International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA 2011) : Toronto, 8pm EDT

Bipasha Basu (Photo: Annandi Merhai)

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Bipasha Basu (Photo: Annandi Merhai)On Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 8pm, the Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto, Canada will be the scene of the 12th International Indian Film Academy Awards. This annual awards ceremony has taken place each year in a different locale across the planet in order to showcase Indian cinema to an international audience.

Who will be honoured this year? The film 3 Idiots (2009) holds the record for the most number of wins with 16. That is followed by Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) with 14, and Jodhaa Akbar (2008) with 11. The CBC reports that the mafioso drama Once Upon a Time in Mumbai leads the night’s contenders with 12 nominations while other high-profile competitors include the action blockbuster Dabangg, political thriller Raajneeti, wedding-themed romantic comedy Band Baaja Baaraat and the international drama My Name is Khan.

There are 12 popular awards: Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Performance in a Negative Role, Best Performance in a Comic Role, Best Music Director, Best Lyricist, Best Playback Singer Male, and Best Playback Singer Female.

There are 11 special awards: Style Icon Award, Diva Award, Glamour Star of the Year Award, Star Debut Award Male, Star Debut Award Female, Face of the Year, Special Award for Global Impact, Outstanding Contribution to Indian cinema, Outstanding Achievement in Indian cinema, Outstanding Achievement by an Indian in International Cinema, and Artists of the Decade.

Finally, there are 14 technical awards: Best Art Direction, Best Action, Best Background Score, Best Cinematography, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Dialogue, Best Editing, Best Makeup, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Recording, Best Sound Re-Recording, Best Special Effects, and Best Story.

Road Closures

On Saturday, June 25, 2011, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. a portion of Bremner Boulevard, between Lower Simcoe Street and Payhere Drive, will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for this event. Curb lane closures will also be in effect on Front Street West, west of Lower Simcoe Street and on Lower Simcoe Street, south of Front Street West. There will be no access to public parking at the Rogers Centre.

Photographs by Annandi Merhai

The paper’s resident photographer has been out with her camera recording this momentous event for posterity. Check out her latest contributions in the photo section of the Oye! Times web site. Pictures from June 23 and Pictures from June 24. More pictures to follow.


Wikipedia: International Indian Film Academy Awards

The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, are presented annually by the International Indian Film Academy to honour both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in Bollywood, the Hindi language film industry. Instituted in 2000, the ceremony is held in different countries around the world every year. This award ceremony has been organised by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt Ltd – one of India’s premier event management and entertainment agencies – since its inception.

official web site: International Indian Film Academy

Mallika Sherawat (Photo: Annandi Merhai)

The International Indian Film Academy is a first-of-its-kind effort to promote Indian Cinema globally, thus reaching out to millions of its fans. This pioneering effort is spearheaded by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., India’s first and premier event management and entertainment agency.

It’s the celebration of Indian Cinema. The International Indian Film Academy.  Propelling Indian Cinema to glorious pinnacles beyond Indian shores.

As global cinema rapidly emerges, a prominent place for Indian Cinema is reserved. IIFA constantly endeavours to showcase to the world the wealth of talent Indian Cinema has to offer.

The IIFA Weekend and Awards is a celebration of Indian Cinema consisting of fun-filled activities that brings the fans close to their favorite stars. The highlight of the Weekend is the IIFA Awards Ceremony that honours the best of Indian cinema. Fans of Indian cinema from all over the world converge to celebrate Indian cinema, whereas millions worldwide catch the telecast from the comforts of their home.

On its journey of celebrating Indian Cinema across the world, IIFA spreads the magic of Indian cinema to various exotic locales around the world. Starting with the Millennium Dome, London, IIFA has traveled through Sun City, Malaysia, Johannesburg, Singapore, Amsterdam & Dubai, & in 2007, comes to you from Yorkshire.

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