Malaysia to host Bollywood awards

Malaysia to host Bollywood awards

PETALING JAYA -  Bollywood stars are coming to town.

Kuala Lumpur will be hosting the 16th edition of the International Indian Film Academy awards (IIFA) from June 5 to June 7 at Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil.

The prestigious event honours achievements in the Hindi language film industry. It is highly regarded as Bollywood's equivalent to the Oscars.

Tony Nagamaiah, general manager of Malaysia Major Events, said Kuala Lumpur won the bid to host the event over Bangkok and Madrid.

"Bollywood has a huge fan base here in Malaysia," he told The Star.

"I believe IIFA is the perfect event for all Malaysians to celebrate their love for Indian cinema."

He assured fans that all the biggest names in Bollywood would be in town for the event.

"The three-day event will include a fashion show, mini concerts and exclusive movie premieres in ­cinemas," he said.

"The main highlight will, of course, be the IIFA award show itself."

The award show is open to the public. Ticketing details will be announced at the end of the month.

Last year's IIFA was held in Florida in the United States.

Malaysia last hosted the IIFA in 2002. That event was attended by Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt and Jackie Shroff.

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