'Basanti' tops at India's Filmfare nods<br />


NEW DELHI -- India's entry for best foreign-language film at the Oscars, "Rang De Basanti" (Paint It Yellow), took best film and best director for Rakeysh Mehra on Saturday night at the 52nd annual Filmfare Awards in Mumbai.

The Filmfare Awards, organized by film magazine Filmfare, also saw "Basanti" bag the best music award for composer A.R. Rahman.

Hrithik Roshan won best actor for his role as a suave hi-tech robber in the action hit "Dhoom 2" (Uproar), while Kajol won best actress for her portrayal of a blind woman who falls in love with a terrorist in "Fanaa" (Destroyed In Love).

The critics award for best film went to director Rajkumar Hirani for the comedy hit "Lage Raho Munnabhai" (Keep Going Munnabhai) while the critics award for best actor and actress went to Aamir Khan for "Rang De Basanti" and Kareena Kapoor for "Omkara," director Vishal Bharadwaj's adaptation of Othello set in the ganglands of rural central India. "Omkara" also bagged a best supporting actress nod for Konkona Sen Sharma and a best actor in a negative role award for Saif Ali Khan.

Abhishek Bachchan won best supporting actor for his portrayal of a husband whose wife leaves him for another man in "Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna" (Never Say Goodbye). The award was presented to him by his fiance and leading actress Aishwarya Rai, who will be seen in the upcoming international project "The Last Legion" alongside Ben Kingsley and Colin Firth.

The show extended into a family affair when Abhishek's father, iconic Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan presented his wife, veteran actress Jaya Bachchan, with a lifetime achievement award. Veteran lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar also was honored with a lifetime achievement award.