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Saturday , December 5 , 2009
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Draped in a Sabyasachi Mukherjee sari, Rani Mukerji was the showstopper of the evening. “It’s always lovely to be in my city Calcutta and when it is for an award, the trip becomes even more special. I worked very hard on Dil Bole Hadippa! and it feels great to see that my effort has been recognised and appreciated,” said Rani, after bagging the Best Actress award (critics choice, Bollywood) for the Yash Raj film.
Picture by Aranya Sen

Ghajini girl Asin won the Best Actress award (popular choice, Bollywood) for playing Kalpana in the Aamir Khan film. “To be showered with so much love and appreciation for one’s debut film is overwhelming! I hope I can live up to your expectations,” gushed Asin, looking fetching in black and gold.
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“This is my first award and I am so nervous! I am going to cherish this recognition for years,” gushed Mahie Gill, after receiving the Best Debutante award (Bollywood) for her Paro act in Dev D.
Picture by Pabitra Das

“I have a strong connection with Calcutta and Bengalis. My wife is a Bengali and it’s only fitting that I should receive an award in Calcutta. Eta kei bole bhabitabya!” quipped Irrfan Khan, after bagging the Best Actor (critics choice) award for Billu, as wife Sutapa Sikdar looked on Anurag Kashyap is all smiles after picking up the Best Director award (Bollywood) for Dev D. “It feels wonderful to receive such an honour in the city of the man (Saratchandra) who wrote the original script on which my film is based,” he said Indraneil Sengupta, the H&G Clinic Face of 2009, with actress wife Barkha. “This is an incredible beginning to my Tolly career,” he said
Tota Roy Chowdhury, who won the Special Jury award for Angshumaner Chhobi, walks in with cricketer Ranadeb Bose Pritam and his Metro band set a melodious tone with Alvida, Oh meri jaan, Zara si dil mein and several other chartbusters Looking gorgeous in a white salwar kameez, Arpita cheered the winners with Sundeep Bhutoria by her side
Fossils frontman Rupam with his band of boys after winning the Best Non-film Album award for Fossils 3. “Thank you for introducing this category. It’s very inspiring,” said Rupam Challenge had three winners — Dev for Best Actor, Raj Chakraborty for Best Director and Jeet Gannguli for Best Music Director. “I am speechless! I am very happy,” said Dev, flanked by Raj and Jeet With all the female eyes trained on him, Neil Nitin Mukesh was the chosen one for the Best Actor award (popular choice, Bollywood) for New York and Jail. “This is my 10th trip to Calcutta and the city seems special every time. Maybe next time when I am here, I will speak to you in Bangla,” smiled Neil, blowing kisses to his fans
Hiran danced to Emotional atyachaar and Dhan te nan, while Dev wolf-whistled in the audience to cheer him on Koel Mullick, who won the Best Actress award for Saat Pake Bandha, with Subhashree in the audience Mir’s antics had the audience in splits. Co-host Rimjhim Mitra couldn’t stop giggling too!
Gourab Chatterjee celebrates his win (Best Actor for STAR Jalsa mega Durga) with Sohini Pal over a drink. “It’s like a dream. I still can’t believe I have won an award,” smiled Uttam Kumar’s grandson. “I am enjoying the party. I am catching up with so many of my colleagues,” chirped Sohini

Chaiti Ghoshal and Ananya Chatterjee have an adda with Saswata Chatterjee and his wife Mohua. “I met my industry people after a long time. We gossiped and laughed our hearts out,” said Ananya, who sang Beedi jalaile as the rest shook a leg.
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arno lets her hair down with friend Pamela. “Was I looking good as an anchor on the stage?” asked Parno,
who was Mir’s co-host for
one of the segments at the
awards function

Neel Dutt, Abir Chatterjee and Sonalee catch up at the party. “Cross Connection was chosen in the maximum number of categories, but then... I am enjoying the party!” said Cross Connection hero Abir Directors
Anjan Dutt
and Suman Mukhopadhyay chat over drinks. “I missed the awards function as I was busy with the dubbing
of my film Mahanagar
said Suman
The Sorcar girls — Moubani, Mumtaz and Maneka — have a fun time along with Rimjhim. “I loved the yummy ginger pudding!” said Moubani
Irrfan Khan looks on as Sudipta Chakraborty, dressed in black, walks in    
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