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Brum set for Bollywood 'Oscars'

May 11 2006

By Omar Ahmed, Birmingham Mail



BIRMINGHAM looks set to beat Rome, New York, Australia and Hong Kong to host the International India Film Awards in June 2007.

The awards ceremony is the biggest date in the Bollywood calendar and is each year hosted in a different country.

The IIFA awards comprise a series of spectacular events which revolve around a weekend.

Typical events over the three days include a charity fund-raiser fashion show, a film workshop, a global business forum, the world premiere of a blockbuster film and, of course, a star-studded awards ceremony.

Previous events have usually always included a celebrity cricket match.

Held in the NEC Arena, the Bollywood 'Oscars' could do wonders for Birmingham's economy as 8,000 visitors usually stay for the entire three-night programme, with thousands more attending individual events.

The prestigious event would attract 20,000 Bolly-wood fans from all over the world and be visited by 'A List' Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Zayed Khan.

Bollywood superstar Abhishek Bachchan said: "The IIFAs are a wonderful spectacle, they're an extravagant celebration of Indian cinema, and Birmingham would be a great place to host them in 2007."
 
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This is massive news ;)

If Brum can pull this off, I cant even explain the boost the city will get from it.
 

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This is good stuff, I'm already mentally adding it to my things that are great about Brum list!

By the way has anyone else seen the Virgin Train named Birmingham G8 summit
 
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Eurovision Song Contest
Bollywood Oscars
World and European Indoor Championships
Worlds Largest Clothes Show

Its a good list to present to companies, thats for sure.
 

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Imagine if the council had never built the NEC back in the 70s

Birmingham would be screwed, we'd never have had such an uplift in the service sector.. no good hotels, probably no ICC therefore no Brindley place and no regeneration of the canals... god we'd have no jobs at all,
 
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No Idea, would've thought it shall be after this years event in Dubai ;)

It looks pretty huge to me. India's No.1 newspaper aswell as MSN sponser the thing.

We shall join the likes of London, Singapore, Amsterdam, Sun City, Malaysia in hosting the show if we do win it.

 

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good news. it surely will bring in some revenue and glitz to the city :)

now you just wait for the Manc brigade to come in and claim that this by no means is a big event
 

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Fusionist said:
good news. it surely will bring in some revenue and glitz to the city :)

now you just wait for the Manc brigade to come in and claim that this by no means is a big event

Great news for Brum ,, :cheers:
 

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If this happens, then it is indeed very good news for Brum. When, (what was then the Warner Village) Star City 30-screen complex opened in the city, and the UK premiere of 'The Perfect Storm' was held at Star City, then this was a very big glitzy Hollywood affair, with the A-list stars attending, including George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. What was imagined after the successful Brum premiere, was that future premieres might be tempted away from the Odeon Leicester Square,London. Alas that did not happen afterwards, however this more recent news can only reinstate the power of our city, and indeed the might of the local Asian-British population, to be able to influence this spectacle to Brum, which in turn may bring more Uk premieres of not only American films to Brum, but also European, Asian, and World films. Cannes-by -the Canals, perhaps...
 
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And to think the council turned down the world premiere of LOTR "fellowship of the ring" - They did a good job with getting Will Smith and Hitch though, if it only went to London and Manchester it would've given Brum film a right shunt the wrong way.
 
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"Road to Gutanamo" and "Confetti" have also been recent films from the West Midlands with the later having its gala at Cineworld down Broad Street a few weeks ago.
 

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Fusionist said:
now you just wait for the Manc brigade to come in and claim that this by no means is a big event
This is by no means a big event.

(Nah, it'd be mega and seriously bostin for Brum :D )
 
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straightheads

"Straightheads" was co-financed by Screen West Midlands in 2005 and stars Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files," "Bleak House") and Danny Dyer ("The Business"). The film is written and directed by Dan Reed, previously best known for his documentaries "The Valley" and "Terror in Moscow", and produced by Damian Jones ("Millions") and Kevin Loader ("Enduring Love", "Captain Corelli's Mandolin").

"Straightheads" is a dark and twisted tale which rips two ordinary people from their comfort zone and propels them on a mission of revenge towards a shocking and controversial climax which guarantees the film will be one of the most talked-about movies of 2006. Says Reed, "Straightheads is a journey from a place of safety to a place of danger. It's about how difficult it is to take revenge even though you've decided that violence is your best option. It's about how, in the real world, when you use violence, there is a price to be paid at every step."
 
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