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Romance sweeps Bollywood awards
Actress Rani Mukherji
Bollywood star Rani Mukherji won both lead and supporting actress
A romance between an Indian and a Pakistani has scooped six awards at Bollywood's leading film awards.

Veer Zaara won the major prizes including best film, best director and awards for the lead actor and best supporting actress for Rani Mukherji.

Mukherji also picked up best actress for another romantic film, Hum Tum.

The International Indian Film Academy's gala ceremony, which has been held since 2000, are presented outside India to boost Bollywood's worldwide image.

Missed out

The male lead in Veer Zaara, Shahrukh Khan, is regarded as Bollywood's answer to Tom Cruise, and had been widely tipped to take the best actor trophy.

Many of the Indian film industry's biggest names took part in Saturday's award ceremony which was held at the Ajax stadium in Amsterdam in front of an estimated 10,000-strong audience.

Former Miss World turned film star Aishrawya Rai and veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan were among those taking part in the event.

Bachchan - who arrived on stage on a bicycle - was nominated for best supporting actor, but missed out to his son Abhishek Bachchan for his role in Yuva.

The mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen, said that the event would help the profile of Indian cinema "grow from home viewing to mainstream theatre in Europe".

The Indian film industry is the most prolific in the world, producing around 1,000 pictures a year.

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