Bollywood’s night of honours

MUMBAI: It is time once again for Bollywood’s Filmfare Awards, the equivalent of Hollywood’s Oscars which each year parades a Who’s Who of top Bollywood films and their legendary stars along with new and aspiring actors, actresses, and film directors.

Lending glitz and glamour to this season of the film awards will be a host of Bollywood stars who will exude their “charm” at this year’s edition of the Filmfare awards.

It will be a star-studded week for viewers and the audience of the show as the organisers have left no stone unturned to rope in some of the ‘favourite’ stars among cinegoers.

The Filmfare awards show, the most popular among the film awards in India, will feature performances by ‘Bollywood’s most charming and graceful actress’ Madhuri Dixit.

She has been rehearsing with Saroj Khan for a special performance to commemorate the late Parveen Babi at the 51st Fair One Filmfare awards to be held at Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) Grounds on February 25.

After a gap of four years, the two dancing queens have teamed up for a performance.

The other major performance will be by Abhishek Bachchan and Ashwarya Rai, who are currently in the headlines for their so-called marriage plans. American actor and musician Will Smith will also attend the event and entertain his fans in India.

The awards function will also have a performance by Shilpa Shetty’s sister and Bollywood actor Shamita Shetty.

Who’s up for what:

Best film

• Black

• Bunty aur Babli

• No Entry

• Page 3

• Parineeta

Best director

• Madhur Bhandarkar (Page 3)

• Pradeep Sarkar (Parineeta)

• Nagesh Kukunoor (Iqbal)

• Ram Gopal Varma (Sarkar)

• Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Black)

Best actor

• Aamir Khan (Mangal Panday — The Rising)

• Abhishek Bachchan (Bunti aur Babli)

• Amitabh Bachchan (Sarkar and Black)

• Saif Ali Khan (Parineeta)

Best actress

• Preity Zinta (Salaam Namaste)

• Rani Mukherjee (Bunti aur Babli and Black)

• Sharmila Tagore (Viruddh)

• Vidya Balan (Parineeta)