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IIFA 2016: Ranveer, Deepika win top laurels

Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh on Saturday night bagged the Best Actor (Female) and Best Actor (Male) trophy at the 17th IIFA extravaganza for their performance in “Piku” and “Bajirao Mastani” respectively.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali won the Best Director for “Bajirao Mastani” and “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” was named the Best Film at a glittering ceremony here.

The main awards night of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) celebrations saw a melange of tinsel town celebrities all decked up to soak in the colours, magic and revelry that Bollywood exudes. There were performances, humourous acts and an entertaining anchoring job by Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar, who made a quirky entry on donkeys.

In the Best Actor in Supporting Role category, Anil Kapoor won the award among men for “Dil Dhadakne Do”, and Priyanka Chopra among the women clinched the honour for “Bajirao Mastani”.

Priyanka — who has scaled international presence with her role in American TV series “Quantico” and has also landed a part in Hollywood film “Baywatch” — was bestowed a Special Award: Woman of the Year.

The multi-talented actress also took to the stage and performed on songs that she has voiced herself.

“Bajirao Mastani” emerged as the big winner. Apart from Bhansali and Ranveer’s accolades, the film won Best Cinematography (Sudeep Chatterjee), Best Production Design (Saloni Dhatrak, Sriram Iyengar, Sujeet Sawant), Best Choreography (Remo D’souza for “Pinga”), Best Action (Shyam Kaushal) and Best Sound Design (Bishwadeep Chatterjee and Nihar Ranjal Samal).

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