The Bollywood Oscars came back in the first year since the pandemic started with an all-singing, all-dancing ceremony to award the best held in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Indian A-listers attended the International Indian Film Academy Awards ceremony, including dancing belly dancers in the extravagantly choreographed stage performance. Bollywood is the film industry in Hindi known for its strong music tradition and is the most prolific creator of films.
The award for the best male lead went to Vicky Kaushal for “Sardar Udham,” the drama about an Indian revolutionary’s revenge against the British officer responsible for Amritsar in 1919. Amritsar massacre.
And Kriti Sanon took home the award for the title of a best female lead for “Mimi,” a comedy-drama that examines the growing surrogacy business and the attitudes of single mothers. Sai Tamhankar won the best supporting female for the film.
However, the cricket “83” film, which depicts India’s iconic 1983 World Cup triumph and received nine nominations, did not win the big prizes.
The IIFA awards come after a turbulent period during which India, along with its film industry, was sent reeling from Covid-19, which shut down cinemas and caused the rush to streaming services.
“You helped save the industry of film.’
The host Salman Khan, one of the biggest stars of Bollywood, kicked off proceedings by riding into the auditorium on a motorcycle, wearing a gold IIFA trophy affixed to the handlebars.
“We saw that the world closed down in the last two years. Many of us lost our loved ones. Many lost their jobs as well. We faced many difficulties. All of us together overcame the difficulty,” said the speaker to the crowd.
“When the world slowly opened, cinema halls were the last to open. But it got filled up first. You saved the film industry and everyone who worked in the industry,” Khan said. Khan.
Tiger Shroff, son of the famous 1980s star Jacky Shroff, among the new generation of actors, took off his jacket to sing the opening scene naked, with a sparkly pair of shades.
Outside, the carpet was green, changed from red in 2007 to promote the climate change movement, beautiful stars such as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as well as Urvashi Rautela, as well as Emirati royalty, including Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the minister of state for tolerance.
A collection of nominees that included A.R. Rahman, B. Praak, Jaani, and Pritam shared the honor of music direction. Sharvari Wagh was named the best debut female, and Ahan Shetty was named the best debut male.
Pankaj Tripathi won the best supporting male actor for “Ludo.” Jubin Nautiyal was awarded the title of best male singer for playbacks voice is recorded over the actor’s for his role in “Shershaah.”
The film industry in Hindi has been estimated to be worth $2.5 billion in 2019 and is the biggest producer of films in other industries. India also produces many films across its other 21 official languages every year.
However, the pandemic lockdowns threw the sector into a tailspin, leading to multiplex chain chains suffering huge losses and numerous small cinemas closing. India’s earnings from entertainment and media dropped by a quarter, up to $18.7 billion for 2020, as per the accounting firm EY.