The Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2021 honoured the best in Indian cinema and television recently. The ceremony, which took place in Mumbai, was aired live on 20 February on ZEE5. The chief guest at the event was Maharashtra Minister of Tourism and Environment Aditya Thackeray. Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards honoured the best in film, television, music and the new addition, OTT. From Deepika Padukone, Akshay Kumar and Sushmita Sen to Surbhi Chandna and Nora Fatehi, celebrated artistes took home awards for their work last year.
Deepika won the best actor (female) award for her performance in Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak that told the story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Aggarwal. While her co-star Vikrant Massey bagged the honour of best actor in a supporting role for his turn in the critically-acclaimed drama, penned by Atika Chohan.
Akshay Kumar was declared best actor (male) in the horror-comedy Laxmii, which was a remake of hit Tamil film Kanchana (2011). Akshay’s co-star in the film, Kiara Advani, won for her performance in the Netflix film Guilty which was directed by Ruchi Narain and produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.
Kiara thanked the jury and her audience for the honour. “My First Critics choice Best Actress award for #Guilty 🙏🏼 Thankyou for this prestigious honour🙏🏼Thankyou @karanjohar @ruchinarain @somenmishra @apoorva1972 @dharmaticent @netflix_in and my entire team of Guilty! And to all you amazing people for rooting for me, my heart is so full,” Kiara wrote on her social media account alongside a picture of her trophy.
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Sushant Singh Rajput, who died last year, was conferred the critic’s best actor (male) posthumously for his outstanding contribution to Hindi cinema. Sushant was last seen in Nitesh Tiwari’s hit friendship drama Chhichhore, in 2019.
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The best film honour went to Ajay Devgn-Saif Ali Khan starrer Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, which also ended up becoming the highest box-office grosser of 2020. Co-starring Kajol, the period film was directed by debutante Om Raut and produced by T-Series.
Anurag Basu was honoured as the best director for his black comedy, Ludo, featuring an ensemble cast, including Abhishek Bachchan, Sanya Malhotra, Rajkummar Rao and Fatima Sana Shaikh. Radhika Madan bagged the best actor in a supporting role award for her performance in Homi Adajani’s dramedy Angrezi Medium, co-starring late Irrfan Khan.
Surbhi Chandna and Dheeraj Dhoopar bagged the best actor (female) and (male) awards for their stellar work on the small screen. Dheeraj’s Kundali Bhagya won the best television show honour. Director Hansal Mehta’s blockbuster show Scam 1992, starring Pratik Gandhi as the infamous stockbroker Harshad Mehta, unsurprisingly received the best series award. Sushmita Sen bagged the trophy for best actor in a web-series (female) for her stunning performance in Disney Plus Hotstar show Arya. While Bobby Deol was declared the best actor in a web-series (male) for Ashram, directed by Prakash Jha.
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Bobby, whose career has got a new lease of life with OTT, expressed his happiness through an Instagram post featuring his mother. “To be in this moment with my mother,” he wrote alongside a picture of his mother hugging and affectionately looking at him as he posed with his trophy.Kunal Kemmu won the best actor in a comic role for his hilarious turn in last year comedy Lootcase. The actor dedicated his win to the team of the film.
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“Honoured, Happy and Humbled! Best Actor (Comedy) #dadasahebphalkeawards This one is for the entire team of #Lootcase each one of who made the film shine with their talent. And a big thank you to each and every one who watched enjoyed and wished well for me and the film. Lots of love and lots of gratitude,” Kunal wrote alongside a picture of him adoring his trophy.
It was a special night for Bobby Deol for more reasons than one as father and veteran actor Dharmendra was honoured for his contribution to Hindi cinema in a career that spanned several decades.
Nora Fatehi, who has consistently wowed the audience with her dance moves, was awarded the best performer at the ceremony. Overjoyed at the recognition, Nora wrote on Instagram that the award made “all the bleeding knees, back injuries, bruises,cuts, sleepless nights were all worth it.”
The actor-dancer also wrote that the honour will encourage her to do more “performance oriented” songs and films and she is sure soon she will be bagging the best actor award.
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“Thank you so much @dpiff_official for honouring me with the Performer of The Year Award! 😍🔥 it means so much that I’ve been recognised and appreciated for my work and presence! All the bleeding knees, back injuries, bruises,cuts, sleepless nights were all worth it! I’m always grateful to my fans and supporters..
“This uplifts me and encourages me to do more to create an even bigger impact in the world of entertainment! Cheers to more performance oriented songs and Films, this is the start of my presence in content driven films and performances as an actor now! Lets do this! Next year ill be taking best actress award too… Wait for it,” Nora wrote.