Alpha Gaurav 2004 salutes the talent, spirit and essence of Mumbai

MUMBAI: Will the real Mr Mumbaikar stand up please? No this time it isn't one of the "Mee Mumbaikar" campaigns, but it was Cinthol Alpha Gaurav Puraskar 2004's clarion call.

With attendees comprising biggies of the Marathi entertainment industry to the political hot shots including the former chief minister of Maharastra Vilasrao Deshmukh and minister of state Kripashankar Singh, the fifth annual awards based on the theme Mumbai was true to the Marathi spirit... witty, yet wry.

Just like its predecessor ceremony- the nomination night, the award ceremony started bang on time. Held at NSE complex, Goregaon, Mumbai on 8 February 2004, the Cinthol Alpha Gaurav tried to encapsulate the journey of the city from being a cluster to seven islands, to being a British Empire to the cosmopolitan city that it is today.

Every thing from the venue to the Gateway of India set designed by Ajit Dandekar spelt big. The grounds were packed to its capacity much before the event started. Resplendent was the word to describe the welcome dance number by Resham Tipnis and Rajeshwari Sachdeva. That sort of set the ball rolling for the evening. While neither the technical finesse nor the special effects were anything to write home about, the sheer energy of the show was such that nothing seemed amiss.

While Sandeep Kulkarni (Shwas) and Uttara Borkar (Vastupurush) took home the honour of being the best actors male and female respectively, Shwas was adjunct as the best Marathi motion picture of the year. The show held under the aegis of Alpha Marathi -Zee's Marathi entertainment arm- conferred honours on Bapu Chitaranjan Kolhatkar, Prabhakar Panshikar and Vijaya Mehta for their contribution to the Marathi regional cinema and theatre in its life time achievement category.

Be it angst ridden, musical act by Sachin Khedekar or the playful "Mala Bhi Mumbayit Rahudya kii" (let me stay in Mumbai), there was always an underlying message that the show aimed to send across. Akin to the Marathi culture, the programme was all about poking humour at oneself and yet trying to look at the brighter side. What it came across loud and clear was that Maharastrians desperately need to get rid of their underdog mentality and pursue their dreams with keen and focused interest. The messages of the lifetime achievement award winners seconded the same views.

An old hat at Marathi theater Panshikar, used the stage as a platform to voice his views on the sorry state of Marathi theatre while urging the politically sound invitees to look into the matter of excessive entertainment tax.

The penultimate act of the evening, by the man that made it big in the big bad Bollywood, Mahesh Manjrekar was fun act.... loads of style and minus any messages. As for the final act of the day, all the winners gathered on the stage for an impromptu prayer.

Here is the list of winners:

Motion Picture honours:

Best Art Direction- Sumati Bhave - Vastupurursh

Best Dance Direction- Manisha Sathe- Tarunyachya Latewar

Best Cinematography- Deboo Deodhar- Anahat

Best Narration- Neraj Vohralia - Shwas

Best Lyricists- Ilahi Jjamdar- "Suryoday Ek Navi Pahaat" Shapit Majhi Priti

Best Music- Ashish Keskar- Tarunyacha Latewar

Best Playback Singer (male)- Salil Kulkarni - Vithal Vithal

Best Playback Singer (female)-Devki Pandit- Not only Mrs Raut

Best Story- Ajay Ahire- Not only Mrs Raut

Best Screenplay- Sandeep Sawant- Shwas

Best Dialogues- Sandeep Sawant- Shwas

Best Child Artiste- Ashwin Chitale- Shwas

Best Actor (male)- Sandeep Kulkarni- Shwas

Best Actor (female)- Uttara Borkar- Vastupurush

Best Director- Sandeep Sawant- Shwas

Best Movie- Shwas

Theatre honours:

Best Screenplay- Pravin Mulay- Celebration

Best Light effects- Sheetal Talphade- Kaala ya laglaya jiva

Best Story- Dr Shirish Athavle- Mitr

Best Music- Nirmal Kumar- Lagnakallol

Best supporting actor (female)- Geetanjali Kulkarni-Lagnakallol

Best supporting actor (male)- Vaibhav Mangle- Lagnakallol

Best Direction- Paresh Mokashi- Lagnakallol

Best Theatre Production - Lagnakallol

Best Experimental Play- Darshan- Mita Arts Kalyan

Intercollegiate Theatre Production

Best Actor (female)- One act play- Purva Shinde - Black Out

Best Actor (male)- One act play- Sachin Shinde- Black Out

Best One act play- Black Out - HPT abd AIK Commerce and Arts University Nasik

Music Album:

Best Lyricists- Chandrasekhar Sonkar- "Jivant Aahe Jara Jara Me" Bedhund

Best Singer- Swapnil Bandodkar- "Ha Chandra Tujhya Sathi" Bedhund

Best Singer (female)- Panchami- Tanuja Jog " Tanha" Yaad tujhi chhalte

Best Music - Nandu Honap- Yaad tujhi chhalte

Best Album- Yaad tujhi chhalte - Wings

Special Cinthol Alpha Gaurav Awards 2004:


1. Cinthol Bright face- Sulaja Prabhudesia

2. Cinthol Best debut- Aanchal

3. Godrej popular couple- Sachin and Supriya Pilgoankar

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