Stardust Awards: A starry affair
Greek sculptures of centaurs and glittering flashlights adorned the stage at the Max Stardust awards ceremony.
Amrita Arora and Kunal Kohli played hosts, amusing guests with occasional gags. The show opened with a glamourous Kangana Ranaut grooving to a medley. Shiamak Davar’s dance troop did what they do best.
Embellishing the front row seats were Bollywood bigwigs like Sanjay Dutt, Mithunda with son Mimoh, Preity Zinta, Rakeysh Mehra, Sanjay Gadhvi, and Sonali Kulkarni. Not far behind were Boman Irani, Kunal Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Hema Malini, Shamir Tandon, Minissha Lamba and Upen Patel. Award-winners, who might have heard a word or two from little birdies, were also present – Ayesha Takia, Shiney Ahuja, and Kangana Ranaut to name a few. Amitabh Bachchan made a grand entry with to-be bahu Aishwarya Rai, just in time to receive a star-tipped statuette on behalf of son Abhishek. The junior Bachchan bagged an award for the Best Actor in Supporting Role for his stint in Karan Johar’s KANK.
Entertaining dance acts were thrown in to keep the A-list audience alive. Bebo did a Don, inevitably followed by Yeh Mera Dil, which she had also performed with Helen at the Screen Awards. The audience swooned to Emraan Hashmi’s moves. Lara Dutta’s retro act was absolutely hot.
The awards night turned into a laugh riot when Kunal Kohli spontaneously walked down the stage to chat with the stars. He asked Sanjay Dutt, “Munnabhai Amerika jaakey George Bush ko kya kahenge?” Dutt quipped, “Gandhigiri sikhaa denge. ”
Adnan Sami was overwhelmed by the rave reaction that he received from the audiences. The masses went crazy when the talented singer arrived on stage to present the award for The New Musical Sensation – Male. Kunal Kohli who shared the stage with the singer complimented Adnan for losing oodles of weight. Adnan accepted the compliment adding that “My mom says I’ve lost a human being.”
Rajkumar Hirani won the Dream Director award for his brilliant directorial venture Lage Raho Munnabhai. Sanjay Dutt was the proud holder of ‘Star of the Year’ award for his lead performance in Lage Raho Munnabhai. Amitabh Bachchan mounted the stage to announce the award for the Star of the Year – Female. No points for guessing the winner! Aishwarya Rai courteously touched sasurji’s feet before accepting the award from him. All’s well that ends well. A fire-lit sky bade farewell to the guests as the curtains fell on Max Stardust awards night.