Dr. Cabbie scores with Manj Musik for Film Award

The cheeky and charming Indo-Canadian drama film, Dr. Cabbie (2014), won Best Original Song at the third annual Canadian Screen Awards on March 1, 2015.

Dr. Cabbie (2014), won Best Original Song at the third annual Canadian Screen Awards on March 1, 2015.

The Punjabi song also stood out for being the only non-English language song nominated in the category.

Dr. Cabbie (2014), produced by Salman Khan’s Being Human Productions (SKBH), has won the award for Best Original Song at the third annual Canadian Screen Awards on March 1, 2015.

‘Dal Makhani’, composed by Manj Musik (Manjeet Ral) and Parmjit Sarai, beat four other nominees at the major entertainment award held at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto.

The Punjabi song also stood out for being the only non-English language song nominated in the category of ‘Achievement in Music – Original Song’.

Ian LeFeuvre, whose work have been heard in popular TV series Girl and Pretty Little Liars, was nominated for ‘The Whisper In Me from Dirty Singles (2014).

Lewis Furey, a multi-talented musician, actor and director, also received a nomination for ‘Road to Rainbow’s End from the French drama film Love Project (2014).

The other English language songs contending the award were ‘Danse Élégante by Patric Caird and Sonya Jezebel Côté taken from Tru Love (2013), and ‘Wants by Dan Mangan featured in The Valley Below (2014).

British born, Canada-based Manj was incredibly excited upon his arrival on the red carpet, and was even more ecstatic when he won the award for Best Original Song with Parmjit.

Manj was part of the fusion band RDB before being introduced to Bollywood by actor Akshay Kumar. Since then, he has produced one hit after another including ‘Whistle Baja’ and ‘Pappi’.

Manj has also set his eyes on America by revealing in 2014 that he would be working with American rapper 50 Cent and Grammy-nominated singer Justin Timberlake.

Other winners at the award include Mommy (2014), scoring nine wins out of a stunning 13 nominations. The story of a widow and his violent son had already impressed judges at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival by winning the Jury Prize.

The award also celebrates achievement in Canadian television. Orphan Black, the critically-acclaimed sci-fi series, was the big winner in that category. It won 10 of its 13 nominations, including Best Dramatic Series.

Hosted by Canadian comedian Andrea Martin, the award was attended by many famous Canadian actors, such as Kiefer Sutherland (24), Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) and Eugene Levy (American Pie film series).

But all eyes were on recent Oscar winner Julianne Moore, who was also up for Best Actress that night.

The Canadian Screen Awards brought film and television together by merging the Genie (film) and Gemini (television) Awards in 2013. It expands to honour outstanding work in digital media and people who have made an impact or left a legacy for the industry.

Though often overshadowed by America, Canada is not short of talented actors and filmmakers. Deepa Mehta, William Shatner and Jim Carrey and are among some of the most famous names from the territory.

Here is the full list of winners at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards:

For film:

BEST FILM
Mommy

BEST DIRECTOR
Xavier Dolan – Mommy

BEST ACTOR
Antoine Olivier Pilon – Mommy

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
John Cusack – Maps To The Stars

BEST ACTRESS
Anne Dorval – Mommy

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Suzanne Clément – Mommy

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Xavier Dolan – Mommy

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Nicolas Billon – The Elephant Song

BEST EDITING
Xavier Dolan – Mommy

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
André Turpin – Mommy

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Wendy Partridge – Pompeii

BEST ART DIRECTION OR PRODUCTION DESIGN
Paul Austerberry and Nigel Churcher – Pompeii

BEST MAKEUP
Maïna Militza, Michelle Côté and Colette Martel – Mommy

BEST SCORE
Howard Shore – Maps To The Stars

BEST SONG
Manjeet Ral and Parmjit Sarai – Dal Makhani in Dr. Cabbie

BEST SOUND
Greg Chapman, Peter Persaud, Andrew Stirk, Andrew Tay and Mark Zsifkovits – Pompeii

BEST SOUND EDITING
Steve Baine, Kevin Banks, Stephen Barden, Fred Brennan, Alex Bullick, J.R. Fountain, Kevin Howard, Jon Mooney and Jill Purdy – Pompeii

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Keith Acheson, Dennis Berardi, Ayo Burgess, Naomi Foakes, Jo Hughes, Chris MacLean, Mohsen Mousavi, Scott Riopelle, Andy Robinson and Eric Robinson – Pompeii

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Me and My Moulton

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT DRAMA
Hole

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Jutra

BEST LONG DOCUMENTARY
Super Duper Alice Cooper

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN LONG DOCUMENTARY
Patrick McLaughlin – Everything Will Be

BEST EDITING IN LONG DOCUMENTARY
Reginald Harkema and Alex Shuper – Super Duper Alice Cooper

For TV and digital media:

BEST DRAMATIC SERIES
Orphan Black

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMATIC PROGRAM OR MINI-SERIES
Jonas Chernick – The Best Laid Plans

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMATIC PROGRAM OR MINI-SERIES
Jodi Balfour – Bomb Girls

BEST ACTOR IN A CONTINUING LEADING DRAMATIC ROLE
Jared Keeso – 19-2

BEST ACTRESS IN A CONTINUING LEADING DRAMATIC ROLE
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black

BEST COMEDY SERIES
Call Me Fitz

BEST ACTOR IN A CONTINUING LEADING COMEDIC ROLE
Don McKellar – Sensitive Skin

BEST ACTRESS IN A CONTINUING LEADING COMEDIC ROLE
Joanna Cassidy – Call Me Fitz

BEST DRAMATIC MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Bomb Girls

BEST INTERNATIONAL DRAMA
Vikings

BEST REALITY / COMPETITION PROGRAM OR SERIES
The Amazing Race Canada

BEST NEWS ANCHOR
National CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme

BEST SPORTS HOST
Ron MacLean – Hockey Night in Canada

For Special Awards:

ACADEMY BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ TRIBUTE
George Anthony

ACADEMY ICON AWARD
Insight Production Company Ltd.

ACADEMY LEGACY AWARD
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

CLAUDE JUTRA
Jeffrey St. Kules

DIGITAL MEDIA TRAILBLAZING AWARD
Jeffrey Elliott

DIVERSITY AWARD
The Exhibition

EARLE GREY AWARD
Paul Gross

CINEPLEX GOLDEN REEL AWARD
Pompeii

GORDON SINCLAIR AWARD FOR BROADCAST JOURNALISM
Ric Esther Bienstock

HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Michael Landsberg

MARGARET COLLIER AWARD
Tassie Cameron

DESIblitz congratulates all the winners at the Canadian Screen Awards!

Scarlett is an avid writer and pianist. Originally from Hong Kong, egg tart is her cure for homesickness. She loves music and film, enjoys travelling and watching sports. Her motto is “Take a leap, chase your dream, eat more cream.”

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