Mumbai: Filmfare hosted the 66th Vimal Elaichi Filmfare Awards 2021 powered by Cadbury Dairy Milk in association with Migsun Group and cooling partner Symphony Air Coolers on 27th March 2021. Making a much-awaited return, because ‘the show must go on’, the awards ceremony, this year, was held as a closed-door event where the coveted Black Lady was awarded to deserving winners from across a host of categories.
The biggest winner of the night was the movie Thappad, which bagged the Best Film award and saw director-producer Anubhav SushilaSinha and T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar collect the award not before calling the entire team with key crew members of the film on stage to accept the iconic Black Lady. It was an emotional moment for Babil Khan as he accepted the Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male) on behalf of his father Irrfan Khan for his memorable performance in Angrezi Medium. Add to that, the Awards further honored and celebrated his legacy and contribution as the versatile actor was awarded posthumously the Lifetime Achievement Award. On the other hand, the terrific TaapseePannu took home the Best Actor in a Lead Role (Female) award for her iconic performance in Thappad. Amongst the many heartfelt moments seen during the evening, was when 88-year-old Farrokh Jaffar received the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) from Mithila Palkar, Amruta Subhash, and Maniesh Paul, who came down the stage to present her the iconic Black Lady since she was in a wheelchair. Having been a veteran in the industry for decades, the actress, in her acceptance speech, went back memory lane as she recollected her time acting with Rekha in her debut film UmraoJaan back in 1981.
The show was anchored by Rajkummar Rao and Riteish Deshmukh, along with Maniesh Paul, who held the evening together with their never-ending banter and tongue-in-cheek humour, while effortlessly navigating through all the categories one after another. Having ensured that viewers will be served a heavy dose of laughter, the hosts also brought everyone’s attention to the importance of vaccination and the pressing need to stay safe. Another highlight was Rajkummar Rao paying a fitting tribute to the irreplaceable losses to the Indian Film Industry last year, namely Sushant Singh Rajput, Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Wajid Khan, Basu Chatterjee, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Pandit Jasraj, Saroj Khan, Yogesh, Rajat Mukherjee, Kumkum, RahatIndori, Jagdeep, Nimmi, NishikantKamat, Rajiv Kapoor and Nishant Kamal with a heartfelt poem followed by a moment of silence.
Watch the extravaganza of the 66th Vimal Elaichi Filmfare Awards 2021 on 11th April 2021 at 12pm only on Colors TV and simulcast on Filmfare’s Facebook Page.
- BEST FILM: Thappad
- BEST DIRECTOR: Om Raut (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)
- BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (MALE): Irrfan Khan (Angrezi Medium)
- BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (FEMALE): Taapsee Pannu (Thappad)
- BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (MALE): Saif Ali Khan (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)
- BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ACTOR ROLE (FEMALE): Farrokh Jaffar (Gulabo Sitabo)
- CRITICS BEST FILM: Eeb Allay Ooo!
- CRITICS BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (MALE): Amitabh Bachchan (Gulabo Sitabo)
- CRITICS BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (FEMALE): Tillotama Shome (Sir)
- BEST DEBUTANT (FEMALE): Alaya F (Jawaani Jaaneman)
- BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR: Rajesh Krishnan (Lootcase)
- BEST MUSIC ALBUM: Pritam (Ludo)
- BEST LYRICS: Gulzar – (Chhappak – Chhappak)
- BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (MALE): Raghav Chaitanya (EkTukdaDhoop – Thappad)
- BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (FEMALE): Asees Kaur (Malang – Malang)
- PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM: Priyanka Banerjee (Devi)
- RD BURMAN AWARD: Gulzar
- TECHNICAL AWARDS
- BEST STORY: Anubhav Sinha and Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul (Thappad)
- BEST SCREENPLAY: Rohena Gera (Sir)
- BEST DIALOGUE: Juhi Chaturvedi (Gulabo Sitabo)
- BEST ACTION: Ramazan Bulut, RP Yadav (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)
- BEST BACKGROUND SCORE: Mangesh Urmila Dhakde (Thappad)
- BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Avik Mukho padhayay (GulaboSitabo)
- BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Farah Khan (Dil Bechara – Dil Bechara)
- BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Veera KapurEe (Gulabo Sitabo)
- BEST EDITING: Yasha Pushpa Ramchandani (Thappad)
- BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Manasi Dhruv Mehta (Gulabo Sitabo)
- BEST SOUND DESIGN: Kaamod Kharade (Thappad)
- BEST VFX: Prasad Sutar (Ny Vfx Wala) (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)
- FILMFARE SHORT FILM AWARDS
- BEST FILM (FICTION): Shivraj Waichal (Arjun)
- BEST FILM (NON-FICTION): Nitesh Ramesh Parulekar (Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary)
- BEST ACTOR (FEMALE): Purti Savardekar (The First Wedding)
- BEST ACTOR (MALE): Arnav Abdagire (Arjun)