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12th International Indian Film Awards comes to scintillating close in Toronto

The 12th Videocon Indian International Film Awards came to a searingly cacophanous end over the weekend with 21,000 screaming fans celebrating the best of Bollywood  whilst rubbing shoulders with the biggest stars in Bollywood at the moment.  ‘Dabangg’, the old-school, good cop bad cop blockbuster starring Salman Khan, was the big winner over the weekend walking away with 7 awards in total including the voter’s choice award. 

The inimitable Karan Johar won the Best Director gong for ‘My Name is Khan’ with the sultry Bipasha Basu and Hollywood star Cuba Gooding Jr presenting the prestigious award.  

Once Upon A Time in Mumbai’s Prachi Desai won the award as Supporting Female actor for her flawless performance while Arjun Rampal received the Supporting Male Actor for his impressive performance in the political thriller, Rajneeti. The very talented Riteish Deshmukh won the award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for his rib-tickling performance in Housefull. 

IIFA has always aimed to adorn fresh and new talent and the debutant awards were swept by Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha for Band Bajaa Baaraat and Dabangg respectively. Vishal Bharadwaj won the award for Best Dialogue for Ishqiya. 

And as with previous IIFA ceremonies, the interludes between the presentation of the awards offered up plenty of entertainment as welll with sensational performances by Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu, Kangana Ranaut, Ranveer Singh alongside Sonakshi Sinha and the Deol sons, Bobby and Sunny Deol with father, Dharmendra. Priyanka Chopra performed a touching tribute to melody queen, Asha Bhosle after which she was felicitated with the IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award for her 65 years as a playback singer in the Indian film industry. 

The nights festivities came to a close with the jubilant King Khan, Shah Rukh Khan hosting a Bollywood Dance-Master Class imitating signature dances including Aamir Khan’s Kya Bolti Tu, and Salman’s famed Dabangg dance, ending with his inimitable arms-wide-open classic – Tujhe Dekha Toh Ye Jaane Sanam. This extravagant and prestigious award ceremony will be beamed to a global audience of over 700 million.

– UKAT

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