Tampa: Bollywood star Deepika Padukone continued her winning streak by taking home the Best Actress at this year’s International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards held in Tampa in Florida on Saturday night. It was almost a foregone conclusion since her roles in three blockbusters were nominated. She won the Best Actress statuette for her role as a south Indian village belle in 2013 hit film Chennai Express, also starring Shah Rukh Khan.
Another big winner of the night was Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, the biopic on the Indian runner Milkha Singh played by Farhan Akhtar. It scooped major awards, including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Story.
“It’s such a big honour to recieve the award in front of Milkhaji,” said Akhtar pointing to the film’s subject who was also present at the awards ceremony.
“Thank you for sharing your story with me,” said Akhtar.
Here are the other big winners of the night:
Best Film: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Best Actress: Deepika Padukone for Chennai Express
Best Actor: Farhan Akhtar for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Best Director: Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Best performance in a negative role: Rishi Kapoor for D Day
Best performance in a comic role: Arshad Warsi for Jolly LLB
Best Supporting (male): Aditya Roy Kapur for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Best Supporting actor (female): Divya Dutta for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Best Story: Prasoon Joshi for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Woman Of Substance presented by Star Plus: Priyanka Chopra
Videocon Entertainer Of The Year: Deepika Padukone
Best Lyrics: Mithoon for Tum Hi Ho, Aashiqui 2
Best singer (male): Arijit Singh, Tum Hi Ho from Aashiqui 2
Best singer (female): Shreya Ghoshal, Sun Raha Hai from Aashiqui 2
Best debut (male): Dhanush for Raanjhanaa
Best debut (female): Vaani Kapoor for Shuddh Desi Romance