'Munnabhai,' 'Basanti' big at STAR nods


NEW DELHI -- The 13th annual STAR Screen Awards took place Saturday night in Mumbai with hit comedy "Lage Raho Munnabhai" (Keep Going Munnabhai) bagging best film and Rakeysh Mehra taking best director for "Rang De Basanti" (Paint It Yellow), India's Oscar hopeful this year.

The STAR Screen awards honoring Bollywood's best are jointly presented by News Corp.'s STAR network and leading film trade weekly Screen.

The ceremony -- which will be telecast later this month on STAR's flagship Hindi entertainment channel STAR Plus -- featured performances by such stars including actresses Bipasha Basu and Kareena Kapoor, who also bagged the best actress award for her performance in "Omkara", director Vishal Bhardwaj's acclaimed adaptation of Othello set in the ganglands of rural central India.

Hrithik Roshan won best actor for his performance as India's homegrown superhero in "Krrish," which was one of 2006's runaway hits.

"Munnabhai" also bagged best editing, story, dialogue and best supporting actor (Arshad Warsi), while "Basanti" won best sound, background music, art direction, screenplay, cinematography, supporting actress (Kiron Kher) and promising male newcomer (Siddharth).

Veteran actress Mala Sinha and actor Biswajeet were presented lifetime achiement awards.

The ceremony was hosted by comedians Naveen Prabhakar and Raju Shrivastav.

"Omkara" dominated the music categories, which took a best music nod for it's helmer, Bhardwaj, who also is an acclaimed music director.

Best English-language film went to "Being Cyrus," director Homi Adajania's critically acclaimed view of a quirky family from Mumbai's minority Parsi community.