'The Dirty Picture' Makes a Clean Sweep at 18th Colors Screen Awards

12:49 AM PST 01/16/2012 by Nyay Bhushan
Balaji Telefilms

Runaway hit of 2011 also bags best actress for Vidya Balan, Ranbir Kapoor wins best actor for “Rockstar.”

NEW DELHI – India's awards season kicked off Saturday night in Mumbai with the 18th Colors Screen Awards, which expectedly saw last year's runaway hit The Dirty Picture making a clean sweep with six trophies.

Starring Vidya Balan as a sexy siren in the kitschy era of 1980s Indian cinema – inspired by the real life story of the late South Indian actress Vijayalaxmi, popularly known as Silk SmithaThe Dirty Picture also bagged best director (Milan Luthria) and best actress (Balan).

The awards saw a joint win for best film being shared by The Dirty Picture and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara directed by Zoya Akhtar. Revolving around three male friends who head to Spain on a soul searching journey, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara picked up best ensemble cast (Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol, Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin), best dialogue (Farhan Akhtar and his lyricist/writer father Javed Akhtar) and best choreography (Bosco-Caesar for the song “Senorita”).

Legendary playback singer Asha Bhosle was honored with a lifetime achievement award.

Another critical and commercial hit, Rockstar, saw its male lead Ranbir Kapoor winning best actor while Saif Ali Khan won best supporting actor for his turn as a low-caste teacher in social drama Aarakshan (Reservation). Aditi Rao Hydari won best supporting actress trophy for her turn as a housewife in urban drama Yeh Saali Zindagi.

The awards ceremony – which will be telecast on Colors on Jan. 22 – featured dazzling peformances by superstar Shah Rukh Khan and actresses Katrina Kaif, Madhuri Dixit, Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma.

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