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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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PM Narendra Modi Lauds Film Fraternity for Showcasing Indian Culture

Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) in Mumbai

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that Indian film fraternity is at the forefront of showcasing the country’s culture globally.

Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) in Mumbai.

On Sunday, Director-actor Kunal Kohli posted: “Had the privilege to meet our honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

To which, Modi replied: “I enjoyed interacting with you and other members of the film fraternity. This community has been at the forefront of showcasing India’s culture internationally.”

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The Prime Minister also responded to veteran singer Asha Bhosle and thanked her “for gracing the programme. The entire nation looks up to you for your stupendous contribution to the film world”.

Comedian-actor and producer Kapil Sharma wrote to Narendra Modi that it was “great knowing your inspiring ideas and progressive views about our film industry and our nation. Sir, I must say you have a great sense of humour too.”

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To which, Modi said: “When Kapil Sharma appreciates somebody’s humour, it sure makes that person happy and I am no exception. Thank you for the kind words Kapil.”

Other actors who were present at the event included Aamir Khan, A.R. Rahman, Parineeti Chopra and Divya Dutta. (IANS)