Mumbai: The OTTplay Awards & Conclave 2022 ended up being a major night for everything OTT with the occasion bringing talent from all over India under one rooftop to respect their contribution to web series and films.
The gala evening, held in Mumbai last weekend, rose above geography and languages as, for the first time, series and movies from various Indian dialects were nominated in the same categories, with only great content as the basis.
The ritzy occasion saw, among winners, actors Manoj Bajpayee, Kartik Aaryan, Arya, Vidya Balan, Sara Ali Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Parambrata Chatterjee, Raveena Tandon, Jameel Khan, and filmmakers Pa Ranjith, Ram Madhvani, Raj & DK and Shoojit Sircar.
As to be expected, there was glamour aplenty on the purple carpet, with Raveena Tandon, Nimrat Kaur, Shamita Shetty, Hina Khan, and stars of Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives — Maheep Kapoor, Neelam Kothari, Bhavana Pandey and Seema Sajdeh comprehending style. In fact, Kunal Kapoor likewise made a cool fashion statement with an all-neon green suit.
The evening wasn’t just about the excitement and glitz. When Maniesh Paul and Gauahar Khan took on the duties as the hosts for the evening, they brought a lot of humor to the audience. As the evening progressed, comedian Jeeveshu Ahluwalia added a fun comic twist to the celebration when he joined the festival to perform his stand-up special.
Another special guest of the night was actor Bhagyashree, who went to the ritzy occasion to receive an award on behalf of her actor son Abhimanyu Dassani, who won in the category of Best Debut Male- Film for his performance in Meenakshi Sundareshwar.
The winners were chosen by an esteemed jury that included actors Divya Dutta, Adil Hussain, and directors Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and Aanand L Rai. The evening was planned and produced by Hyperlink Brand Solutions.
BEST ACTOR FEMALE – FILM (POPULAR): Taapsee Pannu (Haseen Dillruba)
BEST ACTOR MALE – FILM (POPULAR): Kartik Aaryan (Dhamaka)
BEST ACTOR MALE – FILM (JURY): Arya (Sarpatta Parambarai) and Farhan Akhtar (Toofaan)
BEST ACTOR FEMALE – FILM (JURY): Vidya Balan (Jalsa)
BEST SCREENPLAY (SERIES): Pushkar & Gayatri- Suzhal: The Vortex (Tamil)
BEST DIALOGUES (SERIES): Anirban Bhattacharya (Mandaar)
BEST DEBUT MALE – SERIES: Kunal Kapoor (The Empire)
BEST ACTOR IN A COMIC ROLE – SERIES: Jameel Khan (Gullak 3)
BEST ACTOR IN A NEGATIVE ROLE – SERIES: Kishore (She 2)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR MALE – SERIES: Parambrata Chatterjee (Aranyak)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR FEMALE – SERIES: Konkona Sen Sharma (Mumbai Diaries: 26/11)
OTTplay Readers’ Choice Award: BEST SERIES: Prasanth Pandiyaraj (Vilangu- Tamil)
BEST DIRECTOR – SERIES: Ram Madhavani, Vinod Rawat, Kapil Sharma (Aarya 2)
BEST STORY (SERIES): Charu Dutt Acharya (Aranyak)
BEST WEB SERIES (JURY): Ajitpal Singh (Tabbar)
BEST WEB SERIES (POPULAR): Raj & DK (The Family Man Season 2)
EXCELLENCE IN REALITY FICTION: Masaba Gupta (Masaba Masaba Season 2)
BEST ACTOR – SERIES (JURY): Manoj Bajpayee (The Family Man 2)
BEST ACTOR MALE – SERIES (POPULAR): Tahir Raj Bhasin (Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein)
BEST ACTOR FEMALE – SERIES (POPULAR): Raveena Tandon (Aranyak)
BEST ONSCREEN COUPLE ON OTT: Dhruv Sehgal and Mithila Palkar (Little Things)
EMERGING OTT STAR (MALE): Priyadarshi (Unheard & Loser 2)
EMERGING OTT STAR (FEMALE): Dushara Vijayan (Sarpatta Parambarai) and Aishwarya Lekshmi (Kaanekkaane)
BEST DIALOGUES – FILMS: Kanika Dhillon (Haseen Dillruba)
OTT PERFORMER OF THE YEAR: Rajendra Prasad Senapati (Telugu)
BEST STORY – FILM: Director Mahesh Narayanan (Malik)
BEST DEBUT MALE – FILM: Abhimanyu Dassani (Meenakshi Sundareshwar)
BEST DEBUT FEMALE – FILM: Nimrat Kaur (Dasvi)
BEST ACTOR IN A COMIC ROLE – FILM: Deepak Dobriyal (Good Luck Jerry)
BEST ACTOR IN A NEGATIVE ROLE – FILM: Harshvarshan Rane (Haseen Dillruba)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR MALE – FILM: Satish Kaushik (Thar)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR FEMALE – FILM: Neha Dhupia (A Thursday)
BEST WEB ORIGINAL FILM (JURY): Tushar Jalota, Sharada Jalota and Poonam Shuvdasani (Dasvi)
BEST WEB ORIGINAL FILM (POPULAR): TJ Gnanavel, director and co-producer (Jai Bheem) & Karan Johar, Shabir Boxwala, Apoorva Mehta (Shershaah)
BEST DIRECTOR – FILM: Shoojit Sircar (Sardar Udham)
FILMMAKER OF THE DECADE: Pa Ranjith
BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR (MALE): Guru Somasundaram (Minnal Murali)
BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR: Sara Ali Khan (Atrangi Re)