Winners of the 61st Britannia Filmfare Awards

The filmfare awards are probably the most fair and reasonable awards of this season.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani walked away with 9 Filmfare awards on Friday night, including in major categories such as Best Film, Best Picture, Best Actor (Ranveer Singh), Best Actress In A Supporting Role (Priyanka Chopra), Best Singer Female (Shreya Ghosal), Best Choreography (Birju Maharaj) and Best Action (Sham Kaushal).
bajirao-collage-380A still from Bajirao Mastani.

Bajirao’s Mastani, Deepika Padukone won the Best Actress award, but for her performance in Shoojit Sircar’s Piku which also fetched Amitabh Bachchan the critics’ award for best actor.

It is puzzling how two principal performances from the same film were eligible for awards in the popular and critic’s categories .

Bajirao Mastani is Sanjay Bhansali’s most Filmfare-awarded film after Black, which won 11 awards and Devdas which won 10 awards.With these 9 awards for his latest work Sanjay Bhansali’s collected works have received the maximum number of popular awards.

Interestingly, this is the only year in living memory when none of the three Khan superstars has won the best actor award. Salman Khan, nonetheless, performed live on stage.

Bajirao Mastani beat the other favourite Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan in almost all the categories. Bajrangi Bhaijaan won only a Best Story award for K Vijayendra Prasad.

Moushumi Chatterjee won a richly-deserved lifetime-achievement award and would be recalled by posterity for giving the shortest ever thank you speech which went something like ‘Khush raho, vyast raho mast raho’.

Sadly, Masaan actor Vicky Kaushal lost the Best Debutant’s award to Sooraj Pancholi for Hero. But Vicky’s father, the stunt co-ordinator Sham Kaushal, won a Filmfare award for his spectacular war sequences in Bajirao Mastani.

The Filmfare awards turn out to be an epic evening indeed, with Bajirao Mastani walking away with the lion’s share. Here are a list of all the winners:

Best Film
Bajirao Mastani

Best Director
Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male)
Ranveer Singh – Bajirao Mastani

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female)
Deepika Padukone – Piku

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male)
Anil Kapoor – Dil Dhadakne Do

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)
Priyanka Chopra – Bajirao Mastani

Best Music
Ankit Tiwari, Meet Bros. Anjjan and Amaal Mallik – Roy

Best Lyrics
Irshad Kamil – Agar tum saath ho (Tamasha)

Best Playback Singer (Male)
Arijit Singh – Sooraj dooba (Roy)

Best Playback Singer (Female)
Shreya Ghoshal – Deewani mastani (Bajirao Mastani)

Critics Categories

Best Film

Best Actor (Male)
Amitabh Bachchan – Piku

Best Actor (Female)
Kangana Ranaut – Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Lifetime Achievement Award
Moushumi Chatterjee

RD Burman Award
Armaan Mallik

Debut Awards

Best Debut (Male)
Sooraj Pancholi – Hero

Best Debut (Female)
Bhumi Pednekar – Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Best Debut Director
Neeraj Ghaywan – Masaan

Best Action
Sham Kaushal – Bajirao Mastani

Best Background Score
Anupam Roy – Piku

Best Choreography
Pandit Birju Maharaj – Mohe rang do laal (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Cinematography
Manu Anand – Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Best Costume
Anju Modi and Maxima Basu – Bajirao Mastani

Best Dialogue
Himanshu Sharma – Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Best Editing
A Sreekar Prasad – Talvar

Best Production Design
Sujeet Sawant, Sriram Iyengar and Saloni Dhatrak – Bajirao Mastani

Best Screenplay
Juhi Chaturvedi – Piku

Best Sound Design
Shajith Koyeri – Talvar

Best Story
Vijayendra Prasad – Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Best VFX
Prana Studio – Bombay Velvet