If the technical categories of the International Indian Film Academy Awards are any indication, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is going to win even more major hardware when Bollywood invades Tampa this April.
Getting the less glamorous, if still essential, trophies out of the way early (which Tampa Bay Times movie critic Steve Persall says is smart business), IIFA announced its technical winners ahead of time on Friday. They will still be celebrated during the IIFA Magic of the Movies and Technical Awards on April 25 at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, about Milkha "the Flying Sikh" Singh, an Olympian track and field sprinter, racked up a leading nine wins, including best cinematography (Binod Pradhan), best screenplay and best dialogue (both for Prasoon Joshi), and best editing (P.S. Bharti).
Superhero movie Krrish 3 also fared well, taking best action (Sham Kaushal and Tony Ching Siu Tung) and best special effects, visuals (Keitan Yadav and Haresh Hingorani for Red Chillies VFX).
In Academy Awards parlance, best screenplay is considered a major — and non-techie — award. But perhaps that shows the premium IIFA puts on sheer starpower and spectacle (which actually sounds more like our Grammy Awards).
The IIFA celebration in Tampa is scheduled for April 23-26, the first time Bollywood's big night will be held in the United States.
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