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Pankaj Tripathi, Kirti Kulhari, Atul Kulkarni, Zoya Hussain, Anshumaan Pushkar, among others, are nominated for the Coveted Filmfare OTT Awards

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After making global waves with Aarya’s recent International Emmy nominations, Disney+ Hotstar continues to add to its list of accolades – this time on home grounds! – Jyothi venkatesh

With four Hotstar Specials’ in the race to win the prestigious Filmfare OTT Awards this year, Disney+ Hotstar has reasons to celebrate for bagging 20 nominations across 12 categories!

Hotstar Specials’ Grahan, received the maximum of 10 nominations, followed by Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors, bagging six, OK Computer receiving three and City of Dreams 2 with one nomination.

Reaffirming its promise of unparalleled entertainment experience and powerhouse talent, this year’s Filmfare OTT awards include several Hotstar Specials’ talent nominated across categories, including Anshumaan Pushkar (Grahan), Pankaj Tripathi (Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors) and Atul Kulkarni (City of Dreams 2) for Best Actor, Series (Male), Drama as well as Vijay Varma (OK Computer) for Best Actor, Series (Male), Comedy. Kirti Kulhari and Zoya Hussain bagged the nomination in the category of Best Actor, Series (Female), Drama and Anupriya Goenka for Best Supporting Actor, Series (Female), Drama for their breath-taking performances in Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors and Grahan respectively.

Hotstar Specials’ Grahan has nominations for Best Series, Best Director, along with additional nominations for Best Music, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Costume. Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors has been nominated for Best Series, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Additionally, OK Computer has bagged a well-deserved nomination for Best VFX (Series) – Imagery.

Gaurav Banerjee, President & Head Content, Disney+ Hotstar & HSM Entertainment Network, said, “At Disney+ Hotstar, it has been our endeavour to bring to audiences stories that are unconventional and an entertainment experience that is unparalleled.

We are thrilled with the several nominations for Grahan, Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors, OK Computer, as well as City of Dreams 2, at the coveted Filmfare OTT awards.

I would like to congratulate the amazing creative teams behind the shows. It further encourages us to consistently rise above convention and bring to our viewers compelling content and the best of entertainment!”

Actor Anshumaan Pushkar, who has been nominated for the category of Best Actor, Series (Male), Drama for Grahan, said, “Grahan was a unique project that saw the multiple talented performers and creators come together.

I am excited to have been a part of a series that has received multiple nominations in top categories at the awards’ platform.

The nomination for Best Actor in the Drama category is particularly special as it motivates me, an upcoming talent, to push harder and explore challenging avenues.”

Best Actor, Series (Male), Drama nominee for Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors, Pankaj Tripathi said, “It fills me with immense joy that Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors has received multiple nominations at the prestigious Filmfare OTT Awards.

It is a true recognition of the time and effort devoted by its talented team at Applause Entertainment to bring Madhav Mishra’s story on screen.

To have been nominated for Best Actor is an added joy for me. The fact that I also get to share this joy with my colleague Kirti Kulhari is a bonus. I hope it motivates our team further to keep working on such phenomenal stories.”

Nominated for Best Actor, Series (Male) in a comedy, Vijay Varma said, “An award nomination is a token of appreciation you receive for all the hard work you pour into your work.

Getting it for the category of Best Actor in Comedy is a new stepping stone for me. OK Computer is a project very close to my heart.

I got to work with an immensely talented cast and crew. Its recognition at the Filmfare OTT Awards fills my heart with immense pride and joy. It widened my horizons as an actor.”

Synopsis and Nominations

Grahan – Produced by Jar Pictures

In the early 1980s, an old-school romance featuring unspoken feelings and stolen glances blooms between Rishi and Manu in Bokaro.

Nearly thirty years later, as a young IPS officer Amrita Singh is set to leave the country after marriage, she is shocked to find out that her father Gursevak has been accused of a heinous crime.

Adamant on finding what happened all those years ago, Amrita delves into the case and resolves to unravel the truth.

Do these two tales have a connection? What will Amrita do when she finds out the truth? Will Amrita suffer the consequences of chasing the truth?

Best Series
Best Director, Series – Ranjan Chandel
Best Actor, Series (Male), Drama – Anshumaan Pushkar
Best Actor, Series (Female), Drama – Zoya Hussain
Best Adapted Screenplay, Series – Prateek Payodhi, Vibha Singh And Shailendra Jha
Best Background Music, Series – Daniel B. George
Best Costume Design, Series – Maxima Basu And Ajay Kmr
Best Editor, Series – Shan Mohammed
Best Production Design – Wasiq Khan
Best Cinematographer (Series) – Kamaljeet Negi

Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors – Produced by Applause Entertainment

Anuradha Chandra, wife of the eminent lawyer Bikram Chandra stabbed her husband in the middle of the night.

When she confesses to the crime, the courts and the media deem her guilty. It appears to be an open and shut case, but her lawyers, Madhav Mishra and Nikhat Hussain are convinced that there is more to the story, and all is not as it seems

Best Series
Best Director, Series – Rohan Sippy And Arjun Mukerjee
Best Actor, Series (Male), Drama – Pankaj Tripathi
Best Actor, Series (Female), Drama – Kirti Kulhari
Best Supporting Actor, Series (Female), Drama – Anupriya Goenka
Best Adapted Screenplay, Series – Apurva Asrani

OK Computer – Produced by Memesys Culture Lab

On a quiet, smoggy night in a quaint coastal town in North Goa, when a self-driving taxi crashes into a human pedestrian, killing him instantaneously, a vexing question presents itself to the authorities – who is to blame?

Is it the CEO of the taxi company? Or the supervising programmer on the night shift? Or could it be the car itself?

While the law scrambles to ascertain culpability, cyber cell agent Saajan Kundu (Vijay Varma) discovers that this was no accident, it was a premeditated murder, only to be counter questioned by the feisty Laxmi (Radhika Apte) who leads a ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Every Robot (PETER)’ and firmly believes that AI is not capable of harming humans.

Is this all a part of a sinister plan masterminded by a former government employee – a 4-foot-tall robot by the name of Ajeeb Derideo? As Saajan and Laxmi try to unearth the mystery, what new truth will they unravel?

Best Actor, Series (Male), Comedy – Vijay Varma
Best Actor, Series (Female), Comedy – Kani Kasruti
Best VFX (Series) – Imagery Pictures

City of Dreams: Season 2 – Produced by Applause Entertainment

Poornima is now the interim Chief Minister and the head of Maharashtra Jan Shakti Party (MJS).

She wants to make the party her own and is helped by her trusty second, Wasim Khan, and her father’s once old friend, Jagdish Gurav, who was previously the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

A ruthless and increasingly desperate Gaikwad realises that ousting his daughter is not going to be easy.

She has learned statecraft at his feet, and to defeat her, he will have to do the unexpected and unpredictable.

Determined to take MJS back at any cost, Gaikwad allies with the opposition party, proposing leftist leader and Poornima’s ex-husband Mahesh Aravle as a candidate to be the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

As the city gears up for elections, Gaikwad also begins to secretly orchestrate issues – which explode catastrophically, with no side spared.

Best Actor, Series (Male), Drama – Atul Kulkarni

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