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Headline: The Idea ITA Awards, 2008
Year : 2008
Location : Bhavan's Caltural Ground, Andheri (W), Mumbai
The Event
When Television Got Taller…

14th November,’08…

As the last dots of dusk dissolved into the pot of night, a quake came to the TVdom – a quake of earth shattering merriment and abandon. Before that, all roads had led to the Bhavan’s Cultural Ground in suburban Mumbai and the TV-fraternity had flocked en-block in there to revel and rejoice at their annual festival of joy called, The IDEA ITA Awards.

Now in the 8th year of a highly celebrated existence, this Awards Ceremony has always been and continues to be the Biggest Night of the Small Screen, where each year… Television got taller!

And once again…
The pageantry was mind-blowing!
The panache was breath-taking!!
The pleasure was nerve-shattering!!!

True to their tradition, the ITA cooked up yet another novel theme for the evening, this year…

It was Las Vegas!

The humongous set reflected the gorgeous surroundings of the city of gambling. Also threaded into the décor were elements of James Bondian imagery. Needless to say, all of that laced the evening with enthralling exotica!

To relish that to the hilt, they came in droves – actors, directors, producers, writers, technicians – you name it! By all means and counts, it was an event of ‘Television, by Television, for Television’ (quote, unquote Shashi Ranjan, The ITA Convenor).

The evening started with a revealing act that opened out the set to the audience. Featuring the Saat Phere heartthrob, Sharad Kelkar, it had stunning interplay of light and sound. It was just the correct reflection of what was in store for the viewers, who watched it wide-eyed and wide-mouthed.

Actually, each of the 8 musical acts of entertainment elicited the same response. What is more, each had a theme and a thorough structure, in which were beaded songs of all hues and tenors. On stage, they were enacted and danced to, by a bristling bevy of TV belles and a boisterous bunch of TV beaus.

There was the ‘Diamond Robbery’ piece, featuring the Fab-4 of Bidaai - Parul & Sara with Kinshuk & Angad. Another was ‘Murder Mystery’ with Kaishma (Tanna) and Chaitanya. Then, there was ‘The Cabaret’ that had Mauni (Roy) and Sayantani (Ghosh), steaming hot, hot to the sexy beats of all time favs – Aa Jaan-e-Jaan, Aaj Ki Raat, Hungama Ho Gaya and so on to send the audience in a tizzy.

One act was built around a medley of latest songs from Dostana, Bachna Ae Haseeno and others. Swinging to them were the dazzling Aamir & Sanjeeda and the delightful Shaleen (Bhanot) and Barkha. Another rollicking piece was ‘Millenium Mughl-e-Azam’, which was a musical spoof, wherein the lethal combo of Asgar Ali (Akbar), Krushna (Salim) and Mona Singh (Anarkali) sent the audience in stitches.

A very special act was prepared on songs of Akshay Kumar, winner of The ITA Popular Icon – 2008. It was performed with loads of pep & pomp by the perfect dude ‘n’ doll combo of Rohit (Roy) and Jaswir.

However, the piéce-de-résistance of the evening was an item by a bunch of kiddos, wherein Avika & Avinash of Balika Vadhu along with Ahsaas & Amay knocked the daylights off their adult counterparts by rocking their bodies like there was no tomorrow.

That was the Fun part!

But the eve also had some heart-clutching moments, when the memory of the Police personnel martyred in the recent terror-strike on Mumbai was commemorated by The ITA.

Lips quivered, eyes moistened and the hearts beat fast when the kith and kin of the departed heroes stood on the stage to receive the honours.

It was a defining moment of The ITA’s care & concern for what is happening around us. Once again, they have shown that they are no mere naachnewale, gaanewale…

They are aware – and how!

It was in this vein only that they also celebrated that night the grit and guts of those intrepid reporters, who gave us the minute-to-minute graphic coverage of the goings-on in the terror-stricken Mumbai at the risk of their very lives.

All said, it was a night like no other night – at least in the world of Television! If it gave you oodles of pleasure, it also gave you the punch of emotions. That’s how the Academy and its Awards have always been. In words of The ITA prez, Anu Ranjan…

‘The Academy Awards are a carnival – but it is no less a clarion call too, by which we go on instilling a new awakening in the TV-fraternity and TV-watchers all across.’

Take a bow Anu – we are putting our hands together for that…


Special Awards:

The ITA Popular Icon (2008) : Akshay Kumar

The GR8! Achiever Laurel (2008) : Shilpa Shetty

The GR8! Little Wonder of TV : Krishna Bhatia (Jai Shri Krishna)

Best Sports Personality of the Year : Harsha Bhogle
Best Serial Drama
Balika Vadhu
Best Director – Drama
Siddhartha Sen Gupta & Pradeep Yadhav –Balika Vadhu
Best Actor – Drama
Deven Bhojani –Baa Bahu Aur Baby
Best Actress – Drama
Avika Sameer Gaur - Balika Vadhu
Best Serial – Comedy
The Week that wasn't
Best Director – Comedy
Samer Kulkarni – Remote Control
Best Actor – Comedy
Cyrus Broacha – The Week that wasn't
Best Actress- Comedy
Supriya Pathak-Remote Controle & Disha Vakani-Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Ali Asgar – Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Sadia Siddique – Balika Vadhu
Best Actor in a Negative Role
Mukul Dev – Kumkum -Pyara Sa Bandhan
Best Actress in a Negative Role
Surekha Sikari – Balika Vadhu
Best Historical / Mythological Serial
Jai Shri Krishna
Best Child Artiste
Avika Sameer Gaur- Balika Vadhu
Best Anchor - Game/Quiz Show
Shah Rukh Khan -Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain
Best Anchor - News/Current Affairs Show
Rajdeep Sardesai- Weekend Edition with Rajdeep Sardesai.
Best Anchor - Talk/Chat Show
Vikram Chandra - The Big Fight.
Best Anchor - Music & Film-based Show
Ali Asgar - Say Shaava Shaava
Best Game/Quiz Show
Kya Aap Paanchvi Fail Champu Hain?
Best News/Current Affairs Show
Weekend Edition with Rajdeep Sardesai
Best Talk/Chat Show
State of the Environment Poll - Bahar Dutt & Vaishali Sood
Best Music & Film-based Show
Boogie Woogie
Best Reality Show
Fear Factor - Khatron Ke Khiladi
Best Director Reality Show
Ajit Ahuja / Arjun Menon – FearFactor - Khatron Ke Khiladi & Niret / Nikhil Alva –Naya Roop Nayi Zindagi
Best Reality Show (Comedy)
: Comedy Circus-2 (Costume special)
Best Reality Show (Music & Dance)
Boogie Woogie
Best Title Music/Song Track
Lalit Sen - Balika Vadhu
Best Singer
Kavita Krishnamurthy - Jai Maa Durga & Sonu Nigam - Amber Dhara
Best Lyricist
Aatish Kapadia - Baa Bahoo Aur Baby
Best Television Event (Awards)
Idea IIFA Awards- Bangkok 2008
Best Thriller / Horror Serial
Best Children's Programme
Best Cookery Show
Secret Kitchen (Orissa) - Bikramyt Ray & Sumit Sabherwal
Best Lifestyle Show
Making of the King Fisher Calendar - NDTV
BestTelevision Event
Jai Jawan with Dhoni - NDTV
Best Travel - based Show
My India Report - Channel (V)
Jury Technical Awards
Best Art Direction
Chokas Bharadwaj - Jai Shri Krishna
Best Audiography
Best Audiography
Best Costumes
Sheela Sagar - Jai Shri Krishna
Best Dialogues
Raghuveer Shikawat - Balika Vadhu
Best Editing
Koteshwar Rao - Scaling New Heights
Best Interstitial / Filler
Environment Day - NDTV
Best Makeup
G A James - Saas V/s Bahu
Best Mini-series
NDTV - Under water The Hidden Truth
Best Telefilm
Ye Kaisa Bachpan - Mriganshi Shukla & Abhishek
Best Teleplay
Purnendu Shekhar, Rajesh Dubey & Gajra Kothare – Balika Vadhu
Best TV Documentary
Was that My Baby Crying - Sutapa Deb
Best Videography
Sanjay Memane - Balika Vadhu
Best Visual Effects
Amit Kalra, Abhishek Batra & Gaurav Puri - The Next Big Thing
Popular Awards
Idea Champion Show of the year
Sapna Babul Ka… Bidaai
Best Actor
Angad Hasija - Sapna Babul Ka… Bidaai
Best Actress
Parul Chauhan & Sarah Khan - Sapna Babul Ka… Bidaai
GR8! Face Male
Vikrant Massey
GR8! Face Female
Sanaya Irani
Idea Glamour Face of the year Male
Indraneil Sengupta
Idea Glamour Face of the year Female
Jaswir Kaur
Best Sports Personality of the year
Harsha Bhogle
Best Entertainment Channel
Star Plus
Best Hindi News Channel
Aaj Tak
Best English News Channel
Best Business Channel
Best Children's Channel
Cartoon Network
Music Channel
Channel V
Best Hindi Movie Channel
Zee Cinema
Fashion & Lifestyle Channel
NDTV Good Times
Mr. Akshay Kumar, Mr. Ramesh Sippy, Mr. Shashi Ranjan, Mr. Kabir Bedi, Ms. Anu Ranjan, Mr. Ravi Chopra, Mr. Aga (Idea), Mr. Pradeep Srivastav, Mr. Satish Shah, Mr. Madhur Bhandarkar
Mr. Subbarami Reddy, Mr. Ronit Roy, Mr. Tarun Katiyal (COO BIG FM), Ms. Alka Yagnik, Mr. Amit Verma (AMAP)
Ms. Mahima Chaudhari, Ms. Pooja Bedi, Ms. Aarti Chhabria, Ms. Divya Dutta, Mr. Javed Jaffri, Mr. Naved Jafri, Mr. Rravi Behl, Mr. Kiran Kumar
Mr. Rahul Mahajan, Ms. Mugdha Godse, Mr. Aryan Vaid, Ms. Shama Sikandar, Ms. Jaspinder Narula, Mr. Kanwal Jeet
Mr. Shaad Randhawa, Ms. Kiran Sippy, Mr. Rajat Tokas, Ms. Rajshri Thakur, Ms. Monica Bedi, Gaurav Chopra, Ms. Purbi Joshi
Ms. Shubha Kote, Mr. Nadeem Khan, Mr. Akshadeep, Mr. Sukhwant Dhada, MrArjun Dolawat, Mr. Sanjeev Kapoor, Mr. Vikas Sethi
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