Sunday, June 26, 2011
On Saturday night, Toronto was host to the 12th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, the culmination three days of festivities celebrating Indian culture and cinema. The sold-out event with a crowd of 22,000 took place at the Rogers Centre was hosted by Riteish Deshmukh and Boman Iran. Unfortunately, the ceremony began 90 minutes late.
Dabangg (Fearless) was the big winner of the night taking ten awards. Its wins included Best Film, Performance in a Negative Role (Sonu Sood), Screenplay, Music, Playback Singer (both Male and Female) and Choreography.
Band Baaja Baaraat was next with six awards including Best Actress (Anushka Sharma) and Male Debutant (Ranveer Singh). Sharma and Singh together were named the Best On-Screen Couple. My Name Is Khan followed closely with five wins including Best Direction (Karan Johar) and Lead Actor (Shah Rukh Khan). Khan plays a man with Asperger syndrome.
Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai had led 12 nominations but its only win of the evening was for Prachi Desai in the Supporting Actress category.
Performers who took part in the evening included Kangana Ranaut, Bobby Deol, Shilpa Shetty of Big Brother fame, Priyanka Chopra and Bipasha Basu. Among the Hollywood attendees were Hilary Swank and Cuba Gooding Jr. who were also presenters. Canadian stars included Lisa Ray and Tom Green.
Ontario has the second-largest Indian diaspora in the world, topping 600,000 out of a total population of 13 million, and about half-a-million in the Greater Toronto Area. “Their passion for Indian cinema has become ours [all Ontarians] too,” said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
On Sunday, TIFF Bell Lightbox begins a retrospective of Indian film icon Raj Kapoor.
Last year's big winner was the comedy 3 Idiots in a ceremony that took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Winners list for the 12th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards
Dabangg, Arbaaz Khan Productions
My Name Is Khan, Karan Johar
Performance In A Leading Role Male
My Name Is Khan, Shah Rukh Khan
Performance In A Leading Role Female
Band Baaja Baaraat, Anushka Sharma
Performance In A Supporting Role Male
Raajneeti, Arjun Rampal
Performance In A Supporting Role Female
Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Prachi Desai
Performance In A Comic Role
Housefull, Riteish Deshmukh
Performance In A Negative Role
Dabangg, Sonu Sood
Debutant Star Award (Male)
Band Baaja Baaraat, Ranveer Singh
Debutant Star Award (Female)
Dabangg, Sonakshi Sinah
Dabangg, Sajid - Wajid & Lalit Pandit
My Name Is Khan, Shibani Bhatija
My Name Is Khan, Niranjan Iyengar - Sajdaa
Playback Singer Male
Dabangg, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan - Tere Mast Mast Do Nain
Playback Singer Female
Dabangg, Mamta Sharma - Munni Badnam
Dabangg, Dilip Shukla, Abhinav Kashyap
Ishqiya, Vishal Bhardwaj
Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema
Lifetime Achievement Award
Outstanding Contribution to Indian cinema
Dharmendra (50 years in cinema)
Outstanding Achievement in Indian cinema
Best On-Screen Jodi (Couple)
Anuksha Sharma and Ranveer Singh, Band Baaja Baaraat
Special ‘Green’ Award
2011 IIFA Technical Winners List (previously announced)
Sudeep Chatterjee, Guzaarish
Namrata Rao, Band Baaja Baaraat
Sabu Cyril, Robot
Farah Khan - Munni Badnam, Dabangg
S. Vijayan, Dabangg
Pritam Das, Love, Sex Aur Dhokha
Vijay Dayal - Ainvayi Ainvayim, Band Baaja Baaraat
Leslie Fernandes, Dabangg
Indian Artists, Robot
Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy, My Name Is Khan
Niharika Khan, Band Baaja Baaraat
Banu (For Rajnikant), Robot