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Vijay wins Best International Actor award at IARA

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The International Achievement and Recognition Awards, established in 2014, honours outstanding talents in the arts and entertainment industry.

Manigandan KR

Actor Vijay has won the Best International Actor trophy at the International Achievement and Recognition Awards (IARA) for his performance in Mersal (2017).

Vijay had played three roles in the film, which also starred Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Nithya Menon, Kajal Aggarwal and SJ Surya. The film was directed by Atlee Kumar and produced by Thenandal Studios.

It may be recalled that Mersal had emerged a superhit despite being mired in controversies for dialogues criticising the government's digital India campaign, demonetisation and the GST.

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Vijay was nominated in two categories — Best Actor and Best International Actor. He won the latter defeating other nominees Joshua Jackson (Children Of A Lesser God), Kenneth Okolie (The Royal Hibiscus Hotel), Adjetey Anang (Side Chick Gang), Khumbulani Kay Sabiya (Agent) and Taim Hasan (El Haba El Awda).

IARA, established in 2014, honours outstanding talents in the arts and entertainment industry. Awards are presented to artistes and technicians in 24 categories.