Aamir Khan's directorial debut Taare Zameen Par (TZP) and Neeraj Pandey's much acclaimed A Wednesday hogged the limelight at the Shantaram Awards function here, bagging most of the honours. TZP won the V Shantaram Gold Award for the Best film while A Wednesday and critically appreciated Marathi film Tingya bagged the Silver and Bronze award in the Best Film category.
It was double bonanza for Neeraj Pandey who won the Best Director Gold award as well as Best Debut Director award. The Silver Best director award went to Aamir Khan for Taare Zameen Par while Ashutosh Gowariker received the Best Director Bronze award for love epic Jodhaa Akbar. Director Kunal Kohli collected the trophies on Aamir's behalf as the actor was not present on the occasion.
Darsheel Safary and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were adjudged the Best Actor and Actress for their splendid performances in TZP and Jodhaa Akbar respectively. Jaya Bachchan collected Aishwarya's trophy at the event yesterday. Jimmy Shergill received the 'Best artiste in a supporting role' trophy for his performance in A Wednesday. He dedicated the award to the matryrs of Mumbai 26/11 attacks. The debut artiste award went to actor-director Farhan Akhtar.
A R Rehman won the Best Music Director for his mellifluous score in Jodhaa.. while Kiran Deohans received the Best Cinematography Award. Amol Gupte got the best writing award for Taare Zameen Par. Best Sound award went to late H Sridhar for Tamil film Dashavataram.Shree Narayan Singh received the Best Editing award for A Wednesday. The awards have been instituted in the memory of legendary filmmaker late V Shantaram and the function is organised by Rajkamal Academy for cinematic excellence.