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Love Story Dominates India's Film Industry Awards

Indian Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee, who won the best female actress in a leading role award, gives her acceptance speech at the 2005 International Indian Film Academy Awards in Amsterdam
A film about a love affair between an Indian pilot and a Pakistani woman has won the Best Picture trophy at the International Indian Film Awards held Saturday in Amsterdam.

Yash Chopra also won the best directing prize for "Veer-Zaara," a film set against the backdrop of the long rivalry between the South Asian neighbors.

The film also picked up awards for best actor, best supporting actress, best musical direction and best story.

India's film industry, known affectionately as Bollywood, has staged its version of the annual U.S. Academy Awards show since 2000. Each show has been staged in a different country to raise Bollywood's international profile.

India produces more films than the United States each year, and has a growing international fan base, especially in the Middle East.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.