best Supporting Actor Male

Winner : Bareilly Ki Barfi – Rajkummar Rao

Winner : Tumhari Sulu – Manav Kaul

Best Supporting Actor Female

Winner : Shubh Mangal Saavdhan – Seema Bhargava Pahwa

Associate Winner : Lipstick Under My Burkha – Ratna Pathak Shah

Associate Winner  : Secret Superstar – Meher Vij


Winner : Jagga Jasoos – Pritam Chakraborty

Associate Winner : Secret Superstar – Amit Trivedi

Best Background Score

Winner : Jagga Jasoos – Pritam Chakraborty

Associate Winner : Trapped – Alokananda Dasgupta

Best Cinematography

Winner : Jagga Jasoos – S. Ravi Varman

Associate Winner  : Tiger Zinda Hai – Marcin Laskawiec

Best Story Adapted

Winner : A Death in the Gunj – Mukul Sharma

Winner : Shubh Mangal Saavdhan – R. S. Prasanna

Best Story Original

Winner : Mukti Bhawan – Shubhashish Bhutiani

Winner : Tumhari Sulu – Suresh Triveni

Best Production Design

Winner : JAGGA JASOOS – Parijat Poddar & Mr. Rajat Poddar

Associate Winner : DADDY – Parul Sondh

Associate Winner : RANGOON – Mr. Subrata Chakraborthy & Mr. Amit Ray

Best Singer Male

Winner : Yeh Ishq Hai / Rangoon – Arijit Singh

Winner : Zaalima/ Raees – Arijit Singh

Best Singer Female

Winner : Nachdi Phira / Secret Superstar – Meghna Mishra

Associate Winner : Main Kaun Hoon / Secret Superstar – Meghna Mishra

Best Costume Design

Winner : RANGOON – Dolly Ahluwalia

Associate Winner : A Death in the Gunj – Rohit Chaturvedi

Best Editing

Winner : Trapped – Nitin Baid

Winner : A Death in the Gunj – Mr. Aarif Sheikh & Mr. Manas Mittal

Best Sound Effects

Winner : Jagga Jasoos – Mr. Nair Abhishek & Mr. Shijin Melvin Hutton

Associate Winner : Trapped – Anish John

Best Make Up and Hair

Winner : Daddy – Mr. Sergio Stivaletti & Mr. Shrikant Desai

Associate Winner : RANGOON – Preetisheel Singh

Best Visual Effects

Winner : Tiger Zinda Hai – ADITYA CHOPRA (YFX)

Associate Winner : JAGGA JASOOS – Zaheer Ahmad & Team

Best Animated Feature Film

Winner : Ruchi Narayan’s Hanuman Da Dumdaar

Associate Winner : Koochie Koochie Hota Hai – Karan Johar

Best Animated Short Film

Winner : Schirkoa  – Ishan Shukla

Best Short Film

Winner : Neeraj Ghaywan – Juice

Associate Winner  : Khujli – Anuj Gosalia, Chintan Ruparel, Terribly Tiny Tales

Associate Winner : Aaba – Raj Kumar Gupta

Best Documentary

Winner : Ask the Sexpert – Vaishali Sinha

Associate Winner  : Azmaish: A Journey Through the Subcontinent – Sabiha Sumar

Best Debutante Male

Winner : Secret Superstar – Tirth Sharma

Associate Winner : Noor – Kanan Gill

Associate Winner : Raag Desh – Mohit Marwah

Best Debutante Female

Winner : Qarib Qarib Singlle – Parvathy

Associate Winner : Hindi Medium – Saba Qamar

Best Choreographer

Winner : Galti Se Mistake / Jagga Jasoos – Mr. Vijay Ganguly & Mr. Ruel Dausan Varandani

Associate Winner : Laila Main Laila / Raees – Bosco Caesar

Best Lyrics

Winner : Main Kaun Hoon / Secret Superstar – Kausar Munir

Associate Winner : Sab khanna khaake / Jagga Jasoos – Amitabh Bhattacharya

Best Child Artiste

Winner : CHEF – Svar Kamble

Artiste Winner : Tubelight – Matin Rey Tangu

Best Screenplay

Winner : Hindi Medium – Ms. Zeenat Lakhani & Mr. Saket Chaudhary

Associate Winner : Mukti Bhawan – Shubhashish Bhutiani

Best Dialogues

Winner : Shubh Mangal Saavdhan – Hitesh Kewalya

Associate Winner : Jagga Jasoos – Mr. Amitabh Bhattacharya, Mr. Debatma Mandal, Mr. Samrat Chakraborty & Mr. Anurag Basu

Associate Winner : RANGOON – Vishal Bhardwaj

Associate Winner :  Fukrey Returns – Mr. Mrighdeep Lamba & Mr. Vipul Vig

Best Action

Winner : Tiger Zinda Hai – Mr. Tom Struthers

Associate Winner : DADDY – Shyam Kaushal

The following 22 leading Film Journalists of India have  given their votes!!

Anuj Alankar

Ayanjit Sen

Bharti Dubey

Chandrima Pal

Dipti Vijay Ranglani

Dr. Piyush Roy

Imtiaz Azeem

Jaya Biswas

Johnson Thomas

Jyoti Venkatesh

Mayank Shekhar

Neeru Sharma


Rajiv Vijaykar

RJ Alok

Rohit Bhatnagar

Saibal Chatterjee

Shaikh Aayaz

Shama Bhagat

Sonia Chopra

Sonup Sahadevan

Vishal Verma

PB-BFJA has no nominations. Film critics are free to decide their choice.

In its 12th year now, Power Brands is a mega celebration of achievement, highlighting the success of Indian brands. Planman Group’s Motion Pictures arm has produced 3 National Award Winning Films including Do Dooni Chaar and The Last Lear.