The 66th Filmfare Awards saw Irrfan Khan being lauded with Lifetime Achievement Award and Taapsee Pannu starring Thappad making it big by winning 7 trophies, followed by Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo getting 6 black ladies.
The Filmfare Awards is one of the oldest running award ceremonies honouring artistic and technical excellence in Bollywood for each passing year. This year, late-actor Irrfan Khan won the Best Actor award posthumously and joined the elite list of lifetime achievement winners as well. The versatile actor died in April last year at the age of 53 after losing the battle with cancer. His son Babil was in the award ceremony to receive the award on the behalf of his father.
Meanwhile, Taapsee Pannu, who was in news recently for having her properties raided by the Income Tax Department received the Best Actress Award for Anubhav Sinha’s Thappad.
Thappad also won the Best Film for the year along with getting the trophies for Best Story (Anubhav Sinha & Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul), Best Editing (Yasha Ramchandani), Best Playback Singer (Raghav Chaitany) , Best Background Score (Mangesh Dhakde) and Best Sound Design (Kaamod Kharade).
Shoojit Sircar’s GulaboSitabo also received a bunch of awards with Amitabh Bachchan winning the Best Actor (Critics), Farrukh Jaffar winning the Best Actor in a Supporting Actor Role (Female), Juhi Chaturvedi taking home the award for Best Dialogue and Avik Mukhopadhayay winning the award for Best Cinematography.
Here is the complete list of 66th Filmfare Awards winners:
Best Film: Thappad
— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) March 27, 2021
In the sea of films that objectify women or just have female actors as a cardboard character for male characters’ journey, we had Thappad released last year. The film dissects the issue of women being subjected to abuse without any action taken against it for the sake of domestic peace. The film revolves around the journey of the female protagonist who stood for herself after an act of domestic violence. The film juggles multiple themes such as patriarchy, feminism, equal rights and more and does so with ease.
Best Film (Critics): Eeb Allay Ooo!
— Filmfare (@filmfare) March 28, 2021
The film is part comedy-part social commentary of the plight of migrant workers who come to metros in search of employment. The film, directed by Prateek Vats speaks about something every privileged citizen of the country turns their eyes away from: the fate of marginalized person can be worse than an animal. With its dark comedy that’s sprinkled in generous proportions, the film pushes the envelope of creative expressions in documenting the human spirit and its suffering.
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male): Irrfan Khan (Angrezi Medium)
After accepting the award for his father, Babil Khan spoke of the time #IrrfanKhan wanted to teach him acting but couldn’t. He later held @jaideepahlawat in an embrace and said he will now learn from him and make his father proud. #VimalElaichiFilmfareAwards pic.twitter.com/eG4bri6Mlw
— Filmfare (@filmfare) March 28, 2021
Although a case could be made that Irrfan’s better acted movies came in the form of Haider, Maqbool, The Namesake or Lunchbox, one fact can’t be taken away from him: he acted with as sincerity in Angrezi Medium as he did in any of his other films.
Best Actor (Critics): Amitabh Bachchan (Gulabo Sitabo)
Released on Amazon Prime Video, Gulabo Sitabo is a dramedy in which Mr. Bachchan plays a quirky yet fragile landlord who is always on the lookout for being in conflict with whoever comes in his way. Hidden under multiple layers of make-up, Mr. Bachchan stole the show with his performance where his eyes spoke volumes.
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female): Taapsee Pannu (Thappad)
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Taapsee Pannu has shown her versatility as an actress by playing a range of characters. From a self-destructive romantic in Anurag Kashyap’s Manmarziyaan to playing a stern-faced troubled victim of assault in Pink, she has done it all. In Thappad, the actress portrayed the strength, fragility and the grace of every woman that has ever walked on the planet. Her character Amrita expressed grief, guilt and evoked multiple emotions in the viewers.
Best Actor (Critics): Tillotama Shome (Sir)
A few cups down and it’s still sinking in. Thank you to the jury of @filmfare for this tremendous encouragement. Thank you @RohenaGera for giving me #Ratna, #vivekgomber and @getkul for being the best co actors.#FilmfareAwards2021
(P.s- I also got to meet @pratikg80 in flesh😃) pic.twitter.com/ukH0axzBr3
— Tillotama Shome (@TillotamaShome) March 28, 2021
In Rohena Gera’s Sir, Shome plays as a hard-working, sincere maid who moves from a village in Maharashtra to the city of dreams, Mumbai. In Mumbai, her character Ratna takes the first step of creating a life for herself as she works as a maid during the days and as a tailoring student in the evenings. Every frame that Shome is on screen is a joy as she expresses simple emotions like awkwardness, ingenuity, affection and confusion effortlessly.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Saif Ali Khan (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)
Best Actor in a Supporting Actor Role (Female): Farrukh Jaffar (Gulabo Sitabo)
Best Director: Om Raut
Best Director: Om Raut (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)
Best Story: Anubhav Sushila Singh and Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul (Thappad)
Best Screenplay: Rohena Gera (Sir)
Best Dialogue: Juhi Chaturvedi (Gulabo Sitabo)
Best Debut Director: Rajesh Krishnan (Lootcase)
Best Debut Female: Alaya F (Jawaani Jaaneman)
Best Music Album: Pritam (Ludo)
Best Lyrics: Gulzar (Chhapaak)
Best Playback Singer (Male): Raghav Chaitanya (Ek Tukda Dhoop from Thappad)
Best Playback Singer (Female): Asees Kaur (Malang title song)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Irrfan Khan
Best Action: Ramazan Bulut, RP Yadav (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)
Best Background Score: Mangesh Urmila Dhakde (Thappad)
Best Cinematography: Abhik Mukhopadhyay (Gulabo Sitabo)
Best Choreography: Farah Khan (Dil Bechara title song)
Best Costume Design: Veera Kapur Ee (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 Vfxwaala (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)