Bollywood’s first awards galas for 2017 was held at the MMRDA grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex, last night. The Star Screen Awards may not have seen many A-listers walk the red carpet, but, their absence was compensated by Salman Khan’s presence. Surprises were in tow this year with the top honours celebrating credible acts instead of superstars.
Irrfan Khan, who won the Best Actor title for Hindi Medium, celebrated the recognition of talent. With two honours to his credit — Best Actor (Newton) and Best Supporting Actor (Shubh Mangal Savdhan) — Rajkummar Rao was certain to revisit history and dedicate his wins to those from smaller towns.
With the gongs evading her for a while, Vidya Balan was evidently ecstatic to win Best Female Actor for Tumhari Sulu. While accepting her award from Rekha, Balan thanked hubby Siddharth Roy Kapur for “putting up” with her sensual acts, as she became Silk Smitha and Sulu for the big screen. Dangal, with the coveted Best Film nod, Tumhari Sulu and Newton, took home the top honours.