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IIFA opening disappoints fans

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Thursday, June 15, 2006 

Dubai (UNI): The seventh International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend, hyped as offering a combined mixture of fashion, popular cinema, virtual star parade and climaxing in IDEA IIFA Awards presentation ceremony, opened here on a disappointing note. Bollywood fans, keen on watching their favourite stars perform live on stage at ''the celebration of Indian cinema's achievement'' today, will miss most of them. Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukherjee and Preity Zinta are the only A-list Bollywood stars, who have confirmed participation at the award presentation ceremony. Dia Mirza, Himesh Reshammiya and Upen Patel are the other artistes, who are expected to perform on the occasion, The Gulf Today reported. The award ceremony will be hosted by Fardeen Khan, Lara Dutta and Katrina Kaif.

To avoid media quizzing, the organisers of the annual event cancelled the question-and-answer session of the press conference yesterday.

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