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Indian awards: for better or for worse

entertainment Updated: Jul 04, 2013 15:14 IST
Sumedha Deo
Sumedha Deo
Hindustan Times
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Imagine an awards show where the winners are felicitated for having their foot in the mouth, being bankrupt or being an idiot. The Sadma Awards, which parodies the prestigious Padma Awards, is back in its second edition and will commemorate celebrities in these spoof categories.

The awards are the brainchild of Abhigyan Jha, founder of the online talk show jayhind.tv, and Undercover Productions Ltd. Viewers voted for winners across categories on Sadma’s website. “The idea to parody an awards function came from a Twitter conversation about how ridiculous the Padma Awards have become,” says Jha. “So we came up with 46 funny categories this year.”

While personalities from Bollywood and politics form the majority of the nominees, there are others from fields as varied as religion and cricket on the list as well. Not afraid to be politically incorrect, the noted personalities nominated this year include politicians like Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal; cricketers like Harbhajan Singh, Sachin Tendulkar and Ravindra Jadeja; and even international figures, like the Pope, Hilary Clinton and Kim Jong-un. “We are not partial and don’t spare anyone in parodying,” says Jha.

The awards will be presented at the St Andrews Auditorium in Mumbai on July 5. TV actor and host Sumeet Raghavan will be joined on stage by stand-up comics Ashwin Mushran, Varun Grover and Aditi Mittal, among others, to present the awards. The event might be made available on their YouTube channel in August.