Haven’t we all had enough of the Bollywood Awards fervor? Filmfare and Stardust just passed by where Bollywood A-listers graced the ceremonies in all their glory, but there was more that we wanted to see. It is a fact today that we as ardent viewers of Hindi cinema have our choices too regarding who deserves to win and who doesn’t. And with so many thought-provoking and meaningful films with stellar performances, there are so many contenders for each awards category. And that is what makes it so much more interesting to choose our pick. Hence, we thought of giving it a try … Read on to find out whether your favorite films and actors have made it to this list or not!

Best Film

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Neerja, Udta Punjab and Kapoor and Sons were hailed for their crisp storytelling and remarkable storylines. Much in line was Airlift that left us spellbound because of its real-life depiction of middle-eastern cities strewed down due to political riffs. But Pink – a path-breaking show of grit, reality and sheer power of womanhood and justice is our pick.

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Best Director

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Neerja’s Ram Madhvani, Pink’s Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Udta Punjab’s Anurag Kashyap, Airlift’s Raja Menon and Kapoor and Sons’ Shakun Batra stood out in terms of spectacular and articulate storytelling. Our favourite – well, that’s a tough choice, but the award for the best direction goes to … Nitesh Tiwary for Dangal!

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Best Actor

aaddccccThe year started with the powerful act by Akshay Kumar in Airlift and ended with Aamir Khan’s perfectionist notes in Dangal. 2016 is a year when all 3 Khans competed for this category. But clearly, Aamir Khan has struck the right chord hands down with which all speculation about whose year it was has just ended.

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Best Actress

ddcaaactedPink’s 3 beautiful girls – Tapsee Panuu, Kirti Kuhari and Andrea Tariang, Kareena Kapoor in Udta Punjab and Anushka Sharma in Sultan and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil have wowed us with some noteworthy performances, not to forget Dangal’s Fatima Sheikh. But 2016 belongs to Alia Bhatt, for all the flawlessly superior performances she gave in Kapoor and Sons, Udta Punjab and Dear Zindagi! Now, that’s what’s called being a prodigy!

Best Music

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The refreshing tunes of Dear Zindagi floating with wisdom and motivation or the  soulful songs of Airlift, and closely not to be missed was entertaining dhakkad albums of Dangal and Sultan, choosing the winner for the best music is quite a daunting task. But once you’ve listened to all the albums, you know that Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a clear winner, so Pritam sir, take a bow!

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Best Song

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The year that was replete with exceptionally brilliant soundtracks like Bolna and Buddhu sa Mann (Kapoor and Sons), Kaari Kaari Naina (Pink), Aisa Kyun Maa (Neerja), and Jag Ghumeya (Sultan) raised the bar on showcasing emotions. And with the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s title track and Channa Mereya, we were totally hooked to Arijit Singh like never before.

Although 2016 has seen unexpected wins and losses both at the box-office and the award nights, it remains a year full of majestic cinema, a year when the best energies of filmmaking all came together and struck high notes with the audience. All we can do now is look forward to 2017’s upcoming releases.

Were these films and film-workers your favourites too? Let us know in the comments below!

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