MUMBAI: The first ever SWA Awards 2020, organized by the Screenwriters Association, to felicitate screenwriters and lyricists was held yesterday and was a thundering success. Hosted by actors Varun Badola and Rajeshwari Sachdeva, the event focused mainly on the writers – with the jury members who are eminent screenwriters, directors and show creators themselves announcing the winners among almost 90 nominees in 15 categories in Feature Films, TV Shows, Web Series and Lyrics.
The evening exuded a lot of charm and a celebratory tone with several performers – Writer, producer, and director Aatish Kapadia doing a comedy sketch on how the world generally behaves with writers, Writer, and stand-up comic Varun Grover taking potshots at the Hindi film and television industry on the bizarre writing inputs and notes that screenwriters often receive; Poets and lyricists Shellee and Hussain Haidry doing a lyrical jugalbandi on the hardships and joys of being a writer and mentalist Akshay Laxman weaving his illusionary magic on audience members. The evening concluded with a soulful performance of two songs by singer Rekha Bhardwaj and screenwriter, filmmaker, and composer Vishal Bhardwaj.
The first-ever SWA Awards 2020 was held online and the buzz was palpable as the jury panels announced the awards in various categories.
The jury comprising of Anand Mahendroo, Ajai Sinha, Kamlesh Pandey, Liliput Faruqui, Manjul Sinha, Purnendu Shekhar and Sanjay Upadhyay announced the winners in the TV shows categories:
The jury comprising of Ruchi Narain, Suhail Tatari & Sweksha Bhagat for Web Original Drama; Juhi Shekhar, Reshu Nath & Shiv Subrahmanyam for Web Original Comedy; and Anuraadha Tewari, Anuya Jakatdar & Ketki Pandit for Web Adaptation announced the winners in the Web Series categories:
The jury comprising of Amit Khanna, Ila Arun, Kausar Munir, Mayur Puri & Panchhi Jalonvi announced the winners in the Lyrics categories:
The jury comprising of Apurva Asrani, Ashwiny Iyer Towari and Leena Yadav announced the winner in the Best Gender Sensitive Script category:
Several members from the board of Screenwriters Association spoke at the occasion – Robin Bhatt, president; Sunil Salgia, Gen Secretary; and EC members Satyam Tripathy, Shellee, Manisha Korde, Ketki Pandit and Anjum Rajabali.
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