IIFA Awards Ceremony concludes In Dubai

Black, the story of a deaf-mute girl and her drive to live up to the expectations of her mentor and a hot favourite going into the annual IIFA extravaganza, swept the major award categories at the Indian version of the Academy Awards, picking up awards for Indian icon and IIFA Brand Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan as Best Actor, Rani Mukherjee for Best Actress and child star Ayesha Kapoor as Best Supporting Actress. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali also picked up the Best Director honor for the film, in addition to the Best Film award, presented by Jean Claude Van Damme.

In the other major award categories, Best Supporting Actor went to Abishek Bachchan for his performance in Ram Gopal Varma’s film Sarkar, Best Actor in a Negative Role to veteran actor Nana Patekar for his role in Apharan, Best Actor in a Comic Role to Javed Jaffrey for Salaam Namaste, and the award for Best Story to filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor for Iqbal.

The film Bunty Aur Babli also did well at the Idea IIFA Awards night, bagging honors for Best Playback Singer (Female) for Alisha Chinai and Best Lyricist for the well-known artiste Gulzar.

Composer-turned-singer Himesh Reshammiya took home the Best Playback Singer (Male) trophy for chartbuster Aashiq Banaya Aapne from the movie of the same name.
Other winners included Vidya Balan from Parineeta and Shiney Ahuja from Hazaaron Khwahishen Aisi for STAR TV Best Debut.

The Idea IIFA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema went to veteran actress Asha Parek, veteran filmmaker O P Dutta and cinematographer K.K. Mahajan, with Hollywood-based Indian producer Ashok Amritraj receiving a special honour for his contribution towards promoting Indian cinema abroad. Idea Cellular presented two very special awards- the Idea Glamorous Star of the year to Preity Zinta and the Idea Creative person of the year went to Directors Pradeep Sarkar and Nagesh Kukunoor.
Idea IIFA 2006 commenced with a short traditional Arabic folk dance. This was followed by a performance by Fardeen Khan, from his forthcoming movie, Kurbani, which incidentally is a re-make of the movie ‘Qurbani’ which his father Feroz Khan starred in 26 years ago. Akshay Kapoor and the stunning Dia Mirza performed on the song from their forthcoming movie ‘Alag’, produced by the ace photographer Subi Samuel. While Upen Patel rocked on songs from his debut movie ‘36 China Town’, fresh faces, Sikander Kher and Neha Uberoi performed on the songs from ‘Woodstock Villa’, to be produced by none other than Sanjay Dutt.

Himesh Reshamiya, whose songs like Aashiq Banaya swept the nation by storm, sang a few of his songs like Aashiq Banaya, Aap ki kashish, Tera Tera Tera Surror, Naam Hain Tera Tera and I love you oh sayoni among others.
The ravishing Preity Zinta performed on foot tapping Hindi numbers with an Arabic feel to it like Laila Oh Laila and Mehmoob Mere. Saif Ali Khan enthralled the audience by performing on hit Rishi Kapoor numbers like Bachna aye haseeno lo mein agaya and Om Shanti Om, among others.

Akshay Kumar made a grand entry on a camel and performed on the Garam Masala numbers. He was joined by Katrina Kaif, who performed with him on songs from the movie Humko Deewana Kar Gaye. Salman Khan’s performance left his fans absolutely spellbound by moving swiftly from one song to another from his movies.

The IIFA show stopper was a unique performance on the theme of the movie BLACK by the cast of the movie, Amitabh Bachan, Rani Mukherjee and Ayesha Kapoor.
Hritik Roshan’s electrifying performance set the IIFA stage on fire with his overwhelming flexible moves to the songs from the movies he starred in, including his forthcoming ‘Krishh’. The Idea IIFA Awards will be telecast exclusively on Star Plus, at 8 pm on 25th June 2006.

The star-studded event also witnessed the unveiling of next year’s IIFA Weekend destination: the Yorkshire region of Britain. The ‘Yorkshire – Love at First Sight’ campaign beat off stiff competition from destinations around the world, including New York.

Zulfi Karim, Yorkshire Tourism Board director and bid leader said: “The size of this event is staggering.

Although it’s called the IIFA Weekend it actually takes place over four days and attracts 15,000 to 20,000 people.
An amazing 8,000 people minimum, traditionally opt to stay on average three nights, that’s 24,000 additional bed nights in Yorkshire.
On top of this, thousands more flock to the individual events and to feel part of the atmosphere this incredible event creates.”

Wiz Sabbas Joseph, from Wizcraft International Entertainment, organizers for said the four-day Dubai Weekend had been an unqualified success and set a new standard for the annual extravaganza.

“We are very grateful to the city and people of Dubai for their unstinting support and excitement, who have truly represented Arabian hospitality to our A-list industry and special guests,” Joseph said. “This event could not have been as successful without their participation, and the unstinting support of our major partners Tiara Residence and Dubai Summer Surprises. We are confident that the advances made here this week will last long beyond this year and this event.”

IIFA Technical Awards
Category Winner Film
Best Costume Subarna Ray Chaudhuri Parineeta
Best Editor Bela Sehgal Black
Best Special Effects Prime Focus Dus
Best Sound Recording Anup Dev Black
Best Background score Monty Sharma Black
Best Sound recording Biswajeet Black
Best choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant Kajarare Kajarare, Bunty Aur Babli
Best Make-up Vidyadhar Bhatt Parineeta

Music
Category Winner Film
Best Playback Singer (Female) Alisha Chinai Kajarare Kajarare (Bunty Aur Babli)
Best Playback Singer (Male) Himesh Reshamiya Ashiq Banaya Aapne
Best Lyrics Gulzar Kajarare Kajarare (Bunty Aur Babli)
Best Music Director Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy Bunty Aur Babli

Debutante 2006
Category Winner Film
Star TV Best Debut (Female) Vidya Balan Parineeta
Star TV Best Debut (Male) Shiney Ahuja Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi

Special Awards
Category Winner Film
Special Award for innovation in Indian Cinema Hanuman Hanuman
Idea Glamour Star of the year Preity Zinta
Idea Creative Person of the year
Nagesh Kukunoor
Pradeep Sarkar Iqbal
Parineeta
Outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema K.K Mahajan (Cinematographer)
Outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema O.P Dutta (Producer, Director & Dialogue writer
Outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema Asha Parekh (Actress)
Tiara Biggest Entertainer of the Year No Entry
Outstanding achievement by an Indian in International Cinema Ashok Amritraj

Popular Awards
Category Winner Film
Best Comic Role Javed Jaafri Salaam Namaste
Best Performance in a negative role Nana Patekar Apaharan
Best Story Iqbal
Best Supporting Role (Female) Ayesha Kapoor Black
Best Supporting Role (Male) Abhishek Bachchan Sarkar
Best Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali Black
Best Film Black
Best actress Rani Mukherjee Black
Best actor Amitabh Bachchan Black

Sponsor & Partner Details:

Idea Cellular
As India's leading GSM Mobile Services operator, IDEA Cellular has licenses to operate in 11 circles. With a customer base of over 7 million, IDEA Cellular has operations in Delhi, Mahrashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Uttaranchal, Haryana, UP- West and Kerala. IDEA Cellular's footprint currently covers approximately 45% of India's population and over 50% of the potential telecom-market.

As a leader in Value Added Services, Innovation is central to IDEA's VAS Factory. It is the first cellular company to launch music messaging with 'Cellular Jockey', 'Global SMS' in over 540 networks across all technology platforms, a voice portal with 'Say IDEA' and a complete suite of Mobile Email Services. A frontrunner in introducing revolutionary tariff plans, IDEA Cellular has the distinction of offering the most customer friendly and competitive Pre Paid offerings, for the first time in India, with 'Eco Talk', 'Flexi-charge', 'Super Power', 2 Minutes Outgoing Free and other segmented offerings. 'Lifetime Idea' is the first and only loyalty program, for pre paid customers, introduced by a Cellular brand.

Customer Service and Innovation are the drivers of this Cellular Brand. Pay Easy which is bill payment through the effective use of the pre-paid channel, IDEA is the only operator in the world to launch this service With GPRS currently available on all its' networks, for both pre and post paid customers, IDEA Cellular is the first company to commercially launch next generation EDGE technology (a 3G technology) for its Delhi circle.

The latest feather in the IDEA cap is the GSM Association Award for Bill Flash; it has recently won making it the first cellular operator in India to win an award on an international platform. More about IDEA Cellular Ltd. at http://www.ideacellular.com

Tiara Residence by Zabeel Investments – Title Sponsor
Zabeel Investments is a multi-diversified investment company focused in the areas of commercial real estate development and management, private equity and asset management across a wide range of economic sectors in the UAE, GCC and overseas.

STAR TV Network
STAR, a wholly owned subsidiary of News Corporation, is Asia's leading multi-platform content and service provider. STAR's over 40 television services in seven languages reach more than 300 million viewers across 53 Asian countries. STAR in India has captured the imagination of Indian audiences with gripping dramas, comedies, thrillers, path-breaking game shows, events and movies. STAR PLUS has been India's No.1 cable channel for five consecutive years. The channel dominates every entertainment genre and time slot across the day, reaching over 65 million viewers every week.

Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
Wizcraft International Entertainment, India’s leading event management company is dedicated to showcasing its expertise on the world stage. Having begun its operations in 1988, Wizcraft has conceptualized and produced events staged in Mauritius, UK, New York, Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Iraq, Australia and Sri Lanka among others.

Wizcraft’s clientele comprise leading global corporates, governments of various countries and leading international entertainment and sports associations and celebrities. The company is focused on providing Global Event Management Solutions at the doorstep of its clients.
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Naming Sponsor of the Idea IIFA Awards: Idea Cellular
Presenting Sponsor of the IIFA Weekend: Tiara Residence
Television Partner: STAR TV
Associate Sponsors: City Tower Real Estate, Rosyblue Diamonds, Sahara Computers, Atomic UK
Official Destination Manager: Dreamhorizon
Hospitality Partner: Grand Hyatt
IIFA Workshop Partner and ground support: Dubai Studio City
FICCI IIFA Global Business Forum Support partner: IBPC
Partner for FICCI IIFA Global Business Forum: Dubai Chamber of Commerce
Official Make up provider: M.A.C.
Airline support: Emirates Airlines
Media Partners: Gulf News, Deccan Herald, DNA, Dainik Jagran, CNN IBN, MSN India, ARN Radio, Radio Mirchi, Bright Advertising, DesiXpress
IIFA Awards Trophies: Rain O Shine
Auditors: PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Conceptualised & promoted by: Wizcraft International Entertainment