Bollywood was out in force at this overseas extravaganza
The Vancouver Convention Centre rolled out the red carpet earlier this month when the doyens of Bollywood gathered for the inaugural Lux Cozi TOIFA 2013 song and dance extravaganza.
The weekend event (April 5-6) was yet another occasion to pay tribute to the actors, singers and behind-the scene cinematic geniuses who have entertained audiences for a century and counting. For the Canadian dignitaries like the Premier of the Province of British Columbia, Christy Clark too it was a day of celebration and excitement. As she remarked, “Our government is delighted to support TOIFA as a means of strengthening our cultural and trade ties with India.”
Setting the pace with Karan and Chitranga
Seasoned compere and director Karan Johar and sultry actress Chitrangada Singh hosted the inaugural festivities and technical awards and nominations gala that saw extravagant performances and awards being given to the best and finest of Bollywood’s leading lights.
In the technical awards category, Stunt Coordinator Conrad Palmisano, received the first ever TOIFA for ‘Best Action’ for his work on Ek Tha Tiger. Namrata Rao received the award for ‘Best Editing’ for Kahaani, S. Ravi Varman the honors for ‘Best Cinematography’ and Aki Narula and Shafalina received the ‘Best Costume Design’ award for Barfi! Meanwhile, Anita Khushwaha received accolades for ‘Best Sound’ for Talaash and Advaita Kala and Sujoy Ghosh walked away with the top honors of ‘Best Story’ for Kahaani. Plaudits for ‘Best Dialogue’ for Gangs of Wasseypur’ went to Anurag Kashyap, Akhilesh Jaiswal, Zeishan Quadri and Sachin Ladia, and ‘Best Debut Director’ to Gauri Shinde for the heart-warming English Vinglish.
Award winning performances
The big night was Saturday, April 6, when the main awards were given away with 38,000 adoring fans cheering in the audience. The show was anchored by Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Boman Irani. As expected, Barfi! was the clear winner, walking away with the top five honors, including best picture, best director and best actor and actress for lead actors Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra respectively.
Yesteryear heartthrob Rishi Kapoor was awarded the ‘Best on-screen villain’ trophy for his role in Agneepath. His son Ranbir received it on his behalf. In fact, Ranbir drew a standing ovation for his entertaining parody of best film nominees to the title track of Barfi! This was followed by sizzling dance routines by Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma Aishwarya Rai Bachchan—her first live international performance after the birth of her daughter—and Shah Rukh Khan.
Family means everything
Both Ranbir and Priyanka were quick to thanks the audience and their families for the honor and adulation. The audience couldn’t get enough of Ranbir who repeatedly waved out repeating, “I love you, thank you.” Meanwhile Priyanka, standing on the dais with her ailing father by her side, said, “My father made a 30 hour journey to be with me. I want to thank him for teaching me to believe in myself.” The other winners included Ayushmann Khurrana, Annu Kapoor and Dolly Ahluwalia (‘Best Debut Actor, ‘Best Supporting Actor and Actress respectively) for their roles in Vicky Donor.
Fashion, Bollywood style
The audience was also treated to a spectacular sartorial extravaganza by Manish Malhotra, fashion designer to the stars. Malhotra celebrated the occasion and a century of Indian cinema by showcasing trendsetting fashion in Bollywood over the years. His showstoppers included Urmila Matondkar, Raveena Tandon, Neha Dhupia, Nargis Fakhri and Sonali Chauhan. The fashion show featured five segments spread across the evening, with each segment representing a different era of Hindi cinema, starting with the black-and-white years, going on to the ’50s, right through the 2000s and the latest filmi looks.
There was outstanding entertainment, starting with Kavita Seth—who sang a medley of hit songs including Iktaara from Wake Up Sid and her 2012 blockbuster Tumhi Ho Bandhu. Sunidhi Chauhan, best known for her foot-tapping hits set the stage afire with much loved hits like Ishq Sufiyana, Aavaiye, Bin Tere, Halkat Jawani, Te Amo, Babli Badmaash, and Thank God it’s Friday. Meanwhile Mohit Chauhan of the romantic ballads fame sung super hits like Dooriyan, Pee Loon, Masakali and Naddan Parindey; and award winning singer Shalmali Kholgade set the mood with her soulful rendition of Pareshaan from Ishaazade.
There was plenty of action on stage with Indian hip hop star Hard Kaur performing peppy dance tracks likes Sadda Dil Vi Tu, Peeney Do and Singh is King; and multifaceted singer, dancer and choreographer Shiamak Davar presenting foot tapping Bollywood numbers for his adoring Vancouver audience. A surprise hit of the evening was the irrepressible jugabandi between Hard Kaur and Shalmali who rocked the stage with hits like Daaru Desi and Ek Glassy and their closing act of Gangnam Style!
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