Friday, January 16, 2009


15th Lions Gold Awards was held at Bhaidas Hall in Bombay (now Mumbai). MJF Lion Raju Manwani is the person spearheading the cause this year. He has such a dashing personality and screen presence, it fails me to understand what is he doing in the Lions Club instead of Bollywood. Ten years ago, all the Khans, Hritik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan and other stars of Bollywood would have known what real competition is. Anyway, before people start thinking I am on Raju Manwani's payroll, lets not digress. We are talking about the 15th Lions Gold Awards where many of the Bollywood celebrities were chosen for the award, here is the list of the awardees in Hindi film industry :

1. Ashutosh Gowarikar (present sir)
2. Priyanka Chopra (present sir)
3. Arshad Warsi (Aayela sir) - check his pic with sonny - very funny!
4. Minnisha Lamba (absent sir)
5. Sonu Nigam (present sir)
6. Imran Khan (absent sir)
7. John Abraham (present sir)
8. Celina Jaitley (absent sir)
9. Ritesh Sidhwani
10.Farhan Akhtar (absent sir)
11.Genelia D'Souza (absent sir)
12.Madhur Bhandarkar (present sir)
13.Anjum Rizvi (absent sir)
14.Shruti Pathak (absent sir)
15.Sahana Goswami (absent sir)
16.Avika S. Gor (present sir)
17.Aamir Ali and Sanjeeda (both present sir)
18.Mugdha Godse (present sir)

Well, I have never seen the serial Balika Vadhu but due to hits on this blog, I for one surely know that Avika Gor must be a damn talented girl coz lots of people come to this blog searching for her name. Finally in this event I came to know that she is a brilliant little girl, her style, her pose, the way she spoke after receiving the award was truly remarkable. If I had even 10% of that confidence, I would have been a famous singer by now. (Besura Hi Sahi)

The programme was anchored by Aman Verma and Gauhar Khan whereas the artistes who performed included Sambhavna Seth, Mahesh Munde, Moon Das, Bhumika, Roobaroo Band, Krishna, Rajeev Nigam, among others.

Th Lions Gold Awards recognises exceptional performances in a variety of fields viz. films and television, sports, medicine, business, entertainment, construction, police, general public etc. in a programme that always has the creme-de-la-creme of society in attendance in a musical extravaganza. The proceeds from the event are used for various charitable purposes by Lions Club.

PRO : Parul Chawla (Picture N Kraft) -
Photos : Yousha Jamal