"Marathi cinema has come of age and it was time we acknowledged that.”
The first ever Marathi Filmfare Awards took place on November 20, 2015.
Thane, Maharashtra welcomed stars of Marathi cinema and Bollywood royalty onto a glamourous red carpet.
Star guests included the likes of Varun Dhawan, Riteish Deshmukh, Tabu, Urmila Matondkar and Vidya Balan grace the prestigious event to look back at some of the film highlights of 2014.
British Asian model, Deana Uppal also attended, looking stunning in a detailed red and pink outfit with multi-coloured embroidery.
Live dance and music performances came from Amruta Khanvilkar, Manasi Naik, and Vaishali Samant.
Big winners of the night included Dr Prakash Baba Amte – The Real Hero, which took away ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Actor (Male)’ for Nana Patekar and ‘Best Actor (Female)’ for Sonali Kulkarni.
Elizabeth Ekadashi which was up for 12 nominations won ‘Best Story’ and ‘Best Dialogue’. The ‘Best Director’ award went to Nagraj Manjule for Fandry.
Riteish Deshmukh who made his Marathi film debut with Lal Bhaari, won ‘Best Debut (Male)’, while the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ went to Ramesh Deo.
Marathi cinema has grown in popularity over the years, and the quality of films coming out of the industry are on par with the rest of South India and Bollywood.
Editor of Filmfare magazine, Jitesh Pillaai says: “In the last few years, Marathi cinema has come of age and it was time we acknowledged that.”
Ajeenkya D Y Patil, president of Ajeenkya D Y Patil University, added that he hoped these awards would offer an even bigger boost to the industry.
Here is the full list of winners of the Ajeenkya DY Patil Filmfare Awards (Marathi):
Dr Prakash Baba Amte – The Real Hero (2014)
Nagraj Manjule – Fandry
Best Actor (Male)
Nana Patekar – Dr Prakash Baba Amte – The Real Hero
Best Actor (Female)
Sonali Kulkarni – Dr Prakash Baba Amte – The Real Hero
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male)
Kishore Kadam – Fandry
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)
Amruta Subhash – Astu
Best Music Director
Ajay-Atul – Lai Bhaari
Guru Thakur – Mauli Mauli (Lai Bhaari)
Best Playback Singer (Male)
Ajay Gogavale – Mauli Mauli (Lai Bhaari)
Best Playback Singer (Female)
Ketaki Mategaonkar – Mala Ved Lagale (Timepass)
Critics’ Best Film
Paresh Mokashi – Elizabeth Ekadashi and Gajendra Ahire (Postcard)
Critics’ Best Actor (Male)
Mohan Agashe – Astu
Critics’ Best Actor (Female)
Usha Naik – Ek Hazarachi Note
Best Child Actor
Somnath Avghade – Fandry
Lifetime Achievement Award
Best Debut (Male)
Riteish Deshmukh – Lai Bhaari
Best Debut (Female)
Parna Pethe – Rama Madhav
Best Debut Director
Abhijit Panse – Rege and Mahesh Limaye (Yellow)
Best Production Design
Nitin Chandrakant Desai – Rama Madhav
Vikram Amladi – Fandry
Madhugandha Kulkarni – Elizabeth Ekadashi
Paresh Mokashi – Elizabeth Ekadashi
Madhugandha Kulkarni and Paresh Mokashi – Elizabeth Ekadashi
Dinesh Gopal Poojari – Rege
Best Background Score
Monty Sharma – Rege
Ganesh Acharya – Aala Holicha San (Lai Bhaari)
Best Sound Design
Rohit Pradhan – Rege
The first ever Ajeenkya DY Patil Filmfare Awards (Marathi) proved to be a spectacular event highlighting the brilliant and creative talents in the Marathi film industry.
Congratulations to all of the winners!