Bollywood star Irrfan Khan took home the best actor trophy for his realistic and effective portrayal of a middle-class father in Hindi Medium, while romantic-comedy Bareilly ki Barfi earned other top two honours, including the best director award for Ashwiny Iyer at the 63rd Filmfare Awards.
The second award for Bareilly ki Barfi came for Rajkummar Rao in the best supporting actor category. Held on Saturday, in Mumbai, the prestigious award ceremony gave away the best actor (female) award to Vidya Balan for her heartwarming performance of a housewife-turned-radio jockey in Tumhari Sulu.
It was not only Irrfan but even Hindi Medium won in highest category – taking home the best film award. The dramedy, which marked the debut of director Saket Choudhary, was hit with the masses and the critics, and became one of the first successes of Bollywood in 2017, which until then suffered a dry spell at the box office.
Much like the last year, the award ceremony also more or less belonged to Rajkummar. He won the best actor (critics) award for his hard-hitting performance in survival drama Trapped. The film also won in technical categories – best editing and best sound design.
His Newton, which was selected as India’s official entry for the upcoming Oscars in the best foreign film category, also received two honours – best film (critics) and best original story for its writer-director Amit V Masurkar.
Critics choice for best actor (female) went to teenage star Zaira Wasim for Secret Superstar. The film also earned an award in the best supporting actor (female) category for Meher Vij, who played Zaira’s mother.
Actor-filmmaker Konkona Sensharma bagged the best debut director for A Death in the Gunj. The suspense drama also won in the best costume and best cinematography categories.
Jagga Jasoos might have been a box office dud but the film won big for its music. Pritam took home the best music album award, while Amitabh Bhattacharya received the honour for best lyrics. Pritam also bagged the award for the film’s background score.
Jagga Jasoos also won in the category of best choreography for Vijay Ganguly and Ruel Dausan Varindani for the song Galti se mistake.
The best playback singer (female) went to debutante Meghna Mishra for the song Nachdi Phira (Secret Superstar), while singing sensation Arijit Singh received the best playback singer (male) award for Roke na ruke naina from Badrinath Ki Dulhania.
Veteran music composer Bappi Lahiri and actor Mala Sinha were honoured with the lifetime achievement award.
Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Shubh Mangal Saavdhan earned writer Hitesh Kewalya the award for best dialogue.
Critically-acclaimed drama Mukti Bhawan got Shubhashish Bhutiani the trophy for best screenplay.
Superstar Salman Khan’s blockbuster Tiger Zinda Hai received the best action award. Arjun Rampal’s Daddy won in the category of best production design.