The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards 2017 kick-started with a bang on July 14. Rain could not dampen the spirits of B-Towners, who were dressed to the nines. On the second day of the festivities, actors like Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, Shahid Kapoor dazzled the green carpet.
This time, the show is being held in New York, with Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan being the hosts of the evening.
Alia Bhatt won the Best Actress Award for Udta Punjab for her perfect portrayal of a gritty migrant woman exploited and trapped in a drug lord’s house. Her co-star in the film, Shahid Kapoor, won the Best Actor Award for playing Tommy Singh, a Punjabi Rockstar grappling with a drug addiction. Udta Punjab was clearly a favourite with the jury, and Diljit Dosanjh also won an award for the film – Best Debutant.
Neerja won the Best Film Award, while Pink director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury took home the award for Best Director. Music maestro AR Rahman, who completed 25 years in Indian cinema, was awarded for his contribution to films.
Here is the list of winners of the IIFA Awards 2017:
Best Actor: Shahid Kapoor (Udta Punjab)
Best Actress: Alia Bhatt (Udta Punjab)
Best Film: Neerja
Best Actor in a Comic Role: Varun Dhawan (Dishoom)
Best Actor in a Negative Role: Jim Sarbh (Neerja)
Style Icon of The Year: Alia Bhatt
Best Debutante: Disha Patani (M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story)
Best Debutant: Diljit Dosanjh (Udta Punjab)
Woman of The Year: Taapsee Pannu
Special Contribution to Indian Cinema: AR Rahman
Best Supporting Actress: Shabana Azmi (Neerja)
Best Supporting Actor: Anupam Kher (M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story)
Best Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury (Pink)
Best Story – Shakun Batra and Ayesha DeVitre Dhillon (Kapoor & Sons)
Best Music Director: Pritam (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)
Best Lyricist: Amitabh Bhattacharya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)
Best Singer Male: Amit Mishra (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)
Best Singer Female- Tulsi Kumar (Airlift) and Kanika Kapoor (Udta Punjab)