The first awards show for films in 2017 were held in Mumbai on Sunday but the film that walked away with the maximum awards was actually released in 2016. Dangal was released after the 22nd Star Screen Awards last year, a reason why it made it to the list in 2017. The Aamir Khan starrer walked away with five top awards this year. While Nitesh Tiwari won the Best Director award, the film also won an award each in the Best Background Score (Pritam), Best Lyrics (Amitabh Bhattacharya), Best Music Director (Pritam) and Best Editing (Ballu Saluja) department respectively. The 23rd edition was star-studded affair even though most others were busy attending the Ambani bash. While many raised the temperature with their style quotient, others went home with awards. What was heartening to see was that performance and not box office collections were on the agenda. Though stars like Varun Dhawan and Salman Khan were paid to perform and add to the 'star' value of the event. Here's an exclusive look at some of those moments captured by our Snapster Sachin Gokhle:
So while the Judwaa 2 gang took care of most of the song and dance we were glad to see Vidya Balan grab the Best Actress Award (Critics) for Tumhari Sulu while Rajkummar Rao was named the Best Actor (Critics) for Newton. Rao has had a stellar year and also won the Best Supporting Actor award for Bareilly Ki Barfi.
Vidya later took to Instagram to share a heartfelt message.
An award for Sulu is an award for the exemplary team on #TumhariSulu ...because you brought out the best in me🙂. I wouldve liked to thank each of you individually but couldn’t so here’s a Biiig Thank you n a Biiig hug to each of you...and a special mention of some special ones who i missed thanking on stage..so here goes: @rickroyco @rickroy111 and @saurabh_goswami13 ...thank you for making me feel beautiful at all times..you always took such great care of me 🙂🙏❤️!! @dharajain you created Sulu’s physical space soo really that we all could transport ourselves into that world effortlessly 🙂🙏❤️. @dg1801 and team ,thankoo for being the most efficient and smiling production team ever👌. Lastly,thank you @sureshtriveni ‘s A.D. team for you are the most professional ever !! Thank you universe for 3 Star Screen awards for our Sulu ...#TumhariSulu 🙏❤️!
And while Rajkummar and Vidya impressed the critics, the main awards too went to sleeper hits. Irrfan Khan for Hindi Medium bagged the Best Actor Award while Konkana Sen Sharma was judged the Best Actress for Lipstick Under My Burkha. Quite a statement there against the CBFC and Ex Chief Pahlaj Nihalani who thought it was too 'lady oriented'.
The rest of the evening was about some more awards where Showman Subhash Ghai was also one of the recipients. It was wonderful to see Gulzar and Rekha give away the awards. Salman Khan has declared in the past that he doesn't care much about the awards... he didn't get any. But the fact that he made it to the ceremony means that he was sufficiently rewarded.
Tumhari Sulu may have won this year but next year could be about Hamara Sallu. Tiger Zinda Hai is the last big release of this year. Will be taken into account at the awards next year.