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IIFA 2015, the starry affair begins in full swing

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Kuala Lumpur: With stars like Hrithik Roshan, Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Jacqueline Fernandez and veterans like Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher and Subhash Ghai in attendance, the 16th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards kick-started here on Friday with much fanfare.

The three-day gala began on a business-related note with FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum, where Anupam spoke about the Indian cinema and how it’s flourishing under the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Hero No. 1” director David Dhawan and filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala were also present at the forum and expressed interest in making films in Malaysia.

What followed was a star-studded opening press conference, graced by Bipasha Basu, Anupam, Anil, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sonakshi, Lauren Gottlieb, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kanika Kapoor, Arjun, Jacqueline and Kainaat Arora. Also present was Ghai, who will be conferred the lifetime achievement award on Sunday.

“This weekend of IIFA will be the best,” Anil said here.

The opener itself gave a glimpse into the fun in store over the weekend. While Ayushmann, who will co-host music extravaganza IIFA Rocks on Friday, sang a few lines of his hit number “Pani da rang” during the conference, the celebrities also shook leg on Arjun’s song “Tune maari entriyaan”.

Sonakshi, who will croon at IIFA Rocks and will also dance on the awards night, was delighted to visit Malaysia after a long time.

“I was in school when I visited Malaysia and now I am here for IIFA,” said the 28-year-old.

Jacqueline got emotional too.

“The last time I joined IIFA was in my home country Sri Lanka and this year, it’s at my mother’s home country. So, this year is special too. My mother will be in the audience today at IIFA Rocks,” said the Sri Lankan beauty.

Established in 2000, IIFA is in Malaysia for the second time. It was held in Genting Highlands in 2002.

Bipasha walked down the memory lane as she took charge of the mike.

“Thirteen years back, I was here for IIFA and I was just a newcomer. It’s been a wonderful journey so far,” said the “Raaz” star, who shopped a lot and ate good food ever since she reached the Malaysian capital.

While other stars are still expected to arrive and light up the stage, actor Hrithik Roshan was spotted at the venue JW Marriott. He was greeted by excited fans, who yelled at top of their lungs and tried to get a few shots of the Bollywood star.

Hrithik even took to a platform at the Pavilion Mall here to interact with his fans, and give them a sense of excitement and revelry that will unfold over three days of celebration of Hindi cinema. (IANS)

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Shooting for 'Kalank' begins

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The shooting for filmmaker Karan Johar’s next production venture “Kalank” has begun.

Veteran actress Madhuri Dixit-Nene on Wednesday tweeted: “Just finished my shoot with Anil Kapoor and Indra Kumar on the sets of ‘Total Dhamaal’ and was phenomenal as usual. Now arrived at the sets of ‘Kalank’ with Karan Johar for the look test. The sets are breathtaking. Can’t wait for you to see both films!”

Actor Varun Dhawan, who is collaborating with Karan for the fourth time, shared a photograph of the filmmaker with producer Sajid Nadiadwala. They posed with the film’s clapboard.

“It begins. ‘Kalank’,” he captioned the image.

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Actress Alia Bhatt, who ventured into Bollywood with Karan’s “Student Of The Year” in 2012 along with Varun, posted a photograph of Karan, Nadiadwala and Varun’s father David Dhawan.

“The men in red and black. Day 1 of ‘Kalank’ calls for a visit to set from the three most important people! What a way to begin the film!” she tweeted.

Also Read: Karan Johar To Be Honoured As The First Indian Filmmaker At Madame Tussauds

The film also stars Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sonakshi Sinha.

Abhishek Varman will direct the “epic drama”, which will hit screens on April 19, 2019. The film will be produced by Karan, Nadiadwala, Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta. It is co-produced by Fox Star Studios.  BollywoodCountry

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