The 13th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards will be held in Singapore from 7 to 9 June.
Kickstarting the IIFA Celebrations were popular Bollywood stars Anil Kapoor of Slumdog Millionaire fame and Bipasha Basu.
Singapore previously hosted the celebrations in 2004. The International Indian Film Academy and Singapore Tourism Board will jointly organise this year’s event. MediaCorp’s Vasantham channel will be the official television station.
“Our focus is to showcase the best of Indian cinema to the world. With the unparalleled success of IIFA Singapore in 2004 we are back here to relive the magic,” said Wizcraft International Entertainment director Sabbas Joseph.
“With the promise of bringing the best and the biggest of events to its viewers in a manner that’s unique and entertaining, the IIFA Weekend and Awards have today become an iconic platform that the world respects. It has been my pleasure to be associated with IIFA for over a decade and once again, on behalf of IIFA and the Indian film industry, we commit to give our audience in Singapore the opportunity to witness one of the finest celebrations of culture and cinema ever held,” said leading actor and “friend of IIFA” Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire, Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol) in an official announcement.
“Having performed at several IIFAs, I know the celebrations to be simply outstanding. It’s a great opportunity for me to be here in Singapore personally to represent Indian cinema on such a global platform. I’m sure that this year’s IIFA will be a phenomenal success,” added leading actress Bipasha Basu.
IIFA Awards, which is Bollywood’s biggest awards show, has been held in various cities around the globe including London, Dubai and Toronto.
The IIFA Weekend is presented by Videocon and the prestigious night of nights, the IIFA Awards will be broadcast globally on Star Plus, for the 7th year running.
The IIFA Weekend Schedule with dates and venues are:
June 7: IIFA World Premiere: Lido Cinemas, Shaw Theatre
June 8: IIFA Rocks
June 9: IIFA Awards, Singapore Indoor Stadium
Bollywood actors Anil Kapoor, left, and Bipasha Basu, right, dance as they arrived at the International Indian Film Academy’s (IIFA) Weekend and Awards media conference held on Tuesday April 24, 2012 in Singapore.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Bipasha was looking gorgeous wearing a white Anamika Khanna sari with an embroidered blue blouse and Amrapali jewelry.