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Shahrukh Khan'Chak De India' rules the roost at IIFA
09th June 2008  09.01 IST
By Agencies  

Shahrukh Khan starrer Chak De India swept nine honours at the glittering ninth IIFA awards in Bangkok with the King Khan receiving the best actor award for his inspiring role as a hockey coach in the film.

SRK, who gave a miss to the star-studded ceremony in Bangkok Sunday night, virtually ruled the awards function as his home production Om Shanti Om also won five trophies. His award was collected by the film's producer Yash Chopra .

'Chak De India' which was adjudged the best film of 2007, is about a coach inspiring the Indian women's hockey team to victory.

Similarly, the film's director Shimit Amin received the best director's award. Jaideep Sahani received the award for best story for the film.

The awards in the technical section won by the film were: cinematography, Sound recording and sound re-recording, editing.

Sahani shared the screenplay award for the film with Anurag Basu ( Metro ).

'Om Shanti Om', SRK's home production bagged awards for art direction, costumes, special effects and make up. Javed Akhtar also won the best lyricist award for the song Main Agar Kahoon.

The awards ceremony was held at the Siam Niramit complex in the heart of Bangkok city.

Ritesh Deshmukh and Boman Irani were the hosts of the awards ceremony. They reminded many in the audience of SRK who with his wild sense of humour spoofs members of the film fraternity and makes fun of them.

They joked about actors having a new "weapon" called blog to take on their fellow actors. There was also a spoof on the films nominated in the best film category.

The third host Urmila Matondkar was however a disappointment.

Kareena Kapoor received the best actress trophy for her performance in Jab We Met while Irrfan Khan and Konkona Sen Sharma who were adjudged the best actor and actress in a supporting role were not present to collect their awards.

Shaan (Jab se tere naina in Saawariya ) and Shreya Ghosal (Barso re megha in Guru ) were the best playback singers.

A R Rahman received the best music composer -- song recording, background score -- for Guru. Vivek Oberoi won the best actor in negative role trophy for his performance in Shootout At Lokhandwala while Govinda was the recipient of the best actor in comedy role award for his performance in Partner .

Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone were the recipients of the best debutants of 2007.

Akshay Kumar , who lived in Bangkok prior to embarking on path to stardom in Bollywood, was awarded the IIFA honour from Thailand.

"I was just a young man when my adventure began here. I was naive, restless and eager to please. This city embraced me with such love and kindness," Akshay said receiving the award.

Idea style icon trophy was given to Abhishek Bachchan and Glamorous diva title went to Katrina Kaif . The Idea fresh face of the year was Neil Nitin Mukesh for his debut film Johnny Gaddaar .

Noted actress Mumtaz , renowned filmmaker Shyam Benegal and music composer A R Rahman were felicitated for their outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.

The nearly three-hour extravaganza was marked by scintillating performances from Govinda, Katrina, Kareena, stars of films like Acid Factory , Mission Istanbul , De Taali and Love Story 2050 .

The highlight was the finale by Akshay who made a dashing entry on stage by sliding down a cable from a corner of the auditorium. He performed a number from his forthcoming film Singh Is Kinng .

Other films that were adjudged winners in different categories were 'Shootout At Lokhandwala' (action), 'Jab We Met' (dialogue), Vaibhavi Merchant (Choreography of Aaja Nachle ).

Hundreds of fans greeted their favourite stars as they arrived at the posh downtown Bangkok theatre.

The gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan arrived in a full-length, strapless red satin fishtail gown and elicited screams from fans.

Show-stopping dance numbers punctuated the ceremony with actors promoting their upcoming films.

IIFA organisers said they hope the ceremony will draw more Thai audiences to Indian cinema.

Shahrukh Khan
Chak De India
Om Shanti Om
Yash Chopra
Shimit Amin
Anurag Basu
Javed Akhtar
Ritesh Deshmukh
Boman Irani
Urmila Matondkar
Kareena Kapoor
Jab We Met
Irrfan Khan
Konkona Sen Sharma
A R Rahman
Vivek Oberoi
Shootout At Lokhandwala
Ranbir Kapoor
Deepika Padukone
Akshay Kumar
Abhishek Bachchan
Katrina Kaif
Neil Nitin Mukesh
Johnny Gaddaar
Shyam Benegal
Acid Factory
Mission Istanbul
De Taali
Love Story 2050
Singh Is Kinng
Aaja Nachle
Aishwarya Rai

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