The Travelin’ Black Chicks coverage of the Videocon d2h IIFA Weekend for StarsEntertainment.com officially started today with the glitzy launch and press conference held at toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Luminaries of Indian Cinema were in full force representing a small number of the stars who have descended on the city of Toronto for this weekend’s glamourous activities.
From Bollywood bombshell Bipasha Basu to funny man Chunky Pandey the stars from Mumbai took to the stage to express their excitement about being in Toronto and promised a magical night at the Floriana IIFA Awards to be held on Saturday night at the Rogers Center.
Highlights from this afternoon’s launch included Jermaine Jackson of The Jackson 5 fame who spoke of his family’s ongoing love for Indian Cinema. He also shared his excitement to perform at the IIFA Rocks Concert a fashion extravaganza which will be held on Friday night.
IIFA Awards sponsor CIBC took the opportunity to present a CAD $45, 000.00 check to the official IIFA Charity Big Brother Big Sister Canada. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, along with Bollywood actors Anil Kapoor, Bipasha Basu and the Indian Consul General were on hand to help make the presentation.
Floriana IIFA Award hosts Boman Irani and Ritesh Deshmukh also took to the stage to showcase other members of their film fraternity who were present at the launch. Veteran Actor Anuphan Kher, bollywood vixen Mallika Sherawat, legendary bollywood playback singer Sonu Nigam, revered bollywood director and founder the state of the Art film institute Whistling Woods International were all in attendance.
Members of the press were treated to a delicious Indian meal at the end of the launch in a show of true Indian Hospitality! The IIFA Launch and Press Conference heralded a wonderful start to what promises to be a magical weekend!
As for us the Travelin’ Black Chicks, there were many great moments at the launch. It was funny observing the stares of fascination from those around us (maybe wondering what the hell are two black women doing front and center at IIFA Weekend); Celia was totally being checked out and OOGLED by a photographer from Mumbai who just loved her hair, even funnier was the fact that she was completely oblivious to it. We connected with a wonderful woman from New Zealand who traveled 14 hours to be at IIFA weekend. Chatted with old friends and connected with new ones! IIFA Weekend has been an absolutely brilliant experience so far and we are thrilled to be having it!
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