Jaypee Group’s special IIFA awards for Ramesh Sippy and Zohra Segal

MUMBAI: The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) has announced special award winners of the Jaypee Group IIFA Awards 2012.

The award for outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema will be presented to Ramesh Sippy while Zohra Segal will receive the award for contribution to 100 years of Indian Cinema.

Ramesh Sippy made his debut in the Indian Films at the tender age of 9 playing Achala Sachdev’s son in Shahenshah. He is best known for directing Sholay and is a highly respected veteran in the Indian film industry today.

Exclaimed Sippy, "The International Indian Film Academy is a massive pioneering effort to expand the reach of Indian cinema, taking it beyond Indian shores. To be recognized on an international platform is an honour."

Actress and centenarian, Zohra Segal is an acclaimed dancer and actress who has been recipient of the Padma Vibhusan. She has seen a prolific career in theatre, film and dance. Sehgal will receive the ‘Contribution to 100 years of Indian Cinema’ award for her large body of work and the impact she has had on the industry in Singapore.

Said Wizcraft International Entertainment director Sabbas Joseph, "For IIFA, nothing gives us more pleasure than to honour these incredible individuals who have dedicated their life to the progress of Indian cinema and the passion with which they entertain people across the globe. It is through their work that the Indian film industry has grown and we are honoured to be able to recognise their efforts."

The Videocon IIFA Weekend will be held Singapore from 7 to 9 June.

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