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BOLLYWOOD superstar Sridevi Kapoor (pic) was honoured for her final role at India’s movie awards in Bangkok, winning the Best Actress prize at the colourful celebratio­n of dance, music and film just months after her shock death.

India’s biggest stars descended on the Thai capital on June 24 for a riotous evening filled with glamour and stunning dance routines at the Internatio­nal Indian Film Academy’s (IIFA) annual awards ceremony, dubbed Bollywood’s Oscars.

But two of the most prestigiou­s prizes were awarded in the absence of their winners.

Irrfan Khan, known internatio­nally for his roles in blockbuste­rs Life Of Pi and Slumdog Millionair­e, scooped the prize for Best Actor In A Leading Role but did not attend the ceremony after revealing earlier in June that he had a rare tumour.

The 51-year-old Indian actor, who was in the 2016 film Inferno alongside Tom Hanks, is one of Bollywood’s most globally-recognised exports, with a stellar career at home and in Hollywood.

He bagged the award for his role in Hindi Medium ,afilm highly critical of the class divide in India in which he plays the role of a father trying to get his daughter into a prestigiou­s school.

Sridevi, who died in February aged just 54, received the award for Best Actress In A Leading Role for her final film, Mom ,a thriller in which she seeks to avenge the gang-rape of her stepdaught­er.

One of the biggest names in Hindi cinema, Sridevi drowned in her bathtub at a hotel in Dubai, where she was attending a wedding. Thousands of heartbroke­n fans lined the streets of Mumbai as a condolence service was held.

The IIFA always holds its awards ceremony outside of India to demonstrat­e Bollywood’s internatio­nal appeal.

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