Seventh Indian Television Academy Awards will be showered on leading Broadcasters and film stars on Saturday.
“This year The Academy is striving to do something uniquely different in the Awards ceremony. Besides the regular Awards, it would confer special honours on those who have changed the face of Indian Television. The function called the BIG ITA Night of Honours will be held on Saturday, 24th November 2007 at the Bhavan’s Ground Andheri. This is the first ocassion when such bigwigs across channels and organisations representing the entire television industry will be present on one stage”, informed filmmaker and social activist Ashoke Pandit who is closely associated with the awards.
Some of the prominent personalities who will be honoured include the superstar Mr. Amitabh Bachchan for having achieved, ‘Ultimate Eminence’ in the world of Entertainment, encompassing Cinema, Television & Media…!
Broadcasters like Mr. Aroon Purie (Aaj Tak) , Dr. Prannoy Roy (NDTV), Mr. Rajat Sharma (INDIA TV), Mr. Ronnie Screwvala (UTV), Sahara Shri Subrata Roy (Sahara TV), Content-providers including Mr. Dheeraj Kumar (Creative Eye), Mr. Prem Sagar (Sagar Arts), Mr. Ravi Chopra (B R TV), Mr. Sanjay Khan (Numero Uno International Limited).
Besides this there will be a Special Laurel to Ms. Khushboo for achieving iconic status in Southern Television after having carved out a niche for herself in Cinema…!
“The awards will be punctuated by performances of TV-stars with rare razzle-dazzle. The presenters will be the luminaries of the show-world besides the Honourable Union Minister Shri Kamal Nathji. The other presenters will include Javed Akhtar, Mahesh Bhatt, Ramesh Sippy, Shabana Azmi, Subhash Ghai, Gulshan Grover, Subbirami Reddy, Hrithik Roshan, Mumtaaz, Moushumi Chatterjee, Rakesh Roshan, Amrita Rao, David Dhawan, Madhur Bhandarkar and others”, added Mr. Pandit.
There will be a special tribute to Amitabh Bachchan by child stars like Swini Khara (Cheeni Kum) & Raj Pandit (singer – composer) among many. These talented kids will perform to such classic numbers like Sa RA Zamana, Anthony Gonsalves, Jhuma Chuma and Don, paying a memorable tribute to the superstar of the millennium.
The other highlight of the evening will be “Baa & Bahu” act having performances by the grand old ladies of Indian television of Shubha Khote, Savita Prabhune & Shama Deshpande. The young brigade of Amrapali, Jasweer Kaur and Karishma Tanna will then perform to the remixed versions of the same songs. The songs include Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon, Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar and Leke Pehla Pehla Pyaar.
Smriti Irani, Mandira Bedi & Sharad Kelkar will host the evening.