The Indian Film Festival Of Melbourne is turning out to be a rather grand affair. While it’s going to be a 13 days extravaganza. The awards night was held last night and was night filled with glitter, paparazzi, amazing performances and celebrations with Bollywood biggies like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karan Johar, Sushant Singh Rajput making it to the do. The highlight of course was watching Aamir Khan’s Dangal winning back to back awards and so was the case with Prabhas- Rana Daggubatti’s Baahubali 2. Having conquered the global box office, both the films got immense respect and applauds at the IFFM right from bagging the “best director” award to the “popular choice” One of the most revolutionary film of the year, “Lipstick Under My Burkha” too won quite a few awards for it’s brave performances.
In addition to the film awards, Aishwarya further got a special mention as she won the “Excellence in Global Cinema Award”, while Karan Johar too was honoured with, “Leadership in Cinema” award. Here, check out the full winners list below:
Best Actress : Konkona Sen Sharma for Lipstick Under my Burkha
Best Actor : Sushant Singh Rajput for Dhoni
Best Actor : (Special Mention) : Raj Kumar Rao for Trapped
Best Director : Nitesh Tiwari for Dangal
Best Film : Pink
People’s Choice Award : Dangal & Bahubali 2
Best Indie Film : Lipstick Under My Burkha
Equality in Cinema Award: Director/Actor Rahul Bose for Poorna
Leadership in Cinema : Karan Johar (he also presented the IFFM Diversity Award to Garth Davis, director of the Academy nominated film LION)
Westpac IFFM Excellence in Global Cinema : Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
A delighted Aishwarya gave her acceptance speech saying, “I’m so humbled and filed with gratitude to be given this award. We as creative people always wish to do more and I’m far far away from resting. As an artist I have so much more to explore but it’s great to have this honour. But above all I must thank the fans, who have loved me so immensely and it’s because of you we get to live our dream, our passion “.
Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari too was very overwhelmed as he said, “This is my first international award and it will truly be remembered”. Expressing his happiness to receive the Best Actor award, Sushant said,”Thank you so so much. I’m so honoured. Last time I was in Melbourne it was in 2006 was the Commonwealth Games where I was a backup dancer for the so so beautiful Bollywood stars and this time I’m here to receive the Best Actor Award.”