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Rang De Basanti'Rang De Basanti' wins Best Film award at IIFA
10th June 2007  22.00 IST
By Agencies  

Rang De Basanti walked away with top honours, including for Best Film, in most of the categories it was nominated for the eighth IIFA Awards as glamour, emotion and an electric atmosphere combined to make for an unforgettable star-studded ceremony in Sheffield, Yorkshire.

Besides being adjudged the best film, 'Rang De Basanti', Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra 's take on modern day patriotism, bagged as many as 11 awards, including for best actress in a supporting role for Soha Ali Khan .

The glittering ceremony, which began Saturday night and ended early Sunday, was interspersed with electrifying performances from Abhishek Bachchan , Saif Ali Khan , Salman Khan , Govinda and Shilpa Shetty , and was watched by thousands of expatriates from all over Britain.

While Rani Mukherjee won Best Actress trophy for her performance in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna , the Best Actor award went to Hrithik Roshan for his superhero act in Krrish .

Other major winners included Rajkumar Hirani as Best Director and Arshad Warsi as Best Supporting Actor for Lage Raho Munnabhai .

Some of Bollywood's biggest names, including IIFA brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan , son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai , attended the marathon four-hour function, along with more than 50,000 people.

The evening hit an emotional note during the presentation for Lifetime Achievement Award to Dharmendra , who got a standing ovation from the audience as he was presented the trophy by Bachchan.

"Very few people know that it was on Dharmendra's insistence that I got the role of Jay in Sholay . If it were not for him, I would never have been a part of this great film. My wife describes him as a Greek God, but for me, he has always been a very good human being," Bachchan said.

Sons Bobby Deol and Sunny Deol also joined their father on stage, and Bobby was reduced to tears as he attempted to say a few words about Dharmendra.

"I was a small town boy in Phagwara and I used to look at this magical world of cinema and wonder if I would ever be a part of it. From those days to this stage, it has been a very eventful journey," Dharmendra said.

The IIFA awards also honoured veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The awards also recognised Ash and Hrithik as the most glamorous stars of the year, while filmmaker Deepa Mehta got a trophy for Outstanding Achievement by an Indian in international cinema.

The loudest cheers were, however, reserved for an impromptu jig by father-son duo Bachchan and Abhishek who danced to the hit number from their latest blockbuster Jhoom Barabar Jhoom .

Rang De Basanti
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Soha Ali Khan
Abhishek Bachchan
Saif Ali Khan
Salman Khan
Shilpa Shetty
Rani Mukherjee
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Hrithik Roshan
Rajkumar Hirani
Arshad Warsi
Lage Raho Munnabhai
Amitabh Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai
Bobby Deol
Sunny Deol
Deepa Mehta
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

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