Bollywood's awards season hit its apex Sunday evening with the 19th edition of International Indian Film Academy Awards ceremony. Veteran star Sridevi was posthumously awarded Best Actress for her portrayal of a vengeful mother in Hindi crime thriller Mom, while actor Irrfan Khan, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment in the UK, was named Best Actor for playing the role of a Delhi-based businessman Raj Batra in Hindi Medium.
Veteran actor Anupam Kher was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement award by his co-star of many films, Anil Kapoor.
"It is a great feeling when your own peers celebrate your achievements and as I have been saying, this is just the interval point of what I am doing and my seconds half of journey starts now. It started with my 500th film.... I told myself this is the interval point with The Big Sick and after that I have done 15 films in the last one year both international and national," Kher told IANS.
Vidya Balan-starrer Tumhari Sulu, which had scored a maximum of seven nominations at the IIFA 2018, bagged the Best Picture honour.
The film revovles around a middle-class housewife Sulu (played by Balan) whose life changes when she becomes the host of a late night radio show. Saket Chaudhary took home Best Director award for Hindi Medium, which explains how education that is supposed to be an instrument of information and enlightenment has turned into a tool to create inequality. Meher Vij won Best actress in Supporting Role for her spectacular performance of Najma, a victim of domestic violence and a mother of two, in Secret Superstar.
Mom was the stando ut in the acting categories, earning Nawazuddin Siddiqui an award for Best Actor in a supporting role, too
Sridevi's producer husband Boney Kapoor got emotional as he collected her Best actress award at the ceremony from Kriti Sanon. In an emotional speech, Boney Kapoor said, "I dedicate this award to the entire team of 'Mom'."