The Indian Television Academy (ITA) Awards had taken off during the year 2001 and since then it had identified the merit and role of the television industry which captures the heart of the viewers 24x7 hours/daily. Whether it is a news-based channel or even entertainment channel, the merit of the show is looked at, and the channel or the show of the channel is chosen as best of the year. In news channel category, popular Hindi Channel ‘Aaj Tak’ and popular English news channel ‘Times Now’ was declared the best news channel in two languages. The best news anchor award went to Anjana Om Kashyap for her program in ‘Aaj Tak’ and the Best Hindi Entertainment channel award was given to Star Plus. Best anchor for chat talk show was awarded to Rahul Kanwal for program ’Seedi Baat’.
The best anchor (game based) award went to Kunal Kapoor for program ‘Junior Master-chef’ (Star Plus) and the best anchor (music-film based) award went to Manish Paul for program ’Jhalak Dikhla Ja’. The host Kapil Sharma was given the ‘ITA King of Comedy’ trophy for program ‘ Comedy Nights With Kapil’. The best director (comedy) trophy had gone to Shashank Bali for TV series ‘ FIR’ (SAB TV) and the best reality Director trophy was given to Jatin Lucky for TV show ‘Mission Sapne’ (Colors). The best reality show award was shared by the producer of ‘Fear Factor 5’ (Colors). Highly popular TV program ‘ Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai’ (Sony) and another TV show ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa’ (Colors) was chosen as best ’talk chat’ show and best ‘music and film’ based show of the year.
Other popular awards included in different category which were namely,
1. The best historical serial (Maharana Pratap on Sony),
2. Best mythological serial (Mahabharat on Star Plus),
3. Best comedy show (Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah on SAB TV),
4. Best thriller show( 24 on Colors),
5. Best comedy show (Comedy Nights With Kapil on Colors).
The best television event was shared by 'Mirchi Music Awards' show aired on Colors and 'Life OK Screen Awards' ceremony on Life OK channel. The best actor/actress in the popular category was given to Harshad Arora (‘ Beintehaa’ on Colors) and Deepika Singh (Diya Aur Bati Hum on Star Plus). The jury selection for best actor/actress were Anil Kapoor for portraying the role of Jay Singh Rathore ('24' on Colors) and Surekha Sikri for playing the character of Dadisa ( Balika Vadhu on Colors) respectively.
The TV series ‘ Ek Hasina Thi’ aired on Star Plus got the selection of 'best show' by Jury and another tv show ‘ Diya Aur Baati Hum’ aired on Star Plus Channel had been selected the 'best popular' show by the organizers. The longest running comedy show ‘Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ bagged two more awards for best comedian actor and actress that went to Dilip Joshi and Disha Vakhani. The 'GR8 performer' of the year was received by Ashish Sharma for TV series ‘Rangrasiya’ on Colors and Sanjeeda Sheikh for TV series 'Ek Hasina Thi' on Star Plus. A mega series ‘Ek Hasina Thi’ that was aired on Star Plus fetched the best actor (negative role) trophy for actor Ayub Khan for portraying the character of Rajnath Goenka and the best actress( negative role) trophy for Simone Singh for depicting the character of Sakshi Goenka respectively.
The historical series ‘Maharana Pratap’ aired on Sony Channel fetched the best actor supporting role for Shakti Anand for portraying Maharaja Udai Singh and the promising child actor to Faisal Khan, who played the role of junior Maharana Pratap. The best actor in a supporting role (female) was given to Neelu Vaghela for her role in TV series ‘Diya Aur Baati Hum’ on Star Plus. Abhinay Deo got the best director trophy for TV series ‘24’ aired on Colors. Best singer award was given to Mika Singh for TV series ‘Mission Sapne’ (Colors). The best on screen couple trophy award went to Preetika Rao and Harshad Arora for portraying the character of Zain and Aliya respectively for TV series ‘Beintehaa’ (Colors). The GR8 on-screen couple (viewers’ choice awards) was given to Shantanu Maheshwari and Vrushika Mehta for playing the role of Swayam and Sharon for TV series ‘D3’ which was aired on Channel V.
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