'Chak De India' takes top awards at IIFA

Field hockey movie grabs best pic, director, actor

BANGKOK -- "Chak De India" was the bigger winner Sunday night at the ninth annual International India Film Academy Awards, claiming the best picture prize, along with directing honors for helmer Shimit Amin and a best actor nod for Shah Rukh Khan.

"Chak De India" -- written by Jaideep Sahni, who won the award for best story -- is a fictional account of India's national women's field hockey team and its quest to become world champions.

Kareena Kapoor won the best actress award for her performance in "Jab We Met," and Irrfan Khan and Konkona Sen Sharma won for their supporting male and female roles in "Life in a ... Metro."

The IIFA awards take place in a new international venue each year in an effort to spread Bollywood's popularity around the world, and they are held in places with sizable Indian populations. Previous IIFA awards shows have taken place in Singapore, South Africa and the U.K.

Although it is rare to find Bollywood films on the big screen in Thailand, there was a sizable mass of elated fans, almost all of whom appeared to be of Indian descent, who turned up to take photos, seek autographs or to just simply scream at their favorite stars from India.