Barfi! won in 14 categories including the coveted Best Film Award
The 14th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards took place in Macau, China, on 6th July 2013 at the Venetian Macao luxury hotel owned by the Las Vegas Sands.
This year the event had its surprises and sizzling Bollywood entertainment which did not fail to thrill fans and attendees.
This the second time the IIFA weekend event has been held in Macau and many big Bollywood stars attended the glitzy affair of these auspicious awards including Shahid Kapoor, Shahrukh Khan, Kamal Haasan, Abishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone.
The IIFA weekend started on Friday with the technical awards being presented to the winners. Anurag Basu’s “Barfi” was the top of the pops winning Best Screenplay, Best Make-up, Best Sound Design and Best Sound Mixing.
This year’s IIFA’s marked the 100 years of Indian cinema, a major milestone for Bollywood. The event kicked-off with the green carpet activity of stars making appearance in front of a barrage of screaming fans and press.
Hosts for the IIFA 2013 Awards were Shahrukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor who entertained the audience with a candid humor as part of their presentation act.
Performances on stage dazzled audiences with incredible high energy dances from Abhishek Bachchan, Prabhu Deva, Sonakshi Sinha, Dia Mirza, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sushant Singh Rajput and Parineeti Chopra. Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi completely wowed audiences followed by standing ovations for their moves and dance acts.
The overall winner for the night bagging the most awards was Barfi! The film starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra features Ranbir playing a deaf and mute man called Barfi who is caught up in a romantic twist with two women.
Barfi! won in 14 categories including the coveted Best Film Award. Ranbir Kapoor who was not present at the awards night received the Best Actor awards and Anurag Basu, the Best Director. Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur won two awards – Best Action (Shyam Kaushal) and Best Dialogue (Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh, Sachin Ladia and Anurag Kashyap), which Juhi Chaturvedi for Vicky Donor also jointly won.
Kahaani star, Vidya Balan won the best actress category and said in her speech: “I want to dedicate this award to my director Sujoy. This award belongs to him. No one has ever loved anyone else’s wife as Sujoy loved Vidya Bagchi (name of her character) in the film. I won my first award at IIFA Amsterdam after I played Abhishek’s wife in ‘Paa’.”
An interesting technical addition to the awards this year was coverage by Google of the event which brought the weekend action to users through Google+.
Here are the winners of the 2013 IIFA awards:
Ranbir Kapoor (Barfi!)
Best Female Actor
Vidya Balan (Kahaani)
Anurag Basu (Barfi!)
Tani and Anurag Basu (Barfi!)
Best Supporting Male
Anu Kapoor (Vicky Donor)
Best Supporting Female
Anushka Sharma (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)
Best Debut Female
Yami Gautam (Vicky Donor)
Best Debut Male
Best Actor in Comic Role
Abhishek Bachchan (Bol Bachchan)
Best Actor in Negative Role
Rishi Kapoor (Agneepath)
Star Jodi of the Year
Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor
Best Debut Director
Gauri Shinde (English Vinglish)
Best Music Director
Amitabh Bhattacharya – Mujhme Kahin (Agneepath)
Best Singer Male
Sonu Nigam (Agneepath)
Best Singer Female
Shreya Ghoshal (Chikni Chameli)
Indian International Cinema Outstanding Achievement
Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema
Digital Star of the Year
The IIFA’s this year had it all with a strong attendance from the Bollywood film fraternity and some incredible performances throughout the evening. Evidently, the night went to Barfi! the film winning the most accolades.