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IIFA rewards Bollywood's best.

Singapore: The gala closing night of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) weekend kicked off on a musical note at the Singapore Indoor Stadium as awards were given to 2011's best of Bollywood on Saturday.

Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman was honoured with the Best Music Direction for his score in the film EoACAyRockstar' while Irshad Kamil, who wrote the song EoACAyNadaan Parindey' received the Best Lyrics. Singer Shreya Ghoshal was awarded the Best Playback Singer for the song Teri Meri in the Salman Khan starrer Bodyguard.

The awards night was a culmination of three days' celebration as Bollywood stars jetted into the island country for a weekend of celebration.

Hrithik Roshan-starrer Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara, which led the nominations list at 14, walked away with an early award for Best Story for Zoya Akhtar, also the director, and Reema Katgi.

"[I] wanted to be a writer even before becoming a filmmaker, so this award is special to me," said Akhtar.

Highly tipped to walk away with a haul of awards, the night was a special one for the director as her brother, actor-director Farhan Akhtar, played host along with heartthrob Shahid Kapoor.

The pair, who took turns making some good-natured mockery of their colleagues, were in their element.

Bipasha Basu and newcomer Sonakshi Sinha performed dance routines earlier in the evening as another newcomer, Parineeti Chopra, walked away with a Best Debut (Female) award.

"Sorry, I was asked to be sophisticated but there is too much Punjabi blood in me," she said as she screamed in joy. Chopra won the award for her role in Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl.

Director Ramesh Sippy, best known for the classic film Sholay, was honoured for his contribution to Indian cinema. He 65-year-old dedicated his award to the memory of his late father and to late Bollywood star Shammi Kapoor who, he said, agreed to work with a first-time director.

At the time of going to press, all the major awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress had not been announced.

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Date:Jun 9, 2012
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