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    Rakyesh Mehra gets Best Director trophy at the Zee Cine awards

    Genting Highlands (Malaysia), April 2. (PTI): Bollywood director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra walked away with the Best Director award for his much acclaimed film "Rang De Basanti" at the 10th Zee Cine awards here.

    The movie also bagged the Best Film, Best Editing (P S Bharthi), Best Cinematography (Binod Pradhan), Best Music Director (A R Rehman) and Best Lyricist (Prasoon Joshi) awards at a glittering function late last night.

    Hrithik Roshan took away the Best Actor award for "Krrish", while Kajol was given the Best Actress award for "Fanaa".

    Another big winner was the movie "Lage Raho Munnabhai", which won six awards for Best Screenplay (Rajkumar Hirani/Abhijit Joshi), Best Dialogue (Rajkumar Hirani), Best Story (Rajkumar Hirani/Abhijit Joshi), Best Actor in a comic role (Arshad Warsi), Critics' Award-Film and Critics' Award-Actor (Sanjay Dutt).

    Konkona Sen-Sharma and Abhishek Bachchan received the best supporting actress and actor awards respectively.

    The song titled "Beedi Jalaile" from the film "Omkara" was adjudged the Best Popular Track of the year.

    The event, attended by most of the Bollywood fraternity, was hosted by Bollywood Director Karan Johar, Actors Saif Ali Khan, Urmila Mantodkar and Shilpa Shetty.

    Zee Network, which held the award night overseas for the fourth time after Dubai (2004), London (2005) and Mauritius (2006), also gave away the Life-Time Achievement award to veteran actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna, while the "ravishing" lady of Bollywood Rekha took home the Forever Diva Award.

    The "Badshah" of Bollywood Shahrukh Khan took away the Audience Award for Fun Entertainer and also enthralled the audience with a dance performance from his movies "Don" and "Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna".

    Performances by Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Saif Ali Khan, Salman Khan and Abhishek Bachchan kept the audience glued to their seats during the award night.

    Of all the 37 awards given during the award function, the Golden Trophy Zee Award was renamed as the Zenith Award.



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