Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Na.. sweeps IIFA technical awards

By Hindustan Times

Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara swept the technical awards category with five trophies at the 13th International Indian Film Academy Weekend and Awards.

The winners were announced Friday night at the IIFA Rocks, a fashion and musical night organized a day before the main award ceremony. The Road Movie, starring Abhay Deol, Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin, walked away with five awards for best editing for Anand Subaya, best sound recording mixing for Anuj Mathur and Baylon Fonseca, best choreography for Bosco-Ceaser, best screenplay for Zoya and Reema Kagti and best cinematography for Carlos Catalan.

"It is the best thing when a director trusts you and has faith in you. I would like to thank Zoya for trusting me. I would also like to thank Farhan, who sat with me for three weeks and taught me to edit," Subaya said after receiving the award.

RA.One followed with four awards for best special effects, best sound design for Resul Pookutty, best song recording for Vijay Dayal for Chammak Challo and best production design for Sabu Cyril. Niharika Khan won the award for best costume design for The Dirty Picture and best make up award went to Vikram Gaekwad for the same film.

The Dirty Picture also won the award for best dialogues. "I would like to thank Vidya for allowing me to take off her clothes in the film," joked an excited Niharika, before thanking the cast and crew.

Oscar winner A.R. Rahman won an award for best background score in Rockstar, while Jai Singh Nijjar won best action trophy for Singham. Hosted by Ayushmann Khurrana and Chitrangada Singh, the event also saw performances by Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, who grooved to their song Uff from Teri Meri Kahaani. Others who performed included Neha Dhupia, Vishal-Shekhar, Hariharan, Lesle Lewis, Usha Uthup, Mika, Gauhar Khan, Sonu Sood and Hazel Keech and Shafqat Amanat Ali.

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