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LONDON -- The cream of the Indian film industry gathered in the northern city of Sheffield during the weekend to watch Rang de Basanti sweep the boards at the International Indian Film Academy Awards, Bollywood's answer to the Oscars.
Attracting such stars as Aishwarya Rai and Amitabh Bachchan and with a global television audience expected to top 500 million viewers in 110 countries, the awards Saturday underlined the increasing power and mainstream significance of the Bollywood genre.
Basanti is a politically charged epic about a group of disillusioned Indian youths who become nationalist freedom fighters united against British rule in the 1920s, and of a British filmmaker who tries to tell their story. The film picked up five nods on the night, including best picture, supporting actress for British star Alice Patten and musical direction.
Rani Mukherji was named best actress for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, a film about the impact of infidelity, while Hrithik Roshan picked up the best actor award for his portrayal of a superhero in Krrish. The musical comedy Lage Raho Munnabhai earned Rajkumar Hirani the best director award, and director Vishal Bhardwaj was given a special honor for best adaptation for Omkara, his take on Shakespeare's Othello.
The awards, voted on by fans, were handed out in front of an audience of 12,000 in Sheffield's Hallam auditorium. »
NEW DELHI -- The eighth annual International Indian Film Academy Awards nominations were announced Thursday for this year's event, set for June 7-10 in Yorkshire, England.
The IIFAs, organized by Mumbai-based event management company Wizcraft Entertainment, are held overseas every year with cities such as Johannesburg, Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai, among others, hosting the awards in the past.
Best picture nominees include "Dhoom 2"; "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" (Never Say Goodbye), a tale of marital infidelity; "Krrish"; the comedy hit "Lage Raho Munnabhai" (Keep Going Munnabhai); "Rang De Basanti"; and the romantic "Vivaah" (Marriage).
Best performance in a leading role (male) includes nominations for Shah Rukh Khan for his portrayal of a jet-setting gangster in "Don", Hrithik Roshan as a superhero in "Krrish", Sanjay Dutt in the comic lead in "Lage Raho Munnabhai" and Ajay Devgan in "Omkara".
Aishwarya Rai in "Dhoom 2", Kajol in "Fanaa" (Destroyed In Love), Kangana Ranaut in "Gangster", Rani Mukherji in "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna", Vidya Balan in "Lage Raho Munnabhai" and Kareena Kapoor in "Omkara" are the nominees for best performance in a leading role (female). »
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NEW DELHI -- India's entry for best foreign-language film at the Oscars, Rang De Basanti (Paint It Yellow), took best film and best director for Rakeysh Mehra on Saturday night at the 52nd annual Filmfare Awards in Mumbai.
The Filmfare Awards, organized by film magazine Filmfare, also saw Basanti bag the best music award for composer A.R. Rahman.
Hrithik Roshan won best actor for his role as a suave hi-tech robber in the action hit Dhoom 2 (Uproar), while Kajol won best actress for her portrayal of a blind woman who falls in love with a terrorist in Fanaa (Destroyed In Love).
The critics award for best film went to director Rajkumar Hirani for the comedy hit Lage Raho Munnabhai (Keep Going Munnabhai) while the critics award for best actor and actress went to Aamir Khan for Rang De Basanti and Kareena Kapoor for Omkara, director Vishal Bharadwaj's adaptation of Othello set in the ganglands of rural central India. Omkara also bagged a best supporting actress nod for Konkona Sen Sharma and a best actor in a negative role award for Saif Ali Khan. »
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