Rang De Basanti wins Best Film at IIFA

Rakeysh Omprakesh Mehra`s blockbuster `Rang De Basanti` was adjudged the Best Film at a glittering ceremony for IIFA Awards as Hrithik Roshan walked away with the top honour in the Best Actor category and Rajkumar Hirani won the Best Director`s trophy.

Sheffield (Yorkshire), June 10: Rakeysh Omprakesh
Mehra`s blockbuster `Rang De Basanti` was adjudged the Best
Film at a glittering ceremony for IIFA Awards as Hrithik
Roshan walked away with the top honour in the Best Actor
category and Rajkumar Hirani won the Best Director`s trophy.

Besides winning the best picture award after beating
challenges from `Dhoom 2` and `Krrish`, `Rang De Basanti`,
which was India`s entry for Oscars, won a total of 10 awards,
including for Best Supporting Actress and Best Music
Direction.

Starring Aamir Khan and Alice Pattern, the daughter of
Britain`s last Governor in Hong Kong, the film was nominated
in 15 categories at the International Indian Film Academy
Awards (IIFA), Bollywood`s version of the Oscars, at Sheffield
in northern England last night. It is a story about a
filmmaker who wants to make a movie about Indian freedom
fighters.

"It has been a truly fabulous year," Mehra said at the
awards function watched by 12,500 audience at a sports arena
crowd as well as some 500 million people in 110 countries on
tele"2006 has been a landmark year for Indian cinema and this
award is much more special when you know it is among great
films. 2006 belongs to a changing time in Indian cinema."

At the five-hour ceremony, Hrithik Roshan won the Best
Actor award for `Krrish,` Rani Mukherjee was named best
actress for `Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna` while the Best Director`s
award went to Rajkumar Hirani for `Lage Raho Munnabhai`.

"May our children never afraid to dream the impossible
because if someone like me can get this far, nothing is
impossible," Hrithik Roshan said on winning the award.

Veteran actor Dharmendra was awarded for his outstanding
contribution to Indian cinema while `Omkara` director Vishal
Bhardwaj won a special honour for best adaptation of
Shakespeare`s "Othello."

During the function, several stars like Amitabh Bachchan,
his son Abhishek, Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Akshay Kumar
performed to the cheers from the audience.

At the start of the ceremony, Bachchan, who is a brand
ambassador for IIFA, said that this had been a "golden year"
for Indian cinema.

"The films released in the last year break the shackles
of genre and formula. Each one has been different from
another."

Bureau Report

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