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Sticky Sweet ‘Barfi!’ Tops IIFA Awards

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'Barfi!' Tops IIFA Awards
Patrick Frater

MACAU — Sticky sweet romance “Barfi!” was the big winner on Saturday night at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards.

At a glitzy ceremony at the Cotai Arena in Macau, the Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra-starrer picked up top awards including best film and best director for its helmer Anurag Basu.

It was closely followed by “Agneepath,” a crime drama starring Hrithik Roshan, and “Vicky Donor,” a comedy romance on the none-too-obvious subject of sperm donation, which claimed many of the best newcomer awards.

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The awards ceremony, which ran on till 2am in the morning, is designed to be a massive celebration of all-things Bollywood and was the finale of a weekend of complementary events.

Organizers revealed that the IIFA Weekend will next year land in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Operating from a 40 metre stage, the Saturday show included running gags about a wannabe presenter, endless pratfalls and half a dozen song and dance routines involving up to 50 dancers. Featuring A-list star Deepika Padukone, newcomer Parineeti Chopra, and older Bollywood favorites Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit, the dance performances were arranged by the “in” choreographer and director Remo d’Souza.

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The evening also involved considerable self-deprecation from the co-host Shah Rukh Khan, who made light of a shoulder injury that necessitated him wearing an over-sized metal sling and greeting guests with awkward left-handed handshakes. Khan arrived on stage with a quartet of sexy nurses and later ambled though a dance routine with his own body double.

As well as the usual performance awards, the ceremony included a ‘humanity award’ for Dia Mirza; ‘Outstanding Achievement by an Indian in International Cinema’ award to Anupam Kher (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “Lust, Caution”) presented by Jean Claude van Damme; and for ‘Outstanding Contribution’ to lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar.

Shah Rukh Khan was also named ‘Digital Star of the Year’ for having the biggest following on social media.