Black outshines other hues

MUMBAI: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black was undoubtedly the scene-stealer at the Filmfare awards, bagging four of the top awards, including for best film.

The 51st Fair One Filmfare Awards saw Bhansali’s film walk away with also the best director, best actor and best actress awards.

Amitabh Bachchan collected the best actor award for Black. Rani Mukerji received the best actress award for the film from Hollywood actor Will Smith. Bachchan and Rani also won the critics award for best actor and best actress respectively. Child artist Ayesha Kapoor, who played the young Rani in Black, won the award for best actress in a supporting role, while Abhishek Bachchan was given the best actor in a supporting role for Sarkar. Akshay Kumar won the best actor in a comic role for Garam Masala and Nana Patekar the best actor in a villainous role for Apaharan.

Shabana Azmi was presented the lifetime achievement award for her contribution to Indian cinema by Rani.

Charismatic director Yash Chopra and his son Aditya were presented with the Filmfare Power Awards, an award specially instituted for the father-son duo, who have given more than a dozen super hit films.

Newcomer Vidya Balan, who bowled over the audience with her performance in Parineeta, won the face of the year award, which was voted for by viewers, while Shiney Ahuja bagged the best male debutant award for Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. Pop singer Alisha Chinai won the best female playback award for the Kajra Re qawwali number in Bunty Aur Babli, while Himesh Reshammiya won the best male playback for the title song of Aashiq Banaya Aapne. Gulzar won the award for best lyrics for Kajra Re, while the musical trio of Shankar Ehsan and Loy won the award for best music for Bunty Aur Babli.

In the technical section, Keshto Mondal, Tanushree Sarkar and Pradip Sarkar won the award for best art direction for Parineeta, Bishwadeep Chatterjee won the award for best sound design. The best choreography award went to Howard Rosemayer for Parineeta.

Black received other awards too — Monty Sharma for scoring the best background music, Ravi K Chandran for best cinematography and Bela Sehgal for best editing. Shantanu Moitra was given the RD Burman Award for the best new musical talent. Other winners were: Best action — Allan Amin for Dus; Best screenplay — Nina Arora and Manoj Tyagi for Page 3; Best story — Sudhir Mishra for Hazaron Khwaeishen Aisi and best dialogue — Prakash Jha for Apaharan.