The star-studded Star Parivaar Awards

Mumbai: It was a grand set -- made like a fort. But the stage of the star-studded Star Parivaar Awards 2012 looked mesmerising with special 3D projections and visual effects. The event was held at Andheri Sports Complex here Friday night. The set, put up by production designer Omung Kumar, set the right mood for the evening, but it was the 3D projection stage that stole the show. According to Star India CEO Uday Shankar, the stage replete with special effects was a reflection of the channel's philosophy of "Rishta Wahi, Soch Nayi". The Star Parivaar Awards 2012 saw talent from the channel's shows being awarded across various categories like favourite beta, favourite beti, mazedaar sadasya, favourite behan and favourite bhabhi. Fans waited to get into the venue for a glimpse of their favourite actors, who came to the event dressed as their characters. The event started with a performance of actors from Star Plus' most popular shows - "Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata hai", "Diya Aur Baati Hum" and "Saath Nibhana Sathiya". In his welcome speech, Shankar said: "It is our 10th year and it feels great to see the channels, shows and actors becoming popular not only in India but abroad too. And looking at the increasing popularity, this year we have a special nayi soch award." The awards function will be aired for the viewers March 24.