This year’s International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) weekend is being held June 6-8 in Bangkok and besides a star list of nominees and attendees, there is also a star list of performers. Many of the performances will be showcasing numbers from films that are getting ready for release later this year including Love Story 2050, De Taali and Mission Istanbul to name a few.
Priyanka Chopra, star of Love Story 2050 will be seen with co-star Harman Barweaj, in a number from the film. Harman, who in some angles looks a lot like Hrithik, will be making his debut in the film, will also be making his debut on stage at the IIFA as well. About his number he said, “My act will be unveiled in a very interesting manner unlike other performances. I will be dancing to a track from my film Love Story 2050 titled ‘Milo Ya Na Milo’. The number has been specially choreographed by Shaimak Davar. In fact Shaimak is taking special interest in my IIFA act. Unfortunately Shaimak had to leave for US and is not present for the rehearsals of the song for IIFA. However he has been calling from US every single day and asking us about the rehearsals.”
Adding that he is very excited about taking center stage, “I am not just excited. I am nervous, thrilled, eager, anxious and going through an entire gamut of emotions”.
Vivek Oberoi, Zayed Khan and Shriya Saran will also be performing a number from their upcoming action film Mission Istanbul which is scheduled to release July 25th.
From De Taali we will see Aftab Shivdasani, Riteish Deshmukh and Ayesha Takia taking the stage and Aftab will also be seen with castmates Dia Mirza, Fardeen Khan and Dino Morea for a performance from the film Acid Factory.
Also scheduled to light up center stage are Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Govinda.
Sabbas Joseph, director of Wizcraft International Entertainment Ltd. Said, “IIFA promises to create a magical experience. From a serious business forum to glamorous performances and a spectacular IIFA Fashion Extravaganza, no stone has been left unturned in order to deliver the ultimate experience. We are committed to providing the best in entertainment to our audiences and IIFA Bangkok will reinforce our vision of bringing people together for the grandest celebration of Indian Cinema”.
Along with the IDEA IIFA awards show and the Fashion Extravaganza, the weekend will also include the world premier of the highly anticipated film Sarkar Raj starring Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya, directed by Ram Gopal Verma. About the films release Amitabh said, “I am delighted that my forthcoming film, Sarkar Raj, is being premiered at the prestigious IIFA World Premiere 2008, Bangkok and am eagerly looking forward to this splendid event. It is very exciting to see IIFA grow every year. We are committed to entertaining the audiences with new, exciting events that have an additional value of showcasing the talent that India has to offer. The IIFA Weekend will give audiences a chance to watch their Indian cinema favourites put up a grand spectacle.”