IIFA ends Bollywood awards season... for now

Vidya, Ranbir bag top trophies for best actors, while 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' is best film; highlight is Ranbir’s tribute to the Kapoor family as he shakes a leg with dad Rishi Kapoor

And it’s done. This weekend’s International Indian Film Academy or IIFA awards close the curtains on the Bollywood glittery award ceremonies that have plagued TV channels since the clock switched over into 2012.
 
Perhaps the sixth (or was it the ninth) moment of gushing on stage this season, IIFA still managed to breathe fresh life into an institution of award-giving with an entertainment package that leaves its contemporaries behind.
 
Clichéd moments, fresh servings
 
Right off the bat, IIFA did not do the one thing that all other awards ceremonies were guilty of this season: shamelessly plugging Katrina Kaif’s starry status in a gyrating “Chikni Chameli” stage number.
 
After her fourth on-stage performance of the “Ageenpath” track this year, even the audience forgot which awards ceremony they were tuned into – so similar were her costumes, track listings and choreography.
 
Doing away with the Vidya Balans and Anushka Sharmas, IIFA gave viewers a bang for their buck, as the father-duo paring of Ranbir and Rishi Kapoor took to the stage in an energetic hip shaking performance that had the audience up in applause.
 
The younger Kapoor stuck to his “Rockstar” image, sauntering on with an electric guitar in hand to head bang to the tune of “Saada Haq”, before going gangster chic for “Tai Tai Phish” from “Chillar Party”.
 
The elder Kapoor waited for his cue, only to stroll on to stage mouthing the famous words from his “Karz” track: “Kya tumne kabhi kisi se pyaar kiya?” (Have you ever loved anyone?), before shaking a hip to his famous tracks, with his son competing.
 
As a part of the act and at the end Ranbir accepted his defeat, bowing at his father’s feet to take his blessings.
 
Other starry performances for the night that did not hold much mettle included Shahid Kapur and Priyanka Chopra’s shameless plug for their upcoming “Teri Meri Kahaani”, Gauhar Khan’s medley of her “Ishaqzaade” hits and Neha Dhupia’s grooves on Katrina Kaif tracks.
 
And the winners are…
 
Naturally, the awards were not just about the glam but prize giving was also part of the showy package.
 
And no surprises here that Ranbir Kapoor and Vidya Balan made a clean sweep of the Best Actor and Best Actress trophies, respectively, once again.
 
Zoya Akthar’s much-deserved “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” won eight awards, including for Best Film, Best Story, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor Male for brother, Farhan Akhtar.
 
“Rockstar” was the other big winner of the night, with Oscar winning AR Rahman bagging the awards for Best Soundtrack and Best Background Score, while the film also won Best Lyrics for the song and Best Playback Singer Male for Mohit Chauhan for “Nadaan Parindey”.
 
The Best Playback Female went to Shreya Ghosal for “Teri Meri Kahaani” in “Bodyguard”.

Actor Vidyut Jamwal walked away with an award for Best Debut Male for his performance in “Force”, while Parineeti Chopra baggedn two awards: Best Debut Female and Best Actress in a Supporting Role Female for “Ladies vs Ricky Bahl”.

Veteran actor Prakash Raj won the IIFA award for best performance in a negative role for “Singham” and the award for Best Comic Role went to Riteish Deshmukh for the film “Double Dhamaal.”
 
The evergreen Rekha was honoured for her outstanding achievement in Indian cinema, while Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann was given an award for her contribution to international cinema.
 
Meanwhile, filmmaker Ramesh Sippy was honoured for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema, while veteran actress Zohra Segal received a special award for her contribution to 100 years of Indian cinema, though she couldn’t make it to the event.

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