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Big B takes British House by storm

Chancellor Brown described the B'wood actor as "one of the most famous men in the world". Photos: DU honours Big B

india Updated: Nov 09, 2006 13:10 IST

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan took the British House of Commons by storm as he took centrestage at the announcement of the hosting of the IIFA Awards 2007.

The eighth annual International Indian Film Academy Weekend and the IIFA Awards will be hosted by Yorkshire for four days from June 7, 2007, it was announced here last night.

Before taking the centrestage of the dining hall of the House of Commons, 64-year-old Bachchan who was recently conferred a Doctorate by the Leicester University, had a separate meeting with British Chancellor Gordon Brown who described the Indian actor as "one of the most famous men in the world."

NRI MP and former British minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Office Keith Vaz said he was proud that Leicester University honoured him even before the Delhi University and now he was happy that the France has decided to confer the title Legion of Honour on him.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in a message read out by the Minister in charge of Culture, Tessa Jowell said he was happy that the next IIFA Awards would be held in Yorkshire and that the two countries were jointly working together to promote Indian films.

Present at the gathering were Lord Swraj Paul, NRI Industrialist and British Ambassador for Overseas Business, Indian High Commissioner Kamalesh Sharma, and scores of members of both houses of Parliament.

First Published: Nov 09, 2006 12:39 IST