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Good time ahead for city hotels in Sri Lanka - 3 Idiots' tipped to scoop top awards at the 11th IIFAs

NEW MOVIE: National award-winning act- ress Priyamani appears in Ramgopal Varma's next film, Raktha CharithrNEW MOVIE: National award-winning act- ress Priyamani 
appears in Ramgopal Varma's next film, Raktha Charithra

May 15, 2010 4:28 PM |
By Shalandra Bunseellal and Devan Nair

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Big-screen tidbits complied by Shalandra Bunseellal and Devan Nair

The International Indian Filmfare Awards (IIFA) are set to serenade the gorgeous locations of the Emerald Island Sri Lanka from June 3 to 5. Though much of the finer details of the event have been wrapped in secrecy, the nominations for the prestigious voting categories were released recently. Movies like 3 Idiots, Paa, Kaminey, Love Aaj Kal and Wanted are among the frontrunners in the popular categories.

Speaking on behalf of IIFA, brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan said, "On behalf of IIFA, we are happy to bring the IIFA experience to our hospitable neighbour, Sri Lanka. As a member of the film industry, I look forward to another luminous decade as IIFA journeys forth, sharing the Indian cinematic movement with the world, and simultaneously share with the world the Emerald Isle Sri Lanka."

The winners of the technical awards have been announced and 3 Idiots emerged the frontrunner with eight awards. Sujoy Ghosh's, Aladin and the Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone film Love Aaj Kal won two awards each. The awards will be presented at the IIFA weekend. 3 Idiotsheld on to its top spot with Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra taking the award for best screenplay, CK Muraleedharan for best cinematography, Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi for best dialogue, Sanjay Wandrekar, Atul Raninga and Shantanu Moitra for best background score and Rajkumar Hirani for best editing.      
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To add to the feathers in its cap, the movie won the best sound recording award for Bishwadeep Chatterjee and Nihal Ranjan Samal, best song recording award for Bishwadeep Chatterjee and Sachi K Sanghvi and the best sound re-recording by Anup Dev. The popular dance moves from Love Aaj Kal won Bosco Caesar the best choreography award, while the best costume design award went to Anahita Shroff and Dolly Ahluwalia, for the same movie. Sabu Cyril got the best art direction award and Charles Darby won the best special effects award for Aladin. Sham Kaushal took the best action award for Kaminey and the best make-up award went to the international team of Christien Tinsley and Dominie Till for Paa.

    * PRATIEK Babbar, the talented son of the late Smita Patel is making waves in Bollywood. After his impressive debut in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, he has bagged the lead role in My Friend Pinto, in which he is paired with Kalki Koechlin. The actress, who impressed in Dev D. Babbar, has also secured a role in Dum Maro Dum which stars Abhishek Bachchan in the lead role.

Here's a fresh and interesting casting - Sharman Joshi, Jackky Bhagnani and Ruslaan Mumtaz are coming together for 3 Days and 4 Nights in Bihar. The movie, which is being directed by Abhishek Dog- ra, is about three wealthy guys and their journey to Bihar. Mumtaz, who replaced Salman Khan, describes the movie as a combination of Dil Chahta Hai and Rang De Basanti.

    * After the failure of his last film, Jail, Madhur Bhandarkar is busy working on the production for his next film with Kareena Kapoor in the lead role. Bhandarkar hopes to title it Mahee or Heroine.

It seems like Anurag Basu's next movie after Kites will be titled Silence. The movie, which has Ranbir Kapoor as the lead star, features Priyanka Chopra (pictured) as a mentally challenged girl. Incidentally, Katrina Kaif, who was also part of the cast, has been replaced by Kapoor's ex-sweetheart Deepika Padukone.

    * Manobala is not a happy man these days. The director-turned-actor had planned to return to film direction with the remake of Sridhar's yesteryear classic Kaadhalikka Neramillai. Manobala had bought the remake rights but has regretted the decision so much that he now wants to sell the rights. He has been trying for months to get top actors to play the dual lead subject - ably played by R Muthuraman and Ravichandhran in the original. Manobala had planned to cast Vadivelu and Santhaanam for the supporting roles originally played by TS Balaiyah and Peter Nagesh but when he heard the asking price, he backed out. It now seems unlikely that he will continue with this project.

Navdeep, who starred in Arindhum Ariyaamalum, Illavattam and Aegan, was arrested last week by Hyderabad police on charges of drunken and reckless driving. Navdeep was the driver of a vehicle that exceeded the speed limit and ran over an officer's leg when police tried to stop him. Officers at the next check-post were alerted and Navdeep and his friends were detained. Navdeep appeared in court and received a suspended sentence.

    * National award-winning actress Priyamani plays Surya's wife in Ramgopal Varma's next Raktha Charithra. It is likely she will have back-to-back releases in Hindi as she also plays an important role in Manirathinam's Raavanan.

It seems Amitabh Bachchan (pictured) has decided to attend the IIFA awards in Sri Lanka. Three weeks ago, a group of Tamils protested outside his home over his decision to go to Sri Lanka despite the continuing atrocities being committed against Tamilians there. At that time, the Big B said he did not want to hurt any feelings but now the organisers claim he will attend the event. A Tamil group led by director Seeman threatened to boycott films of Bachchan and his family. It will be interesting to see what line of action this group will take.

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