This post was originally published on 6 August 2019.
The annual South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) will be held in Qatar for the first time with over 200 celebrities from Indian cinema attending the two-day event on August 15 & 16.
Legendary actors Mohanlal and Chiranjeevi will be the guests of honour for the event, which will be held at the Lusail Indoor Arena, hosting close to 8,000 people.
The two-day event is split into 4 languages; August 15 will host Kannada and Telegu and August 16 will host Malyalam and Tamil.
The details of the event were announced on Tuesday at a press conference attended by Mashal Shahbik from Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC), Vishnu Induri, SIIMA owner; Dr R Seetharaman, CEO, Doha Bank; Naveed Abdulla, CEO, OneFM Qatar; Jassim Mohamed, CCO, OneFM Qatar; Medhat Greiss, general manager, Teyseer Motors; and Indian actresses Andrea Jeremiah and Manvika Harish.
“About 600 artistes will be present for the two-day event. Among them 200 are leading celebrities including legendary actors Chiranjeevi and Mohanlal,” disclosed Induri.
According to the organisers, some of the celebrities attending the event are:
- Prithviraj Sukumaran, Tovino Thomas, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Anu Sithara, Nikhila Vimal, Anushree, Saniya Iyappan and Vijay Yesudas from Malayalam.
- Dhanush, Jayam Ravi, Sarath Kumar, Trisha, Aishwarya Rajesh, Shriya Saran, Raai Laxmi, Oviya, Andrea Jeremiah, Kushboo Sundar, Radhika Sarath Kumar, Mirchi Shiva and Anirudh from Tamil.
- Ram Charan, Vijay Devarakonda, Keerthi Suresh, Rajendra Prasad, Sudheer Babu, Prakash Raj, Niddhi Agarwal and Payal Rajput from Telugu.
- Yash, Rachitha Ram, Simran, Sonika Gowda, Sai Kumar, Advith Shetty, Shanvi Srivatsava, Nidhi Subbaiah, Ashika Ranganath, Sharmiela Mandre and Manvitha Kamath from Kannada.
Now in its eighth year, SIIMA is the leading and most-viewed award show in the industry, recognizing talent and excellence while taking South Indian cinema across global horizons to create an engaging platform for South Indian actors to reach international fans.
“SIIMA is the biggest award show in India with broadcast reach in over 120 countries and generating over 1.5 billion impressions on social media every year. This year about 600 guests will be travelling to Qatar and I am sure all the celebrities and guests will enjoy the hospitality of Qatar,” Vishnu Induri, SIIMA owner said during the press conference.
Apart from the movie awards, a business award to felicitate South Indian Business achievers will be held on August 14 at the Mondrian Doha. The night will also felicitate Qatari icons and socio-economic contributors from country. The awards will be presented by celebrities and top industry professionals.
The event partners are Qatar National Tourism Council, Ministry of Culture and Sports, Qatar Airways, Teyseer Motors, W Doha, Doha Bank, Al Mana Leasing, Gulf Car, Royal Regis, Talabat, Rayyan Water, and 98.6 Radio Malayalam.
Tickets for the event powered by ONE FM 89.6 are available on aynatickets.com, starting from QR50.