The Indian Telly Awards is an annual honor event to recognize distinction among people working in the television industry of India. It was conceptualized by Anil Wanvari, the founder, and CEO of indiantelevision.com, in 2001. The awards are seen as the Emmy Awards of India or even Oscars of the Indian television. The seventh Indian Telly Awards was held in Mumbai on 16th November 2007. All the people associated with the world Indian Television Industry had shown up for the magnificent evening which had many breathtaking cultural performances along with the award distribution ceremony. Thousands of television fans had turned up to catch a glimpse of their favorite actors and actresses. Naman Shaw, Pulkit Samrat, Romit Raj, and Karan Mehra danced on the beats of ‘Dil Me Mere Hai Dard-e-Disco.” Amber Dhara performed on ‘Hum to Aise Hain Bhaiya.’
Other performances included those of Mona Singh and Reenie. A special comedy performance by the Pakistani comedian, Shakeel, tickled the audience. The event was hosted by Ram Kapoor and Roshni Chopra. Ram Kapoor as Jai Walia in ‘ Kasamh Se’ won the award for Best Actor Male (Popular) while Prachi Desai won the same award in the female category. Smriti Zubin Irani as Vasudha in ‘ Virrudh’ won the award for the Best Actor Female (Critics) while Sharad Malhotra took the male category award for his role as Sagar Singh in ‘Banoo Main Teri Dulhan.’ Balaji Telefilms remained the Production House of the Year. The award for the Best Ensemble Cast went to ‘Virrudh.’ Ronnie Screwvala won the award for Contribution to Indian Television.
The prize for the Best Actor in a Negative Role (Female) went to Kamya Punjabi as Sindoora in ‘Banoo Main Teri Dulhan.’ Ronit Roy bagged the award for Best Actor in a Negative Role (Male) for playing Aparajit Dev in ‘Kasamh Se.’ ‘Saat Phere…Saloni Ka Safar’ received Special Commendation from Indiantelevision.com. The award for the Best Daily Serial was given to ‘Banoo Main Teri Dulhan’. ‘ Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ retained the award for Best Continuing Serial. The award for Best Weekly Serial went to ‘ Dharti Ka Veer Yodha Prithviraj Chauhan.’ Snehal Sahay as Shalu in ‘Banoo Main Teri Dulhan’ was given the award for Best Actor in a Comic Role (Female) while the award for the male category went to Deven Bhojani for his role as Gopal “ Gattu” in the serial ‘Baa Bahoo Aur Baby.’
Lubna Salim as Leela Thakkar in ‘Baa Bahoo Aur Baby’ bagged the prize for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female). Hiten Tejwani was bestowed with the prize for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role for playing Karan in ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.’ Siddhartha and Anita Kaul Basu entered the Hall of Fame. The award for the Best Fresh New Face (Female) went to Divyanka Tripathy as Vidya Singh in ‘Banoo Main Teri Dulhan.’ Jay Bhanushali as Neev in ‘ Kayamath’ was given the Best Fresh Face Award (male). The award for On-Screen Couple of the Year went to Sharad Malhotra as Sagar Singh and Divyanka Tripathy as Vidya Singh in ‘Banoo Main Teri Dulhan.’ Hussain Kuwajerwala was selected as the Style Icon of the Year. Zee TV became the Best Hindi Entertainment Channel of the Year.
The award for the News Channel of the Year went to Aaj Tak in Hindi Category while in English Category went to CNN-IBN. CNBC TV 18 was selected as the Business News Channel of the Year. The award for the Best Sitcom/Comedy Programme went to ‘Comedy Circus.’ ‘ Nach Baliye 2’ won the award for the Best Dance Based Show. ‘Big Boss’ was selected as the Best Reality Show. The Best Talent Hunt Show was ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge.’ ‘ CID’ remained the Best Thriller Show. MAD retained its position as the Best Kid’s Program. Shahrukh Khan won the award for the Best Anchor in ‘ Kaun Banega Crorepati.’ Barkha Dutt from NDTV was selected as the Best News Anchor. The Best Child Artiste (Male) award was given to Rajat Tokas for playing Prithviraj Chauhan in the serial ‘Dharti Ka Veer Yodha Prithviraj Chauhan’ while Swini Khara retained her prize in the female category from the last year for her role as Chaitali Thakkar in the comedy show ‘Baa Bahoo Aur Baby.’
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