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International Indian Film Awards announce winners in Macau

07-10-2013 09:37 BJT

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2013 is a big year for Indian cinema, with the industry marking it’s 100th anniversary. The International Indian Film Awards, billed as Bollywood’s equivalent to the Oscars, has just announced its winners.

All eyes are on Bollywood on its biggest night, not in Mumbai however, but in Macau- the hosts of this year’s International Indian Film Awards.

Director Anurag Basu came out on top at Bollywood’s biggest film awards, with his movie "Barfi" sweeping the board, with awards in all major categories, including best film and best director.

Anurag Basu said, "See the theme is universal, and another thing is that it’s not too verbose and people can understand that film because there are very less words. And it’s more visual. I think that’s the reason why people are connecting. And you don’t have to stress hard to read subtitles, that’s why the films are going to unconventional markets... it doesn’t go actually it has gone to Korea, and all the places. So it’s glad that it’s given us encouragement to go on this path more."

Abhishek Bachchan won Best Comic Performance for his turn in the romantic action comedy "Bol Bachchan", the highest grossing Bollywood film of all time in India. He attributes his success to the team behind the movie.

Anurag Basu said, "It feels great. "Bol Bachchan" has been a very important film for me, a film everybody worked very hard on. It’s always wonderful to be awarded for your hard work. More than me, this is more a testimony of the hard work that the unit of "Bol Bachchan" put into it. I sit here in front of you today because of their hard work, so I really owe it to them."

Vidya Balan won Best Actress for her role in "Kahaani". Balan is known for being able to break through stereotypical Hindi film heroines to portray more challenging and assertive roles.

Vidya Balan said, "I’m very proud to be part of Indian cinema at a time that we’re celebrating a hundred glorious years of Indian cinema. And more importantly, I don’t think it’s ever been better for the Hindi film heroine. I’m glad to be a face of that change in whatever small way because it’s extremely exciting and challenging and fulfilling for us as women in Hindi cinema today and I’m hoping it gets better. Also, I think we have so much to offer to the world."

The award show saw a week-long celebration of Indian film and accompanying workshops come to an end.

India’s film sector is booming, and as the world’s largest film producer, is churning out more movies than Hollywood on an annual basis. The International Indian Film Awards is hoping to further tap into China’s market which has shown increasing interest for Indian movies.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CCTV.com

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