As of Saturday, February 25, 2006. The only live performance I'm looking forward to is Madhuri Dixit's. The critics awards went to the same entities that won the corresponding popular awards -- the last time this happened AFAIR was with Rajnigandha. And nasal nuisance Himesh Reshammiya wins for his squealing title song for Aashiq Banaya Aapne. It has truly been a "black" year for Bollywood. They're all probably so tickled at having achieved a new level of finesse and mastery while still destined to churn out one lacklustre mind-numbing flick after another.
Bemoaning the quality of the awards, the nominees and the winners amounts to expecting some diversity from a mainstream populist self-congratulatory event. To put it mildly, one can hurl curses and laments every year without any hope of the awards ever "improving."
More rants will have to wait till a viewing. Meanwhile, I offer a recent take on the Golden Jubilee ceremony last year.