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'Kal Ho Na Ho' sweeps Samsung IIFA technical awards

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MUMBAI: Kal Ho Na Ho has bagged six out of 14 of the technical category awards at the Samsung IIFA technical awards section. Other winners include Koi Mil Gaya, Munnabhai MBBS and L.O.C Kargil.

The IIFA award ceremony is to be held at Singapore Indoor Stadium on 23 April 2004.

The technical award winners were decided through voting by the Indian film industry and the results were strictly monitored, collated and tabulated by the internationally reputed audit firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

The unique voting system used in IFFA, involving film industry voting for their peers, is similar only to the Academy Awards.

The IFFA voting weekend was held from 16 to 18 February 2004, at J W Marriott, Juhu, Mumbai. To ensure greater participation, IIFA used mobile voting booths mounted in vans. They also chose different voting processes related to various segments of the film industry, says an official release.

The voting process saw participation of bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, J.P Dutta, Pehlaj Nihalani, Ramesh Sippy and David Dhawan among others.

For the first time, this year's award ceremony is going to be staged at the Lion City Singapore. The IIFA awards has a record of holding the ceremony at some of the world's most picturesque venues.

To be telecasted by Sony Entertainment Television on 23 May 2004, around 1.5 billion people are expected to catch the event on TV.

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