Kalasha 2021: Njoro wa Uba, Mission to Rescue, Crime and Justice to battle for top awards

Kalasha 2021: Njoro wa Uba, Mission to Rescue, Crime and Justice to battle for top awards

Side-by-side image of 'Njoro wa Uba' and 'Crime and Justice' characters. PHOTOS | COURTESY

  • 28 movies are nominated under the film category while 24 shows are nominated under the TV category.
  • Just in Time, which premiered on Netflix, bagged ten nominations.

It is that time of the year again when top movies, actors and actresses battle it out in the most contested movie and TV awards competition in Kenya.

In this years’ Kalasha Awards, 28 movies are nominated under the film category while 24 shows are nominated under the TV category.

Under the movie category, Just in Time, which premiered on Netflix, bagged ten nominations, coming ahead of Mission to Rescue, a film that was also selected as Kenya’s entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards, with seven nominations.

Popular TV show Njoro wa Uba, a comedy series centered around a man who drives a taxi after losing his job, received three nominations. 

In a head-to-head battle with Njoro wa Uba is Crime and Justice, a show that is based on Kenyan real life crime stories that hit the headlines, also receiving three nominations.

The two shows have the same number of nominations in the same categories of Best Lead Actress in a TV drama, Best Lead Actor in a TV drama and Best TV drama.

Sarah Hassan is the only actress/actor that received two nominations, for Best Lead Actress on both Just in Time the film and TV series Crime and Justice.

This will be the 11th edition of the Kalasha International Film & Television awards which was launched ten years ago.

The award show is held yearly to celebrate filmmakers in Kenya.

The top movie award nominations

Just in Time (10)

Mwanga (8)

Mission to Rescue (7)

Fikirini (6)

Tales (4)

Thinner Blood (3)

Teleport II (3)

The top TV series award nominations

Njoro wa Uba (3)

Crime and Justice (3)

Kina (2)

Best lead actor in a film

Mawuli Gavor – Just in Time

Eddy Kimani - Tales of the Accidental City

Abdalla Ahmed – Fikirini

Erick Mutura - Mwanga

Jackiss Jacques Onyango – Teleport II

Best lead actress in a film

Sarah Hassan - Just in Time

Davilla - Teleport II

Wakio Mzenge - Tales of the Accidental City

Tabitha Wambui - Thinner Blood

Kanini Edith - House of Secrets

Best feature film

Just in Time 

Mission to Rescue

Bangarang 

Lame

Nafsi

Best director

David Waronja - Mwanga

Ngwatilo Mawiyoo – Joy’s Garden

Michelle Donde & Steph Sevani – House of Secrets

Dolapo Adeleke – Just in Time

Erik Okwaro - Fikirini

Best Supporting actor in a film

Adam Hussein - Fikirini

Warsame Abdi – Mission to Rescue

John Ndegwa – Kutu

Raphael Karekei - Mwanga

Dancun Ochieng - Bangarang

Best Supporting Actress in a film

Stycie Wanjiru – Just in Time

Keziah Mugure – Thinner Blood

Catherine Kamau - Kutu

Mwanaharusi Mgeni - Fikirini

Pierra Makena – Just in Time

Best Original screenplay

Thinner Blood – I Am Rebelle

Joy's Garden - Ngwatilo Mawiyoo

Kutu – Peter Gitau Wangugi

Just in Time - Dolapo Adeleke

Fikirini – Dennis Humphrey

Best Special Effects

Knock - Danny Skilton

Wimped - Jackline Murigi

Kiapo - Amos Mwaki

Blanda - Gladys Wanjiru

Mission to Rescue - Philip Kesenwa & Paul Jackton

Best Sound Designer

Mission to Rescue - Mercy Adundo

Kutu - Simon Njoroge

House of Secrets - Kelvin Osoo

Mwanga - Njuguna

Crossroads - Karanja Kiarie

Best Lighting Technician

Sungura - Ezekiel Andika

Mission to Rescue - Gregory Maole

Adisa - Walter Odhiambo

Just in Time - Walter Odhiambo

Kutu - Robert Mwas Mwangi

Best Feature Film

Just in Time - Sarah Hassan & Dolabo Adeleke

Mission to Rescue - Loise Wambui

Bangarang - Robin Odongo

Lame - Joan Rispa Kiragu

Nafsi - Reuben Odanga

Best Lead Actor In A TV Drama

Blessing Lung'aho – Zora

George Mo - Borderline

Lukarelli Onyango - Pieces of Us

Alfred Munyua - Crime and Justice

Joe Kinyua - Njoro wa Uba

Best Lead Actress In A TV Drama

Sanaipei Tande - Kina

Riziki Ambrose - Pieces of Us

Aisha Mwajumlah - Pete

Sarah Hassan - Crime and Justice

Jane Wambui - Njoro wa Uba

Best TV Drama

Kina - Louise Mwangi

Njoro wa Uba - Lucy Mwangi

Crime and Justice - Maureen Wanjiku

Selina - Reuben Odanga

Pete - Daudi Anguka