'MUGHAL-E-AZAM' COLOR VERSION DISORIENTS HUSAIN
'MUGHAL-E-AZAM' COLOR VERSION DISORIENTS HUSAIN

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The glittering Hero Honda 11th Star Screen Nominations at Hotel Grand Hyatt in Mumbai was all about movies and masti of Bollywood. This was significant inasmuch as it also marked 50 years of Screen (film magazine) in the presence of legendary actor Dilip Kumar and mega director Yash Chopra besides painter M F Husain, lyricist Javed Akhtar and Urmila Matondkar.

Akhtar, with wife Shabana Azmi, also released a book that captures the essence of Screen over the last half-century. ''I have been a Screen reader since I was in college, when it cost just 25 paise,'' he said. ''Screen was the first magazine which carried my photograph,'' said Waheeda Rehman, in a recorded message though. Shabana Azmi said, ''There are awards and there are awards. But Screen is the best.''

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The awards function will be held on January 18. The nominations focused on three films: 'Shwaas' for becoming the first Marathi film to win a national award in 50 years and India's official Oscars entry, 'Khamosh Paani' for its sensitive portrayal of the Partition trauma and 'Mughal-e-Azam' for its color avatar. "It's a moment of elation for all of us,'' said Dilip Kumar. Husain, however, said 'Mughal-e-Azam' in color left him ''a bit disoriented.

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