International Emmy Awards 2019: Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s McMafia wins best Drama Series, Sacred Games loses to Safe Harbour


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The entire team of Sacred Games including actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Kubbra Sait, along with Lust Stories directors Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar attended the awards ceremony in New York.

The Australian thriller series Safe Harbour on Monday (US time) won the award for the movie/miniseries at the 47th annual ceremony defeating the Indian series Lust Stories. However, the Indian celebrities who represented the Netflix film Lust Stories and the entire team of Sacred Games, made sure they had their moment at the event.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who represented Sacred Games, had a reason to celebrate as his another show, McMafia won the International Emmy for Drama Series. The actor plays an Indian businessman Dilly Mahmood on the show.

International Emmy Awards 2019: Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s McMafia wins best Drama Series, Sacred Games loses to Safe Harbour
James Watkins, Dixie Linder and Nawazuddin Siddiqui pose with Drama award for McMafia at the 47th International Emmy Awards in New York City

Post the red carpet, Radhika Apte shared a few group pictures on Instagram and wrote, “All of us, lust stories and sacred games! @iemmys @netflix_in photographed by @jasonkimphoto.”

At the event, the team of Lust Stories graced the red carpet with all the four directors of the series, namely Zoya Akhtar, Karan, Anurag and Dibakar Banerjee marking their presence. Ronnie Screwala production is based on modern relationships from the viewpoint of Indian women.

Filmmaker Karan Johar shared a picture of himself and Anurag Kashyap posing with Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D B Weiss on Twitter. He shared it with the caption, “Honoured to have met the #GOT #GameofThrones prolific producers! David Benoif and D. B Weiss At the @iemmys.”

While Karan sported a decorated black blazer over a plain white shirt, the showrunner duo behind HBO’s globally acclaimed record-breaking series appeared in black tuxedos. Anurag, on the other hand, kept it simple in a black sherwani. The Netflix film Lust Stories was nominated under the TV Movie/Mini-Series category along with two other Indian projects – Sacred Games and The Remix.

An excited Kubbra Sait, who played Kukoo in Sacred Games, retweeted a picture from the red carpet as she posed with the entire team, and wrote, “This in itself is UNREAL”

Radhika Apte, who has been nominated in the Best Performance by an Actress category for Lust Stories at the 2019 International Emmy Awards called it an “honour” to have been picked from among “so many countries with great content”! However, the award went to Marina Gera for her role in Örök Tél (Eternal Winter) produced by Szupermodern Studio Ltd! #Hungary #iemmyWIN #iemmys.”

She even joked, “I think I am not winning, it’s too stressful otherwise. So, I’ll just cheer.” Talking about the film she has been nominated for, the actor called it funny “only because it makes people a bit nervous.”

“It’s an honour, it’s such a huge and big award and it’s really exciting that I have been selected from so many countries with such good content. So, I am very happy, very grateful,” she said at the red carpet.

She added “I think its a bit uncomfortable to hear this woman (her character) talk about certain things that don’t make sense necessarily. She’s quite traumatised but quite confused too. So, it just makes people nervous, it’s not the funny ‘hahaha’ comedy,”

David Benioff and DB Weiss of Game of Thrones were honoured with the 2019 International Emmy Founders Award.

Produced by Matchbox Pictures, Safe Harbour, which narrates the disturbing story of a friends group who takes a trip to Indonesia from Brisbane has also defeated nominees from Brazil and Hungary, reported Variety.

The award for the best performance by an actor has been won by Haluk Bilginer of Turkey’s Sahsiyet (Persona). The International Emmy for Telenovela went to La Reina Del Flow (The Queen Of Flow) whereas the best documentary award went to Bellingcat – Truth In A Post-Truth World. The International Emmy for Comedy went to Especial De Natal (The Last Hangover) and Hack the City won in the Short-Form Series.

The star-studded event was hosted by Daily Show correspondent and Crazy Rich Asians co-star Ronny Chieng at the New York Hilton Hotel in Manhattan.

Nominations for the ceremony were announced earlier in September and welcomed entries in 11 categories from 21 countries including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the USA.

The Indian Telegraph
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