It was an evening filled with glamour and the true celebration of cinematic excellence at the 65th Amazon Filmfare Awards 2020 held at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Sarusajai, Guwahati last evening. The coveted Black Lady was hosted outside Mumbai for the first time in six decades as it stepped into a scenic land surrounded by the majestic Brahmaputra River. The quaint Guwahati, that perfectly exemplifies and reflects the modern cultural heritage of Northeast India, witnessed the finest of Bollywood under one starry roof.
The red carpet saw flamboyance like never before as the best of Bollywood strutted for the celebration in their stylish-most avataar. From the extremely vivacious Alia Bhatt, dashing Varun Dhawan, to the breath-taking Taapsee Pannu, Madhuri Dixit, among others turned many heads as they owned the red carpet with their mesmerising looks.
The cinephiles in the audience were in for a spectacular visual treat as they witnessed their favourite Bollywood actors come together for power-packed performances. To pay a special tribute to all the Showmen of Bollywood, Ayushmann Khurrana performed to a medley of retro and latest beats of Bollywood like Jeena Yahaan, Yeh Dil na hota bechara, Yahoo Yahoo, Babumoshai among others. Madhuri Dixit enthralled the audience with a mesmerising act on songs of the golden voices of our country like Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya (Lata Mangeshkar), In Ankhon (Asha Bhosle), Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai (Alka Yagnik) among others. Varun Dhawan set the stage on fire with his action-packed performance on electrifying songs like Kaavaan Kaavaan, Maa Tujhe Salam, Vande Mataram and Suno Gaur se Duniya Walo among others. The latest heartthrob Kartik Aaryan made his debut on the Filmfare stage on songs like One two ka Four, Kali Kali Aankhein, Chaiyya Chaiyya, Oh Oh Jane Jaana, Haan Main Galat, Aahun Aahun among others and swept every girl off their feet with his captivating performance.
Filmfare R. D. Burman Award completes 25 years with this edition and to mark this occasion, the ultimate entertainer Ranveer Singh ‘vakaoo-ed’ the audience by dancing to the beats of classics like Aa dekhke Zara, Chand Mera Di, Mehbooba Mehbooba, Duniya mein logo ko and Yamma yamma. The versatile Vicky Kaushal gave an ode to 65 years of Filmfare Awards by taking the audience on a journey through songs like Nanhe Munne Bachhe teri muththi mein kya hai, Papa kehte hain Bada naam karega, Ruk Ja O dil Deewane, Koi Mil Gaya, Senorita and Malhari among many others. Closing the evening on a high note was Akshay Kumar who performed to songs like Teri Mitti, Shaitan Ka sala, Laal Ghaghra, and Sauda Khara Khara among others. The quintessential king of glamour, Karan Johar and the charming Vicky Kaushal had the audience in raptures throughout the splendid evening as hosts. Bringing in the true flavours of Assam to the starry night, a special performance of the traditional Assamese folk dance left the audiences mesmerised.
The grand ceremony of 65th Amazon Filmfare Awards will be simulcast on the Filmfare page on Facebook & Instagram and also be available next year for all fans. The Television Broadcast of the show will be aired on Colors on 16th February at 9 PM and on 22nd Feb, 7:30 PM on Colors Cineplex.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Deepak Lamba – CEO, Worldwide Media said, “With this year’s Filmfare Awards we have curated a host of strategic partnerships and moved the ceremony to Assam for charting a new course of history in the 65-year old legacy of the awards. Collaborating with like-minded partners like Awesome Assam, Amazon and Facebook will have a resounding positive influence on the way Filmfare fans consume, perceive and share the content.”
Commenting on the occasion, Jitesh Pillaai, Editor of Filmfare commented, “Since our first edition, the Filmfare Awards have been known for recognizing and acknowledging the best of talent who have played a telling role towards changing the landscape of Indian cinema forever. This is the first time in our 65-year-old legacy that Filmfare has brought the Bollywood fraternity to celebrate the achievements of the industry along with the notable performances of the year. As we embark on a new chapter, we hope to transcend boundaries by bringing together people and communities through this celebration of excellence in future editions as well.”