It was ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' all the way at the 15th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's directorial venture bagged totally nine technical awards including best picture and best director as well as the best actor award for Farhan Akhtar.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a biopic on former Olympian Milkha
Singh, saw Farhan etching out the role of the athlete with so much
élan that he won many awards back home.
"I have received awards for 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' but
this is the first time I am receiving the award in the presence of
Milkha Singh. It's a great moment for me and I am extremely
honoured to receive the award," said Farhan in his acceptance
speech. The actor received the trophy from his father and lyricist
Javed Akhtar and actress Shabana Azmi.
In fact, it was a big moment for the Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
team when Milkha Signh accompanied them on the stage to receive the
best picture award.
An emotional Milkha Singh said: "I am thankful to IIFA for
bringing me here and giving me respect. I have cried three-four
times in my life. First, was when my parents were killed in front
of my eyes, second, when I lost the gold medal at the Rome
"Everyone thought I could win the medal but that went away. It
was my bad luck. Before I die, I wish someone from India wins the
gold medal. I want to see a gold medal and then go," said the
"Third time I cried was when they made this film and I saw
everything (my life's journey) on the screen. Whenever I see the
film, I cry. When I was sitting here now, I was in tears seeing the
love and recognition the film has got," he added.
The winning spree of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag continued with
the best actress in a supporting role award for Divya Dutta and
best story trophy for Prasoon Joshi.
Hosted by Farhan and Shahid Kapoor, it was all about glitz, glamour and loads of Bollywood "tadka", which the audience lapped up.