Mumbai: As per reports, renowned actress Rani Mukerji, who recently graced the screen in the film ‘Mrs. Chatterjee Vs. Norway,’ claimed the coveted Best Actress in Film Award at the prestigious 14th edition of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM). The event also saw other notable talents honoured, including Mohit Agarwal, who secured the Best Performance in Film (Male) award for his role in ‘Agra.’
Adding to the accolades, Vijay Varma, acclaimed for his portrayal of the primary antagonist Anand Swarnakar in ‘Dahaad,’ was awarded the Best Performance (Male) accolade in the web series category. Meanwhile, Rajshri Deshpande’s remarkable performance in “Trial by Fire” earned her the Best Performance (Female) award.
Among the top recognitions, ‘Sita Ramam’ was declared the Best Film, with ‘Agra’ clinching the title of Best independent Film. The distinction of Best Director was conferred upon Kannada filmmaker Prithvi Konanur for his creation ‘Hadinelentu’ (Seventeeners).
The crown for Best Series adorned the period drama ‘Jubilee,’ which features a star-studded cast including Prosenjit Chatterjee, Aparshakti Khurana, Sidhant Gupta, Aditi Rao Hydari, Wamiqa Gabbi, and Ram Kapoor. In the short film category, the People’s Choice honour for Best Short Film was bestowed upon ‘Connection Kya Hain.’
Acknowledging the quest for equality in the film industry, the Equality in Cinema Awards celebrated the movie ‘Darlings,’ while the People’s Choice Award resonated with the SRK-starrer ‘Pathaan.’
The event also marked a significant milestone for filmmaker Karan Johar, who was honoured for his illustrious 25-year journey in the Hindi film industry. Bollywood heartthrob Kartik Aaryan was crowned the Rising Global Superstar of Indian Cinema.
Recognising the significance of diversity, the Diversity in Cinema Award was presented to the talented Mrunal Thakur, while the Disruptor Award found its recipient in Bhumi Pednekar. Filmmaker Onir clinched the Rainbow Stories Award for ‘Pine Cone,’ and ‘To Kill A Tiger’ was heralded as the Best Documentary.