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Farhan Akhtar, Asin get top honours at Max Stardust Awards

entertainment Updated: Feb 17, 2009 18:10 IST

Director-turned-actor Farhan Akhtar and actress Asin Thottumkal bagged top honours for their performances in Rock On!! and Ghajini respectively at the Max Stardust Awards 2009.

Aamir Khan-starrer Ghajini also bagged the hottest film award, while its director A.R. Murugadoss walked away with the hottest new filmmaker trophy at a gala event here Sunday night.

Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na, which is produced by Aamir, got three awards - breakthrough performance award male went to Prateik Babbar and Manjari Phadnis bagged it in the female category. Playback singer Benny Dayal received the trophy for his rendition Pappu can't dance....

Celebrity couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor were announced the style icon of the year, while octogenarian actor Dev Anand was honoured for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.

In the offbeat film categories, superstar Amitabh Bachchan bagged Searchlight Award for best actor for The Last Lear.

"I am so happy for the makers and the director - Planman (motion pictures) and Rituparno Ghosh for the faith in the film and the courage to make something away from the norm," Amitabh posted on his blog after returning from the ceremony late Sunday night.

Amitabh says that after receiving the award, he felt pangs of nostalgia, as Feb 15 was the date 40 years back in his career, when he signed his first film Saat Hindustani.

"Forty years! Been a while. Struggles and uncertainties, successes and disappointments, accusations and controversies, ill health and months in hospital, all such a vivid kaleidoscope of moments, events, images? simply unbelievable and unimaginable," wrote Amitabh.

Amrita Rao was adjudged the best female actor for her performance as an illiterate village girl in Welcome to Sajjanpur.

A Wednesday, a film about terrorism, bagged the best film award and its director Neeraj Pandey was honoured with the best director award.