Screen honours the best of 2012 today

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As Indian cinema approaches its 100th anniversary, the 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards ceremony at MMRDA Grounds in Mumbai's Bandra Kurla Complex Saturday evening is set to be a grand celebration of its landmark moments, wonderful artistes and undiluted magic.

Imbued with nostalgia, its grand stage will take stock of the leaps the industry has made over the decades, as well as the excellence it has achieved.

The year 2012 witnessed cinema growing even more experimental and bold. Kahaani placed a heavily pregnant Vidya Balan at the centre of a thriller and set the box-office ringing. A revenge-mafia saga Gangs of Wasseypur (GoW) pushed the boundaries with a release in two highly stylised parts. Paan Singh Tomar, the biopic of an athlete-turned-dacoit, showed the power of a consummate performance and a gripping story, while in the later half of the year, ending her 15-year hiatus, Sridevi established that she is still the nation's darling.

These facets of contemporary Indian cinema are set to be on display as the names of nominees and winners are read out at the awards ceremony.

At the same time, India continues to sway to the masala and power presence of A-listers.

This was established by Hrithik Roshan's Agneepath, Shah Rukh Khan's Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Aamir Khan's Talaash and Salman Khan's Dabangg 2 all are in the race for multiple awards apart from top honours for their stars.

The front-runner among the nominees is Barfi!, where Ranbir Kapoor traded the angst and guitar of Rockstar (which won him the laurels in 2011) for innocent charm.

What will ultimately triumph on Saturday night is good cinema. "Who cares whether I win or not? It has been a great year for our cinema and it is great to see good films nominated," said Anurag Kashyap, director of GoW.

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