They cheered, hooted, and then screamed some more. A cacophony of sounds from the audience greeted the stars on the IIFA awards night in Toronto, proving that Bollywood love really knows no bounds. Shah Rukh Khan stole the show as he opened and closed the function… and, co-incidentally, bagged Best Actor award for My Name Is Khan.
Keeping Salman Khan’s camp happy too, organisers made sure that Dabangg swept the awards, picking up Best Director, Best Film and Best Screenplay.
And what Indian awards show would be complete without lengthy speeches that few people have the patience or attention span to listen to? Actor Dharmendra and singer Asha Bhosle made every minute of their stage presence count with long songs of praise for cinema and their fans.
Playback singer (female): Mamata Sharma for Munni Badnaam Hui... (Dabangg)
Playback singer (male): Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for Tere Mast Mast Do Nain... (Dabangg)
Music director: Sajid-Wajid, Lalit Pandit (Dabangg)
Lyricist: Niranjan Iyengar for Sajda... (My Name Is Khan)
Screenplay: Abhinav Kashyap, Dilip Shukla (Dabangg)
Dialogue: Vishal Bhardwaj (Ishqiya)
Outstanding achievement in cinema: Sharmila Tagore
50 years’ contribution to Indian Cinema: Dharmendra
Debutant actor (male): Ranveer Singh
Debutant actor (female): Sonakshi Sinha
Actor (in a comic role): Riteish Deshmukh (Housefull)
Actor (in a negative role): Sonu Sood (Dabangg)
Supporting actor (female): Prachi Desai (Once Upon A Time In Mumbai)
Supporting actor (male): Arjun Rampal (Rajneeti)
Actor (female): Anushka Sharma (Band Baaja Baraat)
Actor (male): Shah Rukh Khan (My Name Is Khan)