The likes of 'The Lunchbox' and 'Shahid' have - predictably enough - had little success at the major Bollywood award functions.
So the anti-establishment organizers of the 'Golden Kelas' - Bollywood's answer to the Razzies, celebrating the staggeringly bad releases and performances of the year - are to honour some of the best movies of the year as well.
Ritesh Batra's fantastic love story 'The Lunchbox' and the moving 'Shahid', alongside Tigmanshu Dhulia's gangster romance 'Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns' and Saif Ali Khan's hilarious zombie spoof 'Go Goa Gone' will be honoured with the 'Anti-Kelas', celebrating the diamonds that struggled to shine through amongst the detritus of Bollywood in 2013.
Organizers describe the 'Anti-Kelas' as films that are "meaningful and entertaining, while still being in the mainstream."
"Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns" is being lauded for being "the only real sequel made last year", while "Go Goa Gone" will be honoured for being "India's first ever zombie comedy and stoner film in one nice package".
Irrfan-starrer "The Lunchbox" will get the Anti-Kela for "showing the world that Indian films are not all song and dance", and "Shahid", on real-life slain lawyer Shahid Azmi, will be awarded for "being the best biopic made by Bollywood in a long time".
“The Kela Awards are not just about highlighting the worst performances of the year, we feel it is also our duty to point out some of the great work being done in the Indian film industry, therefore the Anti-Kelas," Anant Singh, creative head, Golden Kela Awards, said in a statement.
The 6th Annual Golden Kela Awards ceremony will take place March 29 at India Habitat Centre in Delhi, far away from the glitz and glamour of Mumbai.
Among this year's "honourees" are Worst Actor nominees Ajay Devgan - for his sleepwalk through 'Himmatwala' - and Ram Charan Teja for forever ruining Amitabh Bachchan's iconic turn as Inspector Vijay Khanna in the 'Zanjeer' remake; Worst Actress nominees Deepika Padukone - for her highly dubious decision to become South Indian in 'Chennai Express' - and Sonakshi Sinha for 'R...Rajkumar' whilst 'Himmatwala', 'Chennai Express', 'Besharam', 'Krissh 3' and 'Dhoom 3' are all nominated for Worst Film of the Year.Read More »