The 56th Idea Filmfare Awards, which happened at the Yash Raj studios in Mumbai, was a gala affair that saw the bigwigs of Bollywood making their appearance. Interestingly, a small budget film, Udaan stole the show by bagging eight trophies which included the Best Screenplay and the Best Story for Motwane and Anurag Kashyap; Best Cinematography for Mahendra Shetty; Best Background score for Amit Trivedi; Best Supporting Actor (Male) for Ronit Roy; and Best Film (Critics). Udaan also won the Best Director (Critics) award for Motwane and Best Sound Design for Kunal Sharma. Pritam Das also won the same award for Love Sex Aur Dhokha.
There was tough competition in every category but Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Karan Johar grabbed the Popular Choice Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director Awards respectively for the film My Name is Khan. The Popular Choice Best Film, however, went to Dabangg which was the most successful film of 2010 and the beaming producer, Arbaaz Khan walked away with the award. Dabangg also bagged five more awards - Best Actress Debut (Sonakshi Sinha), Best Action Sequence and Best Stunt Direction (Vijayan Master), Best Song Composer (Lalit Pandit for Munni Badnam) and Best Female Playback Singer for Mamta Sharma (Munni Badnam) who shared the award with Sunidhi Chauhan (Sheila Ki Jawani from Tees Maar Khan). The Best Playback Singer (Male) went to Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for the song Dil to Bachcha Hai Ji from Ishqiya.
The Critic’s award for Best Actor and Best Actress went to Rishi Kapoor (Do Dooni Char) and Vidya Balan (Ishqiya), respectively. Lifetime Achievement award was conferred to Playback Singer Manna Dey; and Madhuri Dixit and Amitabh Bachchan won Special awards for completing 25 years and 40 years respectively in the Indian Film Industry.
All the women and men made a statement with their clothes which saw many going traditional. However, the show stealers were Katrina in a peachish pink lehange, Sonakshi Sinha in a flowing green gown, Vidya Balan in an enchanting black saree by Sabyasachi, Sridevi in a purple backless satin gown and the ever-young Rekha in a lovely golden saree teamed with a parrot green blouse and loosely plaited hair. Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha set the stage on fire with their dance performances and Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan made perfect hosting partners.