Organised by the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, the Apsara Awards for 2006 were announced in lavish style last night.

The awards were held in Mumbai with a glittering turn out be it stars from the film or TV industry. In its second year of existence, STAR Network and ZEE TV’s shows dominated the nominations for this year.

The big gongs for Best Actor and Best Actress were won by ZEE TV’s Astitva Ek Prem Kahani’s lead stars Nikki Aneja and Varun Badola.

The Best Ensemble category was awarded to STAR’s Sarabhai vs Sarabhai sitcom.

The competition for this year’s Best TV Drama was a big fight between ZEE TV’s Sarrkkar and Astitva Ek Prem Kahani. Sony’s Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin and Sahara One’s Woh Rehne Wali Mahlon Ki and STAR One’s Siddhanth. The award was handed over to ZEE TV’s Astitva Ek Prem Kahani.

Best Comedy Series was awarded to STAR One’s much talked about reality TV series The Great Indian Laughter Challenge.

Other winners have been highlighted in bold below:

Best Director

Thamra Nedungadi & Bhooshan Patel – Remix

Deven Bhojani – Sarabhai vs Sarabhai

Kaushik Ghatak & Sujeet Singh – Woh Rehne Wali Mahlon Ki

B.P. Singh – C.I.D Special Bureau 111

Raman Kumar – Millee

Best Musical Show

Fame Gurukul (Sony)

Indian Idol (Sony)

Nach Baliye (STAR)

Hero Honda Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 (ZEE)

Sansui Antakshari (ZEE)

Best Sports Show

Dream Job – Harsha Ki Khoj (ESPN STAR Sports)

Cricket Controversies (NDTV)

ESPN School Quiz (ESPN STAR Sports)

Match Ke Mujrim (STAR News)

Challenger Trophy 2005, Mohali (ZEE Sports)

Best Title Song

Sarabhai vs Sarabhai

Nach Baliye

Kaisa Yeh Pyaar Hai

Kareena Kareena


Best News Anchor

Shekhar Suman (STAR)

Barkha Dutt (NDTV)

Vikram Chandra (NDTV)

Rajdeep Sardesai (IBN)

Sonali Chander (NDTV)

Best Animated Series

Pet Alien


Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks

Jungle Tales

J Bole Toh Jadoo

Balaji Telefilms, who have had major hits with Kyunki Saans Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahani Ghar Ghar Kii, Koi Aap Sa and the forthcoming Kasamh Se bagged the award for Best TV Production Company.

Two winners were also announced for Outstanding Contribution to Indian Television and they were Chairman & Wholetime Director of NDTV – Prannoy Roy and India Today’s Editor in Chief – Aroon Purie.