New York: Bollywood blockbuster Lage Raho Munnabhai won top honours at the ninth annual Bollywood Awards, showing its immense popularity among the non-residents Indians who voted it the best movie and its director Rajkumar Hirani the best director.
Bipasha Basu, who is very popular with the young crowd in the United States, was chosen the best actress for her role in Corporate and Hrithik Roshan was adjudged best actor for his performance in Dhoom2.
For the award for best movie, Lage Raho Munnabhai, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, beat Dhoom2, Omkara, Rang De Basanti and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehnaa which too were nominated in that category.
Director Hirani won over Rakesh Roshan (Krrish), Karan Johar (Kabhi Alvida Na Kehanna), Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Rang De Basanti) and Vishal Bharadwaj (Omkara) to claim the award.
Basu prevailed over Aishwarya Rai (Dhoom2), Kajol (Fanna), Kareena Kapoor (Omkara) and Raji Mukherjee (Kabhi Alvida Na Kehanaa). Besdies Hrithik Roshan, others nominated in the best actor category were Amir Khan, Ajay Devgun, Sanjay Dutt and Shah Rukh Khan.
Rang De Basanti won the award for Best Supporting actress with Kirron Kher winning over Konkona Sen Sharma, Perity Zinta, Soha Ali Khan and Ameesha Patel.
For Best actor in supporting role, the award went to Vivek Oberoi for his role in Omkara. Also nominated in this category were Abhishek Bachchan, Arshad Warsi, Kunal Kapoor and John Abraham.