"India and Toronto has a special place in my heart. Hollywood and Indian cinema have to bring people together. I believe in IIFA’s motto – One People, One World," said Oscar winner, Hilary Swank. “I am truly bowled over by this fabulous industry. India has grabbed the world through Bollywood,” said Cuba Gooding Jr.
Dabangg, one of Bollywood’s biggest successes this year, bagged maximum awards in Toronto. The Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty and director, Raj Kumar Hirani announced Dabangg as the voter’s choice. Best Direction went to Karan Johar for My Name is Khan. The director received the same from Cuba Gooding Jr and Bipasha Basu.
Once Upon A Time in Mumbai’s Prachi Desai won the award as Supporting Female actor for her flawless performance while Arjun Rampal received the Supporting Male Actor for his impressive performance in the political thriller, Rajneeti. The very talented Riteish Deshmukh won the award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for his rib-tickling performance in Housefull.
IIFA has always aimed to adorn fresh and new talent and the debutant awards were swept by Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha for Band Bajaa Baaraat and Dabangg respectively. Vishal Bharadwaj won the award for Best Dialogue for Ishqiya.
The stage was set on fire by the scintillating performances by the glamorous and sensual divas of Bollywood Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu, Kangana Ranaut, Ranveer Singh alongside Sonakshi Sinha and the Deol sons, Bobby and Sunny Deol with father, Dharmendra. Priyanka Chopra performed a touching tribute to melody queen, Asha Bhosle after which she was felicitated with the IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award for her 65 years as a playback singer in the Indian film industry.
The nights festivities came to a close with the jubilant King Khan, Shah Rukh Khan hosted a Bollywood Dance-Master Class imitating signature dances including Aamir Khan’s Kya Bolti Tu, and Salman’s famed Dabangg dance, ending with his inimitable arms-wide-open classic – Tujhe Dekha Toh Ye Jaane Sanam. This extravagant and prestigious award ceremony will be beamed to a global audience of over 700 million.