IIFA 2015: Kangana and Shahid bag top honours for Queen, Haider


Kuala Lumpur: Vikas Bahl’s coming-of-age drama Queen and Vishal Bhardwaj’s insurgency movie Haider, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, on Sunday scooped the major trophies at the 16th IIFA awards, including the best actress honour for Kangana Ranaut and the best actor gong for Shahid Kapoor.

Queen, a middle class girl’s self-discovery journey after getting ditched by her fiance, and the Shahid-Shraddha Kapoor starrer Kashmir-set drama took home three honours each.

Shahid, 34, dedicated his award to Vishal for giving him the opportunity and called the film a “scary” one.

“I would like to thank Vishal Bhardwaj for this recognition. A very big thank you to him for believing in me.

“Today, I am standing here because of him. It was a scary film to do because we thought people will never love and understand this film,” said the actor, who gave a power-packed performance on the songs of Haider, in his acceptance speech.

Tabu’s powerful portrayal of Shahid’s mother in the film won her the best supporting actress award while Kay Kay Menon’s role of a shrewd politician in the same bagged him the trophy for the best actor in a negative role.

Queen, a Phantom films and Viacom pictures co-produced drama set in Amsterdam and Paris, won the award for best picture and story, (Bahl, Chaitally Parmar and Parvez Shaikh) apart from the best actress trophy.

Anurag Kashyap, one of the honchos of Phantom Films, in a surprising gesture, expressed his love for fellow director Rajkumar Hirani, while receiving the best movie trophy for Queen.

“I don’t know what to say. I love you Raju sir (Rajkumar Hirani). I don’t know how this film happened and it happened somehow. When we started the film we didn’t have any money…,” he said.

Hirani won the best director gong for Aamir Khan starrer highly acclaimed PK, a satire on godmen, after beating Bahl (Queen), Vishal (Haider), Abhishek Varman (2 States) and Imtiaz Ali (Highway).

“This film fearlessly talked about religion in the country and I want to thank my father and mother for it. Like Subhash Ghai, I also feel a film is incomplete without the help of technicians and actors,” Hirani said.

Deepika Padukone, who was nominated in the best actress category for her stint as a dance teacher in multi-starrer film Happy New Year, took home the woman of the year award.

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