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.
— MANJmusik (@MANJmusik) March 1, 2015
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:
Xavier Dolan – Mommy
Antoine Olivier Pilon – Mommy
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
John Cusack – Maps To The Stars
Anne Dorval – Mommy
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Suzanne Clément – Mommy
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Xavier Dolan – Mommy
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Nicolas Billon – The Elephant Song
Xavier Dolan – Mommy
André Turpin – Mommy
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Wendy Partridge – Pompeii
BEST ART DIRECTION OR PRODUCTION DESIGN
Paul Austerberry and Nigel Churcher – Pompeii
Maïna Militza, Michelle Côté and Colette Martel – Mommy
Howard Shore – Maps To The Stars
Manjeet Ral and Parmjit Sarai – Dal Makhani in Dr. Cabbie
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
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
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
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
BEST INTERNATIONAL DRAMA
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
ACADEMY ICON AWARD
Insight Production Company Ltd.
ACADEMY LEGACY AWARD
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
Jeffrey St. Kules
DIGITAL MEDIA TRAILBLAZING AWARD
EARLE GREY AWARD
CINEPLEX GOLDEN REEL AWARD
GORDON SINCLAIR AWARD FOR BROADCAST JOURNALISM
Ric Esther Bienstock
MARGARET COLLIER AWARD
DESIblitz congratulates all the winners at the Canadian Screen Awards!