Saturday, June 09, 2007

The Train kicks off IIFA

Stars of the new thriller The Train left London on Wednesday afternoon on a specially commissioned train to Yorkshire to celebrate the film's world premiere.

The movie, which stars Emraan Hashmi, Geeta Basra and Sayali Bhagat, marks the start of the 2007 Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards which is also attracting the likes of Shilpa Shetty and Amitabh Bachchan.

The Train is being premiered at Cineworld Castleford in Bradford on Thursday night, a venue which will also be showing 22 classic Indian films leading up to the awards which are taking place on Saturday.

"It's a great platform to promote my film to an overseas audience," said the film's star Emraan Hashmi.

"These are my first overseas releases, one is Train and subsequently at the end of the month there is another film releasing, which will be premiering and releasing world wide, so it's great that it got a platform where the entire industry is coming to Yorkshire and there's going to be a huge population that's going to be see the films, so I'm very excited about it."

Hashmi plays the role of man that works at a Bangkok Ad agency. "He's a married man, he has a daughter, it's a relationship which is on the verge of a divorce and there is an extra-marital affair in the film but the entire film is a very relationship based film, it's got really intense relationships and a complete thriller which is there in the second half," said Hashmi.

The Train launches the five-day star-studded event which is expected to attract up to 28,000 visitors and will be broadcast around the world. The main awards ceremony will take place at Sheffield's Hallam FM Arena.


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