Demotix: The Oscars of Indian cinema, the IIFA Weekend awards ceremony is being held in the island nations capital Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, June 5, 2010 Attended by a host of Indian cinema stars it is being promoted by Sri Lanka as an event to bolster its war torn economy after suffering a near three decades of violence. The separatists were defeated by the islands military last May. Though certain sections of the South Indian film fraternity in Tamil Nadu have urged a boycott of the event it is going ahead as scheduled. Several stars have stated that they are looking at Sri Lanka as a location for more cinematic creation in the near future.
‘3 Idiots’ that created history by becoming one of the most successful films in Hindi cinema walked away with 11 trophies at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards here that concluded here with a flourish early Sunday, being declared the Best Film, while the Best Director award went to Rajkumar Hirani and the Best Actress award to Kareena Kapoor for the same movie.
Kareena shared the award with Vidya Balan, who was honoured for perfectly portraying the role in ‘Paa’ of a single mother whose son is suffering from porgeria. Sanjay Dutt, Bollywood’s affable Munnabhai, walked away with the Best Comic Actor trophy for his rib-tickling performance in ‘All The Best’, while Boman Irani received the Best Actor in A Negative Role honour for his brilliant portrayal of an eccentric professor in ‘3 Idiots’. Sharman Joshi, who played Aamir Khan’s friend in ‘3 Idiots’, won the Best Supporting Actor award, while Divya Dutta received Best Supporting Actress honour for her performance in ‘Delhi 6’.
In the special award category, well-known Hindi filmmaker J. Omprakash and Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan’s maternal grandfather, who made films like ‘Aap Ki Kasam’ (1974) , ‘Aasha’ (1980) and ‘Aas Paas’ (1981), was honoured for his outstanding contribution to cinema. Versatile actor Anil Kapoor, who made his mark in the international arena with British filmmaker Danny Boyle’s multiple award winning rags-to-riches drama ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, was honored for outstanding achievement by an Indian in international cinema. And yesteryear’s glamour girl Zeenat Aman was honoured for Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema. While Bollywood heart throb Slaman Khan was given the Habitat for Humanity award, his not-so-good friend Vivek Oberoi, who has been in the news for all the wrong reasons ever since he arrived here for the IIFA awards, was honored with the Panasonic Global Green award.
Pritam Chakraborty won the Best Music Director Award for composing lilting numbers for ‘Love Aaj Kal’ and Swanand Kirkire bagged the Best Lyrics Award for the super-hit movie ‘3 Idiots’. In the playback singing category, the Best Female Playback Singer award went to Kavita Seth for crooning ‘Ik tara’ in ‘Wake Up Sid’ and the Best Male Playback Singer Award went to Shaan for the hit number ‘Behti hawa sa thaa wo’ in ‘3 Idiots’. Sri Lankan actress Jacqueline Fernandez, who made her Bollywood debut with ‘Aladin’, was declared Star Plus Debut of the Year (Female). Apart from Jacqueline, Mahi Gill, who played the modern age Paro in Anurag Kashap’s new interpretation of ‘Devdas’ titled ‘Dev D’, too bagged the Star Plus Debut of the Year (Female) award. ‘3 Idiots’ fame Omi Vadiya, who had people rolling in the aisles with his antics in the super-hit movie, received the Star Plus Debut of the Year (Male) award along with Jackie Bhagnani – the young actor who made his debut with the not-so-successful movie ‘Kal Kissne Dekha’.
Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra received the Best Story Award for penning the interesting tale of ‘3 Idiots’. ‘3 Idiots’ baggged the maximum technical awards. The film won the Best Sound Recording Award for Nihar Ranjan Samal and Sachin K. Sanghvi. The Best Sound Re-recording went to Anup Dev, the Best Song Recording Award went to Sachin K. Sanghvi, the Best Background Score Award went to Sanjay Wandrekar, Atul Raninga and Shantanu Moitra, while C.K. Muraleedharan received the Best Cinematography Award for ‘3 Idiots’.
Bosco Caesar won the Best Choreography Award for directing popular dance moves in ‘Love Aaj Kal’, the Best Costume Design Awrard went to Anahita Shroff and Dolly Ahluwalia for the same film, which had Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles.
Sabu Cyril won the Best Art Direction Award and Charles Darby won Best Special Effects (Visual) Award for Amitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Aladin’.
For designing mindblowing action sequences in the crime thriller ‘Kaminey’, Shyam Kaushal was honoured with the Best Action Award and the Best Makeup Award went to the international make-up artists Christien Tinsley & Dominie Till for giving a progeria patient look to Amitabh in ‘Paa’.