The first award of the season went to Alia Bhatt for Best Actress in ‘Udta Punjab’, and Sonam Kapoor went home, disappointed.

Director Ram Madhvani won the best director award for the highly applauded ‘Neerja’, starring Sonam Kapoor as the lead.

Sonam Kapoor was being considered the strongest contender for the best actress this year, for her sterling performance as Neerja Bhanot, but lost the award to Alia Bhatt.

“We were all very happy because the film has been recognised. I was honoured to be selected for the Best Director, though I felt Shakun Batra’s direction of Kapoor & Sons was also worthy of recognition. Jim Sarbh won the Best Debutant award and we breathed a collective sigh of joyous relief when Shabanaji won the Best Supporting Actress award for film,” Neerja’s director Ram stated.

However, Sonam’s brother Harshvardhan Kapoor won the Best Debutant award along with her Neerja co-star Jim Sarbh.

Speaking at the red carpet pre-win Alia Bhatt had said, “I’d be lying if I said I am not looking forward to the awards. I know there are others with an equally strong chance of winning. May the best woman win.”

Here’s the list of the rest of the Award Winners:

Best Action
Sham Kaushal – Dangal

Best Background Score
Sameer Uddin – Kapoor & Sons

Best Choreography
Adil Shaikh – Kar gayi chul (Kapoor & Sons)

Best Costume
Payal Saluja – Udta Punjab

Best Cinematography
Mitesh Mirchandani – Neerja

Best Editing
Monisha R Baldawa – Neerja

Best Sound Design
Vivek Sachidanand – Phobia

Best VFX
Redchillies VFX – Fan

Best Production Design
Aparna Sud – Neerja

Best Lyrics
Amitabh Bhattacharya – Channa mereya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

Best Story

Shakun Batra and Ayesha Devitre – Kapoor & Sons

Best Screenplay

Shakun Batra and Ayesha Devitre – Kapoor & Sons

Best Dialogue

Ritesh Shah – Pink

Best Playback (Male)

Arijit Singh – Ae dil hai mushkil (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

Best Playback (Female)
Neha Bhasin – Jag ghoomeya (Sultan)

Best Music Album
Pritam – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Female)
Shabana Azmi – Neerja

Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male)
Rishi Kapoor – Kapoor & Sons

Best Debut Director

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari – Nil Battey Sannata

Best Debut (Male)

Diljit Dosanjh- Udta Punjab

Best Debut (Female)

Ritika Singh – Saala Khadoos

Lifetime Achievement Award

Shatrugan Sinha

RD Burman Award

Amit Mishra

Critics’ Award For Best Actor (Female)

Sonam Kapoor – Neerja
Critics’ Award For Best Actor (Male)

Manoj Bajpayee – Aligarh

Shahid Kapoor – Udta Punjab

Critics’ Award For Best Film

Ram Madhvani- Neerja

Best Actor (Female)
Alia Bhatt- Udta Punjab

Best Director
Nitesh Tiwari- Dangal

Best Actor (Male)
Aamir Khan – Dangal

Best Film