It was a night of Bollywood glamour and energy in Malaysia last Sunday (7) at the International Indian Film Academy’s (IIFA) annual awards ceremony.
India’s biggest stars descended on the Malaysian capital for the event – dubbed Bollywood’s Oscars – dazzling the audience with the colourful musical dance numbers that Hindi cinema is famous for.
Almost 4,000 fans gathered at the Putra Indoor stadium, just south of Kuala Lumpur, to see screen idols like Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Tiger Shroff – who won the Best Male Debut award – perform on stage.
Anushka Sharma stole the show with her sizzling dance performance during the ceremony that saw films Haider, Queen and PK scoring big wins.
Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut snapped up the male and female awards for Best Performance in a Leading Role for Haider and Queen respectively, while Rajkumar Hirani won Best Director for PK and Vikas Bahl’s film Queen was named Best Picture.
Deepika Padukone, meanwhile, was honoured with the Woman of the Year award, after a busy year with films Piku, Happy New Year and Finding Fanny.
The IIFAs recognises both the artistic and technical excellence of professionals in Bollywood’s Hindi cinema and always holds its awards ceremony outside India to demonstrate Bollywood’s international appeal.
“The way Indian movies are shot – filled with glamour, beautiful dance and music – is making people from Europe, China and Japan attracted to it with great interest,” Mumbai-based director Shyam Shroff said.
“Day by day all our traditional markets are growing by leaps and bounds. The next target of Indian movies should be mainstream America,” he added.
The starry fiesta began with the Bollywood celebrities sparkling on the green carpet. Actress Padukone was in a maroon and gold embellished sari while Sharma was a red siren in a strapless gown.
Many of the actress opted for black, including Sinha in a backless dress and Parineeti Chopra whose strapless frock boasted an impressive train.
The awards were anchored by Bollywood’s comedy duo Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor. The pair drew big laughs with their witty repartee, especially when they forced Bollywood hunk Sonu Sood to remove his shirt revealing his toned physique.
The two talented actors captivated Bollywood fans by aiming their jokes at actors Anil Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez, as they also took a stab at censorship.
In February, Indian police registered a case against the pair for singing a vulgar reworking of a song, in a case that sparked a furore over freedom of expression.
This year’s event spanned three days and included film and music workshops, fashion shows, fans meet-and-greets, technical awards and media briefings of forthcoming movies.
With a viewership of almost 800 million, the IIFAs is India’s biggest media event and also one of the world’s most-watched annual entertainment shows.
IIFA 2015 winners:
Best Picture: Queen
Best Direction: Rajkumar Hirani for PK
Best Performance in a Leading Role (Female): Kangana Ranaut for Queen
Best Performance in a Leading Role (Male): Shahid Kapoor for Haider
Woman of The Year: Deepika Padukone
Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Female): Tabu for Haider
Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Male): Riteish Deshmukh for Ek Villian
Award for Outstanding Contribution: Subhash Ghai
Best Performance in a Negative Role: Kay Kay Menon (Haider)
Best Performance in a Comic Role: Varun Dhawan (Main Tera Hero)
Best Debut (Male): Tiger Shroff (Heropanti)
Best Debut (Female): Kriti Sanon (Heropanti)
Best Playback Singer (Female): Kanika Kapoor for Baby Doll
Best Playback Singer (Male): Ankit Tiwari for Galliyaan from Ek Villian
Best Music Direction: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for 2 States
Best Story: Vikas Bahl, Chaitally Parmar and Parvez Shaikh for Queen
Best Regional Film: Lal Bhaari
Best Debut Direction: Omung Kumar for Mary Kom and Sajid Nadiadwsla for Kick