Radio being the pulse of the awards, the anchors for the evening
were radio jockeys like Mallishka, Bakul Thakar, Alric Ferns and
Keisha Lobo, who although manage to rake up a fair play at their
respective radio stations, failed to deliver the same at the event.
The awards ceremony although began half hour late, Askaran Atal,
the renowned poet managed to throw in some introductory punch with
all his satirical and comical performances, taking a dig at almost
all topical issues.
The acts included Baba Sehgal jiving to his new song 'Pump up your
style', to Jojo, the singer performing to the tune of 'Dil mera
bole, hello how are you' and 'Vo kaun thi.'
With the much acclaimed award Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin bagging
the award in the best soap opera (Hindi) category,interestingly,
the best promo for the TV serial was won by Devi, both bagged
by the Sony Entertainment television.
Sri Adhikari Brothers Ltd won prizes galore at the function.
Faces and Names and Galti Kiski, both Sab TV shows received
awards, while Zee Telefilms' Jeena Isi Ka Naam , hosted by
Farooque Shaikh too was adulated with an award. The Best Public
Service Advertising Award was awarded to the public service films
produced by Code Red Films for Aaj Tak. This campaign has bagged
various other awards including an Abby and a Promax.
The best Anchor Award was conferred on Aaj Taks Ritul Joshi,
who anchors the prime time news bulletin on the channel.
Aaj Taks weekly programme Cinema Aaj Tak bagged the
best film-based programme Award. Kyun Sune Aapki, bagged
the best telecast of live programme award.
Commenting on the awards, Aaj Tak's Rajesh Sheshadri says, Aaj
Taks journalism and communication has always been rewarded
by our viewers. Winning the Rapas for the third consecutive
year exemplifies the recognition we have received from the industry.
Speaking on the Public Service Advertising Award, Code Red Films
Gajaraj Rao elucidates, "Today, theres high level of
apathy in the society, and to drive a social message, you cant
afford to be subtle and sweet.
On the predominantly radio front, Win 94.6 made a clean sweep with
best radio jockey in Hindi (Mallishka Mendonca) and for Marathi
(Anjali Kulkarni). While the various awards spanned all aspects
of its programming; the first award Win 94.6 won was for English
radio programme script, despite being an essentially Hindi based
station. The Hindi radio programme script was also won by Win 94.6
for Khwaish, its Sunday evening show by Anurag Pandey. These
among many more were bagged by the radio station which has shut
shop for the time being.
Commenting on Win 94.6s performance, President, Rapa Brij
Mittle gushes,Our 90 odd jurors only gave awards for excellence.
The work done by Win 94.6 during 2003, both by its producers and
performers, has been just that excellent. Congratulations
to the entire team. We at RAPA are also praying hard that it will
turn out just like last year, when Win 94.6 came back on air a few
days after winning at the Rapa awards!
The best radio spot went to Dhananjay Kale for SBI mutual fund
in the non-film Hindi category and Enil, Radio Mirchi Chennai bagged
the award for the best radio spot in Malyalam.
Voice major Chetan bagged awards for the Close-Up jingle and the
best TV jingle.
The panel of judges included Manjul Sinha, Uday Shankar Pani, Chaula
Saha, Vijay Kadam, Vijay Arora, Kanti Madiya, Sanyukta Nandy, Subrato
Mahapatra, Chand Kirshandhar, Vasant Suparkar, Shyam Benegal, Prasoon
Joshi, Pradeep Upal, Mukesh Sharma, Dolly Thakore, Satish Kulkarni,
Luku Sanyal, Aruna Raje, Nandita Puri, Narendra Kusnoor, Anand Mahendroo,
Ramesh Sabarwal and Jhanu Verma.
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