Koi Mil Gaya spoiled the party for Kal Ho Na Ho , bagging the top three awards for the Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor at the first-ever Apsara Producers Guild Award held in Mumbai on Saturday.
The sci-fi Koi Mil Gaya received the Best Actor Award for Hrithik Roshan ‘s star turn as a mentally challenged boy and his father Rakesh Roshan won the Best Director Award. It also won Best Special Effects (Dimmini Special Digital Art Media) award.
Urmila Matondkar accepted the award for Best Actress for her performance in Bhoot .
Kal Ho Naa Ho produced by Yash Johar won six awards, but would still feel like a runners-up to Koi Mil Gaya, which won four statuettes.
Meanwhile, the romantic drama from the Johar stable, KHNH, won the awards in the categories of Best Music Director (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy), Best Lyrics ( Javed Akhtar ), Best Playback Singer ( Sonu Nigam ), Best Cinematography (Anil Mehta), Outstanding Debut in Films ( Nikhil Advani ), Best Actress in a Supporting Role ( Jaya Bachchan ).
Pankaj Kapoor won the award for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his stellar role of an underworld don in Maqbool , while Alka Yagnik won the Best Female Playback Singer for her rendition of ‘Oodhni’ in Tere Naam .
The Guild, formed 54 years ago, on Saturday night felicitated Bollywood thespian Dilip Kumar with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. Subhash Chandra, Zee Telefilms’ chief was also presented a statuette for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Television’.
The glittering function was kicked off by the soulful rendition by Sufi singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, nephew of Ustad Fateh Ali Khan.
Pinjar and Munnabhai MBBS scored a double in the technical section of the awards. While Pinjar got Muneesh Sappel the awards for Best Costume Design and Best Art Design, ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ won the Best Screenplay Award for Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Lajan Joseph and Best Editing for the director of the film, Rajkumar Hirani. Verma Productions won the Best Production Company Award.
The Guild presented the Best Regional Film to the Bengali film by Rituparno Ghosh’s movie Chokher Bali and the Best Foreign Film Award went to ‘Lord of the Rings-The Return of the King’.