51st Fair One Filmfare Awards

The 51 st Fair One Filmfare Awards was a night of glamour, glitz, emotional speeches and sensational performances. The event was held on 25 February 2006, it was sponsored by Elder Pharmaceuticals, Sony Entertainment Television, Pantaloons, Radio Mirchi and Cineyug Entertainment.
The show began with a dash of humour by compere Cyrus Broacha, Mtv vee-jay who was joined by comedian Jaaved Jaaferi. The combination of these two kept the audience, even those who were tensed about their nominations in splits. As in the last 50 years, the awards toasted the creativity, talent and technical competence of the country's most glamourous industry and tributes those who had passed away in the last year. The film fraternity, old as well as new was there in full force. From the veteran brigade one saw Jaya Bachchan, Gulzar, Jeetendra, Hema Malini, Rekha, Sridevi, Kabir Bedi, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Bappi Lahiri and from the new stars there was Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukherjee, Madhur Bhandarkar, Fardeen Khan, Preity Zinta, Karan Johar, Ashutosh Gowariker, Shilpa Shetty, Lara Dutta, Vidya Balan, Emran Hashmi and Shiny Ahuja.

Shamita Shetty started the show with a tribute to the late actress Parveen Bhabi and danced to several of the late actress's hit numbers like Jawani Jaaneman and Pyar Karnewale. Serial kisser Emran Hashmi performed on his hit numbers Woh Lamhe and Jhalak Diklaja flanked by actresses Udita Goswami and Neha Dhupia. Lara Dutta was stunning in her performances, on the songs Tauba Tauba and the haunting track of Zinda hoon main. One of the most anticipated performances for the evening was that of bollywood's most loved actress Madhuri Dixit who was performing on stage after a gap of six years. She performed on her numbers Dola Re and Maar dala from the film Devdas; she was sensational and received a standing ovation. The next performance which was as eagerly awaited was gorgeous starlet Aishwarya Rai who danced on her kool kajra re number. The finale performance was that of junior Bachchan, Abhishekh who hip hopped to One Love and Right Here right now.

The night definitely belonged to the makers of the movie Black as they swept away 11 of the awards. Film Black made it’s presence felt in the following categories, Best Supporting Actress, Ayesha Kapoor, best cinematographer Ravi Chandran, best background score Monty Sharma, best editing Bela Sehgal, best film/Critics Award Best film, best director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, best actor/Critics Award Best Actor Amitabh Bachchan and Best actress/Critics Award Best Actress Rani Mukherjee. Parineeta also made its presence felt by winning six of the awards. Some of the other awards were Akshay Kumar in Garam Masala for best performance in a comic role, Nana Patekar in Apaharan for best performance in a negative role, best music Shankar Ehsaan Loy for Bunty Aur Babli, best lyrics for Kajra Re by Gulzar.

Then there was the man whose been rocking the country with his music recently, Himesh Reshammiya for best playback singer Aashiq Banaya Aapne, the female artist for best playback singer was Alisha Chinai for Kajra Re. The Sony face of the year award was given to Vidya Balan, best choreographer Howard Rosemeyer for Parineeta, best female debutante Vidya Balan for Parineeta, R D Burman Award for upcoming talent in music Shantanu Moitra for Parineeta, best sound design Biswadeep Chatterjee for Parineeta, best art director award was shared by Keshto Mandal for Parineeta and Tanushree Sarkar for Sarkar. Best Action Award was given to Allen Amin for Dus, and best story was for Hazaron Khwaishein Aisi along with best male debutante to Shiny Ahuja for the same film.

A number of Hindi film stalwarts who passed away last year, Parveen Bhabi, Sunil Dutt, Laxmikant Berde, Ramanand Sagar, Harmesh Malhotra, Amrish Puri, Ismail Merchant, Nadira and the likes were honoured and remembered for their work. Mr. Bachchan who has just recovered from his illness came in his personal van and watched the entire awards on television from there. He would have liked to watch the performance live, but was advised against it, as it would have been too much of a strain to sit amidst a crowd of 5000 people. However he was motivated to attend the awards as he was nominated in the Best actor category for two films Sarkar and Black. Another reason was his son Abhishekh’s grand finale act.

The beautiful sets on the MMRDA grounds was a 120 foot long, 40 feet high dome which was a futuristic design. It was designed by leading bollywood art director Nitin Desai, who was handling the show for the ninth time in a row. The set was made of glass, acrylic and metal and could easily be compared to international standards. The props on stage were made of plaster of Paris and wood and the coveted black lady which is the winning trophy was prominently displayed. The art director had worked on the blue print of the Filmfare set for almost a year, but with the help of around 265 people the set was put up in 21 days. The highlights of the set were the backdrops that changed for each of the six major acts.

One of the chief guests for the evening was Belgian counsel, Andre Jacques. Hollywood star Will Smith who was on a visit to the country made a special appearance at the awards ceremony. The lifetime achievement award was awarded to Shabana Azmi, who has won five national awards and a number of international and other film awards. The awards were given by popular demand and they were definitely well deserved. The awards function being one of the oldest and most popular in Bollywood definitely lived up to its glamourous image and was definitely worth watching whether live or on television.