The International Emmy Awards 2023, which celebrate the best of television from around the world, were held on Monday night in New York. Among the winners were two Indian celebrities who made history with their achievements: Vir Das and Ekta Kapoor.
Ekta Kapoor was honoured with the Directorate Award for her ‘trailblazing career and impact on the Indian television landscape’
Ekta Kapoor received the International Emmy Directorate Award for her impactful contributions to Indian television. She is the first Indian filmmaker to receive this prestigious honour, which recognises individuals or organisations for their outstanding achievements in the arts and sciences of international television. Kapoor, who is known as the queen of Indian soap operas, has produced over 100 shows and films across various genres and platforms. She thanked the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the recognition and said that she was humbled and grateful to be a part of the global television industry.
Ekta described her winning moment, calling it ‘shocking surprising, scary’. While speaking to India Today after receiving the award and with an Emmy in her hand, she said, “This is for you India. We are bringing home your Emmy.”
Vir Das received Best Comedy Trophy
Vir Das secured the Best Comedy trophy for his Netflix special, ‘Vir Das: Landing,’ sharing the honour with ‘Derry Girls – Season 3.’ This is the first time an Indian comedian has won an International Emmy for a stand-up show. Das dedicated his award to his fellow nominees and thanked his fans, team, and Netflix for their support. He also joked that he was glad to win something other than a participation certificate.
Vir expressed his excitement and joy saying, “This moment is truly surreal – an incredible honour that feels like a dream. Winning an Emmy for Vir Das: Landing in the Comedy Category is not just a milestone for me but for Indian comedy as a whole. It’s heartening to see Vir Das: Landing resonate globally, thanks to Netflix, Akash Sharma and Reg Tigerman who made it special. My journey from crafting local stories to receiving a global accolade has been both challenging and rewarding, and Netflix has been instrumental in that growth. I’m excited about the continued exploration of diverse narratives, from Noida to the International Emmys – India gets you there.”
He also took to X, writing, “For India. For Indian Comedy. Every breath, every word. Thank you to the @iemmys for this incredible honour.”
The other Indian nominees who were in the running for the International Emmys were Shefali Shah, Jim Sarbh, and Delhi Crime. Shah was nominated for Best Actress for her role in Delhi Crime, a Netflix series based on the 2012 gang-rape case in Delhi. Sarbh was nominated for Best Actor for his role in Made in Heaven, an Amazon Prime Video series that explores the lives of wedding planners in India. Delhi Crime was also nominated for Best Drama Series, but lost out to The Twelve, a Belgian show about a jury trial.
The International Emmy Awards are presented annually by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which comprises media and entertainment professionals from over 60 countries. The awards recognise excellence in television programming produced and aired outside the United States.
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