'Queen' Rules India's Filmfare Awards
The Viacom18 title was the big winner followed by Disney-UTV's 'Haider'
Critical and commercial hit Queen topped the 60th Filmfare awards that concluded Saturday night in Mumbai. The awards are organized by Filmfare magazine, owned by media group Bennet and Coleman which also runs leading newspaper The Times of India.
The Indian arms of Viacom Inc. and Walt Disney saw some of their titles among the big winners at the glamorous night which took place at veteran banner Yash Raj Films' studio complex.
Produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Queen picked up six trophies including best film and best director for Vikas Bahl. Starring top actress Kangana Ranaut, Queen revolves around a young Delhi woman who is ditched by her fiance just days before her marriage. To overcome the blues, she decides to go on a solo journey on her prebooked European trip which was to be her honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam.
Queen's success at the box office proved that a female actress could run a film in an otherwise male-dominated industry. Ranaut's best actress win was another feather in the cap for the offbeat comic drama. Queen also picked up honors for best background score, cinematography and editing.
Disney-UTV's Haider, acclaimed director Vishal Bhardwaj's take on Hamlet (and the third installment of his Shakespeare trilogy which included 2003's Maqbool and 2006's Omkara) set in the troubled state of Kashmir, was the other big winner. The most-nominated film with nine nominations, Haider picked up five trophies including best actor for Shahid Kapoor for his turn as a young Kashmiri man seeking to avenge his father's death. The film's Tabu and Kay Kay Menon won best supporting actress and actor, respectively.
Pakistani actor Fawad Afzal Khan won best male debut for his turn as a royal Indian prince in Disney-UTV's romantic drama Khubsoorat. Actress Kriti Sanon won best female debut as the romantic lead in Heropanti.
One of Bollywood's most successful music producers, the trio of Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy won the best music director trophy for romantic drama 2 States, another Disney-UTV release.
Veteran actress Kamini Kaushal was presented the lifetime achievement award. The critics' awards saw another Delhi-set film, Ankhon Dekhi, winning best film, director (Rajat Kapoor) and actor (Sanjay Mishra). Rising star Alia Bhatt won best actress for her turn as a rich, Delhi girl who is kidnapped and ends up going on a life-changing journey in Highway.
As in the past, a recording of the awards ceremony will be telecast on Sony Entertainment Television and air on Feb. 8. The ceremony — which featured live performances by some of Bollywood's biggest stars such as actor Ranbir Kapoor — was hosted by Kapil Sharma, host of the popular Comedy With Kapil show on Viacom18's Hindi entertainment channel Colors. Sharma was also joined by fellow presenters including top director-producer Karan Johar.