Shah Rukh Khan, Zoya Akhtar, Tabu, Karan Johar & other Bollywood celebs were in the spotlight at Melbourne
The annual Indian Film Festival of Melbourne(IFFM) awards 2019 took place last night at the iconic Palais Theatre. Bollywood celebs from Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Tabu to Sriram Raghavan, Malaika Arora, Arjun Kapoor, were a handful among the many that attended the Indian Film Festival Of Melbourne 2019 (IIFM). The event was hosted by television actor Karan Tacker. Moreover, Karan Johar hosted the Indian flag in Melbourne.
The festival began on Thursday with a press conference attended by chief guest Shah Rukh Khan and filmmaker Karan Johar among others. Later in the day, several artistes and films were honored at the film festival and Shah Rukh’s charm enthralled the audience.
Get a glimpse of the star studded hightlights from the Indian Film Festival Of Melbourne 2019
Celebrities who took the award home
It was an exciting affair at the star-studded festival. But some celebrities went home with awards and applause. Scroll through for a complete list of the winners at IFFM 2019.
IFFM Excellence in Cinema– Shah Rukh Khan
On winning the IFFM Excellence In Cinema award, Shah Rukh Khan averred, “Thank you all of you in Melbourne. It’s an honour and privilege for me. Awards are odd because to me an art form is judged for its quality feels counter-intuitive. Art is an expression and cinema is the ability to create emotions and share experiences through stories. To be an actor is to live to know that each one is a mere illusion. When you are making a movie you can change a lot by changing the angle of the light and it strikes you that life is a lot like that as well. It’s the simple things that can alter your journey and pondering makes your story worth telling. I shot a film here 12 years ago and it was a straightforward film about a man who has lost hope in life picks on a team of girls and then they go on to win a world championship. This city had the simplicity I had seen nowhere else. When you get older like me, you realise things. I realised that the film changed my life. It’s not the awards you get, it’s just the part of creating a process that is an exhilarating experience for an artist.”
IFFM Best Film- Gully Boy
IFFM Best Indie film- Bulbul Can Sing
IFFM Best Actress- Tabu for Andhadhun
IFFM Best Actor- Vijay Sethupathi for Super Deluxe
IFFM Best Director- Sriram Raghavan for Andhadhun
IFFM Diversity Award- Onir
Celebrating 20 years of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai- Karan Johar
Karan Johar who received the award for ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ said, “I am here today only because of Kuch Kuch Hota hai. I can’t believe I became a filmmaker. My parents thought I am too emotionally fragile for the movie business. Two men who had faith in me more than I had on myself are Aditya Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan. Adi said I am melodramatic and thus I should be a filmmaker. SRK is bhai for me because over the years the friendship went into family and at some point it transformed into sibling love. I don’t have siblings of my own but he is the older brother I never had, looking out for me at every step. During DDLJ shoot, he promised me that if I became a filmmaker he will work with me. He kept his word and in October 1997, I started the schedule of the film”.
And it’s a wrap-up party! This was, in fact, grander than the whole award show.