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Acting legend Amitabh Bachchan

IIFA president Amitabh Bachchan

Bollywood 'Oscars' in Sheffield!

Few cities in the world, let alone in the UK, can boast that they've hosted the International Indian Film Academy Awards - the Bollywood equivalent of the Oscars - but Sheffield can. Find out what happened when came to town in June 2007.

Over 12,000 people from all over the UK travelled into Sheffield on June 9th 2007 to watch their favourite Bollywood stars battle it out for a prestigious IIFA award. 

The Merchants of Bollywood

The Bollywood version of the Oscars was hosted by the vivacious ex-Miss Universe Lara Dutta and comedy kingpins of Indian cinema Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani, and the awards were jam-packed with other star-studded performances by Shilpa Shetty, Abhishek Baschan, Govinda, Salmaan Khan.

Rang De Basante (Paint it Saffron) - a film about  the Youth of India today - scooped nearly a dozen awards including best picture and best musical direction. 

Rakesh Mehra directed the film that took the IIFA’s by storm: "It's been a truly fabulous year and a landmark for the Indian film industry."

The best actress award went to Rani Mukherji for her role in the movie Kabhi Alvidaa Naa Kehna (Never Say Goodbye), a movie about marriage turmoil, rocky relationships and adultery. 

Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai took the award for the Most Glamorous Female Lead.

Heart-throb Hitrick Roshan was cheered the loudest when he walked away for with Most Glamorous Male and Best Actor prize for his role in Krishh (There's No One Like You), one of the first Bollywood sci-fi movies in which Hitrick plays a superhero. 

The second biggest award of the evening went to the musical comedy Lago Raho Munnabhai (Keep Going Little Brother), which took home three Boscars.

The Bollywood celebration spanned into the early hours of Sunday morning with an electrifying on-stage dance performance from The Big B Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abishek.   

It was Amitabh Bachchan - IIFA President and Bollywood legend - who made the final decision to hold the prestigious awards in Sheffield.

The Arena

Zulfi Karim, director of Yorkshire's bid, said: "The IIFA [International Indian Film Academy] Awards and the event itself is very much a global event. It's a fantastic opportunity to get Yorkshire involved as a major destination for events."

"The UK is one of the largest box office revenue generators for Bollywood films outside India... we're hoping this has attracted people not just from the region, but nationally and overseas as well."

last updated: 22/06/07

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