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IIFA: Strengthening bonds between Thailand and India

“We are proud to play host to such to an esteemed event and welcome the IIFA delegates to our “Amazing” City.

We appreciate the exposure that the IIFA Weekend will bring, showcasing our country’s cultural heritage that runs parallel with our contemporary cities. IIFA is a movement that provides a global pedestal to encourage international interaction and further business opportunities. We are optimistic that both the countries will create a stronger bond through this relationship.”, said H.E, Khun Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Sports & Tourism, Thailand. IIFA Weekend Bangkok 2008 is geared up to create new benchmarks in the entertainment industry.

It will host the FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum, a dynamic global platform providing the industry an opportunity to deliberate on a diverse range of business, bilateral economic and political issues.

The IIFA Fashion Extravaganza which will also be a part of the IFA Weekend 2008 will reflect the trends and styles that rule the Indian Film Industry. The IIFA Weekend will see its culmination with the coveted IDEA IIFA Awards 2008 to be held at Siam Niramit, Bangkok. 

IIFA World Premiere, another major highlight at the IIFA Weekend, gives the world a glimpse into the next big thing in Indian Cinema, This year, the IIFA World Premiere at Major Cineplex, Bangkok, will showcase the much awaited Sarkar Raj, starring Indian Film icons Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and directed by one of the most sought after Indian Director’s Ram Gopal Varma.
Sarkar Raj is a sequel to the critically acclaimed film Sarkar and is sure to give global audiences a taste of true Indian Cinema. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, IIFA Brand Ambassador, said, “IIFA entering its 9th year is a testament to its endurance and its importance in the industry.
It gives me immense pleasure to be associated with a credible platform like IIFA which promotes Indian cinema globally. I am delighted that my forthcoming film, Sarkar Raj, is being premiered at the prestigious IIFA World Premier 2008, Bangkok and am eagerly looking forward to this splendid event.”
Reaching out to over 600 million people makes the IDEA IIFA Awards one of the most-watched event in the world. Speaking on the massive reach of the IIFA, Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India Pvt Ltd., said, “In the last three years of our association with IIFA, the IIFA Weekend and Awards have only got bigger and better.
We bring to millions of viewers across India, US, UK and South East Asia a truly memorable celebration of Indian Cinema. It is the most prestigious of international events and attended by the who’s who of the Indian and foreign film fraternities.” 
The FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum, a part of the IIFA Weekend 2008, Bangkok celebrations, is a vibrant platform which, over the years, has grown in stature, depth and of course numbers, The FICCI IIFA Global Business Forum 2008 in Bangkok aims to bring together key industry verticals like Infrastructure, Real Estate, Drugs, Pharmaceuticals, Films, Automotive, Engineering, Gems & Jewelry amongst others and will definitely be a place of big ideas, international business and networking. 
Speaking on the occasion, Wiz Sabbas Joseph, Director, Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. said, “It is heartening to see the growth that IIFA has witnessed in the past 8 years and the lasting impact it has left on the hearts and minds of people across the globe. Thailand’s modern outlook backed by its strong cultural legacy makes it an ideal choice for IIFA. We stand committed to our objective of building a bond with our host countries that further translates into business opportunities.
That would be the legacy that IIFA would truly be proud of.”
  The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) is a movement pioneered by Wizcraft International and brings together the worlds of Indian and International Cinema and business on one common global platform.
It strives to build bridges through cinema to create ‘One People, One World’.
Key dignitaries who addressed the media on the occasion were H.E, Ms. Latha Reddy Ambassador of India, Khun Danny McCafferty, General Manager, Dusit Thani, Hospitality Partner, Mr. Ajay Bijli, CMD, PVR Cinemas and Mr. Ram Gopal Varma, Director – Sarkar raj Other dignitries present were Khun Panin, Siam Niramit, Diamrusa’s Khun Salil Shah, Indorama’s Khun Lohia, Awards Venue Partner, and Wizcraft Directors – Mr. Andre Timmis and Mr. Viraf Sarkari.