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Golden Kela awards to be preceded by comedy festival

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NEW DELHI: The fourth annual Golden Kela Awards to be held to honour the worst in Bollywood will be preceded this year by a two-day festival of comedy and fun.

Iconic comedy films like ‘Jaane bhi do yaaro‘, ‘Andaz Apna Apna‘ and ‘Tere Bin Laden‘ will be screened on 31 March and 1 April and the event will include a Standup Comedy show by Papa CJ and Sanjay Rajoura.

There will be a play on Ghalib by Pierrot’s Troupe which has been running to full houses for several years.

There will also be a ‘Haasya Kavi Sammelan’ (a comic poetry festival) featuring the renowned Surendra Sharma..

There will also be a competition on Standup Comedy as part of the Indian Comedy Festival. On 1 April, the three finalists will meet and compete for the top prize of Rs 1,00,000 along with the chance to be featured on Comedy Central, according to Jatin Varma, Organiser, Indian Comedy Festival and head of Twenty Onwards Media.

There will also be a competition of India’s funniest videos, and these could win a Grand Cash Prize of Rs 1999.

Last year the ceremony was hosted by Cyrus Broacha, and this year the ceremony will also feature the winner of the Short Video Contest, and will feature a very special guest – B-Movie Filmmaker Extraordinaire Kanti Shah!

Kanti Shah is a director and producer of B grade Hindi movies. Best known for the cult film ‘Gunda’ in 1998 (Starring Mithun Da!) and such classics as Loha, Duplicate Sholay, Shaadi Basanti ki Honeymoon Gabbar ka, and Sheela Ki Jawani. Kanti Shah is perhaps the only Director worthy of the title ‘So Bad It’s Good’.

The Golden Kela Awards ceremony will take place on 1 April at Ficci Auditorium. The Golden Kela Awards, the Indian version of Razzies - "Golden Raspberry Awards" which are very popular awards in the West for awarding the worst in the film making industry - will be awarding the worst of Bollywood in the year 2011. Voting is already on at www.goldenkela.com and closes on 31st March’ 2012.

The Comedy Fest will also have several stalls by some of the most fun merchandisers, t-shirt companies, publishers, toy makers etc. Also, there will be Open Mic – Musical acts, amateur standup comedy, juggling and puppets.

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