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NEW DELHI — The 55th Filmfare Awards held Saturday night in Mumbai saw campus caper “3 Idiots” and edgy romantic drama “DevD” collecting six awards each, indicating how mainstream and offbeat cinema can have an equal impact.
The awards are organized by Filmfare magazine, owned by the Times of India newspaper group. The star-studded event was held at the YashRaj Studios. Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan hosted the event, which featuring glittering performances by A-list Bollywood talent such as actor Salman Khan and actresses Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone.
Veteran superstar Amitabh Bachchan won best actor for his turn in “Paa,” while his co-star Vidya Balan won best actress. Oscar and Grammy-winning composer A R Rahman won best music director for “Delhi 6.”
“3 Idiots” — which is now the most commercially successful Indian film of all-time, with a gross take of over $70 million – won best film, best director for Rajkumar Hirani, best story, best screenplay, best dialogue and best supporting actor for Boman Irani.
“DevD” — a contemporary take on classic romantic novel “Devdasm,” which has seen earlier film versions –- saw its two female leads winning best supporting actress for Kalki Koechlin, and the critics award for best actor female for Mahie Gill. The Anurag Kashyap directed film also won best production design, best cinematography and best background score for Amit Trivedi who also picked up the R D Burman Award for New Musical Talent.
The critics award for best actor went to Ranbir Kapoor while best director went to Nandita Das for her directorial debut “Firaaq,” which also won best editing, costume design and sound design.
Lifetime achievement awards were presented to veteran actor Shashi Kapoor and composer Khayyam.
Among the highlights of the evening was a dance tribute to Michael Jackson by actor Shahid Kapoor, whose performance included a moonwalk.
The awards will be telecast March 7 on Sony Entertainment Television.
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