It was held across 10 popular categories, with ‘Sundara Manamadhye Bharali’ taking four awards home. The show won Best Character (Female and Male), won by Akshaya Naik and Sameer Paranjpe; Supporting Character and Best Villian (Male), won by Sandesh Upsham and Hrishikesh Shelar respectively. ‘Jay Jay Swami’, one of the most popular songs in the Marathi TV bagged the trophy of Big Best Title Song, whereas the Desai Family from ‘Ajunhi Barsat Aahe’ were adorned with the title of Big Best Family. Celebrating their on-screen chemistry, Dr Meera and Dr Adiraja from ‘Ajunhi Barsat Aahe’ grabbed the award for Big Best Jodi. Harshada Khanvilkar was honoured with the Big Supporting Character (Female) for the show ‘Rang Majha Vegla’. The Best Negative Role (Female) award went to Rupali Bhoasale for the show ‘Aai Kuthe Kay Karte’. Lastly, ‘Maharashtrachi Hasyajatra’, a comedy show where professional comedians from different regions of Maharashtra perform a series of acts, was recognised with the Big Best Non Fiction Show award.
A whopping 75000+ votes were received from the public for their favourite celebrities and stars amongst the various categories. The show was hosted by RJ Bandya, known for the radio network’s Marathi segment ‘4 cha Chaha’.
Sunil Kumaran, Country Head, Product, Marketing and Thwink Big, Big FM said, “We are really happy to announce the winners of our first ever radio award show, the Big Marathi Entertainment Awards. Through this one-of-a-kind radio award, we wanted to celebrate the Marathi Television industry that has always been on the forefront of providing wholesome entertainment to its viewers. We are happy to honour Marathi television by engaging with our listeners and providing a platform to them to voice their support and love for their favourite stars and shows! We are thrilled with the response received from our listeners and would like extend our congratulations to the winners and hope to see them again for the second season of the awards soon.”
RJ Bandya added, “I am glad to be a part of the show that celebrates and honours the best of Marathi entertainment. The last six-weeks of engagement with our listeners, talking about their favourite personalities and what the platform is offering has been an amazing experience. I congratulate all the winners and nominees, and of course the audience for making this a great success.”