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Aishwarya, Abhishek, Kareena, Sonam to perform at Idea IIFA Awards

Spectacular stage performances by stars Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor will be the highlights of the tenth IIFA Weekend at the Venetian Macau from June 11-13.
Mr Amitabh Bachchan addressing the media at the Idea IIFA awards press conference.
Mr Amitabh Bachchan addressing the media at the Idea IIFA awards press conference.

The festivities will also include Zaia, a show by the famed Cirque Du Soleil, the FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum, the IIFA Fashion Extravaganza, the IIFA workshop and, finally, the annual Idea IIFA Awards Ceremony.

The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) gave out details of the weekend celebrations at a press conference here that was addressed, among others, by megastar Amitabh Bachchan, the IIFA Brand Ambassador.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had danced at IIFA Amsterdam, while her husband Abhishek has appeared twice on the IIFA stage, first in Amsterdam and then in Yorkshire in 2007.

Well-known actors Boman Irani and Riteish Deshmukh will be the hosts of this year's event after their successful handling of last year's show. They will be joined this time by actress Lara Dutta.

The awards ceremony will be held at the exotic The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, the organisers said.
Mr. Pradeep Shrivastava, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular, addressing the media at the Idea IIFA press conference.
Mr. Pradeep Shrivastava, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular, addressing the media at the Idea IIFA press conference.

"I am delighted to see IIFA celebrate its 10th year. The Indian and international reception to IIFA has grown over the years, cementing its position as a significant larger than life phenomenon," Amitabh Bachchan said.

"This year at IDEA IIFA Awards, we pay tribute to the greats of Indian cinema through the Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Videocon Golden Decade Honours. We are committed to presenting the talent India has to offer, while giving audiences a chance to experience their film favourites," he said.

In its tenth year, IIFA has instituted a special set of awards to commemorate the last decade in Indian cinema. In celebrating the best of the best, it has put together nominations in five major categories for The Videocon IIFA Golden Decade Honours to be presented at the IDEA IIFA Awards 2009. These awards will be in categories like the Star of the Decade – Male and Female, Movie of the Decade, Music of the Decade and Director of the Decade.

The show by the Cirque Du Soleil will highlight dance, movement and aerial acrobatics, the organisers said.

On day two, business leaders from China, Hong Kong, Macau and India will participate in the Global Business Forum.

Speaking on his company's association with IIFA, Mr. Pradeep Shrivastava, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular said, "Idea IIFA Awards offer a unique platform to showcase the significance of mobile technology in the entertainment arena. Our relationship with IIFA will facilitate a unique experience for our customers by bringing them the Idea IIFA Awards for another 3 years."

Wizcraft International Entertainment Ltd. Director, Sabbas Joseph said, "IIFA entering its tenth year is proof of its success and we are committed to making this 10th anniversary celebration special. Idea IIFA Awards 2009 will showcase a spectacle that comprises stunning performances by the biggest stars from Indian cinema, a congregation of the most influential business personalities from India and China and a unique tribute to Indian cinema over the last 10 years. We are confident that IIFA 2009 will be a sensational celebration of Indian cinema."

IIFA, conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. is supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity and has grown into one of the most important events in the Indian film industry.

Starting as a one-night event in 2000 at the Millennium Done in London, it has now grown into a long weekend of a variety of events. IIFA Awards have now been held in London, Sun City, Johannesburg, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Amsterdam, Yorkshire and Bangkok.

Idea Cellular, part of the Aditya Birla group, is one of the leading GSM mobile services operators in India with more than 44 million subscribers. It has licenses and spectrum to operate in all 22 service areas of India, with commercial operations in 17 service areas, currently.

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