Amazon Prime Video wins big at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2021

  •  August 23,2021 ByIndianTelevision Team

Mumbai: Amazon Prime Video scoops a massive win at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2021 which has announced its winners for the year. IFFM is the largest of-its-kind festival in Australia celebrating the best of Indian cinema in all its forms. The festival showcases a wide range of Indian content and encapsulates the best of entertainment from the Indian sub-continent.

Amazon Original titles like the crime drama series "Mirzapur Season 2" has won in the category for ‘best web series’, Suriya Sivakumar and Vidya Balan have bagged the honors for 'best performances in leading roles' for their stellar acts in "Soorarai Pottru" and "Sherni" respectively. 

Post the successful second season, The Family Man ‘Srikant Tewari’ has aced his TASC yet again with Manoj Bajpayee winning the award for ‘best actor (male) in a web series’. Marking her digital debut with this espionage thriller, Samantha Akkineni won the award for ‘best actor (female) in a web series’. In addition to this, the Malayalam family drama, "The Great Indian Kitchen" has earned recognition in the category of ‘equality in cinema (feature)’.

“The many wins at the prestigious Indian Film Festival of Melbourne are a reinforcement that our efforts to create and curate for our consumers are working," said Amazon Prime Video spokesperson. "It’s also a recognition of the hard work of the team, the entire cast and crew of our titles. The last year wasn’t an easy year for any of us, at Prime Video we are happy to bring joy to the safety and comfort of consumers’ homes across the world.”

An elated Vidya Balan remarked, "Sherni has been special for me not only for the character I got to play but because it delved into a space, lesser explored in cinema. It's a relevant subject that needed to be told. This award is for my team. I am also thankful to the audience for all the love and this award is the icing on the cake."  

On Soorarai Pottru’s big win, lead actor and producer of the film, Suriya said, “This film has been made with a lot of heart and to finally witness it getting recognised on a global platform is heartwarming and incredibly special. It’s a huge honour for us as a team and I am thankful to Amazon Prime Video for making the film reach audiences globally and my fans for showering so much love.”

Manoj Bajpayee said, “I will always be short of words to describe the adulation The Family Man has garnered the world over and this award just scales up the honour further. As an artist, I am inspired and motivated to do better with every role that comes my way hereon and stay true to my craft.”

Samantha Akkineni shared, “The character of 'Raji' was one of the most layered and intense roles of my career that called for a lot of preparation and forced me to dig deep. I am thankful to Raj & DK for conceiving such a powerful female character and for being able to see me beyond the 'cute girl’ image that many couldn’t look past. I am grateful to the jury at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne for this honour and I look forward to more of such groundbreaking roles as an actor.”