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Know our Winners

Living legend Asha Bhosle,rising star Ranbir Kapoor,thinking man’s sex symbol Vidya Balan....

Living legend Asha Bhosle,rising star Ranbir Kapoor,thinking man’s sex symbol Vidya Balan,sixth grader Partho Gupte and more –– the 18th Annual Colors Screen Awards were truly democratic in the wide spectrum they covered

Best Actor Ranbir Kapoor,Rockstar

When you work in a state of love,the best within you comes out. I was in love with the script,the characters,

costumes – everything,and with a man called Imtiaz Ali,my

director. So here’s to love. I accept this award on behalf of a genius called Imtiaz Ali,and my Mom. This award would not mean anything had it not been for your presence,Mom

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He is a star kid and undoubtedly has everything going for him. Hailing from the famous Kapoor khandaan,Ranbir Kapoor,son of celebrity parents Rishi and Neetu Kapoor had to have acting in his genes. However,that is not Ranbir’s sole ticket to success. What makes him a cut above the rest is his remarkable talent that shone through in his first film Saawariya itself. Unlike most star kids who have had dream launches in their home productions,Ranbir was launched by Sanjay Leela Bhansali whom he had assisted during the making of Black. The film was a disappointment,but Ranbir was heralded as the best thing to happen to Bollywood. Saawariya got Ranbir the Screen Most Promising Newcomer Male Award and set the ball rolling for bigger things to come. Since then Ranbir has had an ongoing affair with the Screen Awards having been nominated as the Best Actor every year. He made it to the top contenders’ list for Bachna Ae Haseeno(2009),where he effortlessly played a casanova. The following year saw him in two diverse roles that fetched him dual nominations. His delightful turn as the whacky romantic hero of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani impressed the jury as much as his idealist salesman act in Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year. Last year it was his scheming role in Raajneeti,a modern day adaptation of Mahabharat,which got him the Best Actor nomination. However,it is his oustanding performance as the angst-ridden singer in Rockstar that finally clinched the award for him. Keep rocking,Ranbir!

Best Actress Vidya Balan,The Dirty Picture

My first and greatest thanks to Milan Luthria! I must thank everyone,including my co-actors whom I forgot to thank on stage,Rajat Aroraa for such a wonderful script,Pony Verma,the choreographer,Niharika Khan who made me look like Silk,the technicians and my staff. My hat-trick makes it more special. May the dirty always sell!

She starred in music videos,appeared in TV commercials and acted in a few episodes of a serial before taking Bollywood by storm. Vidya Balan made a sensational debut as the lovely Lalita in Parineeta. The role of an idealist woman who unconditionally loves her childhood friend,won Vidya the Screen Most Promising Newcomer Female Award. Since then the actress’ tyrst with the awards has continued with much success. Known to experiment with her roles,Vidya has till date played characters that are atypical. Her portrayal as a single parent to Amitabh Bachchan’s Auro,a 13-year-old boy afflicted with progeria in Paa fetched her the Screen Best Actor Female award in 2010. She followed it up with another Best Actor award for her outing as the sly, scheming and sensuous widow in Ishqiya. The beginning of 2011 saw Vidya play the quiet and subdued Sabrina who relentlessly fights to get justice for her slain sister Jessica in No One Killed Jessica. The women-centric film (it has Rani Mukerji in a pivotal role as a fiery journalist) got critical as well as commercial success. It also got Vidya a nomination in the Best Actor category. The actress ended the year with a role reversal in The Dirty Picture that had her playing a loud and in-your-face Southern sex bomb,Silk. Not only did her bold portrayal set a benchmark ,her honest and brave performance has deservedly won her the Best Actor award this year. With this,the actress completes a hat-trick of awards,a first-of-its-kind feat in this category. Vidya,take a bow.

Best Film Balaji Alt Entertainment’s The Dirty Picture &

Excel Entertainment’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Shobha Kapoor and daughter Ekta Kapoor started Balaji Telefilms from the basement garage of her Juhu home in 1994,operating with basic furniture and a table fan.

Shobha looks after the administrative and production activities of Balaji Telefilms while Ekta concentrates on the creative aspects. Balaji’s success is attributed to their market-research on what the audiences like. Their rise to the top began in 2000 with Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on Star Plus.

In 2001,Balaji began producing films,with Kyu Kii Main Jhooth Nahin Bolta. With the super-hit Kya Kool Hain Hum (2005) they turned the corner in this medium as well. In 2009,Shobha and Ekta began Balaji Alt Entertainment for making small-budget high-concept movies. After Love Sex Aur Dhokha,Shor In The City,Ragini MMS and The Dirty Picture,the duo also forayed into regional cinema. While in 2011,both their films,Love Sex Aur Dhokha and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai were nominated for the Screen awards in the Best Film category,in 2012 a rare feat has been achieved with Balaji winning the Best Film awards in one year for both their Hindi (The Dirty Picture) and their maiden Marathi (Taryanche Bait) movies.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Excel Entertainment is helmed by good friends Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. Ritesh looks after the business aspects of the company,leaving the creative areas to his partner. Farhan,who is the son of writer-lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar and actress and writer Honey Irani,blends the writing skills in his genes with a contemporary,often out-of-the-box approach to films.

Excel’s maiden film,Dil Chahta Hai (2001) was considered a pathbreaking movie that resonated instantly with the urban youth and proved a hit. The film picked up several awards including the Best Dialogue trophy for Farhan. It also won Screen nominations for Best Film and for Best Director for Farhan.

Different Excel movies have introduced directors like Reema Kagti,Farhan’s sister Zoya Akhtar,Abhinay Deo and Vijay Lalwani and also given Abhishek Kapoor a breakthrough with Rock On!! (2008). This last film saw the multifaceted Farhan make his entry in acting and singing,clinching the Most Promising New Actor award from Screen. The movie also won a nomination for Best Film.

In 2011,besides Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara,Excel also co-produced Game and 2011’s last hit,Don2.

Best Director Milan Luthria,The Dirty Picture

The sliding doors that opened to the 18th Colors Screen Awards frightened me. They had images from legendary films of Devsaab and Shammi Kapoor. And somewhere in there was the poster of The Dirty Picture. It was humbling,thrilling and unreal. Thank you for making this a night to remember

Milan Luthria entered showbiz as an assistant director to Mahesh Bhatt in the ’80s. He then assisted Dharmesh Darshan on Lootere. In 1999,he released his first independent film,Kachche Dhaage,which was produced by music company Tips. The action thriller was a moderate success.

After this,Luthria came up with two flops,Chori Chori and Deewaar – Let’s Bring Our Heroes Home. Milan made his mark with the quirky actioner Taxi No.9-2-1-1 (2006) and then delivered another unsuccessful film,Hattrick (2007).

However,the director got into his real groove with the taut retro thriller Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010) on the genesis of the Mumbai mafia,winning himself a Screen Best Director and the film a Best Film nomination. He revived the tradition of crime stories laced with a hit soundtrack,with the film’s composer Pritam bagging a special Karbonn Mobiles trophy for Most Popular Music. He is now set to direct the sequel of Once Upon….

The Dirty Picture,his second film for Balaji after Once Upon..,was a dramatised look at the life of a sex siren of South Indian films in the ’80s and has won him the Best Director honour. The film has annexed more trophies than any other,winning for Best Actress,Best Film,Best Dialogue,Best Playback Singer (Female) and Best Costume (in the first year for which this award has been instituted).

Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male) Saif Ali Khan,Aarakshan

Making his acting debut in 1992 with Parampara,Saif Ali Khan,son of late Nawab of Pataudi,Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore,tasted success with Main Khiladi Tu Anari and Yeh Dillagi. However,the following few years proved to be a lean period for him with films like Yaar Gadaar,Suraksha and Ek Tha Raja faring poorly at the box-office. It was his charismatic performance as the carefree Sameer in Dil Chahta Hai in 2001,which proved to be a turning point for the chhote Nawab. He bagged the Screen award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the film in 2001 and for Kal Ho Na Ho in 2003. In 2004,he won the National Film Award for Best Actor for Hum Tum.

Salaam Namaste,Race,Parineeta and Love Aaj Kal were box-office hits while the critically-acclaimed Omkara earned him the Screen Best Actor in a Negative Role award.

Firmly established as an accomplished actor of Hindi cinema,in 2009 Khan branched out into film production with his company Illuminati Films along with Dinesh Vijan. Love Aaj Kal was his first home production and currently Agent Vinod,Go Goa Gone and Cocktail (tentative title) are under production. He is also acting in all three films and is also part of the sequel to Race. The actor,who has worked in almost 50 films in a career spanning two decades,was awarded the Padma Shri Civilian award by the Government of India in 2010. He was honoured with this year’s Screen Award for Best Actor in a Supporting role for his realistic portrayal of Deepak Kumar,a rebellious small town boy who joins the mafia in Aarakshan.

Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Female) Aditi Rao Hydari

Yeh Saali Zindagi

We first noticed her in Delhi 6,but it was Sudhir Mishra’s Yeh Saali Zindagi that got Aditi Rao Hydari accolades,rave reviews and the Colors Screen Award for Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Female). The Hyderabad-born Aditi made her acting debut with Bharatanatyam dancer Sharada Ramanathan’s Tamil film Sringaram in 2007. She played the lead role,that of a devdasi in this film,which was based on classical dance. She bagged the role after producer Padmini Ravi,a Bharatanatyam dancer herself,saw Aditi’s dance performance at a conference. The film received critical acclaim and fetched three National Film Awards. However,Aditi’s first release was the Malayalam film Prajapathi in 2006 alongside Mammootty.

She bagged Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi 6 after his editor wife P. S. Bharati saw the clippings of Sringaram when it was sent for the National awards. Later,she also acted in Rockstar. Aditi will be playing the lead opposite Ali Zafar in Fox Star Studios’ London,Paris,New York releasing in March.

A trained Bharatanatyam dancer,she was a disciple of acclaimed dancer Leela Samson. The actress is the grand-niece of Sir Muhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari,former Governor of Assam. She is married to actor Satyadeep Misra.

I am so excited.

I came for the show to have a wonderful time,and I would have been perfectly happy had anyone won in my category. In fact,I was talking to Goldie Behl when my name was announced and it did not really register till he said,“You have won!” And I hitched up my gown rather ungracefully and ran!

Best Actor In A Negative Role (Male) Prashant Narayanan,Murder 2

An aspiring advertising man,Prashant started off as an assistant art director and later faced the camera for the first time in Chhal (2002). Since then the actor,who is known for the eccentric roles he essays,has starred in movies like Yeh Saali Zindagi and Bhindi Bazaar Inc. Prashant’s big-break came with Murder 2,in which he played a eunuch serial killer. His spine-chilling role of a murderer in the film won him the Best Actor In A Negative Role (Male) award.

I am proud that this trophy has come for a commercial film like Murder 2. I approached this role like a reasonably intelligent man after talking to the director and understanding the script. There was no special research or preparation

Best Actor In A Negative Role (Female) Priyanka Chopra,7 Khoon Maaf

It feels super cool to win the Best Actor Award in a negative part for 7 Khoon Maaf and the Best Jodi Award for Don2 at the Colors Screen Awards. Thank you all for always being so supportive (via Twitter)

Priyanka Chopra made her acting debut in a supporting role in Anil Sharma’s The Hero:Love Story Of A Spy,followed by the hit Andaaz,for which she received a nomination in the Most Promising Newcomer category. She was also the first woman to win the Screen Award in the Best Villain category for Aitraaz.

Priyanka tasted success with films like Mujhse Shaadi Karogi,Krrish,Don:

The Chase Begins Again,Dostana and Don 2.

The year 2008 marked the beginning of a new phase in her career. Her portrayal of a troubled model in Fashion earned her a National Film Award and a Screen Award for Best Actress. Kaminey landed the actor a nomination for Best Actor. 2012 took off on a good note for Priyanka. Her outing as a black widow in 7 Khoon Maaf landed her the Screen Award for Best Actor In A Negative role (Female).

This year she will be seen in Agneepath,Kunal Kohli’s untitled film and Anurag Basu’s Barfii,in which she plays an autistic girl. She also has Rakesh Roshan’s Krrish 3 in her kitty.

In addition to acting,Chopra is going to release her first international music album in 2012.

Best Actor In A Comic Role (Male) Pitobash,Shor In The City

I am very excited. Though I had two nominations,I came without any

expectations,because there were so many seniors in the running. I thank Balaji Films and my directors,Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru. I will now have to make an extra shelf in my house to keep this award. Also from now on,I will start going for awards functions with high expectations of winning an award

Anative of Orissa,Pitobash shifted base to Kolkata after his high school education to pursue engineering. It was around that time that the actor got acquainted with theatre. Wanting to learn the nuances of filmmaking and acting,Pitobash then enrolled himself in Film And Television Institute Of India (FTII) and acquired a degree in acting before moving to Mumbai,the city of dreams. It was his role as a quirky tapori,Mandook,in Shor In The City that got him noticed. The film won him two nominations at the 18th Annual Colors Screen Awards: Best Actor In A Comic Role and Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male). The actor has also starred in a negative role in I Am Kalam. He’ll now be seen in Shirish Kunder’s Joker and Dibaker Banerjee’s Shanghai.

Best Ensemble Cast Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

The cast of the movie comprises truly diverse actors. Hrithik Roshan known for his mainstream roles in movies like Dhoom 2 and Krrish explores a subdued and sensitive character,Farhan Akhtar plays a jocular character close to his real life persona,Abhay Deol essays an extrovert guy who brings the group of friends together,his love interest Kalki Koechlin known for essaying offbeat characters plays an interesting cameo whereas Katrina Kaif,who is considered lucky by many filmmakers,works her charm in this road movie as well. Together,the five actors along with director Zoya Akhtar create lasting moments in the film.

Best Child Artiste Partho Gupte,Stanley Ka Dabba

I’m nervous and my teeth are

chattering. I didn’t expect this award. It came as a huge surprise because all the other nominees were very good. It must have been really difficult for the jury. I thank my mother (Deepa Bhatia) and father (Amole Gupte),who directed me in Stanley Ka Dabba

Son of filmmaker Amole Gupte,Partho,a grade six student of Jamnabai Narsee School,Mumbai,made his Bollywood debut in Stanley Ka Dabba. Partho,who has been attending filmmaking workshops conducted by his father,played Stanley Fernandes,an impish kid whose charm and affable nature make him a popular boy,in Stanley Ka Dabba. The young actor has also won the Best Actor Award for his role in Stanley Ka Dabba at Schlingel,an international film festival for children. Just one film old,Partho is in no hurry to sign more films as he’d like to concentrate on his studies.

Most Promising Newcomer (Male)Divyendu,Pyar Ka PunchNama

I am so happy. It’s all god’s grace. I think I have made my family and friends proud by winning this award. It was a huge honour for me to share the stage with Shah Rukh Khan,Katrina Kaif and Anurag Kashyap when I received the award. I couldn’t have asked for more

He played the friendly,good-natured “Liquid” in Pyaar Ka PunchNama that won him accolades and nominations in two categories: Best Actor In A Comic Role and Most Promising Newcomer (Male). A Delhi boy,Divyendu is a Film And Television Institute Of India (FTII) graduate. He has starred in a couple of TV commercials including Virgin Mobiles and Birla Sun Life,and was also actively involved in theatre in Delhi for three years,before he made his film debut.

Most Promising Newcomer (Female)Parineeti Chopra,Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl

While working on Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl,I never thought about winning an award. Once the film released,I got such amazing feedback that I wanted an award immediately. I have grown up watching award functions and films and I am very happy to have won a trophy for my debut film. A big thank you

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Parineeti Chopra was lauded by critics and fans alike,for her role in Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. Before landing her big-break in Bollywood,Parineeti worked in Yash Raj Films’ marketing department,where she was spotted by Aditya Chopra.

As luck would have it,the young actor who is Priyanka Chopra’s cousin,has bagged a three-film deal with the production house.

She will be seen next in Habib Faisal’s forthcoming movie Ishaqzaade opposite Boney Kapoor’s son,Arjun Kapoor.

Most Promising Debut Director Bejoy Nambiar,Shaitan

After winning an award for my debut film,Shaitan,I hope to make this a regular feature. Shaitan was a bold film,but at the end of the day if a movie does not connect with the audience then it holds no value. With Shaitan,I took a big chance and I’m glad it paid off. I thank Anurag Kashyap for his faith in me. With him around,things became easier in many ways,but the aim was to get myself noticed and not remain under Anurag’s shadow

Bejoy Nambiar first came into the limelight after winning Gateway,a reality-based show on Sony Pix that had Ashok Amritraj as one of the judges. He was scheduled to make an English movie with Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment but the duo disagreed over the storyline. After gaining visibility through Gateway,he went on to make critically-acclaimed movies like Rahu and Reflections in his mother tongue,Malayalam. His drive can be gauged from the fact that he got superstar Mohanlal to act in his short film. After learning the ropes of filmmaking through short films,he began work on Shaitan,a dark and disturbing story set amidst the glamour of Mumbai city. Nambiar faced teething problems with production until Anurag Kashyap stepped in. With the success of the movie,the 32-year-old director has now begun work on a gangster-comedy called David.

Best Background Score Ranjit Barot,Shaitan

Shaitan was different from a typical Bollywood film,so to work on the background score of such a project was quite a task. I am really excited that people loved my work so much that it even helped me to bag an award. I am happy that I met director Bejoy Nambiar,who was very clear in his thoughts and knew where he was heading

Ranjit Barot has been described by guitar legend John McLaughlin as “one of the leading edges in drumming”. Born into a family steeped in Indian classical arts,his mother is the renowned Kathak dancer,Sitara Devi. His response to the western drum kit at the age of 12 helped make him become one of India’s leading artistes on the instrument at the age of 17,working with leading Indian jazz and classical musicians. His first major performance was at Jazz Yatra ’80. Ranjit’s approach to drums has been influenced by rhythm masters such as Ustad Allahrakha,Zakir Hussain,Billy Cobham,Tony Williams and Carnatic giants including Sridhar Parthsarthy.

Ranjit has also had a long career in composition and music production. Combined with his strong roots in the Indian classical tradition,his world view of music gave him a unique position as musician with Kalyanji – Anandji,R.D. Burman and Laxmikant – Pyarelal and arranger with Anu Malik,Ismail Darbar,A.R. Rahman as well as many classical musicians. He has composed music for Oh Darling Yeh Hai India and Holiday and the background scores for Raakh,Aks,Dus and others.

This is his second Screen trophy for Best Background Music after Main Hoon Na (2004).

Best MusicA. R. Rahman,Rockstar

I am thrilled and humbled. I would like to thank the Screen Awards jury,my fans and the whole team of Rockstar –– Imtiaz Ali,the producers Shree Ashtavinayak,Cinevision,Eros International,actors Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri,lyricist Irshad Kamil,singer Mohit Chauhan and my lovely team… Above all,Almighty God for filling me up with music,still!

From a South Indian regional composer with a National Award for his debut film Roja,19 years ago, A.R. Rahman has traversed from being a Hindi film A-lister and a global whizkid.

Born in 1966 as A.S.Dileep Kumar to R.K.Shekhar,composer-arranger in Malayalam films,he lost his father when he was just nine. In 1977,Rahman joined Ilayaraja as keyboardist after training with Master Dhanraj. He also plays for leading composers and also non-film classical musicians on world tours and obtained a scholarship from the Trinity College of Music in London,where he acquired a degree in Western Classical.

In 1989,the family converted to Islam and he was renamed Allah Rakha Rahman. He joined a band named Roots and later founded the rock band,Nemesis Avenue. Soon,he started a recording studio in his house and began doing jingles and television serials. In 1992,he was signed by Mani Ratnam for Roja,released also in a dubbed Hindi version,which became a rage. Rahman continued giving musical hit after hit in Tamil,many of which were dubbed in Hindi,like Bombay and Indian (Hindustani). His first Hindi film was the blockbuster Rangeela (1995),while Taal (1999),for which he won his first Screen Music Trophy,established him as a Hindi film frontliner. His other Screen Best Music awards have been for Guru (2007),Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na (2008) and Delhi-6 (2009).

Dil Se…,Lagaan,Saathiya,Swades,Rang De Basanti,Jodhaa Akbar and now Rockstar remain his most successful Hindi scores. Rahman insists on doing the background scores of all his films and in this category,he has won Screen honours thrice for Rang De Basanti (2006),Guru (2007) and Jodhaa Akbar (2008).

His Screen Awards tally stands at 11 as it also includes Best Album for Vande Mataram (1998) and Best Music for Kadhal Desam (1996) and Minsari Kannavu (1997).

Rahman has achieved distinctions even in other arenas,like the Broadway musical Bombay Dreams,the Chinese film Warriors Of Heaven And Earth. He has collaborated with international artistes like Michael Jackson on concerts and Michael Bolton and Mick Jagger on albums,even as he continues his dream run in films. He was conferred a Padma Bhushan in 2010.

In 2007,he inaugurated the K.M.Music Conservatory,his own music institute for new talents. Slumdog Millionaire,his first mainstream Hollywood film,won him the Golden Globe,two Oscars,a Grammy and a BAFTA award. His latest honour is that Germany’s Babelsberg Film Orchestra will perform his songs in a multi-city Indian tour.

Best Playback Singer(Male) Mohit Chauhan,Phir se ud chala & Sadda haq / Rockstar

mohit Chauhan started out as an Indian pop singer with the band Silk Route,which released two albums,Boondein and Pehchan. He began his career in films with the song Guncha koi from Main,Meri Patni Aur Woh (2005) which he also composed. A. R. Rahman gave him a major break with Khoon chala from Rang De Basanti,but it was only after his two songs for Pritam,Tum se hi for Jab We Met and Pee loon (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai) that he became a rage with film music buffs. Pee loon also earned him a Screen Best Playback – Male nomination.

Born in a Rajput family in Himachal Pradesh, Mohit has completed a Masters in Geology from the Dharamshala College in Himachal. He has never trained in music but can play the guitar,harmonica and flute.

Best Playback Singer(Female)Shreya Ghoshal,Ooh la la / The Dirty Picture

I just can’t believe that it’s my second Screen trophy in a row! I am seriously excited. I have won all kinds of awards for so many songs but this was one of the maddest songs I have ever sung!

The legendary Kalyanji-Anandji were judges on the television talent hunt,TVS Sa Re Ga Ma Pa,which saw an 11 year-old Shreya Ghoshal sail perfectly through challenging classical compositions and clinch the Mega-Finals. At their strong recommendation,Shreya’s father,who worked with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India,asked for a transfer to Mumbai so that his daughter,trained in classical vocal since childhood,could follow her dream.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali had watched the same show and managed to contact her,signing her as the voice of Paro in Devdas. Shreya won instant fame for her raag-based songs and her next three films,Jism in a diametrically contrasting kind of melodies,Saaya and Main Hoon Na consolidated her as the frontline playback singer.

Ten years down the line,Shreya has emerged as Hindi cinema’s most accomplished and versatile singer,proof of which lies in the sheer range of the songs that have won her past four Best Playback – Female honours: Jaadu hai nasha hai (Jism in 2003),Piyu bole (Parineeta in 2005),Barso re (Guru in 2007),Bahara (I Hate Luv Storys in 2010) and the four more nominations she won for O saathi re (Omkara in 2006),Yeh ishq haaye (Jab We Met in 2007),Teri ore (Singh Is King in 2008),Zooby dooby (3 Idiots in 2009) and Noor-e-Khuda (My Name Is Khan in 2010).

Best Lyrics Prasoon Joshi Achcha lagta hai / Aarakshan

I am very happy that such songs are chosen by the jury,because in this catchphrase-oriented era,kavita kahin peeche reh jaati hai! The tradition where Hindi cinema and Indian films were associated with eminent lyricists who were also among the finest poets must be protected. This award means that I am doing something right. Simple and meaningful lyrics must be encouraged

this year,Prasoon Joshi has picked up his third Screen Best Lyrics trophy after the title-track of Hum Tum (2004) and Maa from Taare Zameen Par (2007). A lyricist and poet as a passion,he continues his long tenure as one of India’s foremost ad whizkids,with over 200 national and international awards to his credit. He is also the Chairman of McCann Worldgroup in the South Asian region and Regional Creative Director,Asia Pacific. His famous ad campaigns,including for public service campaigns,are legion.

Born to a Civil Service officer who was also an educationist and a lecturer in Political Science,Prasoon acquired his sense of academics and the pulse of the people through his upbringing and environment,helped by the fact that both his parents were qualified classical musicians. Joshi,who has also contributed to several distinguished non-film albums,recently composed a song for Aarakshan itself.

He made his debut as film lyricist with Rajkumar Santoshi’s Lajja,followed by Fanaa,Black,Rang De Basanti,Sikandar and Delhi-6. In 2008,he was invited as the Cannes Jury Chairman and in 2009,he was named amongst the exclusive 10-member Cannes Titanium & Integrated Jury 2009 at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival 2009.

Best Story,Screenplay Akshat Verma,Delhi Belly

For me,Screen Awards are huge,I think they are totally bankable. I am extremely happy that I am declared a winner of this category. When I got nominated for three categories at this year’s awards,I felt special. When the results were out,I was flattered to know that I won two awards. Unfortunately I am in the US and could not come to receive the award,I wish I could fly down.

He is the man behind 2011’s wittiest film,Delhi Belly. While he had the audience in splits,Akshat’s real-life story is a far cry from his delightful script. The writer,who penned the film’s story in 1996 when he was 25,had to wait for 15 years for Delhi Belly to be made into a film.

Akshat,a Delhi boy,juggled odd jobs in advertising and assisted a Hollywood production designer before teaming up with Jim Furgele,who he met at the UCLA,to set up Ferocious Attack Cow Productions that got the ball rolling for him. They made a trip to India,and then slowly,with Aamir Khan on board,Delhi Belly became a reality. Akshat is currently writing a script for Yash Raj Films.

Best Dialogue Rajat Aroraa,The Dirty Picture

Right from my childhood days in Delhi,I have been following Screen,so this award is special. I am also very happy that I am sharing this with my idol Javed Akhtar. I have been complimented for the dialogues,but I believe that the lines come out of the story and screenplay. And when a film does not have a lot of plot,the characters have to emerge from the dialogues. The Dirty Picture was very much a character-driven film

A commerce graduate from South Delhi,The Dirty Picture was Rajat Aroraa’s third film with Milan Luthria— he had earlier assisted the director in Bluffmaster!,Taxi No 9-2-1-1 and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. Rajat has also written the screenplay for the popular TV crime-drama CID and Aahat. His latest Bollywood outing,2011’s risque and high-spirited The Dirty Picture,got him the eyeballs for his raunchy,bold,outrageous and in-your-face dialogues that thrilled the masses.

The father-son duo Javed Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar also won an award in the same category for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Best Editing Huzefa Lokhandwala,Delhi Belly

A big thank you to Aamir Khan,Abhinay Deo,Akshat Verma,Jim Furgele and Srinivas Rao sir (all amazing craftsmen in their respective spaces) for putting together Delhi Belly. Extremely grateful to Screen for this honour

Huzefa Lokhandwala began his career in 1994 as a computer instructor and went on to become the co-founder of Prime Focus,one of the biggest Indian post-production studios today. He has worked on more than 600 commercials over the last 15 years as editor,compositor and CG Supervisor. He has worked with director Abhinay Deo on ads like Nike – Traffic Jam,Tata Safari Dicor series and Century Ply among others before working on Delhi Belly.

Best Sound Design Kunal Sharma,Shaitan

I really don’t know what to say because I am totally numb right now. I did not expect an award. I am totally surprised. Well,now that I have won an award for my work,let me tell you that it was not easy working on Shaitan,I had put a lot of hard work and it seems my efforts paid off

Kunal Sharma has previously been a part of Anurag Kashyap movies Black Friday,No Smoking and Gulaal. He started working from a young age,at 17 to be precise,and came on board Shaitan through Kashyap,who co-produced the film and wanted someone who could capture the edginess of the story. The 33-year-old has previously won the National Award for Best Audiography for 1971 while the Colors Screen Award is his first major mainstream award. He was earlier nominated for the Screen Award for the work undertaken for Mission Kashmir by AVA,a sound design firm he was employed with at the time.

Best Cinematography R. Madhi,Shaitan

I am very happy and thank Screen for this award. This is my first Hindi film and I am glad that we all had a clear vision of the movie’s look. In Shaitan,we used parallel lighting and angles shot in digital format with a Canon 7D camera

R Madhi has worked on Tamil movies including hits like Punnagai Desam,Veyil,Paiyaa and Silambattam. Director Bejoy Nambiar first noticed his work in the 2006 hit Veyil and later met him to share the idea for a Malayalam short film called Rahu. The movie featured five stories that were linked together and many elements from that short film have been used in Shaitan. Nambiar once again contacted Madhi and Shaitan turned out to be his first Hindi feature film. Madhi’s proficiency in shooting in closed confines as well as his mastery over digital cameras also worked to his advantage. The Colors Screen Award for Best Cinematography is his first nomination as well as win.

Best Special Effects Keitan Yadav & Haresh Hingorani,Red Chillies VFX,RA.One

I am glad to be honoured with such a prestigious award. With this film,we have set a benchmark in terms of quality of VFX. I am really happy that we were noticed and appreciated by the film fraternity

Red Chillies VFX was set up in April 2006 with the sole vision of bringing Shah Rukh Khan’s dream of a VFX intensive film alive. The bare concept of RA.One was discussed almost four years ago and the win for the movie at the Colors Screen Awards under VFX category shows how far the company has come. Almost 80 per cent of the film contains visual effects and an unheard of 3000-plus shots have been used in the entire movie with work being outsourced to different studios across the world. Previously,the special effects company won the same award for Om Shanti Om and has been nominated for Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.,Don,Chak De! India and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.

Best Production Design Shashank Tere,Delhi Belly

I have a long association with Screen. The last time Screen presented me with an award was for my work as a production designer for Rock On!!! I have worked on films like Game and We Are Family but it seems youth-oriented films are lucky for me

Shashank Tere is a J. J. School of Arts alumni and a second-time winner at the Screen Awards. His first trophy for Best Production Design award was for Rock On!! Tere prefers to work on young and out-of-the-box movies as they encourage him to think of new ways of presenting everyday objects. Tere is also a veteran of many advertisements,having worked on the production of top brands. Director Abhinay Deo and Tere were trying to work on advertisements for two years but finally managed to get together for Game and Delhi Belly. His other movies include We Are Family and Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu.

Best Choreography Bosco-Caesar,Senorita/ ZNMD

Senorita was one of our toughest songs. It was shot in Spain and took us four nights. There were 200 people,mostly foreigners and communication was a huge problem. However,Zoya Akhtar wanted it that way. In the end,Hrithik Roshan,Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol did a fabulous job

Often mistaken to be siblings,Bosco Martis and Caesar Gonsalves are friends who have been around for more than a decade in the film industry. From making Govinda,Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif groove to You are my love,Soni de nakhre in Partner,choreographing the title track of Salaam-E-Ishq and Kareena Kapoor’s foot-tapping ‘item-number’ It’s rocking in Kya Love Story Hain and the popular Zoobi doobi from 3 Idiots,this duo has come a long way. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is a special film for Bosco-Caesar for many reasons. It was their first brush with Flamenco (a Spanish dance form known for its energetic and staccato style) and it got them their second Screen Award for Best Choreography. For Senorita,the duo injected traditional moves of Rumba,Salsa and Flamenco with Bollywood dance-steps.

Earlier in 2010,the duo won the Best Choreographer award for Zoobi doobi from 3 Idiots.

Best Action Spiro R,N.D.Gill,Parvez,Feroze,RA.One

We are very happy with the win. All our prayers have been answered. Working on this movie has been a special experience. Thanks to our Godfather Shah Rukh Khan,we are on top of the world today

the Colors Screen Awards completed a circle that first began when Parvez worked in a garage in Mumbai. A close relationship with veteran fight master Sham Kaushal led him to explore the world of movies. Teaming up with then struggling stuntman Feroze,the duo started out as fighters before graduating to being doubles and finally becoming action directors. Soon after,they began work on their first movie Tashan. A chance encounter with Shah Rukh Khan also saw them direct the action sequences for all advertisements made by Khan’s production house Red Chillies. Khan later told them to conceptualise the action for a superhero film he wanted to make for his son Aryan four years ago,that later metamorphosed into RA.One. This is the duo’s first major award.

Best Costume Niharika Khan & Moiz Kapadia,The Dirty Picture

Niharika: I am super excited and the fact that this category has been introduced for the first time makes it even more special. It feels absolutely wonderful to be recognised for your work. I had a great time working with Vidya (Balan) on this film

Moiz Kapadia:I am speechless. I must thank Milan Luthria,the director of The Dirty Picture. Niharika did the costumes for the characters with the speaking parts,and I,for the secondary characters,in the background

Wife of TV actor Ayub Khan,Niharika Khan has earned a reputation in the industry for her quirky sense of style with films like Rock On!!!,Khoya Khoya Chand,Karthik Calling Karthik,Rocket Singh- Salesman Of The Year,Band Baaja Baaraat and The Dirty Picture.

Designing glittery costumes inspired by the ‘80s for The Dirty Picture was no easy task for Niharika,who had to watch films of the era and scout the streets of Delhi,to come up with 180 outfits for leading lady,Vidya Balan! It was her success in recreating the eighties look from South Indian films that won her the Best Costume Award at the 18th Annual Colors Screen Awards.

Lifetime Achievement Award Asha Bhosle

This award holds a special significance,because for the last 60 years,every single week,Screen has been a part of my household. There were times when people would pay to get in their ads on the front page,while the back-page was of special interest to me because of the recording news and photographs.This trophy spurs me to do more music and reach greater heights. I am game to even try out whatever new challenges are offered to me

In 2011,Asha Bhosle was officially acknowledged by the Guinness Book Of World Records as the world’s most recorded artiste with over 11,000 recordings to her credit in 20 languages.

Asha Bhosle was born on September 8,1933 to the legendary Dinanath Mangeshkar and with Lata,began to sing to support the family after the early demise of their father. Her career began in 1943 under Datta Davjekar in her mother-tongue Marathi with Chala chala nava bala in Maazhe Bal and her Hindi film debut was in the 1948 Hansraj Behl film Chunariya.

Asha,who keeps pace with the changing times,has also ventured into regional non-film music,pop,ghazal,bhajan,Indian classical music,folk songs and Rabindra Sangeet. She has collaborated with international artistes like Boy George,Stephen Lauscombe,Code Red,Michael Stipe and Kronos Quartet and sung for the Pakistani film Mein Ek Din Laut Kay Aaaonga. The Government of India honoured her with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2008.

Asha had an uphill task in her early career for a long while,as she was saddled with songs from small films and for vamps. But her major break came when she sang all the songs for top actress Vyjayantimala and top composer O.P.Nayyar in the big-budget B.R.Chopra film Naya Daur in 1957.

S.D.Burman,Ravi,R.D.Burman and Bappi Lahiri were the other composers for whom she did her best or maximum work in Hindi films,while she continued her affairs with small films and also remained the busiest singer in Marathi cinema for over two decades. Her later turnaround films in Hindi included Umrao Jaan and Rangeela.

At the age of 78,Asha made her debut as an actress by playing the central role in the Hindi film Maaee.

Known to be an excellent cook,she is also a successful restaurateur and is partner in a chain of Indian restaurants in the Middle-East named Asha’s. The latest outlet is in Birmingham.

In 1997,Asha became the first Indian singer to be nominated for the Grammy Award,for Legacy,an album with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. The recipient of two National Awards and 17 Maharashtra State honours,she holds honorary doctorates from the University of Amravati and University of Jalgaon in Literature.

Best Performer Of The Year Ekta Kapoor

I attribute this award,like every achievement in my career to my parent’s dua,the love and encouragement of my family,friends and well-wishers and all the people who work in my teams. Without all of them,this would have been impossible

Her story is the stuff dreams are made of. Ekta Kapoor started small,literally and figuratively,with just a table and chair setup in her papa’s (actor Jeetendra) garage. It is said that the first couple of serials produced by her were rejected by channels. The series on paranormal happenings Mano Yaa Na Mano was her first break as a producer. However,it was with Hum Paanch,a serial about five sisters that Ekta hit big time. (Incidentally,that was the serial in which Vidya Balan made her acting debut). It was in the millenium year that the budding producer hit the jackpot on TV with her ‘K’ series starting with Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi,Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii and Kasauti Zindagi Kay. The serials become trendsetters in the saas-bahu genre of soaps,earning her the sobriquet ‘queen of soaps’. Having tasted success on the small-screen,it was a matter of time before Ekta trained her sights on Bollywood. Like on TV,her initial films Kyon Kii… Main Jhooth Nahin Bolta,Kucch To Hai and Krishna Cottage did not fare too well. She got her first hit in the sex comedy Kyaa Kool Hai Hum starring brother Tusshar,the sequel of which is in the making. Her films,be it the experimental Love Sex Aur Dhokha,the masala entertainer Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (it had 10 nominations at the Screen Awards in 2011 including Best Film and won the Karbonn Mobiles Most Popular Music Award),the edgy Love Sex Aur Dhokha (it was nominated for Best Film last year) the horror flick Ragini MMS and above all,The Dirty Picture,have a resonance with the audiences. Since the last two years,the enterprising Kapoor has churned out success after success and the year 2011,in particular saw three diverse films from the Balaji stable,which won critical acclaim as well. Shor In The City set in Mumbai was hailed as a clutter-breaker while Ragini MMS evoked thrills and chills and The Dirty Picture,loosely inspired by the life of sex siren Silk Smitha turned out be a pathbreaking film. Despite the unconventional casting,right from Vidya Balan who played the South sex symbol,to Naseeruddin Shah as the aging superstar,The Dirty Picture was one of the biggest hits of 2011,proving that a heroine-centric film can also be a blockbuster. Not only in Hindi,Ekta’s maiden Marathi production Taryanche Bait has bagged her the Best Film award. Clearly,the TV czarina is also becoming a force to reckon with in cinema.

Marathi Cinema

Best Actor Male (Popular Choice) Shah Rukh Khan

Awesome to win popular best actor & jodi award for Don2. How many ever I win,it always feels like the first time. My heart skips a beat or two (Via Twitter)

Often referred to as King Khan,Shah Rukh Khan who started his career appearing in theatre and television series, has acted in over 70 films in a career spanning two decades. Khan made his film debut in Deewana which went on to become a hit and established him in Bollywood. Defying the conventional hero image the actor went on to play negative characters in his following films,an obsessive lover in Darr and a murderer in Baazigar. The same year he played a young musician in Kundan Shah’s Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. In 1995 Khan starred in two of the biggest hits of the year Rakesh Roshan’s Karan Arjun and Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. However, one of his most successful and appreciated works was the critically acclaimed Chak De! India. His compelling performances have also earned him several Screen nominations for Best Actor including Dil To Pagal Hai,Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,Mohabbatein,Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham,Chalte Chalte and more recently Don2. SRK who started his own production house Red Chillies Entertainment in 2004 produced the highly- successful Main Hoon Na,Om Shanti Om,Billu and RA.One,which was hailed as the most expensive and innovative film of the year. His forthcoming projects include a romantic movie with Yash Chopra and Rohit Shetty’s next called Chennai Express,and he is reportedly keen to make a mythological film about Karna. Khan won the Best Actor in the Popular category and Best Jodi with Priyanka Chopra for Don 2 at the Screen Awards this year.

Best Actor Female (Popular Choice) Deepika Padukone

This trophy gives me a sense of achievement. It is special because it makes you realise how much the audiences have loved you. For me,success is not just about a film’s triumph at the B-O but about how my fans perceived my work. I look forward toentertaining them this year too. A big thank you to every single person who voted for me! This one’s for all of you!

Unlike her famous father,ace badminton player,Prakash Padukone,Deepika Padukone,herself a badminton player at the state level,preferred to enter the glamorous world of modelling and films. The doe-eyed beauty with her 5’ 8-1/2” frame started modelling while studying in Bengaluru. Few know that she made her acting debut with a cameo in a Tamil film Snegithiye and in 2006 as a leading lady in the Kannada film,Aishwarya. Om Shanti Om,her debut Hindi film,opposite Shah Rukh Khan earned her the Screen Most Promising Newcomer Award. Two movies later (Bachna Ae Haseenon and Chandni Chowk To China),she got her second Screen nomination for Best Actor for Love Aaj Kal for her sizzling portrayal of a head-strong career woman. She followed it up by the innovative Karthik Calling Karthik,Lafange Parindey,the period film,Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey and Dum Maaro Dum.

It was her portrayal as the girl-next-door in Aarakshan that made people sit up and take notice. In addition to that,it was her breezy and spontaneous act in Desi Boyz that won her accolades and the Screen Award for Best Actress in the Popular category. Deepika, who was singled out by South superstar Rajinikanth for his action thriller Rana which has now been shelved for the time being,is looking forward to Homi Adajania’s untitled with Saif Ali Khan,Race 2 and Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani with Ranbir Kapoor.

Best Film Balaji Alt Ent. & Friday Filmworks,Taryanche Bait

I’m truly overwhelmed. Twenty nominations translated into 10 awards for our films! Balaji’s first ever taste of Screen awards was a big one! My heartfelt thanks to everyone inside and outside Balaji who madethis happen

Ekta Kapoor ventured into Marathi cinema to please her father,veteran actor Jeetendra,who speaks Marathi fluently as he grew up in the chawls of Mumbai’s Girgaum area. Ekta joined hands with Shital Bhatia and Neeraj Pandey of Friday Filmworks to make Taryanche Bait.

Pandey is best known for his thriller,A Wednesday,which won him the Screen award for Best Director and Best Story in 2008 besides other awards.

After a series of Hindi films,regional cinema was the next step for the Czarina of television. And it was Midas touch for Ekta’s production company Alt Entertainment,Balaji’s sister concern,which produced Taryanche Bait along with Friday Filmworks. A touching tale starring Sachin Khedekar and young Ishaan Tambe,the film was directed by debutant Kiran Yadnyopavit. Their first Marathi movie has garnered two Screen awards,for Best Film and Best Director.

Best Director Kiran Yadnyopavit Taryanche Bait

It was the best surprise of the year. My special thanks to Screen awards for having a separate section on Marathi cinema and the jury that thought us worthy of winning the Best Film as well as the Best Director honours. I thank my team,the actors,my technical crew and my producers who showed immense trust in me

Kiran Yadnopavit has gained immense popularity after his debut film Taryanche Bait that he wrote and directed. Besides the Screen award for Best Director (Marathi),the film was selected for the Indian Panorama section at the International Film Festival 2011 held at Goa and has won the Pune International Film Festival and MIFTA London Awards.

As a playwright,Kiran has written and directed Paryapt,Mitradvay,Malabh and Manomilan and also written Pahile Padhe,Samaj and Aparadhi Sugandh. He moved to films and penned Bagh Hat Dakhvun,Fakira,Ek Dav Dhobi Pacchhad Sukha-nt and Taryanche Bait.

An alumni of Pune’s Symbiosis School of Business Manageme-nt,Kiran has been a popular face in the theatre circuit as an actor,writer and director. As a film writer,he has earlier won the prestigious State award as Best Writer for the Marathi film Sukhant.

Best Actor (Male) Subodh Bhave,Balgandharva

It is a good beginning to the year. Getting the prestigious Screen award is an honour. And this is my second trophy,earlier I bagged it for Mission Champion in 2007. Winning the trophy for Balgandharva means a lot to me as it was a very difficult role to perform

Subodh Bhave is a popular Marathi film,TV and theatre actor and a singer too. A winner of two Screen awards,Best Actor for Mission Champion in 2007 and this year for Balgandharva,this Pune denizen started off as a salesman in an IT company before acting beckoned him.

It was Bhave who was enthused with an idea to produce a film on the life and history of Balgandharva,one of the greatest Marathi singers and stage actors famous for his roles of female characters in plays as women were not allowed to act during that era. Bhave approached art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai,who agreed to produce the film with him in the title role.

Bhave has worked as the president of an experimental theatre group,Theatres Pune. He has acted and directed plays like Chandrapurchya Janglat,Safar,Island,Na Bhayam Na Lajja,Yeragabalyache kam Nohe. Some of his popular films are Sanai Chaugade,Majhi Aai,Mission Champion,Kavadase,Lalbaugcha Raja and Dhyaas Parva.

Best Actor (Female) Manasi Salve,Sadrakshnay

It is an honour to have received the Screen trophy. Though I waselated aboutwinning,at first I couldn’t believe that I had won the award. I worked really hard for Sadrakshnay and I’m extremely happy that it paid off

Manasi Salve won the Screen award for Sadarakshanaya,which is her first film after her daughter Omisha was born. The movie has her in the role of a police inspector. The actress is presently being seen on Zee TV’s Pavithra Rishta in the role of Ashana.

Manasi started her acting career 14 years ago with Zee TV’s serial Aashirwad. She followed it up with Koi Apna Sa,Sati,Pavitra Rishta and Shapath. The choosy actress has done just a few films like Sari Var Sari,Aaishapath and Khel Mandala.

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Text by:Chaya Unnikrishnan,Geety Sahgal,Rajiv Vijayakar,Namita Nivas,Priyanko Sarkar,Anita Aikara and Onkar Kulkarni