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Shahid, Alia win top honors at IIFA 2017

Shahid, Alia win top honors at IIFA 2017

Shahid, Alia win top honors at IIFA 2017

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 at Karachi.

The quintessential cute girl-next-door, Alia Bhatt was certainly the cynosure of IIFA 2017 as she picked up the Best Actress Award for her stellar performance in Udta Punjab and slaying the green carpet with her gorgeous and a subtle play of powerful style. Actor Jim Sarbh won the Best Performance in a Negative role for his act in the movie.

Rounding up the trio of serious- minded films was Pink, a movie about sexual violence against women, which got Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury the Best Director award.

Music maestro AR Rahman was honoured with a special award for completing 25 years in the industry.

The 2017 IIFA Awards, officially known as the 18th International Indian Film Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the International Indian Film Academy honoring the best Hindi films of 2016, occurred in East Rutherford, New Jersey on 14-15 July 2017.

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Styled by Ami Patel, Alia chose a multi coloured crystal detailed Zahair Murad voluminous ball gown for IIFA Awards 2017 and flaunted her alluring décolletage and perfectly cinched waist.

Other nominees in the field included Karan Johar for "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, ' Neeraj Pandey for 'M.S. Dhoni, ' Ram Madhvani for 'Neerja, ' Ali Abbas Zafar for 'Sultan" and Abhishek Chaubey for 'Udta Punjab'.

Best Debutant - Female: Disha Patani for M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story.

"Raabta" actors Sushant and Kriti performed on retro tracks, while Varun paid a tribute to his father David Dhawan by grooving to his chartbusters.

But the best was kept for the last as Salman Khan took to the stage for the finale performance and danced on "Radio" and "Main hoon hero".

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