Live from the Star Lounge

Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan

Here's what the camera didn't capture — some action backstage where the stars hung around, with a privileged few for company

A dash of colour. A whiff of stardust. A galaxy of stars. Stunning acts. Head spinning fashion moments. The much-anticipated 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards lived up to its past glory and created new benchmark. B-town came out in full support to celebrate the best of 2012.

Electrifying was the word used by all to describe the proceedings on stage. It's a word you can trust. When Shah Rukh Khan is the Master of Ceremonies then that's the way the cookie usually crumbles. He kept the jokes comin', the repartee flowin' and had the audience eating out of his hands. His 'sperm talk' with Vicky Donor star Ayushmann Khurrana was howlarious. Together The King & The Newbie presented such a risqué stand up romp that it's bound to be remembered for years to come. SRK also jammed with superstar singer Mika and regaled the audience with some Bolly Panju talk. Deepika Padukone came on for a fun segment with SRK. Karan Johar, who hosted crucial chunks of the show, was at his ebullient best — he cracked smart ones, cheered the winners and also got all emotional when Pamela Chopra, wife of late Yash Chopra walked up to receive the posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award for her illustrious husband. Gulzar saab and Rekha presented the award to Mrs Chopra.

The stage was set ablaze with some gravity defying performances by Priyanka Chopra who sat astride an aerial Ganesha, Sonakshi Sinha did the dahi handi act live on the Go Govinda song, K Jo's Students Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan put up an impressive show on their virgin stage performance. The big moment was of course Rockstar Ranbir Kapoor's performance wherein he paid tribute to the 100 years of Indian cinema with acts honouring the Kapoor Khandaan — from Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor to dad Rishi Kapoor. The surprise package was Ranbir jiving with Helen on O haseena zulfonwaali and with mom Neetu Singh on Ek main aur ek ru. Kodak moments like these make such shows come alive.

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