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Filmfare Awards 2021: ‘Thappad’ Wins Big With 7 Awards, Irrfan Khan Wins Best Actor Posthumously

Photo Credit: Screenshot of trailer of 'Thappad'

Thappad, the critically acclaimed Hindi film starring Taapsee Pannu, bagged seven awards at the 66th Filmfare Awards that was held on Saturday. The Anubhav Sinha directorial won the awards for best film, best actor in the leading role (female), best playback singer, best story, best editing, best sound design, and best background score.

The event saw only a few actors from the Hindi film industry in attendance. It was hosted by actors Riteish Deshmukh and Rajkummar Rao. Late actor Irrfan Khan was posthumously awarded the best actor in the leading role (male) for Angrezi Medium, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award. Khan’s son, Baabil, received the award on behalf of his father.

Eeb Allay Oo! won the Critics Best Film award.


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Shoojit Sircar’s Gulaabo Sitabo, featuring Ayushmann Khurrana and Amitabh Bachchan, also bagged several awards. The film won in the best actor in the leading role (male), best supporting actor female, best dialogue, best production design, best costume design, and best cinematography.

Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior won the best director award, and the best actor in supporting role (male).

The event saw actors like Ayushmann Khurrana, Tamannaah Bhatia, Jaideep Ahlawat, Sara Ali Khan, Daisy Shah, Taapsee Pannu, Nora Fatehi, Urvashi Rautela, Mithila Palkar, Sanjana Sanghi, singer Dhvani Bhanushali and Sunny Leone, among others, in attendance. Alaya F, who won the best debutant award female for Jawaani Jaaneman, was also present.

While a lot of actors did not turn up because of the Covid- 19 pandemic, actors like Ayushmann Khurrana, Nora Fatehi, Sunny Leone, Sara Ali Khan, and Hrithik Roshan performed at the event.

The list of winners include:

Best Film


Best Director

Om Raut (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)

Best Film (Critics)

Prateek Vats (Eeb Allay Ooo!)

Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male)

Irrfan Khan (Angrezi Medium)

Best Actor (Critics)

Amitabh Bachchan (Gulabo Sitabo)

Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female)

Taapsee Pannu (Thappad)

Best Actress (Critics)

Tillotama Shome (Sir)

Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male)

Saif Ali Khan (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)

Best Actor In A Supporting Actor Role (Female)

Farrokh Jaffar (Gulabo Sitabo)

Best Story

Anubhav Sushila Sinha and Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul (Thappad)

Best Screenplay

Rohena Gera (Sir)

Best Dialogue

Juhi Chaturvedi (Gulabo Sitabo)

Best Debut Director

Rajesh Krishnan (Lootcase)

Best Debut Female

Alaya F (Jawaani Jaaneman)

Best Music Album

Pritam (Ludo)

Best Lyrics

Gulzar- Chhapaak (Chhapaak)

Best Playback Singer (Male)

Raghav Chaitanya (Ek Tukda Dhoop from Thappad)

Best Playback Singer (Female)

Asees Kaur- Malang (Malang)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Irrfan Khan

Best Action

Ramazan Bulut, Rp Yadav (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)

Best Background Score

Mangesh Urmila Dhakde (Thappad)

Best Cinematography

Avik Mukhopadhayay (Gulabo Sitabo)

Best Choreography

Farah Khan- Dil Bechara (Dil Bechara)

Best Costume Design

Veera Kapur Ee (Gulabo Sitabo)

Best Editing

Yasha Pushpa Ramchandani (Thappad)

Best Production Design

Manasi Dhruv Mehta (Gulabo Sitabo)

Best Sound Design

Kaamod Kharade (Thappad)

Best VFX

Prasad Sutar (Ny Vfx Wala) (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior)

Short Film Awards

Best Film (Fiction)

Shivraj Waichal (Arjun )

Best Film (Non-Fiction)

Nitesh Ramesh Parulekar (Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary)

Best Actor (Female)

Purti Savardekar (The First Wedding)

Best Actor (Male)

Arnav Abdagire (Arjun)

Best Film (Popular Choice)


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