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The Indian Oscars take off in style: IIFA roll of honor
By Behindwoods News Bureau.
June 10, 2008

It has been the biggest event on the Bollywood calendar for the past few years and everyone’s been noticing it. No, we are not talking about the Filmfare Awards, its time for the IIFAs once again- the Indian answer to the Oscars. The great Bollywood (some hate that term, especially Fardeen Khan) idea of taking Indian cinema to the world by hosting a grand awards


function at some of the world’s most happening cities. This time the caravan is in Bangkok where the greater part of the Hindi film industry has landed up for the year’s biggest celebration.

This year is special because none other than the Big B is the event ambassador. Then, as always there is a sneak peek at the biggest offerings that Bollywood will have over the next few months, IIFA is always bountiful. The glittering opening ceremony, live performances by Kareena Kapoor, Harman Baweja, the music release of Mission Istanbul and of course the star studded Sarkar Raj premiere which got a green carpet (instead of the usual red) because of the proximity to world environment day (June 5).

But, if the organizers were hoping to have an impact on global warming by using the green carpet, then they were completely off the mark. The stars just turned on the heat in Bangkok, especially the star couples Abhishek-Aishwarya and the latest sensation Ranbir-Deepika. However, there has been no talk about Saif-Kareena at the IIFAs so far. Meanwhile, Vivek Oberoi was caught in a very rare jolly mood during the audio release of Mission Istanbul where he shook a leg to the hit song from Shootout at Lokhandwala.
While all this was happening, the awards were announced and as 2007 had been an exceptional year in terms of quality cinema. Taare Zameen Par, however. was not part of all the excitement as its producer had decided that the IIFAs were too superficial to enter his film. Right on, Aamir.

And here goes the awards list….. don’t be surprised by the number of Chak Des here. For a change we decided to club the awards under the movie name rather than the other way- it was easier.

Chak De India

1. Best film 2.Best Director 3.Best Story 4.Best Screenplay 5.Best Cinematography 6.Best Editing 7.Best Sound Recording

Om Shanthi Om

1. Best Art Direction 2.Best Visual Effects 3.Best Costume Designing 4. Best Make up

Best Actor: Shahrukh Khan (Chak De India)
Best Actress: Kareena Kapoor (Jab We Met)
Best Supporting Actor: Irrfan Khan (Life..in a metro)
Best Supporting Actress: Konkona Sen Sharma (Life.. in a metro)
Best Actor in a comic role Govinda (Partner)
Best Actor in a negative role: Vivek Oberoi (Shootout at Lokhandwala)
Best Music: A.R.Rahman (Barso re… Guru)

And a very special award
Outstanding contribution by an Indian to international cinema: A.R.Rahman

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