Over thirteen thousand Bollywood film enthusiasts from the UK entered STAR TV’s glittering competition, where they offered one lucky couple the chance to win a paid trip to attend the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards which took place on Saturday 9th June 2007 at Sheffield Hallam FM Arena, Yorkshire.
The lucky winning couple, Seema Chugh and her husband Anil Kumar won a two nights stay in a luxury hotel and two tickets to attend this year’s Idea IIFA Awards. What’s more, the lucky couple also received a glamorous makeover, to compete with the likes of Bollywood Belles Aishwarya Rai, Bipasha Basu and Preity Zinta, and Bollywood Beaus Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan and Saif Ali Khan all of whom attended the spectacular event.
In speaking about her win, Seema Chugh was thrilled about the whole experience: “I was really excited to go up to Yorkshire which was truly a once in a lifetime experience for me. We met so many of the stars and had the opportunity to take their autographs and pictures with them. Never did I think I would win and I am so thankful to STAR !”
The Idea IIFA Awards will be broadcast globally by STAR TV to reach nearly 500 million viewers in 110 countries on Sunday 24th June 2007 on STAR Plus. The programme will feature footage from the Green Carpet which was graced by stars such as Shilpa Shetty, Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, Bipasha Basu and Katrina Kaif, and the spectacular awards
presentation, which was hosted by former Miss Universe and industry starlet, Lara Dutta, and comedy kingpin Boman Irani, while industry golden boy, filmmaker and presenter of STAR Plus’s hit show Koffee with Karan, Karan Johar, presented the awards section of the unforgettable evening. After days of arduous rehearsals, dazzling stage performances were made by Shilpa Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Bipasha Basu, Saif Ali Khan, Salman Khan and Govinda, Emraan Hashmi and Aftab Shivdasani.
MP’s, international stars and high profile figures such as Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, actor Colin Firth and Olympic silver-medal winner Amir Khan, were among the guests to present the prestigious awards at the ceremony. The fans also saw the IIFA for ‘STAR TV Award Debut of the Year Male Award’, go to the British-Asian heartthrob, Upen Patel, for his debut in 36 China Town.