Hrithik, Preity bag top honours at Sansui Awards

<a href='//' title='Preity Zinta' class='article_display_tag' data-id='preity-zinta' id='article_tag_data_preity-zinta' style='display: inline-block;'><strong>Preity Zinta</strong></a> and <a href='//' title='Hrithik Roshan' class='article_display_tag' data-id='hrithik-roshan' id='article_tag_data_hrithik-roshan' style='display: inline-block;'><strong>Hrithik Roshan</strong></a>Dazzling lights, peppy dance numbers and celebrities dressed in their glittering best marked the Sansui Viewer's Choice Movie Awards here, where Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta bagged the top honours...
The ceremony seemed to be striving to keep a balance by equally awarding the two most popular movies of 2003 - "Koi... Mil Gaya" and "Kal Ho Naa Ho".

So, while Hrithik was given the best actor award for his performance as a mentally challenged youth in "Koi... Mil Gaya", Preity won the best actress award for her Catholic Punjabi New York girl role in "Kal Ho Naa Ho".

The best film award went to Yash Johar for "Kal Ho Naa Ho" and best director to Rakesh Roshan for "Koi... Mil Gaya".

In the jury category, the best director award went to Rajkumar Hirani, the maker of "Munnabhai MBBS", the best actress award to Kareena Kapoor for "Chameli" and best actor award to Shah Rukh for "Kal Ho Naa Ho".

The event was interspersed by a variety of item numbers, including by Bollywood's Czech mate Yana Gupta. South Indian dancer Prabhudeva also performed.

Sanjay Dutt also gave an impressive live performance.

Rani Mukherjee danced as well.

But before her show began, she was suspended in mid air in a crane for over 45 minutes, whether by design or accident was unclear. When she alighted, her performance was relatively lacklustre.

However, Rani did attract attention when she and a 40-member troupe performed "Gumshuda" from the film "Chalte Chalte". Her co-star Shah Rukh Khan made a surprise entry in the middle of the song and matched steps with the dancers.

"I can't dance as well as you people but I travelled 400 km to be here!" he said.

Farah Khan received the best choreographer award for "Koi... Mil Gaya".

Host Sajid Khan accepted the award on her behalf. Sajid also sang parodies of songs from last year's films and his most popular one was "It's the Time to Khisko (instead of disco)" from "Kal Ho Naa Ho".

The best music score went to Shankar-Ehsan-Loy for "Kal Ho Naa Ho".

A special award was presented to Rajesh Roshan for his contribution to the music industry.

Later, the awards were presented by Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan. The honour for best performer in a negative role went to Irfan Khan for "Haasil".

When the best performer in a comic role was announced, the audience was rooting for Boman Irani for "Munnabhai MBBS", but the award went to Paresh Rawal for "Hungama".

Best actress in a supporting role went to Juhi Chawla for "Jhankar Beats".

"I have been nominated so many times but very few times I have won awards," said Juhi.

Shah Rukh promptly asked Juhi to bring back the trophy to their office! The two stars are business partners in a company called Dreamz Unlimited.

The award for best actor in a supporting role went to Saif Ali Khan for "Kal Ho Naa Ho". Nikhil Advani collected the award on behalf of Saif.

Karan Johar and Shah Rukh carried on a good-natured banter on stage. Karan asked Shah Rukh what were his chances for the awards.

Bollywood's reigning star promptly replied: "I don't think I have any chance. I can fight any actor or any film and get the awards but I just cannot fight the aliens (in an obvious reference to science fiction flick 'Koi... Mil Gaya')."

Karan then pointed out to Shah Rukh that he was doing the same kind of acting in all his movies and that was why he was not getting any awards. The actor then blamed Karan Johar for making the same kind of movies for him each year!

A special tribute was given to Jaya Bachchan, presented by her first on-screen hero Dharmendra and husband Amitabh Bachchan.

Dharmendra called Jaya a 'guddi' (little girl), in reference to her eponymous first film. "I still shiver when I see Dharmendra," joked Jaya Bachchan.

Dharmendra also said: "Amitabh is not as simple as he seems. I remember once we were shooting and there was this ladies' nurse hostel where there were nurses from many foreign countries. When those ladies surrounded me, Amitabh requested me to pass a few ladies to him!"

Amitabh maintained a diplomatic silence on the incident and said he would talk about it only at home.

As part of the tribute to Jaya Bachchan, Preity got nostalgic with old dance numbers like "Jaane Ja", "Pallo Latke" and "Maine Kaha Pholon Se".

Inevitably, television cameras focused on Rekha when Jaya Bachchan was awarded.

Jaya Bachchan paid tribute to actress Suraiya (who died in a Mumbai hospital Saturday), something the organisers seem to have forgotten to do.

The most promising newcomer awards went to Lara Datta and Shahid Kapoor. Personality of the year went to Amitabh while a special award for outstanding performance went to Urmila for "Bhoot".

-By Viral Bhayani, Indo-Asian News Service