When Hollywood did the Lungi dance
It was ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ all the way at the 15th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's directorial venture bagged the maximum top honours including best picture and best director as well as the best actor award for Farhan Akhtar.
Deepika Padukone won the best actress trophy for Chennai Express and the actress, who gave back-to-back four hits last year, also walked away with the best entertainer of the year award.
Hollywood star John Travolta received an award for his outstanding contribution to international cinema.
Held Saturday at the Raymond James Stadium, the Indian cinema's extravaganza was enjoyed by an overwhelming crowd of 20,000 who were entertained and enthralled by a bevy of Bollywood stars like Hrithik Roshan, Madhuri Dixit, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a biopic on former Olympian Milkha Singh, saw Farhan etching out the role of the athlete with so much élan that he won many awards back home.
‘I have received awards for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag but this is the first time I am receiving the award in the presence of Milkha Singh. It's a great moment for me and I am extremely honoured to receive the award,’ said Farhan in his acceptance speech at the star-studded event.
The actor received the trophy from his father and lyricist Javed Akhtar and actress Shabana Aazmi, while Deepika's Ram-leela co-star and rumoured boyfriend Ranveer Singh handed over the award to her.
The winning spree of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag continued with the best actress in a supporting role award for Divya Dutta and best story trophy for Prasoon Joshi.
Aditya Roy Kapoor won best supporting role male award for his bravo performance in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
Rishi Kapoor hit the bull's eye with his work in D-Day and won the award for best actor in a negative role.
Arshad Warsi's comic timing in Jolly LLB helped him win the best actor in a comic role trophy.