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Jun 19, 2007 at 12:03pm IST

Big B takes the reins at IIFA awards

New Delhi: Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, one of the brand ambassadors of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), will give an overview of the various activities planned for the eighth IIFA awards on Tuesday at a press conference.

This year, the four-day event will be held in Yorkshire from June 7-10.

The delegation will announce the film chosen by IIFA for the world premiere, the names of celebrities who will perform at the event and the 10 short-listed semi-finalists for IFFA Star ki Talash. Bachchan will himself groom the semi-finalists.

Director of Wizcraft Sabbas Joseph, Secretary General of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, (FICCI) Amit Mitra, Chairman of Yorkshire Tourism Board, YTB Judith Donovan are among those who will attend the event.

TAKING CHARGE: Big B will groom the semi-finalists for IFFA Star ki Talash.

They will also discuss the agenda for this year's global business forum.

Recently, IIFA announced the list of winners in the Technical Awards category.

Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra's much acclaimed film Rang De Basanti picked up a haul of seven awards: the award for best cinematography has gone to Binod Pradhan, best editing, to P S Bharathi, best art direction, Samir Chanda, best background score and best song recording to A R Rahman, best sound recording to Nakul Kamte and best sound re-recording to Hitendra Gosh.

Commenting on the awards, an elated Mehra said, "I'm overwhelmed with the response Rang De Basanti has generated. The awards in the technical category truly encourage and applaud the excellence of people who work behind the scenes in making a film successful. I would like to thank my fans across India and the world and the IIFA platform for appreciating our film."

Rakesh Roshan's Krishh, a story of India's first superhero played by Hrithik Roshan got two awards - best action by Tony Siutung and Shyam Kushal, and best special effects (Visuals) by EFX studios.

Dhoom 2, an extravagant visual delight that captivated audiences with Hrithik's rakish looks and its breathtaking locales, grabbed the awards for best costume designing by Anaita Adajania and best make-up by G.A. James for giving Hrithik his distinctive look.

Omkara, Vishal Bhardwaj's interpretation of William Shakespeare's classic Othello, that took viewers straight into the heartland of India where politics and power equations are bread and butter of the inhabitants, fetched the best choreography award for Ganesh Acharya for the song Beedi jalaile.

The trophies will be presented at the eighth IDEA IIFA awards ceremony to be held on June 9, 2007, Yorkshire.