'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' wins big at 'Bollywood Oscars' in Florida

Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:04am IST

Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey presents Deepika Padukone her  IIFA 2014 Best Actress Award while Best Actor Award winner Farhan Akhtar looks on (R) during the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards in Tampa, Florida, April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Jaffer-SnapsIndia

Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey presents Deepika Padukone her IIFA 2014 Best Actress Award while Best Actor Award winner Farhan Akhtar looks on (R) during the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards in Tampa, Florida, April 26, 2014.

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REUTERS - The film "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" led winners of the "Bollywood Oscars" on Saturday night, nabbing five of the top honors including best picture and best director as the awards made their first-ever U.S. stop in Tampa, Florida.

Celebrities including Kevin Spacey and John Travolta and dignitaries from India and the United States descended on the Gulf Coast city this week for the International Indian Film Academy's awards, which had been likened to the Super Bowl in terms of its security needs, traffic management and planning.

"Bhaag Milkha Bhaag," a biographical sports drama based on the life of Milkha Singh, an Indian athlete who was a national champion runner and an Olympian, led the winners at the awards which capped four days of events and celebrations aimed at creating deeper ties between India and the United States.

Besides the awards for best picture and director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the film won the best actor award for Farhan Akhtar, best supporting actress to Divya Dutta and best story. It also collected a host of technical awards.

The prize for best actress went to Deepika Padukone for "Chennai Express," and she was also named entertainer of the year.

"2013 was an amazing year for me," Padukone said after her win. "I left home with a suitcase and a dream, and I thank my parents for allowing me to follow my dream."

Hollywood star Travolta received a special award for outstanding contribution to international cinema, saying he was "honored and humbled to be put in this category."

"I believe that as human being we are alike and this is a medium to celebrate our similarities," Travolta said.

The award for performance by an actor in a supporting role went to Aditya Roy Kapoor for "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani."

Shatrughan Sinha was honored for lifetime achievement.

The film "Aashiqui 2" scored a host of musical prizes, including those for best lyrics and best male and female singers.

Honors for newcomers were won by actor and actress Dhanush and Vani Kapoor.

The four-day event, with an expected worldwide viewership of 800 million, drew tens of thousands of visitors to the area and was expected to generate about $11 million in revenue, organizers said.

The $2 billion Indian film industry has a wide global reach and produces more movies each year than Hollywood, though the U.S. film industry generates five times more revenue, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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