Bollywood film awards: Kashmiri spy thriller Raazi wins best picture

the Guardian | 9/19/2019 | Rebecca Ratcliffe

Bollywood’s equivalent of the Oscars, the International Indian Film Academy awards (IIFA), have been held in India for the first time with a glitzy event in Mumbai.

On a night of extravagant fashion that included performances from Bollywood icons, Raazi, a thriller about a Kashmiri spy, picked up awards for best picture and best actress for Alia Bhatt.

Ranveer - Singh - Actor - Role - Padmaavat

Ranveer Singh won best actor for his role in Padmaavat, a historical action film that sparked fierce protests among fringe Hindu groups when it began filming.

The controversy surrounding Padmaavat was not mentioned at the ceremony on Wednesday. The film, about a mythological Indian queen, provoked anger among Hindu hardliners, who claimed it misrepresented its central figure, Queen Padmavati.

Extremists - Set - Director - Sanjay - Leela

Extremists vandalised the set, attacked the director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and threatened to mutilate the lead actor, Deepika Padukone. The film’s release was delayed but went ahead in 2018 under heavy security after India’s censors suggested a name change.

“It’s a miracle and a blessing I made it as an actor. To do what I love to do for a living is a gift,” said Singh, who praised Padukone, his wife and co-star.

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The subject matter of Raazi, which tells the story of a Kashmiri spy who is married by her father to a Pakistani official, has also proved sensitive. In August, India announced it would revoke Kashmir’s special status, a move that has faced major resistance and infuriated Pakistan.

Bollywood films have been banned from Pakistani cinemas since February, when a suicide bomb attack on Indian soldiers brought the two countries to the brink of war. Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, reiterated the ban on cultural exchanges in August. Indian adverts, soap operas and films are also banned from local TV in Pakistan.

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The IIFA awards, which have previously been held in London, Toronto, Singapore and Bangkok, followed a bumper...
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