Bollywood Awards To Be Held In The UAE

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Benchmark Media announced the 1st edition of the Arab Indo Bollywood Awards (AIBA) in association with Adplay and Al Bustan Group; to promote Indian Cinema in the Arab World and to reach out to millions of fans across the GCC. Introduced exclusively to the UAE; AIBA will be held at Dubai World Trade Centre on 10th April, 2015 acknowledging the best from the field of acting, direction, music, choreography and scripting.

The nominations and nominees will be selected from the 2014 Hindi films. The Pre-selection Jury Committee of 8 members has reviewed the films that have been applied by the Indian producers. 25 awards will be given across 3 categories – Main, Technical and Special Awards. The final nominations will be voted 50 percent by the jury and 50 percent by the people, which is processed, audited and supervised by Crowe Horwath. Except for the Special Award category; residents and fans can either cast their vote online ( or at the ballot boxes, which will be kept at 100 UAE Exchange outlets in the UAE from 25th February, 2015.

Announcing the launch of the AIBA – Abdullatif Alsayegh, Chairperson of AIBA said, “UAE has just won the bid for EXPO 2020 and now we will have the privilege of hosting the AIBA in our country. We want to show the world that we are not confined to only getting in the Guinness Book of records but also have the potential to showcase an event such as this. We feel so 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. “

Tigmanshu Duliya, Indian Director and Jury chairperson said, “GCC brings in some of the best audience in the world as it brings in so much diversity and Indian cinema is favoured by most – including Indians, Arabs and other Expats. We look forward to bringing these millions of fans closer to their favourite stars.”

Producer and organiser of AIBA – Habeeb Rahman, MD of Benchmark Media concluded, “UAE has grown tremendously over the years and shown such potential to host world-class events. AIBA will celebrate Bollywood’s style and glamour. It is about time that UAE offers its very own awards that will attract opportunities and collaborations into the country, foster local talent, bring best practices and bridge communities together. We are determined to make this event a success.”

2015 AIBA Jury and committee members:
Tigmanshu Duliya, Jury Chairperson Goldie Behal
Javed Jaffery
Arbaaz Khan
Sreedhar Raghavan
Komal Nahata
Shyam Shroff

2015 Nomination categories:
Main Awards
Special Awards (By The Jury)
Best Picture
Best Direction
Performance In A Leading Role – Male
Performance In A Leading Role – Female
Performance In A Supporting Role – Male
Performance In A Supporting Role – Male
Performance In A Comic Role
Performance In A Negative Role
Best Story
Music Direction
Best Male Playback Singer
Best Female Playback Singer

Technical Awards
Art Director
Special Effects
Original Background Score
Costume Designing
Song Recording
Sound Recording
Sound Re-Recording

Special Awards (By The Jury)
Personality Of The Year
Outstanding Indian Achievement In International Cinema
Outstanding Achievement In Indian Cinema
Outstanding Contribution To Indian Cinema
Lifetime Achievement Award
Excellencein Indian Cinema
Honour To Legend


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