India failed to grab a trophy at the International Emmys but that did not dampen the spirits of the industry stalwarts who were at the occasion to represent the country. Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Kubbra Sait, Anurag Kashyap along with others from 'Sacred Games’ and ‘Lust stories’ that bagged nominations this year were present at the gala event and swept the red carpet in their finest ensemble.
For director Anurag Kashyap and actors Radhika Apte and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the nominations were a double triumph - Anurag directs both Sacred Games and a chapter of Lust Stories; Radhika also stars in Sacred Games; Nawazuddin stars in both Sacred Games and winning show McMafia.
Despite the absence of wins, all the cast and crew present their had a great time. Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap had a Game Of Thrones moments as they met the showrunners David Benioff and D B Weiss, recipients of the special Founders Award and shared frame with them.
Netflix anthology Lust Stories, a chapter of which Karan Johar directed, was nominated for two International Emmys - Best TV Movie/Mini-Series. The title however went to the show Safe Harbour and Radhika Apte who was nominated in the Best Actress category lost the title to Hungarian actress Marina Gera for Orok Tel.
Sacred Games, another Netflix offering, was up for Best Drama Series, won by McMafia. Reality show The Remix was up for Best Non-Scripted Entertainment and Witness: India's Forbidden Love for Best Documentary. The awards were won respectively by The Real Full Monty: Ladies' Night and Bellingcat - Truth In A Post-Truth World.
Though the Indian series couldn't bag any awards, the day called for a celebration for Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who played an Indian businessman Dilly Mahmood in McMafia.
Check out the full winners' list here.
Best Drama Series: McMafia (UK)
Best Comedy Series: Especial De Natal Porta Dos Fundos (The Last Hangover) (Brazil)
Best TV Movie/Mini-Series: Safe Harbour (Australia)
Best Short-Form Series: Hack The City (Brazil)
Best Non-English Language US Primetime Program: Falco
Best Telenovela: La Reina Del Flow (The Queen Of Flow)
Best Documentary: Bellingcat - Truth In A Post-Truth World (Netherlands)
Best Arts Programming: Dance Or Die (Netherlands)
Best Non-Scripted Entertainment: The Real Full Monty: Ladies' Night (UK)
Best Actress: Marina Gera Orok Tel (Eternal Winter) (Hungary)
Best Actor: Haluk Bilginer, Sahsiyet (Persona) (Turkey)
The digital content in India is exploding and the day is not far when the country will be bagging an International Emmy honour