The latest heartthrob of India’s teens, Varun Dhawan, made an entry on a time machine, suspended mid-air — his white jacket offset against the evening’s gold theme. Dhawan, one of the hosts of the evening, was joined by Richa Chadda of Fukrey fame. Shahid Kapoor’s performance to a medley of his hit songs of 2013 drew cheers from the audience, and Sonu Sood’s daring, action-packed entry on a bike brought the guests to their toes.
At the Kamla Pasand 20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards, talent shone alongside the stars — both on stage and off it.
This has, indeed, been the trend of the cinema of 2013 itself, where some of the more popular films re-asserted Shah Rukh Khan’s dialogue in the Rs 200 crore-plus blockbuster, Chennai Express: “Don’t underestimate the power of the common man.”
This was also witnessed in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, which showcased the journey of a young boy — orphaned and displaced during the riots that followed Partition — beating all odds to become India’s most legendary athlete. The film bagged four awards, as many as Goliyon Ki Raasleela — Ram-Leela, a passionate tale of love, won.
The winners list at this year’s awards in fact shows that Hindi cinema may finally be ready to break the rules it had set for itself. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag won Best Film, while Shoojit Sircar won Best Director for Madras Café.
Goliyon Ki Raasleela — Ram-Leela dominated the technical categories, with Best Costume (Anju Modi and Maxima Basu), Best Cinematography (S Ravi Varman) and Best Production Design (Wasiq Khan). The film’s leading lady, Bollywood’s latest golden girl Deepika Padukone, won Best Actor (Female) in both jury and popular categories.
Deepika’s Chennai Express co-star Shah Rukh Khan — also the main host for the evening — won Best Actor (Male) in the popular category; Farhan Akhtar, for his act as Milkha Singh, was the jury’s choice for the award.
Egyptian actress Aida El-Kashef and Sushant Singh Rajput won the Most Promising Debut awards in the Female and Male categories respectively. The Lunchbox, the love story of a 50-something government employee and a middle-class housewife, got Ritesh Batra the Most Promising Debut Director award.
Some of the prominent winners, including SRK and Deepika, kept the audiences entertained throughout. Kapoor, Dhawan, Sonu Sood and Ranveer Singh joined them in making the ceremony memorable with their acts.
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