Macau plays host to the Indian Oscars
The IIFA Awards lit up the Vegas of the East.
Deepika Padukone shimmered in a Naeem Khan coral metallic beaded chiffon wrap gown as she flounced onto the stage to receive the Star Plus Audience Jodi of the Year Award at the 14th IIFA Ceremony in Macau. Collective gasps and cheers had the lissome lass flash a dimpled smile, picture perfect in nude platform pumps, crimson pout and chic updo. Earlier this month the finest, biggest and best of Bollywood come together to grace the IIFA’s green carpet in Macau, applauding cinematic excellence in the year gone by.
King Khan makes his presence felt.
The icing on this lavish multi-tiered cake of course were the comperes for the evening, none other than King Khan himself and super talented Shahid Kapoor who mesmerized with their scintillating presence as they did make people roll with laughter. On Day two of the event, the ‘Magic of the Movies’ bonanza featured star-studded performances by stars such as Jacqueline Fernandez, Hussain Kuwajerwala, Gauhar Khan, Sophie Chaudhary, Arjun Kapoor and Dia Mirza. Madhuri Dixit, the original dancing queen enthralled with her famous dance numbers like Dola Re Dola, Mera Piya Ghar Aaya and ‘Ek Do Teen besides more recent numbers like Ghaghra from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
Awards for the very best
No surprises that the Chaplinesque Barfi! won Film of the Year, also collecting three other awards; for Best Director (Anurag Basu), Best Actor (Ranbir Kapoor) and Best Story (Anurag Basu and Tani). Meanwhile, Vidya Balan won the Best Actress Award for her knockout performance in Kahaani. The other winners were Anu Kapoor (Best Supporting Actor) for his take on comic-serious Dr. Chaddha in Vicky Donor and chirpy actress Anushka Sharma (Best Supporting Actress) for her role in Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Abhiskeh Bachchan won the Best Comic Role award for Bol Bachchan while Rishi Kapoor received the Award for Best Negative Role for his sinister character in Agneepath. The super talented Gauri Shinde won the Best Debutant Director laurel for English-Vinglish and Pritam received the Best Music Director award for the soundtrack of Barfi!
Honoring the greats
It was also an occasion to honor the greats of Indian cinema. While legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra posthumously received the IIFA Forever Award, others like Anupam Kher was awarded the Indian International Cinema Achievement Award, Javed Akhtar accepted an award for Outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema, Shabana Azmi the Humanity Award and Shah Rukh Khan the Digital Award of the Year.
High couture takes center stage
Cinematic excellence may have taken center stage but the real stars of the evening were the stylish actresses in their designer gowns. Deepika shone in the super high slit, low neckline peach gown, perfectly balanced with full sleeves and flowing length. Anushka Sharma, Evelyn Sharma and stunning Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandes shimmered in Roberto Cavalli; Anushka in a white gown and Jacqueline in a strapless outfit. Meanwhile Sridevi wore a striking, off shoulder strapless embellished column gown, as slim as ever with her hair gathered over one shoulder. Neha Dhupia looked regal in a full length Victorian style embroidered jacket with ruffled collar by Anamika Khanna. Huma Qureshi wore a black belted Nikhil Thampi gown with a fish tail cut and long winged sleeves.
Yami Gautam looked glamorous in a strapless Swapnil Shinde gown in two shades of green, accessorizing it with a gold belt. Sophie Choudhury wore a Raakesh Agarvwal gown. The bubbly Parineeti Chopra rocked a belted black Nikhil Thampi gown while Richa Chadda wore a black low necked gown by Pria Kataria Puri. Both actresses sported messy updos, chandelier earrings and crimson pouts, every bit the divas they are. Minisha looked glamorous in a black Ayesha Depala dress and collar with a trailing train. Amrita Rao sported a Jade Innana gown and Lisa Haydon chose to go wild in a backless animal print Gucci gown, hair pulled back and cascading down one shoulder. Pink lips and her favorite YSL ring completed her look.
Traditional wear held its own
Ethnic wear had its own takers with Madhuri Dixit looking svelte and elegant in a sheer black sari with a huge golden border and red piping. She teamed it with an intricately worked blouse embroidered in gold zardozi, accessorizing the ensemble with golden bracelets and chandelier earrings, hair crunched back and flowing down her back. No prizes for guess Vidya Balan’s dress code for the evening. Give her favorite Sabyasachi a miss for once, she wore a black Anand Kabra lehenga worked in dull gold with an off white long sleeved blouse, hair plaited on one shoulder. Yesteryear sex siren Zeenat Aman also chose to wear a sari.
The men in suits
Most of the men favored old fashioned and ultra-stylish tuxedos. Shah Rukh Khan looked dapper in a three piece black tux, white shirt and black bow tie, teaming the ensemble with a sexy stubble and black shoes. Zayed Khan wore a suit with a red silk kerchief tucked into his breast pocket as did Shah Rukh’s co-compere Shahid Kapoor who spruced up his deep blue suit with a quirky maroon bowtie. While Abhishekh Bachchan chose to wear a dark suit with a satin trim, Ayushmann Khurana went traditional in a dark blue bandhgala prince coat.
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