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Mumbai, March 04, 2005
By Ashok Motwani – DNN
(Diaspora News Network)

FILMFARE SAGA – Rivet factor for Overseas Indians.

FILMFARE 50 is an Award that has spanned almost entire Independence Period with dream ripples for Overseas India Lovers. The first ever FilmFare Awards function was held in Bombay at Regal Theatre in 1954. It was called Clare Awards then, named after the Editor Clare A Mandy of this fortnightly film magazine. Two years later, the popular awards with the jury system were introduced and Grand Show was at Metro Theatre in South Bombay.

To commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Awards - FilmFare Statuette - the Grand Lady of Boribundar was elegantly Gold-Crafted. Unveiling Ceremony was by the BIG FIVE of the Film Fraternity Dilip Kumar , Lata Mangeshkar , Yash Chopra , Amitabh Bachchan , and Javed Akhtar . An Exhibition of Rare Pictures followed this from Past Awards along with Four Film Screenings at Inox in Mumbai, Calcutta, Pune and Baroda.

Times Group celebrating full year around the Golden Jubilee, brought the curtain down with a star studded glittering event at the spacious MMRDA grounds Last Saturday.

- Amitabh Bachchan who was one of the first few to arrive in tow with wife Jaya and beta Abhishek who quipped, “Whether we like it or not, the FilmFare award has always been a great source of inspiration.

50th Golden FilmFare Awards event this year started off with a grand duet by the two Indian Idol contest finalists - Abhijeet Sawant and Amit Sana who sang a especially composed tribute to FilmFare, even while Isha Sharwani (of Kisna fame) descended from the sky by zigzagging over a rope and performed a scintillating dance number to herald the evening's proceedings. 

The host, dashing Saif Ali Khan entered on the crane and lit the ‘50 years' drape fireworks display, which had ‘50th YEAR' glowing in the background (Picture enclosed) – Naughty Saif then moved into the crowd and interacted with the audience. Nitin Desai designed the stage. Sonali Bendre and Farida Jalal also co-hosted the Show .

“To steal from one source is called Copying but to steal from several sources is called Research”, quipped Saif Ali tongue in cheek while Yash Chopra came on the stage to collect the Awards for the Best Dialogues as well as Best Story for Veer Zaara on behalf of his son Aditya Chopra . Mani Ratnam who bagged the Award for Best Screenplay was conspicuous by his absence.

Abbas and Mustan gave away the Award for Best Sound Designer to Dwarka Warrior for Dhoom while Vikram Dharma bagged the Award for Best Action. Farhan Akhtar collected Christopher Popp's Award for Best Cinematography for Lakshya in his absence. Rajkumar Hirani (Munnabhai MBBS fame) gave away the award for Best Editing to Rameshwar Bhagat for Dhoom while Mukesh Bhatt and Sapna Mukherjee gave away the Best background Score awards to A.R. Rahman for Swades. In Rahman's absence Ashutosh Gowarikar collected the award. Awards for Best Art Direction to Sabu Cyril for Yuva and Best Choreography to Prabhu Deva for Lakshya were given by Chairman of Swaroop Group.

Rani Mukherjee mesmerized the audience by dancing to a medley of songs like Hotho Pe Aisi Baat, Kaanta Laga, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Mere Haathon Mein, Chamma Chamma, Shaava Shaava and last but not the least Choli Ke Peechey Kya Hai.

Both Amrita Rao and Swarup gave the Debut Award for the year away to Ayesha Takia while Jackie Shroff gave away Sony's Best Scene of the year to Kunal Kohli for Hum Tum. The R.D. Burman Award for the Most Promising Playback Singer of the year went to Kunal Ganjawala for Bheege Hoth Tera in Murder. Jaya Prada and Sanjay Khan gave away the award to Kunal who said he had become a singer after getting inspired by R.D. Burman. Incidentally R.D. himself had waited for nineteen years to bag his first award for Best Music for Sanam Teri Kasam.

Sonu Nigam was back to the golden days with a 25 piece band which accompanied him to a medley of songs Down the Memory Lane spanning both decades and genders, adding a touch of mimicry and bringing the house down beginning with K.L . Saigal (Babul Mora) and continuing with  Talat Mahmood (Jalte Hain Jiske Liye), Mohammad Rafi (Tu Ganga Ki Mauj Main), Mukesh (Sab Kuch Seekha Humne), Manna Dey (Yeh Meri Johrazabeen), Kishore Kumar (Yeh Kya Huwa), Usha Iyer (Dostonse Pyar Kiya), Bappi Lahiri (Yaad Aa Raha Hai), Shabbeer Kumar (Saari Duniya Ka Bhoj Hum), Kumar Sanu (Saasonki Zarooorat Hai Jaise), Udit Narayan (Main Nikla Gaddi Leke) and finally ending with his own qawwali (Tumse Milke Dilka Haal) from Main Hoon Na..

Javed Akhtar was “In Ythe Sky” since this year all the five nominations for Best Lyricist went to him. Feroz Khan and Celina Jaitley gave away the award to him for the number Tere Liye in Veer Zaara. Alka Yagnik had notched up all the five nominations eleven years ago in 1994.

John Abraham and Bappi Lahiri gave away the Best Music Director trophy to Anu Malik for Main Hoon Na and the best Playback Singer (Female) to Alka Yagnik for the title track in Hum Tum and Best Playback Singer (Male) to Kunal Ganjawala (for Bheege Hoth Tere in Murder), who just couldn't believe his luck. Rekha handed over the Golden Glory Award on behalf of Sony TV to Dev Anand.

Dev Anand asked Priyanka Chopra for a peck on his cheek while giving away the Award for Best Villain for her performance in Aitraaz and she was happy and quick for the 80+ Legend. Saif bagged the award for Best Actor in a Comic role. The Award for Best Actor in a supporting role went to both Abhishek Bachchan & Rani Mukherjee for their performances in Yuva. Mahima Choudhary and Jeetendra gave both Rani and Abhishek their awards. Abhishek dragged his father Amitabh to the stage and handed over his award to him since he felt that he deserved it for Khakee and not him. Amitabh was instantly applauded by the Houseful audience when he told him “What goes to the father actually belongs to the son in true Indian tradition.” (Classic Picture enclosed with this story)

It was now time for Priyanka to dance to numbers like Jeete Hai Shaanse, Yeh Mera Dil Pyar Ka, Jab Chhaaye Mera Jadoo, Laila O Laila, Hari Om Hari, Raat Baaki, Pyar Lo Pyar Do etc.

The highlight of the evening was when Shah Rukh in an attempt to delineate romance down the ages, serenaded all the top heroines of the past and present, by shaking a leg to popular tunes from the 60's, accompanied by the original leading ladies themselves, from a bespectacled Vyjayanthimala to the gorgeous Sharmila Tagore and the sultry Zeenat Aman, Jaya Prada and Rekha down to Kajol, Rani and Preity Zinta , making the audience go wild with ecstasy, especially to Amitabh Bachchan's “ Pardesiya …….number with Rekha matching steps with BaadShah.

Rani bagged the Best Actress Award for Hum Tum from Jaya Bachchan & Karan Johar while Shah Rukh Khan bagged the Best actor trophy for Swades from Rekha and Kajol . Shabana Azmi gave away the Best Film award to Yash Chopra for Veer Zaara while Kunal Kohli bagged the Best director Award for Hum Tum from Rakesh Roshan.

An audio visual tribute with nostalgic melody from Pyaasa was paid to all those who had passed away in the previous year - Vijay Anand, Gulshan Rai, Yash Johar, Mehmood, Nirupa Roy, Parveen Babi, Amrish Puri and Lakshmikant Berde.

Amitabh Bachchan and the State CM Vilasrao Deshmukh felicitated Lata Mangeshkar , Dilip Kumar and Naushad , the first winners of the then Clare awards in their respective categories. Farhan Akhtar & Ashutosh Gowarikar gave away a special award to Ramesh Sippy whose film Sholay was adjudged the Best Film of the past 50 years. Interestingly Ramesh Sippy quipped, “I am getting an award for the first time though I have given away several ones.” Sharmila Tagore gave the Lifetime Achievement Award to Rajesh Khanna who was first noticed 4 decades ago in a FilmFare-United Producers Contest.

Simi Garewal & Fardeen Khan gave away the Critics award for Best Feature Film to both Mani Ratnam & Govind Nihalani for their films Yuva and Dev respectively. While Kareena Kapoor bagged the award for her performance in Dev, Pankaj Kapoor bagged the award for best Actor for Maqbool. In his state of excitement, Pankaj thanked FilmFare for its ability to look beyond the dazzle of stars and declared that he was humiliated. Immediately he corrected himself, “I'm sorry. I mean I'm humbled.”

Shatrughan Sinha gave away the Power Award instituted from last year onwards to Shah Rukh Khan who incidentally was the recipient last year too Shah Rukh while accepting the award said humbly. “Real Power is with our Audience . ADDING:

When I was just in School, I thought real power meant to be Michael Jackson.

When he destroyed almost half the world, I thought power meant Bush.

Power means Amitabh Bachchan in Black .

Power means Yash Chopra who is the power of resilience and power of entertainment in the industry for over last 50 years .”

Lastly the Power means winning the First FilmFare Award as Yusuf Khan Changing name to Dilip Kumar for Public Life and Celebrating near Icon Status at the FilmFare Golden Jubilee – Kind of a rare first in the Film History. I mean being in Public life for 51 years……...On - Off Screen that too at center stage or on Dais……………Some Power.

THANKS FilmWorld

THANKS from Overseas India Lovers - you have weaved, knitted or almost GOLD riveted our Love for India so much so that we are given extra attention due to India's 3F's i.e. Indian Food, Indian Fashion & Bollywood Films . (Syndicated by DNN – Diaspora News Network).

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