Irfan Khan Wins Award at Asian Awards


The Lunchbox Won Total of 7 Awards

Irrfan Khan, the star of the romance film The Lunchbox, edged out hot favorite Tony Leung from The Grandmaster. The highly acclaimed Bollywood actor, who has starred in The Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire, was “honoured and delighted to have been nominated with such great actors”.


Wong Kar-wai’s martial arts epic The Grandmaster received Oscar nods at the 86th Academy Awards and had the biggest crop of nominations at the 8thAsian Film Awards. It stars some of the greatest names in contemporary Asian cinema, including Zhang Ziyi, the leading actress in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha.


The other nominees in the Best Actor category were Masaharu Fukuyama (Japan, Like Father, Like Son), Song Kang-ho (Korea, The Attorney) and Lee Kangsheng (Taiwan, Stray Dogs).


The Grandmaster was nominated for 8 awards, and the sole nomination it did not win was Best Actor where Tony Leung lost out to Irrfan Khan.


List of Winners:


Lifetime Achievement:

Hou Hsiao-Hsien


Best Film:

The Grandmaster


Best Director:

Wong Kar-wai, The Grandmaster


Best Actor:

Irrfan Khan, The Lunchbox


Best Actress:

Zhang Ziyi, The Grandmaster


Best Newcomer:

Jiang Shuying, So Young


Best Supporting Actor:

Huang Bo, No Man’s Land


Best supporting actress:

Yeo Yann Yann, Ilo Ilo


Best Screenwriter:

Ritesh Batra, The Lunchbox


Best Cinematographer:

Philippe Le Sourd, The Grandmaster


Best Production Designer:

William Chang Suk Ping, Alfred Yau Wai Ming, The Grandmaster


Best Composer:

Nathaniel Mechaly, Umebayashi Shigeru, The Grandmaster


Best Editor:

Shin Min-kyung, Cold Eyes


Best Visual Effects:

Jung Sung-jin, Mr Go


Best Costume designer:

William Chang Suk Ping, The Grandmaster



The annual Asian Film Awards was established in 2007 as the first awards to recognize cinematic talents across Asia. The only awards ceremony in the world that brings together the region’s cinematic elites, the AFA has garnered well-deserved attention from both industry professionals and movie fans alike.


This year’s Asian Film Awards spanned 12 industry experts on the jury, 73 nominations, 26 films, and 14 award categories from 13 countries. The awards were jointly organised by the powerhouses of Asian cinema, comprising of the AFA Academy and its constituent partners – Busan International Film Festival, Hong Kong Film Festival Society and Tokyo International Film Festival.


The AFA strives to promote cultural exchange between film professionals from all across Asia with the ambition of propelling Asian films to greater heights.


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