The Dadasaheb Phalke awards 2021 was aired on 20 February. The award honored artists for their contribution to Indian cinema and television. Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone bagged the awards for Best Actor and Best Actress respectively.
Deepika won the best actor (female) award for her performance in Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak that told the story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Aggarwal. Her co-star Vikrant Massey bagged the honor of best actor in a supporting role for his turn in the critically-acclaimed drama, penned by Atika Chohan.
Akshay Kumar was declared best actor (male) in the horror-comedy Laxmii, which was a remake of the hit Tamil film Kanchana (2011). Akshay’s co-star in the film, Kiara Advani, won for her performance in the Netflix film Guilty.
Sushant Singh Rajput, who passed away last year, was conferred the critic’s best actor (male) posthumously for his outstanding contribution to Hindi cinema. The best film honor went to Ajay Devgn-Saif Ali Khan starrer Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, which also ended up becoming the highest box-office grosser of 2020.
Anurag Basu was honored as the best director for his black comedy, Ludo, featuring an ensemble cast, including Abhishek Bachchan, Sanya Malhotra, Rajkummar Rao and Fatima Sana Shaikh. Radhika Madan bagged the best actor in a supporting role award for her performance in Homi Adajani’s dramedy Angrezi Medium, co-starring late Irrfan Khan.
Director Hansal Mehta’s blockbuster show Scam 1992, starring Pratik Gandhi as the infamous stockbroker Harshad Mehta, unsurprisingly received the best series award.
Sushmita Sen bagged the trophy for best actor in a web-series (female) for her stunning performance in Disney Plus Hotstar show Arya. While Bobby Deol was declared the best actor in a web-series (male) for Ashram, directed by Prakash Jha. Nora Fatehi, who has consistently wowed the audience with her dance moves, was awarded the best performer at the ceremony.
In the world of television, Kundali Bhagya won Best Television Series with its lead Dheeraj Dhooper winning the ‘Best Actor in Television Series’. Naagin star Surbhi Chandna won ‘Best Actress in Television Series’.