The Dadasaheb Phalke Awards, an illustrious event that has become synonymous with recognizing excellence and contributions in the Indian film industry, has once again left the showbiz world dazzled with its magnificence and grandeur in the year 2023. This was a night like no other, where the glitz and glamour of Bollywood were at its zenith. The air was electric with anticipation and excitement, as the who’s who of the film industry gathered to celebrate and honour the finest achievers of the year.
Ranbir Kapoor – the ‘Best Actor’ Award
The illustrious Dadasaheb Phalke Award ceremony had many star-studded moments, but perhaps none as heartwarming as when the ever-talented Alia Bhatt stepped onto the stage to receive an award on behalf of her beloved hubby, Ranbir Kapoor. Though Ranbir was unable to attend the grand event due to his demanding work schedule, his remarkable performance in the blockbuster film ‘Brahmastra’ earned him the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Best Actor.
Alia Bhatt – The ‘Best Actress’ Award
The Dadasaheb Phalke Awards proved to be a momentous occasion for the powerhouse couple of Bollywood, as Alia Bhatt was crowned with the Best Actress award for her dynamic performance in the blockbuster hit, ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, directed by the esteemed Sanjay Leela Bhansali. With her awe-inspiring talent, Alia breathed life into the character of Gangubai, a real-life sex worker turned matriarch of the underworld. Her portrayal garnered immense critical acclaim and audience adoration alike, with her electrifying performance marking a milestone in her career.
Varun Dhawan – The ‘Best Actor Critics’ Award
The charismatic Varun Dhawan had reason to celebrate at the Dadasaheb Phalke Awards, as he walked away with the Critics Best Actor trophy for his exceptional portrayal in the horror-comedy, ‘Bhediya’, directed by the inimitable Amar Kaushik. In the film, Varun played the role of Bhaskar, a young man who undergoes a transformative experience after being attacked by a werewolf, gaining the ability to transform into the same creature himself. The actor’s commendable performance in the film won him praise from both critics and audiences alike, with his nuanced and layered portrayal elevating the film to new heights.
Anupam Kher – The ‘Most Versatile Actor of the Year’ award
The legendary actor Anupam Kher’s unparalleled talent was recognized at the esteemed Dadasaheb Phalke Awards, as he emerged as the winner of the coveted Most Versatile Actor of the Year award for his awe-inspiring performance in the critically acclaimed film, The ‘Kashmir Files’, directed by the acclaimed Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri. With his mesmerizing performance, Anupam Kher captivated audiences with his portrayal of a complex character, delivering a nuanced and emotionally charged performance that resonated with viewers. His towering presence on the screen, combined with his impeccable acting chops, made him the deserving recipient of the prestigious award.
Moreover, The ‘Kashmir’ Files itself was honoured with the Best Film award at the event, highlighting the brilliance of the film’s direction, script, and performances. Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri’s masterful vision and storytelling were lauded by the industry, while the powerful message of the film left a lasting impact on audiences worldwide.
Here’s the list of other awards which were much deserving:
- Film of the year: “RRR”
- Critics Best Actress: Vidya Balan for “Jalsa”
- Best Director: R Balki for “Chup”
- Best Cinematographer: PS Vinod for “Vikram Vedha”
- Most Promising Actor: Rishab Shetty for “Kantara”
- Best Actor in Supporting Role: Maniesh Paul for “Jugjugg Jeeyo”
- Best Playback singer (Male): Sachet Tandor for “Maiyya Mainu” from the film “Jersey”
- Best Playback singer (Female): Neeti Mohan for “Meri Jaan” from the film “Gangubai Khatiawadi”
- Best Web Series: “Rudra: The Edge of Darkness” (Hindi)
- Television Series of the year: “Anupamaa”
- Best Actor in a television series: Zain Imam for “Fanaa” (Ishq Mein Marjawaan)
- Best Actress in a Television Series: Tejasswi Prakash for “Naagin 4”
- Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2023 for outstanding contribution to the film industry: Rekha and Hariharan