Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Mumbai (UNI): Bollywood stars Shahrukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee have won the favourite hero and heroine titles in the Star Gold 'Schwarzkopf Palette Sabsey Favourite Kaun 2006' awards here. Winners in the awards presented yesterday were honoured for their popularity and not performances in a particular film, saw a battle between Shahrukh and Salman, with the former winning almost by hair breath. It went on to prove again that Shahrukh was truly the King Khan, while the mass adoration for Salman remained undiminished despite his recent travails.
Bengali beauty Rani Mukherjee, who faced strong competition from Aishwarya Rai and Rani's cousin Kajol, was crowned 'Sabsey favourite Heroine'. The result was testimony to her popularity despite the fact that no film starring Rani had been released since almost a year. Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed Black was adjudged the 'Sabse favourite film' not only by the classes but the masses as well.
In the 'Sabsey favourite Naya Hero' the fight was close between Kunal Kapoor and Kunal Khemu with heart-throb Kunal Kapoor from Rang de Basanti coming through in the end, while in the new actress category, doe-eyed Vidya Balan of Parineeta' won the 'Sabsey favourite Nayi heroine' as Katrina Kaif lost the post. The 'Sabsey favourite Comic hero' went to Pareh Rawal, who bagged the award for the third year in a row.
The 'Sabsey Tez Sitara' award, given to a hero who has taken most strides in the past one year, went to John Abraham. He followed in the footsteps of Abhishek Bachchan, the last year's winner. The award was not voted by fans but by film industry experts. Above all, the award that held special meaning for lakhs of fans who was voted the 'Sabsey Bada Fan' went to Madhuri M Madekar, a resident from the distant suburb of Kalyan, who voted the most number of times for the eventual winner.
The evening saw some stunning performances by Trickbaby from London, who performed their megahits from 'Bluffmaster'. The video of the song 'Nine Parts of Desire', featuring Abhishek Bachchan, was unveiled for the first time. Udita Goswami and Kunal Khemu performed on a medly of songs by Himesh Reshammiya, mixed to reflect various musical forms of the country.
Tanushree Dutta, Vinay Pathak and Suresh Menon of the 'Great Indian Comedy' show recreated the magic of all-time classic Hindi films such as Sholay, Amar, Akbar and Anthony and Don. Hilarious skits on the classic numbers from these films made a compelling viewing. Fardeen Khan performed on the theme 'The many moods of Fardeen' but the show-stopper was Hrithik Roshan, whose thrilling performance tracked his journey from Koi Mil Gaya to Krrish. This was also his first-ever stage performance based on Krrish. The performances were choreographed by ace choreographer Ganesh Hegde.
The host and hostess of the show were Arshid Warsi and wife Maria Goretti who kept the audience in splits with their one-liners. About nine lakh people from India and other countries such as Afganistan, Peru, Bahrain and Bangladesh had cast their votes through sms, internet (indya.com) and televoting to choose the eventual winners. The awards ceremony will be telecast on the channel on May 14 at 2000 hrs.