Queen wins top honours at IIFA
Kuala Lumpur: Vikas Bahl’s directorial Queen, a coming-of-age story of a woman’s self-discovery, bagged awards in the Best Picture, Best Story and Best Performance in a Leading Role - Female categories at the three-day long 16th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards here.
The Kangana Ranaut-<g data-gr-id="46">starrer</g> was up against 2 States, PK, Haider, Highway and Mary Kom for the Best Picture trophy.
The actor didn’t turn up to collect her trophy for Best Performance in a Leading Role - Female, so the film’s director received the award on her behalf.
Bahl, however, lost the award in the Direction category to Rajkumar Hirani, who took home the trophy for PK.
In the Leading Role - Male category, Shahid Kapoor, who also performed at the award ceremony, hosted by Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, walked home with the award for his performance in Haider.
He had strong contenders in Aamir Khan (PK), Hrithik Roshan (<g data-gr-id="53">Bang</g> Bang!), and Shah Rukh Khan (Happy New Year).
Hrithik might have lost the award to Shahid, but his <g data-gr-id="55">Bang</g> Bang! act with a bhangra twist won hearts of many, including Deepika Padukone, who was felicitated with Woman of the Year award.
She was also nominated in the Best Performance in a Leading Role - Female.
Riteish Deshmukh grabbed the award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role - Male for his villainous act in Ek Villain against competition from Ronit Roy (2 States), Randeep Hooda (Kick), Inaamulhaq (Filmistaan), Naseeruddin Shah (Finding Fanny) and Kay Kay Menon (Haider).
But <g data-gr-id="64">Kay Kay</g> wasn’t left disappointed as he received the award for Best Performance in a Negative Role for <g data-gr-id="65">Haider,</g> while his co-star Tabu won Best Performance in a Supporting Role - Female.
There was also an award for Best Regional Film, which went to Riteish-<g data-gr-id="60">starrer</g> Marathi film Lai <g data-gr-id="61">Bhaari</g>, co-produced by his star wife Genelia Deshmukh.
Main Tera Hero star Varun Dhawan won an award for the Best Performance in a Comic Role. The film’s director and his father David Dhawan received the sun-inspired trophy on his behalf.
The Best Music Direction trophy went to the popular trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for 2 States. Other contenders included Mithoon (Banjara, <g data-gr-id="59">Zaroorat</g> and Hamdard) and Ankit Tiwari (<g data-gr-id="70">Galliyan</g>), for which he won Best Playback Singer — Male.
In the female category of the award, the <g data-gr-id="69">Baby doll</g> singer Kanika Kapoor (for the film Ragini MMS 2) got over competition from Sultana and Jyoti Nooran for <g data-gr-id="67">Patakha</g> <g data-gr-id="68">guddi</g> (Highway) and Shreya Ghoshal for Samjhawan (Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania).
It was a big night for Heropanti actors Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon, who both won trophies for Best Debut. They were both handed over the trophies by their idols. While Tiger was given the award by Hrithik, Kriti looked thrilled to get the trophy from Anushka Sharma, whom she looks up to.
National Award-winning director Omung Kumar got the Best Debut Direction award for Mary Kom. He shared it with popular producer Sajid Nadiadwala, who made his directorial debut with Kick.
The award for Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema was conferred to Subhash Ghai. A special tribute to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which completed 1,000 weeks of screening last year, was paid by the show’s hosts.