‘Piku’ rocks the Southern Hemisphere


Melbourne: The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne announced the winners of the second IFFM Awards at a star-studded, red-carpet gala event at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria on Saturday 15 August, Indian Independence Day. Pre-eminent Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, who made his Hollywood debut as the quiz-show host in Slumdog Millionaire, was recognised with the IFFM Excellence in Cinema Award, following Amitabh Bachchan who was presented with the inaugural award in 2014.

Quirky father-daughter comedy Piku, directed by Shoojit Sarkar, dominated the evening, scooping top prizes for the categories of Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor, which Piku’s Irrfan Khan shared with Shahid Kapur for Haider. The lovable Hindi film, which follows the strained but loving relationship between a father and daughter, stars Khan alongside winning performances from Indian superstars Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan. The film screens at IFFM on August 16.


Best Actor: Irrfan KhanPiku / Shahid KapurHaider

Best Actress: Bhumi PednekarDum Lagake Haisha

Best Director: Shoojit SarkarPiku

Best Film: Piku

Best Indie Film: Kaaka Muttai (Crows Eggs)

IFFM Excellence in Cinema: Anil Kapoor

Telstra People’s Choice Award: PK

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne takes place from Friday 14 August – Thursday 27 August and is the southern hemisphere’s greatest celebration of Indian cinema.