Dec 052017
 

Bollywood’s first awards galas for 2017 was held at the MMRDA grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex, last night. The Star Screen Awards may not have seen many A-listers walk the red carpet, but, their absence was compensated by Salman Khan’s presence

Bollywood’s first awards galas for 2017 was held at the MMRDA grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex, last night. The Star Screen Awards may not have seen many A-listers walk the red carpet, but, their absence was compensated by Salman Khan’s presence. Surprises were in tow this year with the top honours celebrating credible acts instead of superstars.

Salman Khan
Salman Khan

Irrfan Khan, who won the Best Actor title for Hindi Medium, celebrated the recognition of talent. With two honours to his credit — Best Actor (Newton) and Best Supporting Actor (Shubh Mangal Savdhan) — Rajkummar Rao was certain to revisit history and dedicate his wins to those from smaller towns. With the gongs evading her for a while, Vidya Balan was evidently ecstatic to win Best Female Actor for Tumhari Sulu. While accepting her award from Rekha, Balan thanked hubby Siddharth Roy Kapur for “putting up” with her sensual acts, as she became Silk Smitha and Sulu for the big screen. Dangal, with the coveted Best Film nod, Tumhari Sulu and Newton, took home the top honours.

The hot, humid night made the guests break into a sweat. As the cake-paint on the female brigade appeared to crack, we spotted Balan dab her face throughout the evening. Although most of the stars battled the heat subtly, trust Salman Khan to point it out on stage. During the tomfoolery with Varun Dhawan that ensued after his performance, Khan responded to the latter’s “I’m your biggest fan” with a: “The only fan I want is a table fan on stage, and a ceiling fan above.”

There were performances by Ileana D’Cruz, Tiger Shroff and Madhuri Dixit Nene. The latter recreated Choli Me Peeche Kya Hai and Tamma Tamma as part of a tribute performance for Subhash Ghai. Ghai was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award. With the show set for a telecast on December 31, Dhawan and Khan wrapped it up with a countdown to 2018.

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