Screen Awards: Starry Starry Night

A violin in hand and a girl flung over his arm, when Ranbir Kapoor descended on stage at the 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards on Saturday evening at MMRDA grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex, he brought to life the iconic scene from the movie Barsaat between his grandfather Raj Kapoor and Nargis. The combination of grandeur, finesse and romance — elements that have made Indian cinema famous across the world — set the tone for his act. The young actor grooved to a medley of songs picturised on various members of the Kapoor family, which has been part of Indian cinema for 84 years.

Drawing from Raj Kapoor's character in Shri 420, Ranbir became the goofy village-boy-in-the-big-city and danced to Mera Joota Hai Japani. He then imbibed the energetic, effervescent persona of his grand uncle Shammi Kapoor to match steps with Bollywood's cabaret queen Helen to Oh Haseena Zulfon Wali in a rare performance by the veteran actress. The actor then switched roles to impersonate his father in the popular qawwali Parda Hai Parda and was joined by his mother Neetu Kapoor — she returned to the stage after many years and for the first time with her son — on the love song Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. Ranbir concluded his performance with two of his own numbers — the popular Bachna Ae Haseeno and the title track of his latest release, Barfi!.

On an evening when content-driven films swept the awards, the glamorous, entertaining and power-packed performances became the highlight. One of the first performances was by Mika who crooned his 2012 chartbuster Pungi from the movie Agent Vinod, even as Shah Rukh Khan, one of the master of ceremonies for the evening, matched steps with him. Ayushmann Khurrana, also one of the hosts at the awards night, marked his arrival on stage in style. The actor, who made his acting debut with Vicky Donor in 2012, gave the song Paani Da Rang from his film a high adrenaline twist by dancing to it a la Michael Jackson.

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