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Taking a break from anchoring the 16th Annual Nokia Star Screen Awards 2010—and also from taking digs at each other—actors-turned-hosts Shah Rukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor...

Written by Alaka Sahani | Published: January 29, 2010 4:22:35 am

At the 16th Annual Nokia Star Screen Awards,the star hosts made sure the evening didn’t have a dull moment

Taking a break from anchoring the 16th Annual Nokia Star Screen Awards 2010—and also from taking digs at each other—actors-turned-hosts Shah Rukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor decided to present the award for the best jodi (pair) themselves. Just as Amitabh Bachchan was returning to his seat,after collecting the trophy along with his son and co-star Abhishek,the hosts stopped the winners. Reason: Khan wanted to learn Amitabh’s ‘Auro dance’ from Paa while a bespectacled Kapoor requested for “Aurograph”. As the four movie-world luminaries matched movements for the Auro dance together,the evening got one of its most memorable moments.

After engineering this incredible sequence,Khan and Kapoor went off the stage to create some more memorable moments. First,they spotted Imtiaz Ali in the audience and asked him: “How come every time Rishi Kapoor reminisces about his younger days in Love Aaj Kal,he becomes Saif Ali Khan?” Before the laughter could die down,Khan coaxed Vidhu Vinod Chopra to shout “shut up” three times. Finally,he pulled up Vishal Bharadwaj for making films with non-family friendly titles like Kaminey.

While it was Kapoor who kick-started the show with a spoof of his Guddu and Charlie act in Kaminey,Khan made a late entry for the final segment. But he was quick to lift the mood with his spontaneity and energy as well as in establishing why he is known as the best anchor.

Before Khan,R Madhavan,Omi Vaidya and Neha Dhupia—all first-timers at the Screen Awards—had handled the task of keeping the guests entertained between trophy presentations with their wisecracks.

Compared to Khan,Kapoor is new to hosting shows of such magnitude. Though the 28-year-old admitted to being nervous before the show started,he never showed it on stage. In fact,once the event ended,Kapoor said,“This is the most experimental thing I have done in my career. Lots of it was impromptu as I got the script only the day before the ceremony.” During the course of the event,the young actor did a perfect imitation of Omi Vaidya’s hilarious ‘Balatkar’ speech from 3 Idiots,posed as Aamir Khan with an excellent copy of his mannerisms,and finally acted all geeky and goofy.

With this industry’s top-grosser,3 Idiots,grabbing 10 awards as well as public imagination,it was only natural that the anchors too would bring in more of this film’s flavour to the show. And that was done by actors R Madhavan and Omi Vaidya. This pair’s Marathi-Bihari act was made funnier with spoofs of Paa’s Mudi Mudi and Delhi 6’s Masakkali tracks.

If these first-timers as anchors experienced bouts of nervousness,that was settled after the audience applause. “This is the most unnerving thing I have ever done. I have a long way to go before I can be a perfect presenter,” said Madhavan. For Vaidya,the job posed a challenge of different kind. Between collecting both his trophies—for Most Promising Newcomer Male and Best Actor in Comic Role—the 27-year-old had to perform,anchor as well as change into costumes.

(Watch the 16th Annual Nokia Star Screen Awards on Star Plus,this Sunday,January 31,at 7.30 pm)

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