ZEE TV has pipped its rivals to bag the award for ‘Hindi Channel Of The Year’ at the Indian Telly Awards 2007.
There was further good news for ZEE TV as its drama ‘Kasamh Se’s’ Prachi Desai (Bani) and Ram Kapoor (Jai Walia) walked away with the Best Actress and Best Actor award respectively. The Best Daily Soap gong went to Shakuntalam Films ‘Banoo Mein Teri Dulhann’ – again a ZEE TV show.
Other ‘Channel Of The Year’ awards went to:
MAX – Hindi Movie Channel Of The Year
Aaj Tak – Hindi News Channel Of The Year
CNN IBN – English News Channel Of The Year
CNBC TV 18 – Business News Channel Of The Year
Another highlight of the night was Siddhartha and Anita Kaul Basu being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Said Siddhartha Basu, “It is a matter of pride that the Indian television industry has recognised my work.”
UTV Software Communications CEO Ronnie Screwvala was conferred with the Contribution to Indian Television award.
Sharad Malhotra who plays Sagar Singh in ‘Banoo Mein Teri Dulhann’ and Smriti Z Irani who plays Vasudha in ‘Virrudh’ were the critic’s choice for best actor and actress respectively.
The seven long year running ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ was adjudged the best in the continuing TV programme category. Best Ensemble Cast was awarded to ‘Virrudh’, produced by Ugraya Entertainment. “Producing the show and then winning this award has been a dharam yudh for me. It has been a great journey,” said Ugraya Entertainment promoter Smriti Z Irani.
The much respected annual ceremony organised by online portal IndianTelevision.com is now in its seventh year.
The Indian Telly Awards 2007 will be shown on Sony Entertainment Television Asia on Sunday 2nd December at 20:00.