They'll be bigger and better this year, claims Rajiee Shinde, CEO and director, PTC Network, in city to announce the upcoming PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2013. Being held for the third year in a row, the awards will be held at Sports Complex, SAS Nagar, on March 1 and telecast live in the entire nation apart from countries such as the US, UK, Canada and many parts of Europe.
The affair is deemed to be elaborate, as awards are given out in 22 categories with 127 nominees. “14 of the 24 Punjabi films that released in 2012 have been nominated,” says Rajiee, adding that the final selection followed a rigorous procedure, involving gathering the opinions of members of the Punjabi film industry and people’s votes.
Rajiee claims that the award function has contributed richly to the growth of Punjabi cinema, citing a steady increase in the number of films made, “from 10 in 2011 to 24 in 2012.”
Sharing more information on the star-filled ceremony, she says, “The awards function will be held outdoors like it always is, in contrast to Bollywood that holds events indoors. This year, we also have a performance dedicated to old Punjabi melodies by Roshan Prince, Monica Bedi and Geeta Zaildar.” The event will witness the presence of a list of Bollywood actors too, claims Rajiee, including the likes of Sunny Deol, Irrfan Khan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Minissha Lamba, Himesh Reshammiya and Raveena Tandon.
“Lifetime Achievement Awards will be given posthumously to Jaspal Bhatti and Dara Singh. There will also be performances by Himesh Reshammiya, Minissha Lamba, Claudia Ciesla, Gippy Grewal, Diljit Dosanjh and Honey Singh, while the hosts for the evening will be Diljit and Kapil Sharma,” Rajiee signs off.