‘Dabanng’ tops Indian fest

Kashyap pic nabs 10 honors

Debutant writer-director Abhinav Kashyap’s “Dabanng” was the big winner Saturday night at the Intl. Indian Film Academy awards, picking up 10 honors including film, screenplay and music.

The awards are held in a different international city each year to promote Indian film, and this year it was Toronto’s turn.

Shah Rukh Khan won for actor and Karan Johar for director of “My Name is Khan,” which also won for score, story and lyrics. Anushka Sharma won best actress for “Band baaja baaraat,” Arjun Rampal nabbed supporting actor for “Raajneeti,” and Prachi Desai supporting actress for “Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai.”Pritam Das won best sound for “Love, sex aur dhokha,” Sudeep Chatterjee cinematography for “Guzaarish,” Namrata Rao editing and Niharika Khan costume for “Band bajaa baaraat” and Sabu Cyril production design for “Robot.”

Veteran actors Sharmila Tagore and Dharmendra were accorded lifetime achievement awards.

Irrfan Khan, who has roles in the upcoming “Life of Pi” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” and has a slew of international credits including “Slumdog Millionaire” and “A Mighty Heart,” was given an award for achievement in international cinema.

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