Katrina Kaif may have captivated and scandalized in equal measure with her raucous gyrations in ‘Chameli’ and ‘Sheila’ but it seems organizers of Bollywood’s biggest viewer’s choice awards only have eyes for a less than obvious choice to burn up the stage at the 2012 edition of the Zee Cine Awards: Vidya Balan.
The equally captivating and immensely talented Balan, who was the toast of Bollywood for her outstanding performance as South Indian starlet Silk Smitha in ‘The Dirty Picture, will raise a toast to India’s southern sirens at the awards ceremony which will be held in glitzy, glamorous Macau this year. The inimitable style of the queens of South Indian cinema will be brought to life by Balan in the highlight of the awards ceremony in a move that aims to bridge the chasm between Bollywood and its counterpart in South India and celebrate the wonderful variety of Indian cinema as a whole.
“My performance this year at the Zee Cine Awards will be inspired by the immensely entertaining styles of some of the most iconic southern sirens including Silk. Let’s hope the audience has as much fun as I do when I perform live at The Venetian Macao!” said Vidya. Ms Balan is also a hot contender in the Best Actress category at the ’12 awards ceremony for her uncompromising, electric performance in ‘The Dirty Picture. She is up against Priyanka Chopra for Saat Khoon Maaf, Kareena Kapoor for Bodyguard, Kangna Ranaut for Tanu Weds Manu and Katrina Kaif for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
In the men’s category, Hrithik Roshan, Ajay Devgan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor will be vying for the Best Actor honors.
Quite apart from Vidya Balan’s performance there are a number of other surprises in store for fans at the Zee Cine Awards 2012; chief among which is a dancing tribute by Shahid Kapoor to the late Dev Anand. Hosted by the Don-2 duo – Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra – the Awards are set to attract a record audience of 600 million Bollywood fans from across the world.
Enjoy the sneak peak Curtain Raiser and Red Carpet free on Zing, Sky 789 and the main extravaganza on Zee TV, Sky 788.
– Poonam Joshi