Indian Oscars return as Abu Dhabi hosts Bollywood bash


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Abu Dhabi (AFP) – Bollywood’s brightest stars will collect in Abu Dhabi on Saturday because the Indian Oscars return for the primary time because the pandemic shuttered cinemas and turned audiences on to streaming.

Host Salman Khan and actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan can be among the many A-listers on the Worldwide Indian Movie Academy Awards celebrating the Hindi-language film trade, the world’s most prolific.

The glitzy present follows a field workplace droop when movie-mad India was hit exhausting by Covid-19, with US streaming giants akin to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video dashing to fill the hole.

“I am excited to carry out at Abu Dhabi earlier than a dwell viewers. I am positive it will be a enjoyable present,” stated actor Shahid Kapoor, who will dance on the first IIFA awards since 2019.

“I am very nervous however I hope I can do my greatest,” Kapoor informed reporters, carrying a pale blue swimsuit with fastidiously coiffed hair.

“Shershaah”, the biopic of a conflict hero killed within the 1999 Kargil battle with Pakistan, leads the best way with 12 nods, with “83” — the story of India’s 1983 cricket World Cup victory — nominated for 9 awards.

Historic drama “Sardar Udham”, motion pic “Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior” and “Thappad”, a drama tackling India’s issues with home violence, spherical out the perfect image nominations.

Actual-life intrigue isn’t far-off. One performer can be actor Rhea Chakraborty, who was arrested on drug expenses in 2020 after her boyfriend, actor Sushant Singh Rajput, allegedly dedicated suicide.

Actress Divya Khosla Kumar will perform at the awards, while Salman Khan is the host
Actress Divya Khosla Kumar will carry out on the awards, whereas Salman Khan is the host Ryan LIM AFP

Chakraborty wanted clearance to journey to Abu Dhabi and is underneath situations set by a Mumbai courtroom together with attending the Indian embassy day-after-day.

The present can also be going down as police probe the loss of life of famend Bollywood singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, or “KK”, who died after a live performance in Kolkata of a suspected coronary heart assault this week. Media reviews stated there have been accidents to his face and head.

Indian diaspora

Pumping music and scantily clad performers can be a change of scene for Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates’ oil-rich capital which has been upgrading its staid picture with imported sights together with Method One.

The awards have been held at venues world wide together with London, Madrid, Johannesburg and Singapore, reflecting Bollywood’s extensive enchantment and the sprawling Indian diaspora.

L-R: actors Shahid Kapoor Ananya Panday and Tiger Shroff are among the performers during the IIFA events in Abu Dhabi
L-R: actors Shahid Kapoor Ananya Panday and Tiger Shroff are among the many performers in the course of the IIFA occasions in Abu Dhabi Ryan LIM AFP

The Hindi-language movie trade was value $2.5 billion in 2019 and produces extra films than every other. India additionally releases lots of of movies in its 21 different official languages yearly.

However pandemic lockdowns despatched the trade right into a tailspin, with multiplex chains struggling main losses and dozens of small cinemas going bust.

In a rustic the place cinema visits are central to cultural life, India’s media and leisure earnings slumped by 1 / 4 to $18.7 billion in 2020, in line with accounting agency EY.

The theatre closures prompted a surge in subscriptions to streaming platforms with American companies Netflix, Prime and Disney’s Hotstar tapping into a pointy development in on-line audiences.

Bollywood A-lister Salman Khan (C) is one of the awards' hosts
Bollywood A-lister Salman Khan (C) is among the awards’ hosts Ryan LIM AFP

Some big-budget Indian movies have been launched straight onto streaming platforms, akin to comedy-drama “Gulabo Sitabo” starring Bollywood nice Amitabh Bachchan, which went out on Amazon in Might 2020.

Nonetheless, cinemas have made a sturdy restoration since restrictions have been eased, with non-Hindi films like “Pushpa”, “KGF” and “RRR” from southern India making brisk enterprise.


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