Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Bollywood royalty set to thrill Singapore

The weather forecast is set to the 'Damp' setting but Singapore is in for a scorcher this week as Bollywood royalty descends on The Lion City for the 13th annual International Indian Film Academy weekend and awards which kicks off Thursday.

From veterans such as Salman Khan and Hrithik Roshan to young guns like Sonakshi Sinha dn Abhay Deol all the way to the evergreen Rekha and Rishi Kapoor, a glittering array of Bollywood actors and filmmakers will enthral fans in the tiny nation state.

The younger generation's appearance at the Festival is particularly significant as this year's edition of the popular awards show is focussed on providing a platform for fresh young talent.

Sabbas Joseph, director of event organizers Wizcraft International told IANS: The freshness in this year's edition, is across multiple perspectives. It is a much younger approach, something that represents the youth of the country on global platform".

True to its approach, the gala will see young and budding talent taking centre stage.
Shahid and Farhan Akhtar are set to entertain the audience with their wit and humour as the hosts of the glitzy awards ceremony.

The pre-finale celebrations will include a race on Singapore's F1 track as part of the promotional campaign for Vidhu Vinod Chopra's 'Ferrari Ki Sawaari'.

Writers like Javed Akhtar and Prasoon Joshi, composer Shantanu Moitra and filmmakers Zoya Akhtar and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, will host music workshops, where they will discuss what goes into creating the music that is such an integral part of Bollywood.

Other highlights include a world premiere of Dibakar Banerjee's Shanghai.
IIFA Rocks, a fashion and musical night, featuring designers like Masaba Gupta, Suneet Varma and Varun Bahl, will be held a day before the main award function.

VJ-turned-actor Ayushmann Khurrana and actress Chitrangada Singh have been roped in to host IIFA Rocks, where new kids on the block -- Nargis Fakhri, Zoa Morani, Aditi Rao Hydari and Shazahn Padamsee will take to the ramp as showstoppers.

The awards night Saturday will see performances by Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha, Bipasha Basu and Ranbir Kapoor in dance sequences choreographed by the mind-bogglingly flexible South Indian superstar Prabhu Deva.

Other Bollywood stars expected to attend the event include Vidya Balan, Preity Zinta, Malaika Arora Khan, Rani Mukerji, Parineeti Chopra, Dia Mirza, Emraan Hashmi and Anil Kapoor.
- Poonam Joshi/Reports

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