The winners of the 13th Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), one of the biggest international Indian film festivals outside the country, were announced on Monday. While 83, Jalsa, The Rapist are among top winners, actors Sakshi Tanwar, Shefali Shah, and filmmaker Aparna Sen bagged top acting honours at the IFFM Awards 2022.
Earlier this month, the Festival had announced the list of nominations across several categories and movies across languages including short films and documentaries from India and neighbouring countries.
The festival was attended by various dignitaries of the Victorian government in Melbourne at the iconic Palais theatre. Hosted by Rithvik Dhanjani, the star-studded event was attended by several Indian actors and filmmakers including Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Tamannaah Bhatia, Vaani Kapoor, Kabir Khan, Shefali Shah, Shoojit Sircar, Anurag Kashyap, Nikkhil Advani, Mohit Raina, Sona Mohapatra, Mini Mathur, Suresh Triveni, Kapil Dev, Vikram Malhotra, Shibashish Sarkar, Sunir Kheterpal.
The best actor for TV series was awarded to Sakshi Tanwar for the Netflix series Mai and Mohit Raina for Mumbai Diaries. The best actors for the film category was awarded to Shefali Shah for Jalsa and Ranveer Singh for 83. The best director was jointly won by Shoojit Sircar for Vicky Kaushal-starrer Sardar Udham and Aparna Sen for Konkona Sen Sharma-starrer The Rapist.
While the Kabir Khan directorial 83 won the best feature film, the Anmol Sidhu-directed Punjabi film Jaggi won the best indie film. A Night of Knowing Nothing directed by Payal Kapadia bagged the best documentary and Mumbai Diaries 26/11 directed by Nikkhil Advani bagged the Best Series.
The IFFM 2022 honoured junior Bachchan with the Leadership in cinema Award, and Vaani Kapoor with the Disruptor in cinema award for her performance in Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui. Vaani expressed her gratitude towards the festival for recognising a film like Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui where she played the role of a trans woman opposite Ayushmann Khurana.
The team of Suresh Triveni’s Jalsa (starring Vidya Balan, Shefali Shah) was awarded the Equality in Cinema Award. Former cricketer and captain of the Indian cricket team, Kapil Dev was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Awards.
After receiving the best actor award Ranveer said that 83 is one of the most loved films in his career. “It’ll always be one of the most cherished films in my filmography. But more than the accolades it's the process of making the film that I cherish the most,” he said.
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