Press Trust of India
April 24, 2012 22:55 IST
The International Indian Film
Academy announced today that the 13th IIFA Weekend and Awards
will be held in Singapore from June 7 to 9 this year.
This is the second time that IIFA will be held in the
Lion City, after 2004. The Bollywood extravaganza has
travelled to China, Europe, the Middle East, Thailand, Sri
Lanka and Canada over the last 12 years.
Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, the IIFA
celebrations were heralded in Singapore today by actors Anil
Kapoor and Bipasha Basu.
"I am associated with IIFA for a few years now. The
attempt is to make the awards the best every year. Being here
it becomes easier to hold the awards as the government is
supportive and systematic," Anil told PTI over the phone from
"The people here are very enthusiastic about Indian
cinema. They are looking forward to it. This year IIFA should
be bigger and better," he added.
The 52-year-old actor will be involved with the
activities at the IIFA weekend this year and has squeezed in
time to announce the awards between filming Race 2 in Turkey
and promoting his upcoming film Tezz in India.
"IIFA is a wholesome experience. It is a combination of a
film festival and an awards show. IIFA is growing from
strength to strength," said Anil.
Every year IIFA has some of the biggest names in
Bollywood coming under one roof to celebrate Indian cinema.
The three-day programme includes the world premiere of a film,
a musical show IIFA Rocks and celebs walking down the IIFA
green carpet before the much-anticipated awards night.
The IIFA 2012 is presented by Videocon Industries and
Wizcraft International Entertainment.