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February 21, 2019

Filmfare Awards See Queen Win Most Awards

The Bollywood comic drama Queen wowed at the 60th Filmfare Awards on Saturday evening. It won winning awards in six categories, fetching Vikas Bahl the award for the Best Director and Kangana Ranaut the Best Actress honour.

The runner-up was Vishal Bhardwaj’s tragic Shakespearean drama Haider which won awards in five categories - including Best Actor for Shahid Kapoor, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Tabu and Best Actor in Supporting role for Kay Kay Menon.

The romantic comedy 2 States and the comic drama PK also won awards in multiple categories. Surprsingly, Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year and Priyanka Chopra’s Mary Kom did not win any awards.


Best Film - Queen

Best Director - Vikas Bahl (Queen)

Best Actor - Shahid Kapoor (Haider)

Best Actress - Kangana Ranaut (Queen)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) - Tabu (Haider)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) - Kay Kay Menon (Haider)

Best Debut director - Abhishek Varman (2 States)

Best Actor (Critics) - Sanjay Mishra (Ankhon Dekhi)

Best Actress (Critics) - Alia Bhatt (Highway)

Best Film (Critics) - Rajat Kapoor (Ankhon Dekhi)

Best Music Director - Shankar-Eshaan-Loy (2 States)

Best Lyrics - Rashmi Singh - Muskurane ki wajah (CityLights)

Best Debut (Male): Fawad Khan, Khoobsurat

Best Debut (Female): Kriti Sanon, Heropanti

Best Story: Rajat Kapoor, Ankhon Dekhi

Best Dialogue: Abhijat Joshi and Rajkumar Hirani, PK

Best Screenplay: Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi, PK

Best Playback Singer (Male): Ankit Tiwari, Galliyan (Ek Villain)

Best Playback Singer (Female): Kanika Kapoor, Baby Doll (Ragini MMS 2)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Kamini Kaushal

Best Choreography Award: Ahmed Khan, Jumme Ki Raat (Kick)

Best Background Score: Amit Trivedi, Queen

Best Cinematography Award: Bobby Singh and Siddharth Diwan, Queen

Best Action: Sham Kaushal, Gunday

Best Editing: Abhijit Kokate and Anurag Kashyap, Queen

Best Production Design: Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray, Haider

Best Costume: Dolly Ahluwalia, Haider

Best Sound Design Award: Anilkumar Konakandla and Prabal Pradhan, Mardaani


Vishal and Shekhar burn up Nairobi

The Hindu Council of Kenya sponsored a wonderful Vishal and Shekhar concert in Nairobi last weekend as part of the Vibrant Kenya Expo held at the Oshwal Centre.

The young Isha Jobanputra, an up-and-coming local singer started off the show with a couple of popular numbers.

Then from the very first song the headline duo had hundreds of concert goers on their feet dancing.

The whole place erupted in shouts of joy every time a new song began.

Shekhar’s ghazal homage to his guru Jagjit Singh was enthusiastically received by the star-struck audience, as was the ballad Zehanaseeb.

Of the many entertainers plying their trade Vishal and Shekhar surely rank in the upper crust of international rock stars.

Nairobi was privileged to have had the opportunity to see them live.


— Additional Reporting by Sudheer Punj



Though Rishi had expressed his love for Neetu, he remained commitment phobic. For him marriage was a liability he was not ready to take. During their initial days of courting Rishi had clearly told Neetu, “I’ll only date you, I’ll never get married to you”.

Neetu who had just entered her teens was too much in love to lose him over this. They dated for five years before finally tying the knot.


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