After a rigorous four-month process, BizAsiaLive.com is proud to announce winners for the first ever BizAsia Online Awards 2019, presented by Ria Money Transfer.
Sony Entertainment Television has been named the Best TV Channel after ramping up the largest amount of votes from readers. The channel, which has been racing to the top in UK ratings, as well performing exceptionally well in India, fought off competition from close rival, Star Plus and other contenders, Colors, ZEE TV, Hum TV and Geo TV.
Sony TV also did well with ‘Indian Idol 10’ being crowned the Best Reality Show. However, walking away with the huge title of Best Show at the first ever BizAsia Online Awards 2019 was ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’. Star Plus’ former lead stars of ‘Ishqbaaaz’, Nakuul Mehta and Surbhi Chandna, known for their roles as Shivaay and Annika, took the gong for Best TV Couple.
The coveted Best Male and Best Female awards on television were won by Harshad Chopda and Jennifer Winget for their hugely successful ‘Bepannaah’ series on Colors. Its music director Rahul Jain also won Best Musical Talent.
On the film front, Best Male and Best Female awards were taken up by Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone for their film ‘Padmaavat’. Singh also won the title for his exceptional performance in ‘Simmba’. The Best Film gong was handed to the thriller ‘Raazi’.
Popular Leicester based radio station, Sabras Radio won the Best Radio Station, while Eastern Eye clinched the Best Publication award and Netflix took the ultimate prize home for Best OTT Platform, despite serious opposition from an influx of India digital platforms.
Pioneers in UK Bollywood concerts, Rock On Music were handed a Special Recognition Award for a number of sold-out events in 2018 including one of the most popular Bollywood concerts ever in the UK, featuring Arijit Singh at The SSE Arena, Wembley.
The awards were announced in January 2019, with readers submitting their favourite television, radio and online talent and outlets. After an unprecedented response of tens of thousands, BizAsiaLive.com shortlisted the most nominated in each of the 14 categories. The voting procedure came to a close on 31st March 2019. Votes were gathered globally from readers residing in UK, Europe, India, Pakistan, US and a whole heap of other countries that access BizAsiaLive.com daily.
Amrita Tanna, Senior Editor, BizAsiaLive.com said, “It’s been a hugely interesting rollercoaster seeing the votes coming in from across the continents for our inaugural BizAsia Online Awards. We are overwhelmed with the response and the great number of votes from our readers, which have ultimately determined results which show the clear front-runners of the last year. We would like to thank all those who voted and congratulate all those who won. These awards are the first of their kind from the UK and we expect them to develop and grow in the years to follow”.
BizAsia Online Awards 2019 – Winners list
Best TV Show
► ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’ (Star Plus)
► ‘Indian Idol 10’ (Sony TV)
► ‘Raazi’ (Dharma Productions)
Best Actor Film (Male)
► Ranveer Singh (‘Padmaavat’, ‘Simmba’)
Best Actor Film (Female)
► Deepika Padukone (‘Padmaavat’)
Best TV Actor Male
► Harshad Chopda (‘Bepannaah’)
Best TV Actor Female
► Jennifer Winget (‘Bepannaah’)
Best TV Couple
► Nakuul Mehta & Surbhi Chandna (‘Ishqbaaaz’)
Best Musical Talent
► Rahul Jain
Best OTT platform
► Eastern Eye
Best Radio Station
► Sabras Radio
Best TV Channel
► Sony TV
Special Recognition Award
► Rock On Music (Sold-out UK concerts in 2018)