Mumbai, December 4: Shoojit Sircar’s critically-acclaimed Pink bagged as many as four awards, including for the Best Film, at the 23rd Star Screen Awards 2016 here on Sunday.

While megastar Amitabh Bachchan received the Best Actor award for the film, Aditya Bannerji got the Best Editing award and Ritesh Shah got the Best Dialogue award for Pink.

PINK is about ‘What Men Can Do, What Women Can’t Do’ – and what happens when women do, what men say, women can’t do: wrote Subhash K. Jha in his review

Pink is a very important film, and not only because it addresses gender issues with such caustic elan, biting away at patriarchal prejudices,” but Shoojit ensured that the  narrative is a presentation against patriarchal bullying.

“It all comes out in a tumble in a rousing courtroom finale where the aging but still sharp lawyer Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan) with a dying wife (Mamata Shankar) in the hospital, provokes the spoilt rich politician’s scion (Angad Bedi, sufficiently credible) to say why it is okay to force yourself on a certain type of “loose” women even if they say no to your advances”.

Shoojit plays out a narrative that is a greatest lesson without any glee or glory – that when a woman says no to sex, it is a NO!

Just because that girl you’ve been staring at for much more than 14 seconds is wearing a short skirt and laughing loudly and drinking and cracking a dirty joke at a party where “nice” girls are not allowed, it doesn’t mean she can be forced to have sex with you”, wrote Mr Jha.

One big truth that Big B’s legal rhetorics help us ingest is that – “a girl can be any way she wants to be. She could have sex with as many partners as she likes. She still has full authority over her body.

“So the next time a guy thinks a woman is of “that sort”, he should think again”.

Actress Alia Bhatt received the best actress award for Udta Punjab.

One of the highlights of Star Screen Awards 2016 was Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan coming together to host the event. However, the show’s first segment was hosted by Karan Johar and Karan Singh Grover.

As evergreen beauty Rekha was bestowed with the Lifetime achievement award, actress Sonam Kapoor did a special performance on Rekha and the veteran actress also enthralled audience with a performance on a popular old song.

The Critics Choice For Best Actor award went to Sushant Singh Rajput for M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story and the Critics Choice For Best Actress went to Swara Bhaskar for Nil Battey Sannata.

Several Bollywood celebrities attended the award function including Alia, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Bipasha Basu, Harshvardhan Kapoor, Huma Quereshi, Sonam, Divya Khosla Kumar among others.

Shalini Singh

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