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IIFA awards: Destination next

india Updated: May 12, 2009 17:18 IST
Vajir Singh
Vajir Singh
Hindustan Times
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Addressing a press conference, held on Friday in Macau, IIFA Brand Ambassador, Amitabh Bachchan announced that The Venetian Macau-Resort-Hotel would be the venue for the 10th IIFA weekend next month.. between June 11 and 13. The press conference which was scheduled at 2 pm, started an hour and half late.

Reason: prior to the press conference, a photo opportunity was held with Bachchan Sr taking a Gondola ride after 30 years.. it’s learnt.

Although Mr Bachchan who has travelled around the world all his life, this was his first visit to Macau, he admitted during the press conference.

Bachchan explained that the IIFA Weekend is a culmination of mega events which bring Indian cinema to the world forum.
He added that for the last 10 years, through IIFA, the organizers have been trying to promote Indian Film Industry across the world. During the open q and a session, when someone asked him about the current scenario in Bollywood, Bachchan corrected him saying, “We don’t call it Bollywood. It’s Indian film industry.”

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Through the decade that IIFA has been around, it has proved a platform to various filmmakers to showcase the first look of their films and even premiere them during the weekend. But there’s a catch 22 situation this year. “We’re yet to take a call on which movies would be premiered or shown the first stills of, since there are no new releases in the forthcoming weeks.. given the on-going producer-multiplex rift. The producer/distributor forum is already going against releasing the movies in the multiplexes,” Bachchan added.

But at the same time, he sounded hopeful that a decision would be taken soon.

This year, the second day of IFFA will include FICCI IIFA Global Business Forum. Elaborating the need of this, Bachchan said, “It’s a platform to bridge boundaries between the Indian film industry and the host country and will be used to discuss further trade option.”

List of Winners in the technical awards category of IIFA Awards 2009

Best Background Score
A. R. Rahman (Jodhaa Akbar)

Best Costume Design
Neeta Lulla (Jodhaa Akbar)

Best Editing
Ballu Saluja (Jodhaa Akbar)

Best Action
Peter Heins and Stun Siva (Ghajini)

Best Sound Recording
Resul Pookutty and Amrit (Ghajini)

Best Visual / Special Effects
Prime Focus (Ghajini)

Best Art Direction
Nitin Chandrakant Desai (Jodhaa Akbar)

Best Make-up
Madhav Kadam (Jodhaa Akbar)

Best Cinematography
Jason West (Rock On!!)

Best Song Recording
Purple Haze (Rock On!!)

Best Choreography
Farah Khan - Desi Girl- (Dostana)

Best Sound Re-recording
Leslie Fernandes (Race)

Best Dialogue
Manu Rishi
(Oye Lucky Lucky Oye)

Best Screenplay
Neeraj Pandey
(A Wednesday)