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Amitabh Bachchan boycotts 55th Filmfare awards

By Mandeep Sanghera
BBC Asian Network

Amitabh Bachchan (left), wife Jaya and their son Abhishek (right) with wife Aishwarya
Amitabh Bachchan (left), wife Jaya, son Abhishek (right) and his wife Aishwarya

Indian acting legend Amitabh Bachchan's no-show at the 55th Filmfare awards overshadowed the event in which 3 Idiots picked up six honours.

Bachchan's absence is thought to have been due to a story about daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai in the Mumbai Mirror, a sister title of Filmfare magazine.

Bachchan, 66, won the best actor award for his role in Paa (Father).

His award was picked up by Vidya Balan, who won the best actress honour for her role in the same film.

Bachchan has been nominated a record 28 times at the prestigious awards and the gong for Paa was the fifth of his sparkling career in Indian cinema.

But, away from the star's non-appearance, 3 Idiots swept the board as it picked up the best film, best director, best supporting actor, best story, best screenplay and best dialogue awards.

The film is Bollywood's highest grossing movie of all time and upstaged Kaminey and Love Aaj Kal as the three films battled it out for supremacy at India's version of the Oscars.

Indian composer AR Rahman, who won two Oscars, two Grammy Awards, a Bafta and a Golden Globe last year for his soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire, claimed the best music award for the score to Delhi 6.

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