Alia Bhatt, Shahid Kapoor bag top awards at IIFA 2017 for Udta Punjab

Published: July 16, 2017
Ali Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor at the IIFA 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Ali Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor at the IIFA 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were named Best Actors at the 18th edition of the IIFA Awards, for their remarkable work in Udta Punjab on Saturday, Hindustan Times reported.

Diljit Dosanjh also won the best debut actor male for the same film.

Both Shahid and Alia were emotional about winning the award for a film which made its way to the big screen after fighting the censor board, and let mainstream performers like them take up something risky.

Diljit too thanked his fans for support in a Twitter post.

“Love my fans. Guys this is all because of you. Thanks team IIFA and ‘Udta Punjab’,” he tweeted.

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Katrina Kaif gave away the award to Shahid, while Varun Dhawan announced Alia as the Best Actor – Female at the event, held at the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Shahid Kapoor accepts his award for Best Actor from Katrina Kaif. PHOTO: AFP

The Best Picture honour went to Neerja, based on the real life story of Neerja Bhanot, an air hostess who lost her life while trying to save others on a hijacked flight.

Alia Bhatt reacts after learning she won the award for Best Actress as she arrives with Varun Dhawan. PHOTO: AFP

Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury walked away with the Best Direction award for Pink, a hard-hitting drama which put forth the message that when a woman says no, it is a no.

Shahid later posted:

#Udtapunjab double whammy. Tommy and Mary Jane. Congratulations @aliabhatt.

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