Monday, January 13, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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“Devdas” sweeps Zee cine awards
Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, January 12
The opulent tragedy “Devdas” has swept the popular Zee Fairglow Cine Awards here, but the choice of some winners seems to have left fans unhappy.

At a star-studded ceremony on Saturday night, the epic won the award for Best Film, Best Director for Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Best Actor for Shah Rukh Khan and Best Actress for Aishwarya Rai.

Hema Malini won the Lifetime Achievement award.

The Best Supporting Actor and Actress award went to Vivek Oberoi and Sushmita Sen for “Company” and “Filhaal”, respectively. Vivek went home with another award — Best Male Debutant.

Sushmita’s winning the supporting actress award, however, seemed odd to many as she not only had the meatier parts and greater footage in “Filhaal” but also had critics raving about her acting skills.

Her co-star in the film, Tabu, had been nominated for best actress.

Incidentally, there was a major goof-up on the stage when clippings from another Sushmita-starrer “Tumko Na Bhool Payenge” were shown on the video monitor on stage when Sushmita’s nomination for “Filhaal” was announced.

As for Vivek, it was a foregone conclusion that he would win the Best Debutant award, as there were no other new faces worth the mention last year.

But again, the Best Supporting Actor award for him disappointed some in the audience who felt it should have gone to Sushant Singh for his portrayal of Bhagat Singh’s associate in Raj Kumar Santoshi’s “The Legend Of Bhagat Singh”.

Also, bypassing popular choice Ismail Durbar for “Devdas”, the award for Best Music Composer was shared jointly by Nadeem-Shravan for “Raaz” and A.R Rahman for “Saathiya”.

Ajay Devgan won the award for Best Performance in a Negative Role in “Deewangee”.

Rahman’s efforts in “The Legend Of Bhagat Singh” were not recognised although everyone, including the composer, felt his songs in the historical film were far more exciting and original than the songs in “Saathiya” which were largely transposed from the Tamil original.

Even more oddly, Mahesh Bhatt was honoured for Best Screenplay for “Raaz” — the film was appropriated from two Hollywood films “Basic Instinct” and “What Lies Beneath” — and “Company” took home the award for Best Story when in the opinion of director Ram Gopal Varma, “‘Company’ has no story”. IANS

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