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  • Bangkok for 2008 IIFA Awards

    The International Indian Film Academy awards weekend between the 6th-9th June 2008 will take place in the capital city of Thailand – Bangkok. The four day prestigious event will be attended by many Bollywood stars, directors, producers, playback singers and technicians with the finale being the awards ceremony which is synonymous to the Oscars for […]

    The International Indian Film Academy awards weekend between the 6th-9th June 2008 will take place in the capital city of Thailand – Bangkok.

    The four day prestigious event will be attended by many Bollywood stars, directors, producers, playback singers and technicians with the finale being the awards ceremony which is synonymous to the Oscars for Bollywood.

    Amitabh Bachchan is the brand ambassador of the IIFA’s said, “IIFA entering its 9th year is a testament to its endurance and its importance in the industry. It gives me immense pleasure to be associated with a credible platform like IIFA which promotes Indian cinema globally. I am delighted that my forthcoming film, Sarkar Raj, is being premiered at the prestigious IIFA World Premier 2008, Bangkok and am eagerly looking forward to this splendid event.”

    The schedule for this hallmark annual event this year is as follows:

    Day One

    • IIFA Press Conference
    • IIFA World Premiere – to be screened at the Major Cineplex, Bangkok, will showcase the much awaited Sarkar Raj, starring Bollywood icons Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and directed by Ram Gopal Varma. The screening will be attended by the Princess of Thailand.
    • IIFA Film Festival Launch

    Day Two

    • FICCI-IIFA Golbal Business Forum – The forum aims to bring together key industry verticals including Infrastructure, Real Estate, Drugs, Pharmaceuticals, Films, Automotive, Engineering, Gems and Jewellery, to discuss and debate challenges in business and industry.
    • IIFA Film Festival
    • IIFA IIFA Fashion Extravaganza – this unique charity show will be hosted by the Karan Johar and will showcase designs by Alta Moda, Mufti, Sabyasachi, Rohit Bal, Manish Malhotra and Vikram Phadnis. It will be Choreographed by Lubna Adams, featuring 25 Thai models and 15 Indian models with jewellery from Gitanjali Lifestyle and Diamrusa. Bollywood stars will model new clothes for their chosen designers such as Vidya Balan for Sabyasachi, Kareena Kapoor for Manish Malhotra’s designs, Aftab Shivdasani, Riteish Deshmukh and Ayesha Takia for Vikram Phadnis and Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja for Rohit Bal. Also walking the catwalk will be Zayed Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Shriya Saran, Shabbir Ahluwalia, Nikitin Dheer, Shweta Bharadwaj, Dia Mirza, Fardeen Khan and Dino Morea.

    Day Three

    • IIFA Film Festival
    • IIFA 2008 Awards Ceremony – Starting with the Red Carpet and then leading to the actual award presentations. This year the venue, Siam Niramit in Bangkok, has a capacity of about 1600 people which is smaller than previous venues, thus, giving those attending a more intimate experience with the stars. Voting for the awards includes global web based voting via MSN and compilation by Price Waterhouse Coopers into sealed envelopes before the event starts.
    • Post Awards Party

    Day Four

    • IIFA FIlm Festival

    The surprise of the 2008 awards is the omission of Aamir Khan’s critically acclaimed Taare Zameen Par in the nominations list. Apparently this is due to Aamir Khan’s failure to fill in the nomination details for Taare Zameen Par for IIFA Awards and possibly his lack of interest to attend award ceremonies.

    Naturally, the will be a lot happening at this glamour filled event with lots of news, gossip and gupshup! So, until we know the winners, here are the nomination for the IIFA 2008 awards.

    Best Picture

    • Guru
    • Chak De India
    • Jab We Met
    • Om Shanti Om
    • Life In A Metro
    • Partner

    Best Director

    • Anurag Basu – Life In A… Metro
    • Imtiaz Ali – Jab We Met
    • Mani Ratnam – Guru
    • Priyadarshan – Bhool Bhulaiyaa
    • Shimit Amin – Chak De India
    • David Dhawan – Partner

    Performance in a Leading Role (Male)

    • Abhishek Bachchan – Guru
    • Akshay Kumar – Bhool Bhulaiyaa
    • Salman Khan – Partner
    • Shah Rukh Khan – Chak De India
    • Shahid Kapoor – Jab We Met

    Performance in a Leading Role (Female)

    • Aishwarya Rai – Guru
    • Deepika Padukone – Om Shanti Om
    • Kareena Kapoor – Jab We Met
    • Tabu – Cheeni Kum
    • Vidya Balan – Bhool Bhulaiyaa

    Performance in a Supporting Role (Male)

    • Anil Kapoor – Welcome
    • Govinda – Partner
    • Irrfan Khan – Life In A… Metro
    • Mithun Chakraborty – Guru
    • Rajat Kapoor – Bheja Fry

    Performance in a Supporting Role (Female)

    • Chitrashi Rawat – Chak De India
    • Konkona Sen Sharma – Life In A… Metro
    • Rani Mukerji – Saawariya
    • Vidya Balan – Guru
    • Zohra Sehgal – Cheeni Kum

    Performance in a Comic Role

    • Govinda – Partner
    • Irrfan Khan – Life In A… Metro
    • Paresh Rawal – Bhool Bhulaiyaa
    • Rajpal Yadav – Bhool Bhulaiyaa
    • Vinay Pathak – Bheja Fry

    Performance in a Negative Role

    • Arjun Rampal – Om Shanti Om
    • Kay Kay Menon – Life In A … Metro
    • Shilpa Shukla – Chak De India
    • Vidya Balan – Bhool Bhulaiyaa
    • Viveik Oberoi – Shootout At Lokhandwala

    Music Director

    • A.R. Rahman – Barso Re Barso Re (Guru)
    • Mika Ganpat – Ganpat (Shootout At Lokhandwala)
    • Monty Sharma – Saawariya (Saawariya)
    • Pritam – Hare Ram Hare Ram (Bhool Bhulaiyaa)
    • Sajid – Wajid – Do U Wanna Partner (Partner)
    • Salim – Sulaiman – Chak De India (Chak De India)

    Best Story

    • Anurag Basu – Life In A… Metro
    • Feroz Abbas Khan – Gandhi My Father
    • Imtiaz Ali – Jab We Met
    • Jaideep Sahni – Chak De India
    • Mani Ratnam – Guru
    • R. Balki – Cheeni Kum

    Lyrics

    • Gular- Tere Bina (Guru)
    • Jaideep Sahni – Chak De India (Chak De India)
    • Javed Akhtar – Main Agar Kahoon (Om Shanti Om)
    • Sameer – Jab Se Tere Naina (Saawariya)
    • Sayeed Quadri – In Dino Life In A… Metro In Dino

    Playback Singer (Male)

    • KK – Aankhon Mein Teri Om (Shanti Om)
    • Neeraj Shridhar – Hare Ram Hare Ram (Bhool Bhulaiyaa)
    • Shaan – Jabse Tere Naina (Saawariya)
    • Sukhvinder Singh – Chak De India (Chak De India)
    • Wajid, Laabh Janjuwa – Soni De Nakhre (Partner)

    Playback Singer (Female)

    • Shreya Ghoshal – Barso Re (Guru)
    • Shreya Ghoshal – Dholna (Bhool Bhulaiyaa)
    • Shreya Ghoshal – Thode Badmash (Saawariya)
    • Shreya Ghoshal – Ye Ishq Hai (Jab We Met)
    • Sunidhi Chauhan – Aaja Nachle (Aaja Nachle)

    Reaching over 600 million people globally, makes the IIFA Awards the one of the most-watched events in the world.

    Amit enjoys creative challenges and uses writing as a tool for revelation. He has major interest in news, current affairs, trends and cinema. He likes the quote: "Nothing in fine print is ever good news."


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