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IIFA honours Irrfan Khan and late actress Sridevi

The award function also honoured late artistes Vinod Khanna, Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi.

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Actor Irrfan Khan and late veteran actress Sridevi were named the Best Actors at the 19th edition of the IIFA Awards, for their remarkable work in films Hindi Medium (2017) and Mom (2017), respectively.

At a grand event on Sunday (24 June) in Bangkok at the Siam Niramit theatre, a story of an ambitious and enterprising housewife, Tumhari Sulu (2017) bagged the Best Picture honour, while Saket Chaudhary took back the Best Director Award for Hindi Medium.

Late Sridevi's husband-producer Boney Kapoor took the award for her performance in Mom. He was emotional as he received the award from actress Kriti Sanon.

"I dedicate this award to the entire team of Mom," said an emotional Boney.

The award function also honoured late artistes Vinod Khanna, Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi.

Khanna's award was accepted by veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy. Rishi Kapoor accepted the award on behalf of Shashi Kapoor, while actor Anil Kapoor and Boney broke down in tears while talking about Sridevi at the gala.

"I have mixed emotions today. I miss her every minute and second of my life. I still feel she is around here... I want you all to support Janhvi like you supported her mother," said a teary-eyed Boney.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement award presented by Anil.

"It is a great feeling when your own peers celebrate your achievements and as I have been saying, this is just the interval point of what I am doing and my seconds half of journey starts now. It started with my 500th film....I told myself this is the interval point with The Big Sick and after that I have done 15 films in the last one year both international and national," Kher told IANS, a news agency.

The 2000-seater Siam Niramit theatre saw thousands of Hindi film fanatics coming to the event to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars.

A string of artistes like Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Sanon, Bobby Deol and Shraddha Kapoor set the stage on fire with their power-packed performances.

Dhawan danced to numbers like 'Sau Tarah Ke', 'Tama Tama', and 'High Rated Gabru'.

Deol took to the floor with Romanian TV presenter and singer Iulia Vantur on numbers like 'Gupt Gupt', 'Soldier Soldier', 'Tera Rang Balle Balle'  from Soldier (1998) and tracks from his latest release Race 3 (2018).

Sanon, Arjun, and Shraddha also performed to tracks from their respective films.

But the highlight of the evening was when actress Rekha took to the stage to perform the song 'Salaam e Ishq' from her film, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978). 

Nawazuddin Siddiqui won the award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance alongside Sridevi in MOM, while Meher Vij won the award for Best Supporting Actress for Secret Superstar (2017)

The complete list of winners is as follows: 

Best Picture – Tumhari Sulu

Best Direction – Saket Chaudhary (Hindi Medium)

Best Actor in a Leading Role – Female – Late Sridevi (Mom)

Best Actor in a Leading Role – Male – Irrfan Khan (Hindi Medium)

Best Supporting Actor – Female – Meher Vij (Secret Superstar)

Best Supporting Actor – Male – Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Mom)

Best Music Direction – Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi & Akhil Sachdeva (Badrinath Ki Dulhania)

Best Playback Singer Female – Meghna Mishra ('Main Kaun Hoon' – Secret Superstar)

Best Playback Singer Male – Arijit Singh ('Hawayein' – Jab Harry Met Sejal)

Best Lyrics – Manoj Muntashir ('Mere Rashke Qamar' – Baadshaho)

Best Story – Amit V Masurkar (Newton)

Best Debut Director – Konkona Sen Sharma (A Death In The Gunj)

Style Icon Award – Kriti Sanon

Next IIFA give away winner – Arjun Kapoor

— With inputs from IANS

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