Mumbai: International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) announced the winners of the
technical category of the Idea IIFA Awards 2008.
Chak De! India won five while Om Shanti Om bagged four out of the 14 awards that were announced. The winners will be presented their trophies at the IIFA Weekend that will be held from 6-8 June, 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Chak De! India 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, who jointly shared the honours with Anurag Basu for Life in a Metro.
Chak De! India producer Yash Chopra said, "I am extremely delighted with the response that Chak De! India has received. 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."
Close behind was Farah Khan’s Shah Rukh starrer blockbuster Om Shanti Om with four Awards for Best Art Direction for Sabu Cyril, Best Special Effects for Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt Ltd., Best Costume designing for Manish Malhotra, Karan Johar and Sanjiv Mulchandani and Best Makeup for Bharat-Dorris, Ravi Indulkar and Namrata Soni.
The choreography award has gone to Vaibhavi Merchant for Aaja Nachle for the song Aaja Nachle, while Javed Sheikh & Ejaz Sheikh won the best action award for the movie Shootout at Lokhandwala.
The Award for Best Sound Recording went to H Sridhar for Guru for the song Barso Re, while A R Rehman won the Idea IIFA Award for Best Background Score for the movie Guru. Imtiaz Ali won the IIFA for Best Dialogue for the movie Jab We Met.
The unique voting system used in IIFA, involves the film industry voting for its peers. The technical category announcement was made following an industry voting audited by PriceWatehouse Coopers, the auditing firm for the IIFAs and the Oscars. The results were arrived on the basis of compilation of nominations received category wise for the movies released during 2007.
The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) is a movement pioneered by Wizcraft International and brings together the worlds of Indian and International Cinema on one common global platform. It continues to build bridges through cinema to create one people, one world.
This year, the IIFA Weekend will be held from 6-8 June in Bangkok.