Saturday, February 21, 2015

First of its kind ‘Arab Indo Bollywood Awards’ to be held in Dubai

Awards, Awards and Awards! Bollywood film awards have literally become a craze. The latest buzz is that even the ‘Arab World’ has been spell bounded by the glamour and the glitz of these film awards. 

Hence to experience the charisma of Bollywood film awards, the Government of Dubai has decided to commence the ‘Arab Indo Bollywood Awards’ (AIBA), first of its kind entertainment award show that seeks to popularize Indian cinema in the Arab world. 

According to Abdullatif Alsayegh, chairperson of AIBA, the awards show will be held on April 10, 2015 at the prestigious Dubai World Trade Centre, It will be telecast across Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), an alliance of six Middle Eastern countries-Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.

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Elated at having the film awards organized in Dubai, Abdullatif Alsayegh, said, "We feel proud as a nation that we will create a space for ourselves in the world of entertainment. We feel so determined on this new artistic journey - the impact it will have and how it will connect people and countries,” 

The jury members selecting the awards include Tigmanshu Dhulia, Indian director, who made ‘PAAN SINGH TOMAR’ along with Arbaaz Khan, Goldie Behl, Sreedhar Raghavan, Javed Jaffery, Shyam Shroll and Bollywood trade analyst Komal Nahta. 

The awards will be given to films released between January-December 2014 across three categories viz. Main, Technical and Special Awards and a total 25 awards would be given which will be chosen 50 per cent by the jury members, while the remaining half will be voted by residents of the UAE, either online or via 100 ballot boxes that will be placed around the country. Public voting will commence on February 25 across 100 UAE Exchange outlets. 

The organizes are leaving no stone unturned to rope in the three Khans of Bollywood to make the show a grand success. “If both Salman and Shah Rukh Khan attend, it would certainly create fan frenzy in Dubai, Abdullatif Al Sayegh quipped.

Maharashtra CM attracts filmmakers to shoot in Maharashtra to Increase tourism

In order to give shape to the long drawn dream of transforming Mumbai into a global financial hub Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has decided to entice filmmakers to shoot in Maharashtra state, particularly in Mumbai and generate revenue through tourism. 

Hence to attract filmmakers Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has decided to scrutinize the loopholes preventing Bollywood filmmakers to shoot in the state. He has also decided to reduce the number of clearance that compels filmmakers to discard shooting in Maharashtra and move outside the state or foreign countries. 

Speaking at the Mumbai Next: MMR Transformation Conclave, eminent film and TV producer, Ekta Kapoor and star of millennium Amitabh Bachchan had reasoned why filmmakers overlook Maharashtra for shooting and preferred Delhi, Gujarat or shoot in foreign countries.

Ekta Kapoor had categorically said, “What is most disappointing is that, if a filmmaker has to just erect a set in Mumbai, he has to run from pillar to post to acquire about 146 permissions from the government authorities. In addition the rates charged by the state government are also exorbitant.”

To explicate her point she added, “The average cost of shooting for a day at Mumbai’s Gateway of India is Rs 2.25 lakh, whereas to shoot at the India Gate in Delhi is Rs 1.25 lakh. Hence filmmakers rush to Delhi, rather than Mumbai.” 

Valsa Nair Singh, secretary tourism and culture, Government of Maharashtra too enlightened the gathering how Singapore and Dubai have intelligently used entertainment as means to attract tourism and minted money. She informed, “What is paradoxical is that foreign nations like Turkey, Greece and Russia are minting money in tourism through Bollywood!” 

Parag Jain Nainuttia, managing director, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), acknowledged about the filmmakers’ complaint regarding permissions for a single shoot in the state. He said, “We would look into to bring down the number of clearances to at par with what is required in other countries and cities.”