By Hindustan Times
Offbeat cinema turned out to be the toast of the season with Paan Singh Tomar and Barfi! sharing the best film title, and its lead actors - Irrfan Khan and Ranbir Kapoor respectively, lifting the best actor's trophy at the 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards Saturday night.
Vidya Balan won her fourth consecutive best actress Screen award for her role as Vidya Bagchi in hit thriller Kahaani. Her earlier wins were for Paa, Ishqiya and The Dirty Picture.
Irrfan essayed the role of former national steeplechase champion-turned-bandit Paan Singh Tomar in the biopic Paan Singh Tomar, while Ranbir wowed everyone with his heart-warming performance as deaf and mute Murphy in Barfi!.
In terms of direction too, commercial entertainers took a backseat with Anurag Basu winning the best director award for Barfi!.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan received a special award at the event, while late filmmaker Yash Chopra, who died in October 2012, was conferred the lifetime achievement award.
The evening was laced with power-packed performances by Student of the Year stars Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt, apart from livewire dances by Sonakshi Sinha, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra.
For the first time, the mother-son duo of Neetu Kapoor and Ranbir took onto the stage to pay a tribute to Bollywood.
BarfiThe glittering ceremony saw Bollywood's creme de la creme - Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Amitabh, Jaya Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan in attendance.
There were others too - Prem Chopra, Parineeti Chopra, Sudhir Mishra, Arjun Rampal, Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Prabhudheva, Zeenat Aman, Sujoy Ghosh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Abbas-Mustan, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Gulzar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sunny Leone.
The event was hosted by Shah Rukh, Karan Johar and Ayushmann Khurrana, who bagged the best newcomer (male) award for his performance in Vicky Donor.
Big B 'proud, joyous, grateful' for award
BolAmitabh Bachchan voiced "joy and gratefulness" after he and his son Abhishek won awards at the 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards. While Abhishek got a trophy for the best comic role in Bol Bachchan, Big B received a special award for being an iconic legend.
"Father son win awards at Screen... Abhishek best comedy role and yours truly for outcome of a poll an all India for iconic legend," Amitabh tweeted Sunday.
"There is pride, joy and gratefulness... How much effort is put in to reward talent and creativity," the 70-year-old posted.