IIFAs head to Macau for 2009

'Jodhaa Akbar,' 'Rock On' nominated for top prizes

NEW DELHI -- Celebrating its first decade, this year's International Indian Film Academy Awards will be held June 11-13 in Macau, continuing a tradition of holding the event outside India.

Founded with the objective of promoting Indian cinema in overseas markets, the IIFAs were held in Bangkok last year, with past venues including the U.K., the Netherlands, Malaysia and Singapore.

This year's nominees for best film include terrorism drama "A Wednesday," comedy "Dostana," historical epic "Jodhaa Akbar"and the musical "Rock On. "

Best actor nominees include Aamir Khan for "Ghajini"and Hrithik Roshan for "Jodhaa Akbar." Female acting nominees include Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for "Akbar," Bipasha Basu for "Race" and Katrina Kaif for "Singh Is Kinng."

"2009 celebrates a decade of IIFA magic and promises to be yet another enthralling experience to be held at the Venetian Macao. It is an excellent choice for IIFA's celebrations and we are excited to bring its magic to that fabulous city," Bollywood star and IIFA ambassador Amitabh Bachchan said.

The IIFAs will have a taped telecast on News Corp.'s Hindi entertainment channel Star Plus.