'Udaan' Tops Filmfare Awards

'Dabangg' comes close with six nods; Shah Rukh Khan wins best actor.

NEW DELHI -- The 56th Filmfare Awards held Saturday night in Mumbai were swept by small budget film Udaan with seven nods, followed by last year's most successful blockbuster Dabangg, which picked six trophies including best film.

Best director went to Karan Johar for My Name Is Khan, while the film's star Shah Rukh Khan won best actor with co-star Kajol winning best actress.

A major highlight of India's awards season, the Filmfare Awards are presented by Filmfare magazine.

Udaan -- which screened at Cannes last year -- revolves around a teenage boy's growing pains, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and won best film (critics award), best male supporting actor (Ronit Roy), best story, cinematography, screenplay, best background music and best sound design (which was shared with another film Love, Sex Aur Dhokha).

Action drama Dabangg saw its leading actress Sonakshi Sinha winning the best female debut actor award and best action director (Vijayan Master), among other wins.

Delhi-set wedding romcom Band Baaja Baaraat picked up best debut director (Manish Sharma) and best male debut actor Ranveer Singh.

Top actress Kareena Kapoor won best supporting female actor for We Are Family, an official remake of the Julia Roberts-Susan Sarandon starrer Stepmom produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions banner.

A special award was presented to film legend Amitabh Bachchan for completing four decades in the film industry. Presenting the award to Bachchan with Shah Rukh Khan, renowned director and producer Yash Chopra said, “Amitabh Bachchan is the best actor in the world.”

The awards were hosted by upcoming actors Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan which included live performances by Shah Rukh Khan and actress Madhuri Dixit.