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Abishek Bachchan steals the show

Susan Muthalaly

Shahrukh Khan does a special number for the Surinamese fans at IIFA

AMSTERDAM: It was 11 degrees Celsius here, but it soared as the stars performed on stage. The four-hour programme saw enthusiastic stars cheering one another as they received awards at the Samsung International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards ceremony.

The real star of the event was Abishek Bachchan. Dressed in a dark jacket and a red shawl around his neck, he gave his maiden performance on an international stage. The audience continuously cheered him. And when he was joined by his father Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai for Kajra Re, they went wild.

Isha Sharvani of Kisna fame danced to Hum Hain Iss Pal Yahan from the movie before an invigorating performance to Teri Toh by the Bombay Rockers(who have nothing to do with Bombay, they are from Denmark). The other performers included Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Malaika Arora.

Another interesting dance sequence was by real life couple Shahid Kapur and Kareena Kapoor. The cast of the yet-to-be-released thriller Chocolate that includes Anil Kapoor, Emraan Hashmi and Arshad Warsi put up a show that received a rather bizarre introduction from Shahrukh Khan about how chocolate was actually a vegetable because it was made from cocoa beans and sugarcane extracts. He was ostensibly working without a script so his compering often drifted. He had a good time tripping on Dino Morea who had an ardent fan following at the stadium, as did the hunky John Abraham. The Shah did a special number for the large Surinamese crowd that attended the ceremony; he attempted to sing the Surinamese National Anthem, sending people into squeals of delight and peals of laughter.

IIFA Awards 2005 for the films of 2004:

The best picture award went to Veera-Zaara.

Yash Chopra - director (Veer-Zaaara); Rani Mukherjee - actress (Hum Tum); Shahrukh Khan - actor (Veer-Zaara); Vishal Bharadwaj - best dialogue (Maqbool); Cinematography: Asim Bajaj - cinematography (Chameli); Abbas Tyrewala and Vishal Bharadwaj - screenplay (Maqbool); Sharmishta Roy - art direction (Mujhse Shaadi Karogi); Alan Amin - stunts (Dhoom); Anil - make-up (Veer-Zaara);

Vikram Phadnis - costume designing (Mujhse Shaadi Karogi); Husain Burmawala - editing (Aitraaz); Raj Taru and Eagle and Eagle Videos - special effects (Main Hoon Naa); Rajan - sound recording (Aitraaz); Anoop Dev - sound re-recording (Aitraaz); Salim-Sulaiman - background score (Mujhse Shaadi Karogi); Satish Gupta - song recordist (Murder); Farah Khan - choreography (Mujhse Shaadi Karogi); Javed Akhtar (for Pal Pal in Swades) and Sayeed Quadri - both for lyrics (Bheegay Hont Tere in Murder) respectively.

The best debut Award went to Ayesha Takia, while Sunidhi Chauhan bagged the best female playback singer for Dhoom Machale in the movie Dhoom). Kunal Ganjawala bagged the best male playback singer for Bheege Hot in Murder.

The other winners included: late Madan Mohan - music director (Veer-Zaara); Akshay Kumar - comic role (Mujhse Shaadi Karogi); John Abraham - negative role (Dhoom); Aditya Chopra - story (Veer-Zaara); Rani Mukherjee - supporting actress (Veer-Zaara); Abhishek Bachchan - supporting actor (Yuva). Cinematographer V.K. Murthy received the Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema and Shabana Azmi was awarded for her Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema.

The Samsung style icon award went to Hrithik Roshan and Samsung diva to Preity Zinta.

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