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Filmfare Awards 2023: Alia Bhatt, Rajkummar Rao bag Best Actor Awards

Veteran actor Prem Chopra received the lifetime achievement award at the event.

Alia Bhatt in Gangubai Kathiawadi and Rajkumar Rao in Badhaai Do. Imagea - Twitter/@Filmfare

The 68th Hyundai Filmfare Awards was held at the Jio Convention Centre, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai, on April 27, 2023. The event was hosted by Bollywood stars Salman Khan, Ayushmann Khurrana and Maniesh Paul.

Veteran actor Prem Chopra received the lifetime achievement award. The top honors were bagged by Actress Alia Bhatt for her role in Gangubai Kathiawadi and Rajkummar Rao for his role in Badhaai Do.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Gangubai Kathiawadi bagged ten awards at the event including in categories of best film, best director, best lead role (female), best dialogue, best production design, best choreography, and cinematography. Meanwhile, Harshavardhan Kulkarni's Badhaai Do bagged six awards, including best story by Akshat Ghildial and Suman Adhikary; best screenplay by Akshat Ghildial, Suman Adhikary and Harshavardhan Kulkarni.

Ayan Mukerji's Brahmastra: Part One - Shiva received five awards, including best VFX by DNEG and Redefine, Music Album by Pritam, best lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya for Kesariya. Singer Arijit Singh also gained recognition for the song.

Other celebrities who were recognised at the event included Anil Kapoor for his supporting role in Jug Jugg Jeeyo; actor Sanjay Mishra for Vadh; Anukush Gedam from Jhund and Andrea Kevichusa from Anek for the best debut.

Industry stalwarts such as Vicky Kaushal, Tiger Shroff, Janhvi Kapoor, Govinda and Jacqueline Fernandez performed at the event, a press statement by Filmfare read. Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri refused to attend the event despite his film The Kashmir Files bagging seven nominations.

He wrote a long note slamming the awards on Twitter and called it an "oppressive and corrupt system." “My congratulations to all those who win and more to those who do not. The brighter side is that I am not alone. Slowly but steadily, a parallel Hindi film industry is emerging,” he wrote.