UK’s crime drama McMafia has won the Best Drama Series Award at the International Emmy Awards 2019. The awards ceremony was held on 25th November in New York, with many Bollywood celebs in attendance. Filipino American actor Lou Diamond Phillips, while presenting the award for best drama series to show creator James Watkins, asked the audience to pretend to be surprised. The show -- which was inspired by journalist Misha Glenny’s 2008 book McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld -- stars James Norton as the lead character Alex Goldman, the British-raised son of a Russian mafia leader. The show follows his journey as he tries to escape the world of organised crime.
Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui also appears on McMafia as Indian business partner Dilly Mahmood, a vital character on the show. He was also present at the ceremony, representing his Netflix show Sacred Games, which was nominated for the best movie/miniseries category.
Back in India, Nawazuddin was last seen on the silver screen in comedy drama film Motichoor Chaknachoor, theatrically released on 15th November 2019. The film, which also stars Athiya Shetty, experienced a slow start and did not perform well at the box office. Director Debamitra Biswal took to social media to post a long message, thanking the team but warning the audience about the film. She wrote, “Now that the film is finally releasing, I would like to tell everyone that this has been the toughest journey in my life ever. But unfortunately not the best one at the end. We all from the actors to the technicians to everyone involved in the film made this film with immense love and hard work. But I guess not all journey is made successful. Everyone who has worked in a film knows very well how important an edit is for a film. Sticking shots together does not make a film. I wish important decision-makers of the film could have understood this. But I will always be grateful to the beautiful souls who helped me complete this film but sadly no one can watch the magic that we created.”