The 20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards ceremony rolled out a number of aww-inducing moments – from Amitabh Bachchan getting a standing ovation, Shah Rukh Khan doing a jig with Rekha to Huma Qureshi and Kalki Koechlin taking a selfie together and Abhay Deol protesting against the delay in the release of his film’s music.
The awards began with honouring the best in Marathi cinema. It was a family reunion on stage. Kajol presented the awards with Tanishaa and Kiran Shantaram, and surprise, surprise, her mother, Tanuja walked away with the award for Best Actress in a Marathi film for her role in Pitruroon. With Kajol goading her mum to give her thanks in Marathi, it was smiles all around. Later, the family mingled with the guests. A family that stays together, wins a bag load of awards together.
Veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha could not stop talking about how great Amitabh Bachchan is, when he came to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to the legendary actor. Bachchan received a standing ovation from the industry. He said that the only way he could repay this love was if he could give the same award to the three stalwarts on stage — Shah Rukh Khan, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Sinha. The ‘aww’ moments didn’t stop there though. Before Bachchan left the stage, Shah Rukh bent to touch the senior actor’s feet.
Presenting a protest
The blue around Abhay Deol’s left eye had everyone asking what had caused it. When the actor was called on stage to give away the Best Actor (Female) award, with his girlfriend Preeti Desai, he used the platform to disclose the cause. T-Series, the music partners for Deol’s film One By Two, refused to release the film’s music, which has hit the marketing of his production. The bruise — actually make-up — was a metaphor for this ‘hit’. “We’re 15 days away from the film’s release and the music still isn’t out,” he rued. This was because T-Series head Bhushan Kumar insisted that the music composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy allow his company to collect royalty on their behalf.
Time to descend
From over a 60-ft height, Varun Dhawan climbed on to the Screen Awards ‘Time machine’ without a protective harness. He swung on the dial of the ‘Time machine’ and mimicked legendary dialogues from films as the arms of the clock pointed to the years, not once going out of breath. With Bollywood celebrating 100 years of cinema, the timing was perfect.
The highest podium
Just as her career in Bollywood has been this year, the Screen Awards had Deepika Padukone literally taken to the top. Other than bagging two awards — the Popular Choice Award For Best Actor (Female) and the Best Actor (Female) — she gave the most memorable performance. Dancing to the song Nagada sang dhol, the actor started her act on top of a Manganiyar Seduction-esque prop. The showstopper was when Padukone climbed on to a 15-odd ft wide nagada with smaller ones surrounding it. This was hoisted to 60-ft above the ground with fireworks ending the act.9
Pulling a stunt
When SRK alerted the crowd to clear out the aisles for the most dangerous act of the night, no one expected it to be this electrifying. A stunt man on a bike rode down the stage, then made his way through the crowd, jumping off a ledge straight through glass. He then made his way back to the stage with his back on fire. An action-packed way to introduce the Best Action award.
That’s a rap
A Rap artiste without a bevy of hot women by his side is not hip hop enough. And Yo Yo Honey Singh, the rising star of the music industry did not disappoint with his grand entry by riding in a convertible on stage and an entourage of women. Shah Rukh Khan asked him what his parents wanted him to become and Singh responded by crooning his biggest hits. For a newbie, Singh held his own with SRK.
The Popular Choice Award For Best Actor (Male) category was a tough one to choose a winner from with a mix of critically-acclaimed movies and blockbusters. But with Rekha as the presenter, there was no way Shah Rukh would not win the trophy. As Rekha told the crowd, the last time she presented an award to King Khan was the first time he had ever won. Maybe she was his lucky mascot she quipped. She even gave in to his request for a jig.
No dagger in this cloak
Kalki Koechlin has separated from her filmmaker husband Anurag Kashyap and Huma Qureshi is being blamed for the split. Although the former has been screaming herself hoarse that the Gangs of Wasseypur actor is not to blame, but media’s not buying it. At the Screen Awards, the two ladies walked in minutes apart. Instead of bringing their claws out, the ladies got together and posed for a selfie, just like two friends would.
Ranveer Singh was at his energetic best at the awards. When he wasn’t poking fun at the presenters as the host, he was performing his heart out. Lying back on a cruise bike with a colourful umbrella over his head, he made a memorable entry and paid tribute to the king of ’90s comedy, Govinda. With three costume changes between his dance routine, Singh performed to a medley of hits from Raja Babu and Hathkadi.