By AFP/News Desk Published: June 25, 2018
BANGKOK: Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor was honoured for her final role at India’s movie awards in Bangkok, winning best actress at the celebration of dance, music and film just months after her shock death.
Sridevi was considered one of the most influential Bollywood actors of all time. Her death from accidental drowning in a Dubai hotel room bathtub aged 54 in February left the nation in stunned grief.
“I have mixed emotions today. I miss her every minute and second of my life,” her widower Boney Kapoor said as he collected the gong on her behalf at the Indian Film Academy’s (IIFA) annual awards ceremony.
“I still feel she is around… I want you all to support Janhvi like you supported her mother,” the Bollywood producer said in an emotional speech quoted by Indian media, referring to the eldest of Sridevi’s two daughters who is set to make her Bollywood debut.
With an audience of more than 850 million, the IIFA Awards – dubbed Bollywood’s Oscars by some in the industry – is India’s biggest media event.
It is also one of the world’s most-watched annual entertainment shows, held outside India to demonstrate Bollywood’s global appeal.
The ceremony saw India’s biggest stars descend on the Thai capital late Sunday for a riotous evening filled with glamour and stunning dance routines.
But it was given an additional tinge of sadness as best actor went to Irfan Khan, known internationally for his roles in blockbusters Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire, in his absence.
Earlier this year the Indian actor, who was also in the 2016 film Inferno alongside Tom Hanks and is one of Bollywood’s most globally recognised exports, revealed he has a rare tumour and is being treated in London.
Outstanding Achievement Award
Khan bagged the award for his role in Hindi Medium, a film highly critical of India’s class divide in which he plays a father trying to get his daughter into a prestigious school.
The subject of Sridevi’s last film Mom also touched a sensitive topic in India – that of rape, with the actress portraying a mother seeking to avenge a sex attack on her stepdaughter.
The event saw veteran actor Anupam Kher honoured with the IIFA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema. The Indian star is known abroad for his roles in Bend It Like Beckham and Silver Linings Playbook.
Best picture went to Tumhari Sulu which stars Vidya Balan as a housewife who becomes a DJ offering relationship advice on a late-night radio show. Saket Chaudhary scooped best director for Hindi Medium.
The ceremony saw veteran actress Rekha, 63, roll back the years as she belted out vintage hits in a rare public performance, as well as routines from the likes of Ranbir Kapoor and Kriti Sanon.
Organisers opted for a green carpet instead of red to raise awareness of environmental issues and it was graced by stars like Varun Dhawan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Arjun Kapoor.
However the National Film Awards, established in 1954, are still considered India’s most prestigious film awards ceremony.
IIFA will be broadcast worldwide on television on July 29.
Here’s the complete list of winners.
Best Film: Tumhari Sulu
Best Actor in a leading role (Female): Sridevi (MOM
Best Actor in a leading role (Male): Irrfan Khan (Hindi Medium)
Best Actor In Supporting Role (Female): Meher Vij (Secret Superstar)
Best Actor In Supporting Role (Male): Nawazzuddin Siddiqui (MOM)
Best Director: Saket Chaudhary (Hindi Medium)
Best Debut Director: Konkona Sensharma (A Death in the Gunj)
Outstanding Achievement by an Actor in Indian Cinema: Anupam Kher
Best Story: Amit V Masurkar (Newton)
Best Music Direction: Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi, Akhil Sachdeva (Badrinath Ki Dulhania)
Best Background Score: Pritam (Jagga Jasoos)
Best Screeenplay: Nitesh Tiwari, Shreyas Jain (Bareilly Ki Barfi)
Best Playback Singer Female: Meghna Mishra (Main Kaun Hoon – Secret Superstar)
Best Playback singer Male: Arijit Singh (Hawayein – Jab Harry Met Sejal)
Best Lyrics: Nusrat Fateh Ali, A1 Melody Fana & Manoj Muntashir (Mere Rashke Qamar – Baadshaho)
Best Choreography: Vijay Ganguly and Ruel Dausan Varindani (Galti Se Mistake – Jagga Jasoos)
Best Style Icon of the Year: Kriti Sanon