Akhtar, 40, who also hosted the ceremony with Shahid Kapoor, bagged the best actor trophy for his powerful portrayal of Singh in the sports drama.

Deepika Padukone, 28, nominated in the best actress category for three of her films, won the award for 'Chennai Express'.

Milkha, who attended the awards gala, got a standing ovation as the biopic on his life received the best picture honour.

Director Mehra handed him the award, saying, "I don't deserve this."

Milkha, who was actively involved during the filming of the biopic, got emotional and said, "I am thankful to IIFA for bringing me here and giving me respect. I have cried three-four times in my life... Whenever I see the film I cry. When I was sitting here now I was in tears seeing the love and recognition the film got."

'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' also won in the best story category along with best supporting actress for Divya Dutta, who played the role of Milkha's sister.

Deepika's 'Ram-Leela' co-star Ranveer Singh handed her the best actress award for her performance in Rohit Shetty's blockbuster.

"2013 was a lucky year for me and I think I have proved 13 is not an unlucky number. I thank my parents as they allowed me to pursue my dream. I left home with one suitcase when I was 18-year-old. I think I have a long way to go but I do feel I am on the right path," Deepika said after receiving the award.

Deepika was also honoured with the best entertainer of the year award. Veteran actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha was given the Lifetime achievement award for his outstanding contribution to the Indian cinema, while Hollywood star John Travolta received the 'Most Popular All time International star in India' award.

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor bagged the best villain award for 'D Day'.

"When I was playing good boy no one gave me award now that I have started playing negative, villain roles I am getting appreciated. I am glad that 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' did not have any villain character in the film or else this award also they would have taken it," Kapoor said.

The best supporting actor award (male) was given to Aditya Roy Kapoor for 'Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani'. Arshad Warsi won the award for his performance in a comic role in 'Jolly LLB'.

Tamil superstar Dhanush bagged the best debut actor award (male). He made his foray in Bollywood with Anand L Rai's 'Raanjhanaa'. Actress Vaani Kapoor got best debut actor award (female) for 'Shuddh Desi Romance'.

In the music category, 'Aashiqui 2' won all the awards – best music direction (Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari, Jeet Ganguly), best song – 'Tum Hi Ho' (Mithoon), best playback singer male (Arijit Singh for 'Tum Hi Ho') and best playback singer female (Shreya Ghoshal for 'Sunn Raha Hai').

The award ceremony which was held at Raymond James stadium had over 20,000 audiences attending the ceremony.

Many international celebrities also attended the ceremony including Travolta, Spacey and Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

Among the Bollywood celebs, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi with her husband Boney Kapoor and two daughters, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika, Ranveer, Hrithik Roshan, Anil Kapoor, Mehra, Rajkumar Hirani, Mukesh Bhatt, Arshad, Vir Das, Boman Irani, Anupam Kher and others made their presence felt at the ceremony.

The four-day film extravaganza came to an end on Sunday with the main award gala.

(Agencies)

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