The Bollywood Movie Awards 2007 for outstanding achievements and performances in Indian cinema reeled out top Bollywood stars and outstanding performances on May 26 at the Nassau Coliseum in New York. The film extravaganza drew thousands of people from all over the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean; all eager to see their favorite stars be honored and perform at the magnum opus.
The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the popular Mona Singh of ?Jassi Jassi Koi Nahi? and ?Jhalak Dikhla Jaa? fame. She kept the audience enthralled and engaged throughout the event with her witty jokes on Bollywood current affairs. Performers throughout the evening included Soha Ali Khan, Urmila Matondkar, Neha Dhupia, Arjun Rampal and Bipasha Basu, who all performed to medleys of their greatest hits. Raghav from the UK, Shahidi Mini and Warig Baig from Pakistan, and Rick Ramdehal from the Caribbean also performed their hit songs.
The evening included a recorded welcome message from Donald Trump. He congratulated the Bollywood Group Chairman, Kamal Dandona, and his son Rajiv, for building bridges between Hollywood and Bollywood and praised their spectacular productions, previously held at his Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. Attendees such as Rajkumar Hirani, Kirron Kher, Sikandar Kher, Bipasha Basu, Arjun Rampal, Kangana Ranaut, Vikram Chatwal, Danny Glover, Mira Nair, Neha Dhupia, Urmila Matondkar, Phylicia Rashad, Upen Patel, Bradley Cooper (Alias and Wedding Crasher star) and Sony Entertainment Television Asia?s Executive Vice President, International Business, Rajan Singh lined the front row.
The highlight of the evening was Vivek Oberoi?s debut performance in the United States. His dramatic entry, standing on an electric trolley, rolling through the aisles of the audience, geared up his fans for his powerful presentation that lasted almost thirty minutes. His set included performances from his biggest hits, skits, and interactions with fans. For the finale, he pulled his OMKARA co-star, Bipasha Basu, from the audience onto the stage to dance to their popular number, ?Beedi Jalaye?.
Mira Nair received the Pride of India Award for her body of work that has made her a household name around the world. The Bollywood Group recognized that through her work, she proudly revels in her rich Indian heritage, making the world celebrate India along with her.
Danny Glover, Hollywood actor best known for his roles in the ?Lethal Weapon? franchise, also received a special award, the Outstanding Contribution to Global Entertainment award. While humbly accepting his honour, clad in a pink embroidered kurta pajama, he spoke of his desire to receive an ?opportunity to work in Bollywood.?
LAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI director, Rajkumar Hirani picked up the awards for Best Director and Best Film, attesting to the widespread popularity of ?Gandhigiri? outside of India. Hirani is shooting the sequel, MUNNABHAI CHALE AMRIKA, and disclosed that he wrote much of the three scripts while he was in Ohio.