IIFA are presented annually by the International Indian Film Academy to honour the artistic and technical excellence of the Bollywood industry. Started in the year 2000, the awards are primarily hosted for the Hindi film industry.
After 15 years, the team has decided to foray into South India as well. Named IIFA Utsavam, the first edition of the awards ceremony took place in Hyderabad, and it honoured the big achievers of the Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam film industry. The event was spread over two days. Here’s what happened at the event.
The Big Winners
The first day honoured the Tamil and Malayalam industry. The most-talked about movie of 2016, Baahubali, swept away the major awards in Tamil. It was a double delight moment when Ramya Krishnan won the best supporting artist for her role in Baahubali, in Tamil and Telugu. The second big winner was the Malayalam film, Ennu Ninte Moideen. Prithiviraj and Parvathy won the award for Best actor and Best actress respectively. Premam also got its fair share of honours. Rajesh Murgesan was awarded the best music director.
Aravind Swamy, Jayam Ravi and Mohan Raja won awards for their super hit film, Thani Oruvan. With Aravind Swamy taking home the trophy for playing an antagonist, Telugu film Srimanthudu bagged six honours at the event. Kannada film, Rangitaranga, won the most number of awards in the Kannada awards segment.
The Big Moments
Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan was one of the main guests at the first edition of the IIFA Utsavam. In his speech at the event, the actor called for respecting different languages in the country. He also spoke about his mentor, late Balachander, and stated that it was because of Balachander, that he could become an actor that he is today.
India’s very own Michael Jackson, Prabhu Deva dazzled the audience with his dance performance. Ram Charan, Shriya Saran and Akhil Akkineni also entertained everyone with their dance performances.
The Red Carpet
When it comes to awards shows, it is needless to say that celebrities try and look their best. IIFA Utsavam was nothing different. From Tammannah’s stylish bright green outfit to Regina Cassandra‘s gorgeous number; the ladies scorched the red carpet with their hotness.
The men weren’t far behind either, Mahesh Babu looked dapper in a black suit, whereas Siddharth looked every bit like a rockstar in his maroon suit.
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