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Gully Boy, Tabu, Vijay Sethupathi win big at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

Shah Rukh Khan was presented with Excellence In Cinema award. 

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The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) Awards took place yesterday, which was the first day of the festival. 

Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy (2019), which starred Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, walked away with the honour of Best Film. Vijay Sethupathi was adjudged Best Actor for his act in Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s Tamil movie Super Deluxe (2019). Tabu was given the Best Actress award for her negative performance in Sriram Raghavan’s Andhadhun (2018). 

Gully Boy was Akhtar’s first film as a producer. She shared her happiness after the win and stated, “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 artistes worked on this album. I owe this night to all of them.” 

Tabu believes her character in Andhadhun is a revolutionary change for female characters in Hindi cinema. “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 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,” she said in an official statement. 

The evening also saw Shah Rukh Khan receiving the Excellence In Cinema award. The ceremony also had filmmaker Karan Johar being honoured for completing 20 years in cinema. 

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Best Short Film: My Name Is Mohamed And Raghad, We Don’t Exist Here Anymore by Ali Mousawi and Be My Brother by Genevieve Clay

Diversity Award: Onir

Telstra People’s Choice Award: Simmba

Best Director: Sriram Raghavan for Andhadhun

Best Actor: Vijay Sethupathi for Super Deluxe 

Best Actress: Tabu 

Best Indie Film: Bulbul Can Sing 

Best Film: Gully Boy 

PWC (Equality in Cinema, an honorary award): Chuskit and Super Deluxe 

Excellence in Cinema: Shah Rukh Khan

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