The fourth edition of Joy Filmfare Awards Bangla 2020 was a memorable evening filled with glitz and glamour as it honoured and acknowledged the most-stellar of Bengali cinema on 31st March at Westin, Kolkata, Rajarhat. After the resounding success of the previous editions, this year’s award ceremony was celebrated with great grandeur as the red carpet was rolled out for the biggest and most-iconic names of the Bengali film fraternity. Cinephiles across the country can look forward to witness the extravagant event packed with a host of high impact performances, and the star-studded awards ceremony, to be televised exclusively on COLORS Bangla and simulcast on Filmfare’s Facebook page on 9th May at 6pm.
Celebrities like Kaushik Ganguly, Srijit Mukherjee, Arindam Sil, Ash King, Benny Dayal, Bikram Ghosh, Anindya Chatterjee, Mayookh Bhaumik, Sourav Das, Tota Roy Chowdhury, Riddhi Sen, Gaurav Chakraborty, Arjun Chakrabarty looked dapper and suave as ever as they rocked the red carpet. On the other hand, Koel Mallick, Jaya Ahsan, Sudeshna Roy, Subhashree Ganguly, Aparajita Auddy, Iman Chakraborty, Lagnajita, Nikita Gandhi, Aditi Munsi, Ritwika Pal, Sauresheni Maita, Madhumita Sarcar, Ishaa Saha, Puja Banerjee, Monami Ghosh, Ena Saha, Ridhima Ghosh, Sreeja Sen, Sandipta Sen made heads turn at the event as they looked as stunning as ever.
Speaking on the occasion, Deepak Lamba, CEO, Worldwide Media said, ““We are proud to have hosted an award ceremony that matches up to the sheer grandeur of the Bengali Film Industry that continues to make waves every passing year. Bengali films have made their mark in the world of cinema through cults and classics which have been recognised globally. From Ray’s masterpieces to some amazing contemporary narratives by the current generation of filmmakers and artists, this film industry has proven its credibility year after year. And it’s a great feeling to bring back the coveted black lady to honour such brilliant performances and work produced by this talented bunch. ”
On the occasion, of the 4th edition of Joy Filmfare Awards Bangla 2020, Editor of Filmfare, Mr. Jitesh Pillaai said, “On the occasion of the 4th edition of Joy Filmfare Awards Bangla 2020, Editor of Filmfare, Mr. Jitesh Pillaai said, “We at Filmfare are jubilant about bringing the 4th Edition of Joy Filmfare Awards Bangla 2020. Bengali cinema has time and again proved its mettle when it comes to aesthetic, unique storytelling and exemplary performances. In recent years, it has been the perfect blend of commerce and arts and today we are here to honor that creative excellence showcased by the talented artists in the industry.”
Speaking on the long-term association with Filmfare, Rahul Chakravarti, Business Head, COLORS Bangla said “COLORS Bangla enjoys the reputation of being home to the best of entertainment, visual extravaganza and as a channel we continue to entertain our audiences through various programs. Joy Filmfare Awards Bangla 2020 has the iconic pedigree of Filmfare and we are proud to be associated with it as the Broadcast partner of choice. This year has been hit badly by covid and we are happy to bring in some fun and enjoyment for the audiences.”
Sharing his thoughts, Saket Jha Saurabh, Head of Entertainment Partnerships, Facebook India, said, “We are focused on building deeper engagement with our community through locally relevant content and cultural moments. The love for movies binds our users together and our partnership with Filmfare will help bring alive the magic of Bengali cinema, enabling fans across the globe to catch their favourite stars and all the excitement, via the simulcast of the awards on Facebook Watch.”
Having won hearts aplenty at the box office along with a host of raving reviews from critics, the entire cast and crew of Vinci Da were their jubilant best as director Srijit Mukherji made his way to claim the award for ‘Best Film’. The smile on actor Prosenjit Chatterjee’s face, who won the Best Actor in a Lead role (Male) for Gumnaami was one to cherish forever while actresses Subhashree Ganguly and Swastika Mukherjee won the Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) for their iconic performance in Parineeta and Shah Jahan Regency respectively. The Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Indian film actor, director, playwright, writer, and poet, Late Soumitra Chattopadhyay, posthumously. Filmfare also recognized director Tarun Majumdar for his stellar work spanning decades in the industry by presenting him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The event was hosted by the terrific trio of Parambrata Chattejee, Anirban Bhattacharya and Arpita Chatterjee who set the stage ablaze with their chemistry. Bringing their humorous A-game on display with their impeccable comic timing and punch lines were Kharaj Mukherjee, Aparajita Auddy and Sayan Ghosh.
With Saumitra Chattopaadhyay, one of the legends and leading lights in the Bengali film industry who was an actor, director, playright, writer and poet par excellence for six glorious decades, the gala award ceremony saw Anirban Bhattacharya start the awards ceremony by paying a fitting tribute, that was curated by Srijato, to the late Indian artist, an actor extraordinaire. The multiple National Award-winning actor, a Dadasaheb Phale awardee, a holder of the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (the highest civilian award in France), and widely considered to be Satyajit Ray’s muse was then praised by Parambrata who paid homage to the late Indian actor, one of Bengali cinema’s most magnetic and charismatic artists to this date. Parambrata, then spoke about the beauty of the iconic Black Lady comparing it to a college crush that gets passed onto someone else.
The event also saw a host of music maestros perform to a series of popular chartbusters that got everyone tapping their feet and humming along. This included a section curated by Indradeep Dasgupta titled ‘Musically Bengal’ that saw singers Anupam Roy, Iman Chakraborty, Lagnajita Chakraborty, Nikita Gandhi, Ash King, along with an orchestra of 30 live musicians honour acclaimed music directors of the Bengali film industry by crooning over evergreen melodies. Add to that, Ash King and Nikita Gandhi made the evening all the more memorable by performing Rabindra Sangeet on stage as well as paying tribute to director Tarun Majumder, along with Benny Dayal, displaying his velvet-like voice, in a section titled ‘Sizzle of Bengal’. Looking as ravishing as ever, divas Madhumita Sarcar, Sauraseni Maitra and Ishaa Saha dazzled on stage in an electrifying performance titled ‘Beauties of Bengal’.
Title Sponsor of the 4th Edition of Joy Filmfare Awards Bangla 2020 is Joy Personal Care, Powered by Shyam Steel TMT REBAR, in Association with Berger Silk BreatheEasy and Vimal Elaichi, Global Digital Partners – Facebook and Instagram, Exclusive Telecast Partner – Colors Bangla, Hospitality Partner -The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat, Outdoor Partner – Arun Sign, Happiness Partner – 98.3 Mirchi, Trophy Partner – The Award Gallery, Ambient Media Partner – Khushi Advertising, Event directed, executed and managed by Straightline Solutions, Technical direction and stage management by OnCue Productions, Acts choreographed by Crescendo Dance Company, Script written by Aritra Sengupta and Souvik Dasgupta