MUMBAI — Vikas Bahl's coming-of-age drama 'Queen' and Vishal Bhardwaj's insurgency movie 'Haider', an adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', on Sunday scooped the major trophies at the 16th IIFA awards, including the best actress honour for Kangana Ranaut and the best actor gong for Shahid Kapoor.
'Queen', a middle class girl's self-discovery journey after getting ditched by her fiance, and, 'Haider', the Shahid-Shraddha-Kapoor-starring, Kashmir-set drama took home three honours each.
Shahid, 34, dedicated his award to Vishal for giving him the opportunity and called the film a "scary" one.
"I would like to thank Vishal Bhardwaj for this recognition. A very big thank you to him for believing in me.
"Today, I am standing here because of him. It was a scary film to do because we thought people will never love and understand this film," said the actor, who gave a power-packed performance in his acceptance speech.
Tabu's powerful portrayal of Shahid's mother in the film won her the best supporting actress award while Kay Kay Menon's role of a shrewd politician in the same bagged him the trophy for the best actor in a negative role. 'Queen', a Phantom films and Viacom pictures co-produced drama set in Amsterdam and Paris, won the award for best picture and story, (Bahl, Chaitally Parmar and Parvez Shaikh) apart from the best actress trophy.
Anurag Kashyap, one of the honchos of Phantom Films, in a surprising gesture, expressed his love for fellow director Rajkumar Hirani, while receiving the best movie trophy for 'Queen'.
"I don't know what to say. I love you Raju sir (Rajkumar Hirani). I don't know how this film happened and it happened somehow. When we started the film we didn't have any money...," he said.
Hirani won the best director gong for Aamir Khan starrer highly acclaimed 'PK', a satire on godmen, after beating Bahl ('Queen'), Vishal ('Haider'), Abhishek Varman ('2 States') and Imtiaz Ali ('Highway').
"This film fearlessly talked about religion in the country and I want to thank my father and mother for it. Like Subhash Ghai, I also feel a film is incomplete without the help of technicians and actors," Hirani said.
Deepika Padukone, who was nominated in the best actress category for her stint as a dance teacher in multi-starrer film 'Happy New Year', took home the woman of the year award.
The 29-year-old actress dedicated the honour to all the women across the globe.
"This award is for millions of women," said the 'Finding Fanny' star, who looked gorgeous in a black and maroon saree.
Bollywood's showman Subhash Ghai was honoured with the prestigious award 'Outstanding contribution to Indian cinema'. It was presented to him by his 'Ram Lakhan' stars Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor.
"I am going through so many emotions right now. I have so many memories. Over the years one learns, rises and falls," he said in his acceptance speech. "This is one of the most wonderful evenings for someone like me, to receive so much love and adulation. I have so many stories to share. I think success and awards are a trap. You achieve these for your past work but then you are expected to keep up that work."
Riteish Deshmukh-starrer 'Ek Villain' too won three gongs.
The father of one took home the best supporting role for portraying a cold-blooded serial killer in the film and the Mohit-Suri-directed thriller won the best playback singing (male) for Ankit Tiwari (Galliyan) and best lyrics.
It was a big night for Riteish, who was accompanied by wife Genelia, as he was also awarded in a new category introduced this time at IIFA, 'Outstanding contribution to a regional film'. The couple's home production, Marathi film 'Lai Bhaari', won the honour.
"I dedicate my wins to my newly born son. Last year has been an amazing year for me because I played a negative role for the first time. I am lucky that both my stints as hero and villain in Lai Bhaari and Ek Villain were appreciated," Riteish said.
Alia Bhatt-Arjun Kapoor starrer '2 States', which lead the nominations with nine nods, settled with only one award in the best music direction category. Alia's other film 'Highway' and Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika starrer heist comedy 'Happy New Year' came out as the main snubs at the awards despite nominations in key categories.
Heropanti stars Tiger Shroff and Kirti Sanon took home the best debut male and female category respectively.
The best debut director gong was shared by Omung Kumar ('Mary Kom') and Sajid Nadiadwala for 'Kick'.
Varun Dhawan won the best actor in a comic role award for his stint as a casanova in 'Main Tera Hero', directed by his father David Dhawan. David received the trophy on Varun's behalf owing to the actor's absence from the ceremony.
Hrithik Roshan made everyone feel terrible with his insanely energetic performance. As usual.
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Anushka Sharma made everyone's hearts go 'dhadaam dhadaam' with an electrifying performance.
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Parineeta Chopra rocked everyone's socks.
Sonakshi Sinha rocked a pair of aviators and danced to quintessential 'guy' songs like 'Jumma Chumma' from 'Hum' (1991).
Shahid Kapoor, who won a best actor trophy for his work in 'Haider', also took the trouble to remind everyone that he can still dance better than most of them.
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Co-host Ranveer Singh (dressed like the Mad Hatter, for some reason) went down on one knee while presenting lover Deepika Padukone with the 'Woman Of The Year' award.
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This young actor was all like, "Imma show you something you can't do."
Yes, that's Tiger Shroff.
Of hosts and roasts
Meanwhile, debut hosts Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor were irreverent and merciless, sparing not even themselves. According to PTI, Singh and Kapoor — who were both part of the infamous AIB Knockout — apologised for their involvement in the event, which resulted in FIRs against both of them.
"We did something which offended many people. The gig involved us and a very famous director (Karan Johar). Many people said many things about it and FIR was also lodged against us. Politicians were angry," the duo said before jokingly adding, "We are very sorry about 'Gunday'."
They sang a parody on Aamir, who had called the roast 'violent' rather than 'funny'.
"Hume maaf karna, O Aamir Khan. Hum kabhi nhi lenge Reema Lagoo and Farida Jalal ka naam," they sang.
The actors, both 29, even turned rappers on stage with Baba Sehgal's song "Mere baatein sun ke tum hasna nahi", where they poked fun at politicians and Aamir's reaction to the infamous show.
The actors, who made a grand entry on the stage with a pun on the film 'Karan Arjun', greeted the host country Malaysia with mentions of Bollywood films shot in the South-East Asian nation like 'Don', 'Fanaa', 'Humraaz' and the more recent 'Roy'.
The '2 States' star took a jibe at the Arjun Rampal- Jacqueline Fernandez starrer, which saw Ranbir Kapoor in a guest appearance, saying, "The film should be called Destroy and not Roy."
Another Ranbir starrer, 'Bombay Velvet', was also at the receiving end of the mockery as the hosts narrated the nursery poem "Johnny Johnny" referring to the 'Barfi!' star's character name Johnny Balraj in the film.
"Ranbir should be named Roti in the film because his co-star Anushka was called Rosie and that makes Rosie-Roti.
"And they both took the Rosie-Roti away from Anurag Kashyap's pocket," they added.
Clearly, they had a blast hosting the event, as the videos below also show.
Especially Singh, who doesn't look like he ran out of energy at all throughout the weekend. Here's him cutting a rug with Farhan Akhtar, his 'Dil Dhadakne Do' co-star...
... and getting into a really enthusiastic hug with Hrithik Roshan.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Best debut (female): Kriti Sanon for 'Heropanti'
Best debut (male): Tiger Shroff for 'Heropanti'
Best debut direction: Sajid Nadiadwala ('Kick') and Omung Kumar ('Mary Kom')
Best music direction: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy ('2 States')
Best playback singer (male): Ankit Tiwari ('Galliyan' from 'Ek Villain')
Best playback singer (female): Kanika Kapoor ('Baby Doll' from 'Ragini MMS 2')
Best performance in a comic role: Varun Dhawan ('Main Tera Hero')
Best performance in a negative role: Kay Kay Menon ('Haider')
Outstanding contribution to Indian cinema: Subhash Ghai
Best performance in a supporting role (male): Riteish Deshmukh ('Ek Villain')
Best performance in a supporting role (female): Tabu ('Haider')
Best regional film: 'Lai Bhari'
Woman of the year: Deepika Padukone
Best story: Vikas Bahl, Chaitally Parmar, and Parvez Shaikh ('Queen')
Best direction: Rajkumar Hirani ('PK')
Best performance in a leading role (female): Kangana Ranaut ('Queen')
Best performance in a leading role (male): Shahid Kapoor ('Haider')
Best picture: 'Queen'
And here are the winners of the technical awards, which were announced on Friday.
Best Special Effects: Reupal Rawal (Prime Focus) for 'Kick'
Best Production Design: Subrata Chakraborty & Amit Ray for 'Haider'
Best Sound Design: Shajith Koyeri for 'Haider'
Best Song Recording: Eric Pillai for ‘Teri Galiyaan’ ('Ek Villian')
Best Make-Up: Preetisheel Singh & Clover Wootton for 'Haider'
Best Costume Designing: Dolly Ahluwalia for 'Haider'
Best Sound Mixing: Debajit Changmai for 'Haider'
Best Action: Parvez Shaikh & Andy Armstrong for 'Bang Bang'
Best Choreography: Ahmed Khan for 'Jumme Ki Raat' ('Kick')
Best Screenplay: Vikas Bahl, Chaitally Parmar, Parveez Shaikh ('Queen')
Best Dialogue Award: Abhijat Joshi & Rajkumar Hirani ('PK')
Best Background Score: Vishal Bhardwaj ('Haider')
Best Cinematography: Binod Pradhan ('2 States')
Best Editing: Anurag Kashyap & Abhijit Kokate ('Queen')
(With inputs from PTI)