"so much love need to return the warmth"
Toronto, Canada, was the host for the 2011 International Indian Film Academy Awards. On Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 8pm, the Rogers Centre in Toronto held the12th IIFA Awards.
The glitzy affair with stars from Bollywood in downtown Toronto meant road closures around the event area. Bollywood fans arrived as early as 7.30am at the Rogers Centre in order to be at the front of the reception to see stars arrive.
As the stars descended on the green, the evening received a raptus reception from thousands of fans screaming and shouting to get a glimpse of some of the biggest names in Bollywood.
Lisa Ray, Irfan Khan, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Anil Kapoor with Hilary Swank (Hollywood actress), Shilpa Shetty, and Bipasha Basu, Shahrukh Khan with Ontario’s premier Dalton McGuinty and Asha Bhonsle were amongst some of the names to be the arrivals wowing the crowds at the venue.
The IIFA awards event sold-out live to accommodate an audience of 22,000 in the Rogers Centre. Television broadcasts and pay per view also attracted approximately another 700 million viewers.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Riteish Deshmukh and Boman Irani. Performances on the night included Shahrukh Khan on stage, who tweeted on Twitter before his performance and said: “Iifa begins…nervous cos of my knee pain…hope I entertain the audience enuff…so much love need to return the warmth,” Kangana Ranuat and the Deols with over colourful 200 dancers on stage.
Here is the list of the winners of the 2011 IIFA Awards:
Karan Johar (My Name Is Khan)
Leading Role Male
Shahrukh Khan (My Name Is Khan)
Leading Role Female
Anushka Sharma (Band Baaja Baaraat)
Supporting Role Male
Arjun Rampal (Raajneeti)
Supporting Role Female
Prachi Desai (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai)
Riteish Deshmukh (Housefull)
Sonu Sood (Dabangg)
Sonakshi Sinah (Dabangg)
Shibani Bhatija (My Name Is Khan)
Dilip Shukla, Abhinav Kashyap (Dabangg)
Vishal Bhardwaj (Ishqiya)
Sajid – Wajid & Lalit Pandit (Dabangg)
Niranjan Iyengar (My Name Is Khan – Sajdaa)
Playback Singer Male
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Dabangg – Tere Mast Mast Do Nain)
Playback Singer Female
Mamta Sharma (Dabangg – Munni Badnam)
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
Anuksha Sharma and Ranveer Singh (Band Baaja Baaraat)
Special ‘Green’ Award
On the night before the main awards, the technical awards were given out and Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg’ and ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ led the technical award winners with three trophies each. ‘Dabangg’ won Best Choreography for the hit song, ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ choreographed by Farah Khan, and Leslie Fernandes won Best song recording. The film also won the award for Best Action by S Vijayan.
Maneesh Sharma’s ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ won three awards/ Best Editing for Namrata Rao, Song Recording for Vijay Dayal’s ‘Ainvayi Ainvayi’ and Costume Designing by Niharika Khan.
Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy won the award for the best background score for ‘My Name Is Khan’ and Pritam Das won for Best Sound Recording for ‘Love, Sex aur Dhoka.’ Sudeep Chatterjee won the award for Best Cinematographer for ‘Guzaarish.’
Rajnikanth and Aishwariya Rai Bachchan film ‘Robot’ won Best Art Director for Sabu Cyril and the awards for Special Effects by Indian Artists and Make-up by Banu.
Looks like the 2011 IIFA Awards were a Dabangg affair and of course SRK didn’t miss out by winning Best Actor. All in all everyone at the event was elated to win or just be there. A great show put together by Wizcraft and Toronto.
Once again IIFA has completed a spectacular show with all the razzmatazz of Bollywood; celebrating a year of exciting, interesting, nostalgic and innovative Indian cinema. This first North American show definitely has opened the doors for brand IIFA and all that comes with it.