MADRID — The main awards night of the IIFA celebrations saw a mélange of tinsel town celebrities all decked out to soak in the colors, magic and revelry that Bollywood exudes. Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh bagged the Best Actor (Female) and Best Actor (Male) trophy at the 17th IIFA extravaganza June 25 for their performance in “Piku” and “Bajirao Mastani,” respectively.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali won the Best Director award for “Bajirao Mastani,” and “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” was named the Best Film at a glittering ceremony here.
There were performances, humorous acts and an entertaining anchoring job by Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar, who made a quirky entry on donkeys.
In the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category, Anil Kapoor won the award among men for “Dil Dhadakne Do,” and Priyanka Chopra, among the women, clinched the honor for “Bajirao Mastani.”
Chopra, who has scaled international heights with her role in the American TV series “Quantico” and has also landed a part in Hollywood film “Baywatch,” was bestowed a special award: Woman of the Year.
The multi-talented actress also took to the stage and performed on songs that she has voiced herself.
“Bajirao Mastani” emerged as the big winner. Apart from Bhansali and Singh’s accolades, the film won Best Cinematography (Sudeep Chatterjee), Best Production Design (Saloni Dhatrak, Sriram Iyengar and Sujeet Sawant), Best Choreography (Remo D’souza for “Pinga”), Best Action (Shyam Kaushal) and Best Sound Design (Bishwadeep Chatterjee and Nihar Ranjal Samal).
There were more awards for the movie: Best Background Score (Sanchit Balhara), Best Special Effects (Prasad Sutara), Best Costume Designing (Anju Modi and Maxima Basu) and Best Song Engineer (Tanay Gajjar for “Deewani Mastani.”
Among the debutants, Vicky Kaushal took home the laurels for “Masaan,” and among the ladies, Bhumi Pednekar won for her endearing performance in “Dum Laga Ke Haisha.”
The Jodi of the Year Award went to Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty for “Hero” at the event, which also saw Sonakshi Sinha, Padukone and Tiger Shroff take to the stage for mesmerizing performances.
Shroff, a flexible dancer, paid tribute to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, with his moves.
Darshan Kumar was awarded for his negative role in “NH10,” and Deepak Dobriyal was honored for Best Comic Role in “Tanu Weds Manu Returns.”
The Amitabh Bachhan and Padukone-starrer “Piku” got the Best Story and Best Dialogue awards for Juhi Chaturvedi.
In the singing category, the mellifluous song “Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” was a winner. Monali Thakur and Papon won the Best Playback Singer (Female) and Best Playback Singer (Male) for the track, while Varun Grover won for penning its lyrics.
The Best Screenplay went to Kabir Khan, Parveez Shaikh and V. Vijayendra Prasad for “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” while Best Editing went to A. Sreekar Prasad for “Talvar.” Best Sound Mixing went to Ajay Kumar P.B. for “Badlapur,” and Best Makeup went to Vikram Gaikwad for Datto in “Tanu Weds Manu Returns.”
The four-day gala, which celebrates the magic of Indian cinema at an international destination every year, began June 23. Madrid is the fourth European destination to host the IIFA.