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IIFA Awards 2023: Fantasy film Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva and gritty biopic Gangubai Kathiawadi win big

The Award-winners from the much-anticipated Awards of the International Indian Film Academy (2023) are finally revealed.

The Bollywood star-studded event was held for the second year at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi.

At the ceremony held across two days, on Friday and Saturday, the biggest and brightest names of the Bollywood film industry paid tribute to their colleagues and celebrated with some colorful performances.

On Friday at IIFA Rocks, a night dedicated to music and fashion, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period biopic Gangubai Kathiawadi turned out to be the big winner in the technical categories, clinching trophies for cinematography, screenplay, and dialogue.

While Alia Bhatt won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) for her performance in the film.

Hrithik Roshan won the leading actor trophy for his role in the Abu Dhabi-shot Vikram Vedha.


On Saturday at the gala event, Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva won the majority of the awards including Best Playback Singer for Shreya Ghoshal (Female) and Arijit Singh (Male), as well as Best Supporting Actor (Female) for Mouni Roy.

Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, the horror comedy starring Kartik Aaryan and Tabu, bagged two awards.

The main highlight of the event was Babil Khan, the son of late Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, who shared the Best Debut (Male) award with Shantanu Maheshwari.

Babil Khan was celebrated for his role in the film Qala, and Maheshwari for starring in Gangubai Kathiawadi.


Here is the complete list of the winners at the IIFA Awards 2023:

– Best Film: Drishyam 2

– Best Director: R Madhavan for Rocketry: The Nambi Effect

– Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female): Alia Bhatt for Gangubai Kathiawadi

– Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male): Hrithik Roshan for Vikram Vedha

– Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Mouni Roy for Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva

– Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Anil Kapoor for Jugjugg Jeeyo

– Outstanding Achievement for Fashion in Cinema: Manish Malhotra

– Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema: Kamal Haasan

– Best Adapted Story: Aamil Keeyan Khan and Abhishek Pathak for Drishyam 2

– Best Original Story: Perveez Sheikh and Jasmeet Reen for Darlings

– Outstanding Achievement in Regional Cinema: Marathi film Ved, directed by Riteish Deshmukh

– Best Debut (Male): Shantanu Maheshwari for Gangubai Kathiawadi and Babil Khan for Qala

– Best Debut (Female): Khushali Kumar for Dhoka Around the Corner

– Best Playback Singer (Female): Shreya Ghoshal for the song Rasiya from Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva

– Best Playback Singer (Male): Arijit Singh for the song Kesariya from Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva

– Best Music Direction: Pritam for Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva

– Best Lyricist: Amitabh Bhattacharya for the song Kesarya from Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva

– Best Cinematography: Gangubai Kathiawadi

– Best Screenplay: Gangubai Kathiawadi

– Best Dialogue: Gangubai Kathiawadi

– Best Choreography for the title track: Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2

– Best Sound Design: Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2

– Best Editing: Drishyam 2

– Best Special Effects (Visual): Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva

– Best Background Score: Vikram Vedha

– Best Sound Mixing: Monica O My Darling


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