'Chakde India' wins nine awards in IIFA

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Bangkok, Jun 8 (UNI) Bollywood's King Sharukh Khan once again proved that he rules the Indian film industry as his film 'Chakde India' won nine awards at the nineth India International Film Academy awards including the best film here tonight.

King Khan's other magnum opus 'Om Shanti Om' wrapped five other awards as the gala event, climaxed with a stunning stunt act by Akshay Kumar, who had four hits in 2007, as he zoomed into the stage from the left end ceiling of Siam Niramit Auditorium. When he sung 'Singh is King' the entire auditorium joined him.

It was a total domination by the King Khan films at the IIFA in which he was conspicous by absence. He had kept away from the IIFA weekends over the last three years stating that the dates clashed with the vacation he had with his kids.

As anticipated Kareena Kapoor won the best actress award for her film 'Jab We Met'.

Akshay Kumar, who had worked in Thailand as a waiter 20 years ago, was adjudged the winner of the award for recognition from the host country. Referring to the hospitality and the discipline in Thailand, Akshay said ''If Thailand's culture and regime was repeated in the entire world, the Bin Ladens would be selling coconut water in the streets.

The four and a half hour show saw four new films, to be released in July, showcased with the star casts. The films included 'Mission Istanbul', 'Love Story 2050', 'De Tali' and 'Acid Factory'.

Besides, best actor award for Sharukh Khan 'Chakde India' also won best director's award for Shimit Amin, best story award for Jaideep Sahni, and also the best awards for cinematography and sound recording.

Music legend A R Rehman won the best music award and background music award for 'Guru'. He was also honoured for his outstanding contribution in music. Two other veterans Shyam Benegal and Mumtaz were also honoured for their life time achievement in the cine field.

Javed Akhtar won the best lyrics award for King Khan starrer 'Om Shanti Om'. The film also bagged best awards for makeup, special effects and song recording.

Other popular filM 'Life In A Metro' brought the best supporting role award for male and female to Irfan Khan and Konkana Sen Sharma respectively.

Govinda bagged award for his performance in a comic role in 'Partner',while Vivek Oberoi won the award for best negative role in 'Shootout at Lokhandwala', which also won the award for best stunts.

'Guru', apart from winning awards for Rehman for his music, also bagged best play back singer award in female caregory for Shreya Ghoshal for song 'Barso Re'. Shaan won the best playback singer award in male category for 'Jabse Tere Naina' in 'Saawariya'.

Among other categories Abhishekh Bachchan was honoured as Style Icon among male actors while among female the award went to Katrina Kaif. Deepika Padukone was adjudged the best New Comer award among female actors for her outstanding performance in 'Om shanti Om' and Ranbir Kapoor was declared the best New Comer among male actors for 'Saawariya'.

The Fresh Face of the year award went to Neil Nitin Mukesh.

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