Amazon Prime Video’s original feature film Shershaah took home the IIFA award for best film and best director, leaving Shoojit Sircar’s far superior Sardar Udham far behind in the ‘rate’ race.
Luckily Vicky Kaushal deservedly went home with the best actor trophy for Sardar Udham. The triumph Shershaah and Sardar Udham at IIFA is the triumph of true heroism. Both films were bio-pics on heroes who gave their lives for the country. Both were played by actors who came in from the outside. Agreed Vicky Kushal had action director Sham Kaushal for father in the film industry. Siddharth Mahlhotra who played the title role in Shershaah had the might movie moghul Karan Johar as godfather.
But both actors made it predominantly on their own steam without any help from friends or well-wishers.
Kriti Sanon who has won the best actress award for her rousing performance as a surrogate mother in Mimi is also an outsider who made it inside Bollywood on her own steam.
The awards clearly indicate the end of the road for the Khan/Kumar superstars. Not a single nomination for Salman Khan or Akshay Kumar. For breaking the trend of awarding one or the other Khan and for breaking their stranglehold on the awards this year IIFA is forgiven the sheer tackiness of the overall presentation this years and in recent years.