The winners to the annual Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2019 that was held in iconic Palais Theatre on Thursday has been revealed. With Karan Tacker as the host of the prestigious occasion and Karan Johar hoisting the Indian flag in Melbourne, the event saw stars like Vijay Setupathi, Shah Rukh Khan, Sriram Raghavan, Tabu among others taking home the award.
Below is the complete list of winners at Indian Film Festival Of Melbourne:
IFFM Best Short Film: 'My Name Is Mohamed And Raghad, We Don’t Exist Here Anymore' by Ali Mousawi'Be My Brother' by Genevieve Clay
IFFM Diversity Award: Onir
Telstra People’s Choice Award: Simmba
IFFM Best Director: Sriram Raghavan for Andhadhun
IFFM Best Actor: Vijay Sethupathi for Super Deluxe
IFFM Best Actress: Tabu for Andhadhun
IFFM Best Indie film: Bulbul Can Sing
IFFM Best Film: Gully BoyPWC Equality in Cinema award an honorary award: Chuksit and Super Deluxe
IFFM Excellence in Cinema- Shah Rukh Khan
In addition, filmmaker Karan Johar was also honoured for ‘’Celebrating 20 years of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’’.Receiving the award SRK gave a heartfelt speech saying, ‘’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. It’s not the awards you get, it’s just the part of creating a process that is an exhilarating experience for an artiste.”
While Tabu who played the brilliant Simmi in the ground-breaking mystery movie Andhadhun said, “It’s my first time in Australia but I will remember it for the rest of my life. Thank you, Sriram for writing this for me. This character is a catalyst for change of roles for women that are being written and will be written in future. Thank you for trusting me with this character”.
Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar for her spectacular work in Gully Boy said, “I am so excited. I am not going to forget this evening. This is my first award in the capacity of a producer. 'Gully boy' was our first production. This is a good start. No one makes a movie alone and this wouldn’t be possible without my producers, my co-writer, my incredible actors and every member of my cast and crew. 54 invincible artists worked on this album. I owe this night to all of them.”