7 Dec - What was supposed to be a chance to meet with Bollywood glitterati at the posh Palace Of Golden Horses in Kuala Lumpur today turned into an exercise crudely nicknamed 'Bollywait' by members of the local media.
The event was a press conference to launch the movie "Baabul" tonight, and the Global Indian Film Awards (or GIFA) Show scheduled for Saturday, 9 December 2006 at the Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil. The press conference, to be attended by Bollywood 'royalty' the likes of Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Salman Khan and others, was to have started at 3.30pm but up to 5.30pm, none of them showed up. The waiting local and foreign media were told they were unavoidably delayed.
Finally, at 5.50pm, the press conference for "Baabul" commenced after the arrival of actors Salman Khan and John Abraham, and director Ravi Chopra, much to the relief of the waiting members of the media which included those from India.
At about 6.30pm, the press conference for the GIFA Awards show started. John Abraham is also a nominee for the GITA awards.
The GIFA Awards Show will be graced by Deputy Prime Minister & GIFA Patron Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak, and his wife Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor and Guest-of-Honour, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, the Minister of Tourism.
The Global Indian Film Awards is promoted and marketed by Jordy Patel, a director with Popcorn Entertainment who is a well-known personality in the Indian entertainment industry, and Sameer Khan, a prominent events promoter based in Dubai. Backing the GIFA vision since its inception is Suniel Shetty, Chairman of Popcorn Entertainment, who is geared to give GIFA a new and better look every year with his excellent entrepreneurial skills and years of experience as an actor and producer.