Bollywood shines with Filmfare Awards


NEW DELHI -- The night before Hollywood handed out the Oscars, India's film industry had its own evening of celebration at the 53rd annual Filmfare Awards.

Held Saturday night in Mumbai, acclaimed children's drama "Taare Zameen Par" (Stars on Earth) bagged best film along with a directing nod for actor-turned-helmer Aamir Khan.

Shah Rukh Khan won best actor for his portrayal of a hockey coach in "Chak De! India" (Come On! India), which won five awards, as did "Taare Zameen Par" and big business caper "Guru."

Kareena Kapoor won best actress for her portrayal of an effervescent Punjabi girl in "Jab We Met" (When We Met).

Organized by film magazine Filmfare, the awards were hosted by actors Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan. The ceremony at Yashraj Studios included live performances by top Bollywood talent including actor Akshay Kumar and actress Deepika Padukone, who won best newcomer female for musical romance "Om Shanti Om."

The critics' award for best actor went to 11-year-old Darsheel Safary for his turn as a dyslexic boy in "Taare Zameen Par."

Music director A.R. Rahman ("Bombay Dreams") won best music and background score for "Guru," which stars Abhishek Bachchan as an ambitious tycoon.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, whose son Ranbir Kapoor won best newcomer male for his turn as a romantic hero in Sony Pictures' debut Bollywood production "Saawariya" (Beloved).

The awards will be telecast next week on Sony Entertainment Television.