It was probably the titles of cult filmmaker Kanti Shah’s movies that inspired the concept of playing dumb charades for B-grade films. After all, getting someone to act in Shaadi Basanti Ki Honeymoon Gabbar Ka definitely adds to the punch in a game.
And this April 1, the Indian version of the Razzies — The Golden Kela Awards — that “celebrates the worst of Bollywood” will felicitate the ‘Baadshah of B-grade’. And though the exact title of the award that Shah will receive is still being decided, the founder Jatin Varma insists that, “the Golden Kela doesn’t suit his (Shah’s) stature”. “We needed to give him something bigger, so we’re presenting him the Platinum Kela,” says Varma, who had a tough time convincing Shah that all this wasn’t a prank. “Since the event is on April 1, he thought exactly that. He didn’t believe us. Then we bought his ticket to prove to him that it was real. The intent is to honour him in good humour. No one can debate that he is an icon.”
Gunda, which is deemed as Shah’s most popular film till date, was released in 1998. It starred Mithun Chakraborthy and the dialogue in the film was in rhymes.
The awards, this year, will be the highlight of a fest dedicated to humour. Called the Comedy Fest India, the laughing marathon will be held in New Delhi, and culminate with the Golden Kela Awards ceremony.
“There will be stand-up shows, open-mics, music performances and film screenings,” says Varma, adding that Abhishek Sharma’s Tere Bin Laden (2010) will also be showcased as part of it. Those interested can even participate in the short film competition where the winner stands to win Rs 1 lakh in cash.