Heartbroken after she was dumped by her fiance a day before her wedding, Kangana Ranaut’s character takes off on a solo honeymoon trip to Europe. This trip of self discovery depicted in Vikas Bahl’s Queen gave Ranaut’s character a sense of identity, while the film got widespread acclaim and recognition. This landmark woman-centric film of 2014 took home top honours at the 21st Life OK Screen Awards, bagging the Best Film award and the Best Director trophy for Bahl, on Wednesday.
The other top winners of the evening too celebrated excellence in cinema with Shahid Kapoor getting the jury award for Best Actor (male) for his intense performance in Haider. Priyanka Chopra, who pulled quite a few punches with her brilliant portrayal of Mary Kom in a biopic named after the Olympian, won the jury award for Best Actor (female).
In the popular category, Shah Rukh Khan, who wowed the audiences with Happy New Year, got the Best Actor (male) award, while his co-star Deepika Padukone won the Best Actor (female) award for the same film.
Accompanied by a bevy of dancers, Kanika Kapoor, the voice behind Baby Doll from Ragini MMS 2, descended from a red car, crooning and grooving. This chartbuster of 2014 set the mood for celebration of cinema, kickstarting the evening of glamour and entertainment at the awards ceremony at the MMRDA grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex.
The major winners, Queen, Haider and Happy New Year, reflected the trends that dominated Hindi cinema in 2014.
The awards ceremony was about celebrating the glamour of the Bollywood superstars and honouring the best talent in the industry. The winners showed that the major categories were no longer just the domain of the biggies, with small, content-driven films also running alongside. Films like Ankhon Dekhi, Ugly, Queen and Highway gave big films like PK and Haider tough competition across all categories.
2014 again established the growing success of women-oriented films, with Queen and Mary Kom winning top honours. Fittingly, two of the most special performances at the 21st Life OK Screen Awards came from Alia Bhatt and Shraddha Kapoor.
The awards ceremony saw a slew of performances by the young guns of Bollywood. Varun Dhawan set the stage ablaze with a spirited show. Tiger Shroff, known for his stunts and agile dance moves, enthralled the crowd with his high energy act.
Talents in every field of filmmaking were celebrated even as stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Siddharth Malhotra kept the audience entertained with their acts and gags. Khan also put up a high-voltage performance, arriving amid fireworks as he danced to popular tunes.
And the awards go to…
Best Film: Queen
Best Director: Vikas Bahl (Queen)
Best Actor Male (Jury): Shahid Kapoor (Haider)
Best Actor Female (Jury): Priyanka Chopra (Mary Kom)
Best Actor Male (Popular): Shah Rukh Khan (Happy New Year)
Best Actor Female (Popular): Deepika Padukone (Happy New Year)