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Benegal, jury member for GIFA awards

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Mumbai, UNI: Filmmaker and Rajya Sabha member Shyam Benegal is among the seven member jury for the second Provogue-Global Indian Film Awards (GIFA), to be held in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia from December 7 to 9.

The other members of the jury include actress Rati Agnihotri, music composer Sandeep Chowta, producer Sajid Nadiadwala, media critic and journalist Subhash K Jha, actor Jackie Shroff and producer Smita Thackeray.

The jury members will review the films and vote for deserving candidates, a release said here today.

This year's awards are being held under the aegis of Tourism Malaysia.

''Provogue GIFA is a very special award because we interact with very special people. The venue for the awards makes all the difference and what better place than KL in Malaysia. I am looking forward to my visit to KL.

They say its paradise and Malaysia is truly Asia,'' the release quoted Rati Agnihotri as saying.

''Provogue-GIFA represents the soul of Asian cinema and Malaysia represents the soul of Asian beauty. I am looking forward to be in KL. I know only few will get the awards, but in place like Malaysia, I am sure everyone is going to have fun. Malaysia Truly Asia.'' said Sandeep Chowta.

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