Yash Raj Films’ “Chak De India”
bagged most of the Popular & Technical Awards at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards 2008 held in Bangkok, Thailand, over the last weekend (6 to 8 June 2008).
“Chak De India” swept the Popular Awards categories and won the Best Film of the year, Best Actor (Shah Rukh Khan), Best Director (Shimit Amin) and Best Story (Jaideep Sahni).
“Chak De India” also swept the Awards for Technical excellence in Best Cinematography for Sudeep Chatterjee, Best Editing for Amitabh Shukla, Best Sound Recording for Manas Choudhary and Ali Merchant, Best Sound Re-recording for Anuj Mathur & Best Screenplay for Jaideep Sahni.
Speaking on the occasion, a jubilant Yash Chopra of Yash Raj Films said, “I am extremely delighted with the response that 'Chak De India' has received. Along with the popular awards, a win in the technical category is very encouraging as the brilliance of technicians, artists, writers and each person who is behind the camera is appreciated. I would like to thank IIFA and members of the Indian Film Fraternity for acknowledging the effort put in by the entire team in making this film.”
Additionally, the Best Choreography award was bagged by Vaibhavi Merchant for the song ‘Aaja Nachle’ from Yash Raj Films’ other 2007 release “Aaja Nachle”, starring Madhuri Dixit.
The unique voting system used in IIFA, involves the film industry voting for its peers and is audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the auditing firm for the IIFAs and the Oscars. The results are arrived on the basis of compilation of nominations received category wise for the movies released during 2007. The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) brings together the worlds of Indian and International Cinema on one common global platform.