Stardust Awards: A starry affair ...

By Diti Shah & Moses Navgire,


Greek sculptures of centaurs and glittering flashlights adorned the

stage at the Max Stardust awards ceremony.

Amrita Arora and Kunal Kohli played hosts, amusing guests with

occasional gags. The show opened with a glamourous Kangana Ranaut

grooving to a medley. Shiamak Davar’s dance troop did what they do


Embellishing the front row seats were Bollywood bigwigs like Sanjay

Dutt, Mithunda with son Mimoh, Preity Zinta, Rakeysh Mehra, Sanjay

Gadhvi, and Sonali Kulkarni. Not far behind were Boman Irani, Kunal

Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Hema Malini, Shamir Tandon, Minissha Lamba and Upen

Patel. Award-winners, who might have heard a word or two from little

birdies, were also present – Ayesha Takia, Shiney Ahuja, and Kangana

Ranaut to name a few. Amitabh Bachchan made a grand entry with to-be

bahu Aishwarya Rai, just in time to receive a star-tipped statuette on

behalf of son Abhishek. The junior Bachchan bagged an award for the

Best Actor in Supporting Role for his stint in Karan Johar’s KANK.

Entertaining dance acts were thrown in to keep the A-list audience

alive. Bebo did a Don, inevitably followed by Yeh Mera Dil, which she

had also performed with Helen at the Screen Awards. The audience

swooned to Emraan Hashmi’s moves. Lara Dutta’s retro act was absolutely


The awards night turned into a laugh riot when Kunal Kohli

spontaneously walked down the stage to chat with the stars. He asked

Sanjay Dutt, “Munnabhai Amerika jaakey George Bush ko kya kahenge?”

Dutt quipped, “Gandhigiri sikhaa denge. ”

Adnan Sami was overwhelmed by the rave reaction that he received

from the audiences. The masses went crazy when the talented singer

arrived on stage to present the award for The New Musical Sensation –

Male. Kunal Kohli who shared the stage with the singer complimented

Adnan for losing oodles of weight. Adnan accepted the compliment adding

that “My mom says I’ve lost a human being.”

Rajkumar Hirani won the Dream Director award for his brilliant

directorial venture Lage Raho Munnabhai. Sanjay Dutt was the proud

holder of ‘Star of the Year’ award for his lead performance in Lage

Raho Munnabhai. Amitabh Bachchan mounted the stage to announce the

award for the Star of the Year – Female. No points for guessing the

winner! Aishwarya Rai courteously touched sasurji’s feet before

accepting the award from him. All’s well that ends well. A fire-lit sky

bade farewell to the guests as the curtains fell on Max Stardust awards