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The IIFA weekend and awards, regarded as India`s equivalent of the Oscars, showcased 32 movies including 14 South Indian, 16 Hindi, one Marathi, one Bengali and six short films. After having a Tulip named after her at last year's IIFA awards in Amsterdam, Aishwarya Rai became the first celebrity to leave her handprint on the Dubai Studio City's Hall of Fame.
"It is like leaving a part of myself here. I am extending my hand of friendship to Dubai," the former Miss World said.
The IIFA Wall of Fame also treasures the handprints of superstar Amitabh Bachchan for posterity. Bachchan was the cynosure of all eyes at a unique hand- printing ceremony, in the tradition of the famous Hollywood walk of fame.

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'Black' rules the roost at IIFA Awards

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Black' has swept the major honours at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards at the Airport Expo Centre, including the Best Film, Actor, Actress and Director trophies.

The film, which also hogged the limelight at the Filmfare Awards earlier this year, bagged a total of five trophies in the Popular Awards Category Friday night.

A poignant portrayal of the struggle of a deaf-mute girl to live up to the expectations of her mentor, it had been the overwhelming favourite for the top awards in the seventh edition of the annual extravaganza.

Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee picked up the Best Actor and Best Actress Awards while Bhansali's victory in the Best Director category made it a clean sweep for 'Black'.

Child actor Ayesha Kapoor won the Best Supporting Actress trophy for playing the young deaf-mute girl in Bhansali's epic while Abhishek Bachchan picked up the best Supporting Actor Award for his understated performance in Ram Gopal Varma's 'Sarkar'.

The Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio bagged honours for their spell-binding music in 'Bunty Aur Babli'.

The 'Kajra Re' number from the film, which became a rage all over India, won two awards - the Best Playback Singer (Female) Award for Alisha Chinai and Best Lyricist for Gulzar.

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