Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Wins Big Awards at IIFA 2014

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Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Wins Big Awards at IIFA 2014

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a biopic on legendary athlete Milkha Singh, has become the top prize winner at the 15th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, taking home five major honours including best actor, best director and best picture.

Farhan Akhtar, 40, who hosted the ceremony with Shahid Kapoor, bagged the best actor trophy for his powerful portrayal of Singh in the sports drama.

Deepika Padukone, 28, nominated in the best actress category for three of her films, won the award for Chennai Express.

The Flying Sikh, who attended the awards gala, got a standing ovation as the biopic on his life received the best picture honour.

Director Mehra handed him the award, saying, "I don't deserve this."

Milkha, who was actively involved during the filming of the biopic, got emotional and said, "I am thankful to IIFA for bringing me here and giving me respect. I have cried three-four times in my life. Whenever I see the film I cry. When I was sitting here now I was in tears seeing the love and recognition the film got."

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag also won in the best story category along with best supporting actress for Divya Dutta, who played the role of Milkha's sister.

Deepika's Ram-Leela co-star Ranveer Singh handed her the best actress award for her performance in Rohit Shetty's blockbuster.

"2013 was a lucky year for me and I think I have proved 13 is not an unlucky number. I thank my parents as they allowed me to pursue my dream. I left home with one suitcase when I was 18-year-old. I think I have a long way to go but I do feel I am on the right path," Deepika said after receiving the award.

Deepika was also honoured with the best entertainer of the year award, which was handed to her by Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey.

Akhtar said he got the strength to play the legendary character on screen because of Milkha. The actor-director received the trophy from his father Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi.

"I have received awards for this film before but this is the first time I am getting the award in the presence of Milkha Singh. I am extremely honoured to receive the award," Akhtar said in his acceptance speech.

Mehra was short of words to express his feelings after taking home the best director gong.

"I am glad I got the opportunity to tell the story of a legendary person like Milkha Singh. I am thankful to him, the audience and IIFA. I feel blessed to tell this wonderful story of lost childhood and Partition," Mehra said.

Veteran actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha was given the Lifetime achievement award for his outstanding contribution to the Indian cinema.

"I am thankful to IIFA and the audience for their love and appreciation. With all humility I accept this award. I feel the lifetime achievement award means there are still miles for me to go ahead," Sinha said.

Hollywood star John Travolta, best known for his films like Pulp Fiction, Grease and Saturday Night Fever, received the 'Most Popular All time International star in India' award.

Rishi Kapoor bagged the best actor in a negative role award for D Day.

"When I was playing good boy no one gave me award now that I have started playing negative, villain roles I am getting appreciated," Kapoor said.

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