K.K. Mahajan, Asha Parekh, O. P. Dutta honoured for Life Time Contribution

Dubai: Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black won the maximum number of titles in the popular categories at the 7th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards held at the Airport Expo here on Friday night.

The Black claimed the Best Film, Best Director (Sanjay Leela Bhansali), Best Actor (Amitabh Bachchan), Best Actress (Rani Mukherji) and Best Supporting Actress (Ayesha Kapur) awards. In the technical awards category, the film bagged trophies for cinematography, editing, sound recording and background score.

Mr. Bhansali did not attend the function. His sister Bela Sehgal, who edited Black, collected the award.

Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, who is also IIFA Brand Ambassador, announced that next year's IIFA awards ceremony would be held in Yorkshire (U.K.). The first IIFA event was held in 2006 at the Millennium Dome in London.

Special awards

IIFA gave away a host of special awards this year the Life Time Contribution to Cinema awards went to cinematographer K. K. Mahajan, actress Asha Parekh and writer-director-producer O. P. Dutta. The Idea Glamorous Star award went to Preity Zinta while directors Nagesh Kuknoor and Pradeep Sarkar shared the Idea Creative Person award. The Idea award for Innovation went to the animation film, Hanuman.

Nagesh Kuknoor won the Best Story award for Iqbal and Abhishek Bachchan received the Best Actor in a Supporting Role award for Sarkar. Boney Kapoor's No Entry bagged the best entertainer award in the UAE and Hollywood producer Ashok Amritraj was honoured with the Global Indian award.

Vidya Balan (Parineeta) and Shiney Ahuja (Hazaron Khwahishein Aisi) received the Best Debut awards.

Javed Jaffri received the first film award of his career for his performance as a comedian in Salaam Namaste and Nana Patekar was given the Best Actor in a Negative Role for Apaharan. Manmohan Shetty, the film's producer, collected the award on Nana's behalf.

Alisha Chinai (Kajra re) received the Best Playback Singer (female) trophy and Himesh Reshammiya (Aashiq Banaya Aapne) received the Best Playback Singer (male) award. Gulzar bagged the best lyricist award for Kajra re. Shaad Ali, director of Bunty aur Babli, collected the trophy. Music composer trio, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy received the Best Music Director award for Bunty aur Babli.

Best Choreographer

Vaibhavi Merchant bagged the Best Choreographer award for Kajra re. Parineeta won awards for Best Screenplay, art direction, make-up, costumes and song recording.

Performances

The star-studded extravaganza saw performances by Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, who made an entry riding a camel, and Ms. Preity Zinta. Saif Ali Khan paid a musical tribute to Rishi Kapoor while Ms. Rani Mukherji re-lived the magic of Black by her performance on stage. She was joined by her co-actor in the film, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan.

Mammooty welcomes

Malyalam actor Mammooty welcomed IIFA's invitation to actors from other Indian languages to the event this year. "I refuse to be called a south Indian actor. We are all Indians.

``Other language films should also be nominated in the awards categories for IIFA, as it is an international Indian awards function.

``Indian cinema does not comprise only Hindi movies," he said. UNI

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