Vikas Bahl’s drama Queen and Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider on Sunday scooped major trophies at the grand finale of 16th edition of the IIFA awards, including the best actress honour for Kangana Ranaut.
The show was co-hosted by Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh who had Tiger Sheroff, Shahid Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan pulling some serious dance moves on stage.
Vikas Bahl’s directorial Queen bagged three awards; the Best Picture, Best Story and Best Performance in a Leading Role – female awards. The Kangana Ranaut-starrer was up against 2 States, PK,Haider, Highway and Mary Kom for the Best Picture trophy.
Although the actress was not present to collect her trophy for Best Performance in a Leading Role – female, the film’s director received the award on her behalf.
Vikas, 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, walked home with the award for his performance in Haider.
He had strong contenders including Aamir Khan (PK), Hrithik Roshan (Bang Bang!), and Shah Rukh Khan (Happy New Year).
Hrithik might have lost the award to Shahid, but his Bang 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 by defeating Ronit Roy (2 States), Randeep Hooda (Kick), Inaamulhaq (Filmistaan), Naseeruddin Shah (Finding Fanny) and Kay Kay Menon (Haider).
But Kay Kay wasn’t left disappointed as he received the award for Best Performance in a Negative Role for Haider. 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-starrer Marathi film Lai Bhaari, co-produced by his star wife Genelia D’Souza.
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,Zaroorat and Hamdard) and Ankit Tiwari (Galliyan), for which he won Best Playback Singer – Male.
In the female category of the award, the Baby doll singer Kanika Kapoor (for the film Ragini MMS 2) defeated Sultana and Jyoti Nooran forPatakha Guddi (Highway) and Shreya Ghoshal for Samjhawan(Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania).
t 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.
Tiger and Hrithik also did a few moves together on the stage, while Ranveer and Arjun tried to follow them.
An epic moment on the #IIFA2015 stage! Four performers killing it! Can you guess who is taking a summer sault?pic.twitter.com/Jq7Fcmssaf
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National Award-winning director Omung Kumar got the Best Debut Direction award for Mary Kom. He shared it with popular p roducer Sajid Nadiadwala, who made his directorial debut with Kick.
It was an emotional moment when the award for Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema was announced. The showman – Subhash Ghai got on stage to receive it from Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff, whom he worked with in the 1989 movie Ram Lakhan and more. Shraddha Kapoor also paid tribute to Ghai by performing on songs from his films like Taal and Kisna.
“I grew up dancing on Taal se taal mila in front of the mirror and today I got the opportunity to perform on the song on this platform,” said the 26-year-old actress.
Other performers included Parineeti Chopra, Anushka, who made everyone swing to her performance as she mostly danced on songs from her latest film Dil Dhadakne Do.
Sonakshi Sinha, who made her singing debut at the IIFA Awards, paid tribute to the leading men of Bollywood in her trademark dubsmash-style as she performed to songs like Jumma Chumma, Lungi Danceand Dabangg.
A special tribute to Shah Rukh and Kajol-starrer Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which completed 1,000 weeks of screening last year, was paid by the show’s hosts, who also cracked jokes on their controversial AIB Roast video for which they got into trouble earlier this year. There were also moments when Ranveer got “distracted” due to presence of Deepika, whom he is currently romantically linked with.
Held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the award ceremony was attended by thousands of screaming fans, some of which had flown from different countries just to see their favourite stars at the gala, which celebrates Indian cinema in various foreign nations every year.