'Black' steals the show at Filmfare awards ...


Indo-Asian News Service

Mumbai, Feb 26 (IANS) Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Black" was undoubtedly the scene-stealer at the Filmfare awards, bagging

four of the top awards, including for best film, at a glittering show here.

The 51st Fair One Filmfare Awards Saturday night saw Bhansali's film walk away with also the best director, best actor and

best actress awards.

Amitabh Bachchan, who couldn't attend the previous Star Screen and Apsara Award functions due to his ill health, collected

the best actor award for "Black" from director Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Rani Mukerji received the best actress award for the film

from Hollywood actor Will Smith. Bachchan and Rani also won the critics award for best actor and best actress respectively at

the function held at the Bandra-Kurla Complex.

Child artist Ayesha Kapoor, who played the young Rani in "Black", won the critics award for best actress in a supporting

role, while Abhishek Bachchan was given the critics award for best actor in a supporting role for "Sarkar".

Akshay Kumar won the best actor in a comic role for his hilarious act in "Garam Masala" and Nana Patekar the best actor in

a villainous role for "Apaharan".

Shabana Azmi was presented the lifetime achievement award for her contribution to Indian cinema by Rani.

Charismatic director Yash Chopra and his son Aditya Chopra were presented with the Filmfare Power Awards, an award

specially instituted for the father-son duo, who have given more than a dozen super hit films. The elder Chopra is the

director of memorable hits like "Silsila" and "Kabhie Kabhie", while his son has directed the evergreen hit "Dilwale

Dulhaniya Le Jayenge". They have also produced some of the recent mega blockbusters, including last year's super duper hit

"Dhoom" and also "Hum Tum", and this year's super hit "Bunty Aur Babli".

Newcomer Vidya Balan, who bowled over the audience with her performance in "Parineeta", won the face of the year award,

which was voted for by viewers, while Shiney Ahuja bagged the best male debutant award for "Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi".

Pop singer Alisha Chinai won the best female playback award for the "Kajra Re" qawwali number in "Bunty Aur Babli", while

Himesh Reshammiya won the best male playback for the title song of "Aashiq Banaya Aapne".

Gulzar won the award for best lyrics for "Kajra Re" for "Bunty Aur Babli", while the musical trio of Shankar Ehsan and Loy

won the award for best music for "Bunty Aur Babli".

In the technical section, Keshto Mondal, Tanushree Sarkar and Pradip Sarkar won the award for best art direction for

"Parineeta", Bishwadeep Chatterjee won the award for best sound design. The best choreography award went to Howard Rosemayer

for "Parineeta".

"Black" received other awards too - Monty Sharma for scoring the best background music, Ravi K. Chandran for best

cinematography and Bela Sehgal for best editing.

Shantanu Moitra was given the R.D. Burman Award for the best new musical talent.

Other winners were: Best action - Allan Amin for "Dus"; Best screenplay - Nina Arora and Manoj Tyagi for "Page 3"; Best

story - Sudhir Mishra for "Hazaron Khwaeishen Aisi" and best dialogue - Prakash Jha for "Apaharan".

The Saturday night show will be remembered also for its glamorous dancing by Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai, who danced

sinuously to "Kajra Re", and also by Abhishek Bachchan. Madhuri Dixit came down from the US, where she now lives, to present

a special dance on the occasion.