NEW DELHI — The Intl. Indian Film Awards, India’s equivalent to the Oscars, were presented for the first time Sunday at a function organized by the Mumbai film industry.
Shekhar Kapur received the award for outstanding achievement on the international level for the film “Elizabeth.”
Best actor award went to Sanjay Dutt for “Vaastav,” while Aishwarya Rai, a former Miss World, was named best actress for her role in “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.” The best director trophy went to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, also for “Hum.”
Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan inaugurated the event by declaring that Indian cinema had finally arrived on the international scene.