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    Dabangg’ and ‘My Name is Khan’ won top honours at the 12th IIFA awards here with the Salman Khan starrer scooping up six trophies in the popular category, while the best actor and director awards went to Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar respectively.

    ‘Dabangg’, which was the highest grosser last year, was adjudged the best film of 2010. Anushka Sharma won her maiden best actress award for ‘Band Baja Baraat’.

    Accepting his award, SRK said his role in ‘My Name is Khan’ was about a character who carried an identity for many years has was not able to reveal it to others.

    Johar said MNIK was much more than just a film for him. “Khan has taught me the power of love and humanity,” he said.

    Sonakshi Sinha won the Best debut female award for her performance in ‘Dabangg’, while Sonu Sood grabbed the best negative role trophy. Sajid-Wajid alongwith Lalit Pandit bagged the best music direction award for their chartbusting numbers in the film, while Abhinav Kashyap and Dilip Shukla bagged the best screenplay award.

    The best playback singer (male) award went to Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for ‘Tere mast mast do nain’, while the hit item number ‘Munni Badnam Hui’ got Mamta Sharma the best playback singer (female) award.

    Best supporting role (male) was won by Arjun Rampal for ‘Raajneeti’ while Prachi Desai won the award in the female category for ‘One Upon A Time In Mumbai’. ‘Band Baja Baraat’ star Ranveer Singh won the Best debut (male) award.

    Asha Bhosle was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award, while Dharmendra, who performed some of his hit songs at the glitzy ceremony, was honoured by SRK and Ramesh Sippy for his contribution to the film industry.

    While honouring Dharmendra, Shah Rukh said the veteran actor symbolised goodness and honesty while Sippy described him as a delightful actor who speaks from the heart “so loud and clear that it goes straight into the hearts of his fans.”

    Bobby Deol paid a tribute to his father by dancing to a medley of his famous songs apart from performing to a couple from of his own films. Making a grand entry with son Sunny Deol to the music of ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’, the 75-year-old actor accepted the honour, saying, “50 years seem like 50 beautiful moments of my life.”

    77-year-old Asha Bhosale said awards inspire her to continue singing. “Maaee, my debut hindi film was under production when I was told about this honour. Now that the film is complete and ready for release, I must tell IIFA to keep another award for me next year.”

    “I will continue to sing till the end,” Asha said adding that she wanted her fans to remember her as a good human being.

    Ritesh Deshmukh won the Best actor in a comic role for ‘Housefull’, while actor Irrfan Khan was honoured for his Outstanding Achievement in International cinema.

    Best story award went to Shivani Makhija for ‘My Name Is Khan’. Vishal Bhardwaj won the best dialogue for ‘Ishqiya’. Best lyrics was bagged by Niranjan Iyengar for ‘My Name Is Khan’.

    Sharmila Tagore, who was handed the Outstanding Achievement award by Shabana Azmi for forty years of her cinematic journey, said the presence of directors like Shakti Samanta and Hrishikesh Mukherjee in the Hindi film industry helped her retain her Bengali sensibilities after graduating from Bengali movies to Hindi. She felt movies of the 60s and 70s symbolised romance, idealism and innocence. “This trend went backwards after the advent of the angry young man on screen. But, I know that the old films still lives in the memories of fans,” she added.

    Besides the who’s who of Bollywood, Oscar-winning Hollywood actors Hilary Swank and Cuba Gooding Jr walked the IIFA green carpet and attended the awards ceremony.

    Despite his knee injury, SRK went ahead with his performance, which was the finale act — a medley of his hit songs with Dia Mirza, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh. He also performed to Aamir Khan’s ‘Aati kya khandala’ and imitated Salman’s ‘Dabangg’ dance steps telling the fans that the moves were conceived when he was faced with trouble and pain.

    Priyanka Chopra performed to a medley of Asha’s classic songs before escorting her to stage where she was felicitated by Subhash Ghai. The ‘Fashion’ star herself was honoured for creating awareness among the youth about the importance of a greener planet.

    Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma were named the Hottest pair of 2010. Anushka said their on screen chemistry was due to the script of the film and attributed the award to the scriptwriters of Band Baja Baraat.

    The four hour long extravanganza was hosted by Ritesh Deshmukh and Boman Irani for the fourth time in a row and were joined by Shah Rukh, Anil Kapoor and Karan Johar in different sections.Johar showed his dancing skills when Boman and Riteish asked him to join in their job of finding “Ruby”, the new item girl after Sheila and Munni. They also performed gags on Sanjay Leela Bhansali directing ‘Lagaan’, Raju Hirani directing ‘Deewar’ and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge with Ranbir Kapoor instead of Shah Rukh. The anchors also took lessons from the King Khan on the art of hosting a show. In Raju Hirani’s ‘Deewar’ gag, Boman and Riteish played Salman and Aamir and how the “deewar” between the two would cease to exist.
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