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Bollywood Returns to Macau for IIFAs

IIFAs awards ceremony to be hosted by Shah Rukh Khan, above, and Shahid Kapoor

Bollywood will head further east this Fourth of July as the Intl. Indian Film Academy Awards kick off a weekend of celebrations in Macau.

Returning to the island after four years during which the globe-trotting event known as Videocon DDB IFFAs traveled to Sri Lanka, Canada and Singapore, the three-day extravaganza showcases Bollywood films, offers workshops, sporting events and fashion shows all culminating in an awards ceremony on July 6. Hindi thesps Shah Rukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor will host the ceremony. Such Bollywood stars as Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit and Abhishek Bachchan are scheduled to perform.

Last year consumer electronics giant Videocon bowed a digital direct broadcast system to about 600 million viewers worldwide to the kudofest. Rupert Murdoch’s Star Plus will also air the events taking place at the Venetian Macau.

This 14th edition will salute 100 years of Indian cinema.

“We are positive that this year will be more spectacular as we celebrate 100 years of cinema,” said Sabbas Joseph, director of Wizcraft Intl. Entertainment, which organizes the event.

Other Bollywood stars expected to attend include Irrfan Khan, Vidya Balan, Anil Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Arjun Rampal, Shardha Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Huma Quereshi, Jacqueline Fernandez, Shabana Azmi, Aditya Roy Kapur, Javed Akhtar and Parineeti Chopra.

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