South Indian movie stars to come here for awards show

(From left to right) Actor Rana Dagubbati, actress Shruti Haasan and composer Anirudh Ravichander at the announcement of Singapore as the host venue for SIIMA 2016. PHOTO: TAMIL MURASU

South Indian cinema's biggest movie stars are coming to Singapore to attend the South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) on June 30 and July 1.

The annual ceremony celebrating movies from the Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam industries will be held here for the first time since launching in 2012. It has been held twice before in Dubai, as well as in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

More than 100 stars are expected to attend the ticketed event held at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, including Shruti Haasan, Rana Daggubati and music composer Anirudh Ravicander. The three of them were in Singapore on Friday (May 6) for the announcement of the show.

Ravichander, 25, is thrilled that the ceremony is being held in the Republic since all four languages represented are spoken in Singapore. "I will also be performing after quite a large gap, so I can't wait." He last performed a solo concert at the Singapore Expo in 2014.

At the show in Singapore, there will be 12 performances across both days, including one by wunderkind composer Ravichander, who is responsible for sleeper hit Why This Kolaveri Di from 2012 Tamil film, Moondru.

The Telugu and Kannada film awards will given out on the first night of the ceremony (June 30), while the Tamil and Malayalam film awards will be presented on the second night (July 1).

While the nominees are chosen by a panel of judges, winners are decided by public vote.

SIIMA is presented alongside local partners namely Singapore Press Holdings' Tamil Murasu and Tabla, as well as events company De Ideaz.

Tickets are now on sale via Sistic between $45 to $325.

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