IIFA Awards 2012: Zohra Segal, Ramesh Sippy to be honoured

The veteran actor-dancer will receive the lifetime achievement award while the filmmaker will get the outstanding contribution honour

Veteran actor Zohra Segal, who turned 100 last month, and filmmaker Ramesh Sippy will be honoured for their outstanding contribution to Indian cinema at the 13th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards ceremony to be held in Singapore next month. Sippy will be conferred for his outstanding contribution to films. He said in a statement, “I am truly honoured that my work has been recognised on an international platform.” He is known for blockbusters like Sholay and Seeta Aur Geeta.

Zohra, who celebrated her 100th birthday on April 27, is an acclaimed dancer and actor, and has had a prolific career in theatre, film and dance. She will receive the special award for contribution to 100 years of Indian cinema, for her large body of work, and the impact she has had on the industry.

“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,” said Sabbas Joseph, director, Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt Ltd. “It is through their work that the Indian film industry has grown and we are honoured to be able to recognise their efforts,” he added.

The three-day cine event, to be held June 7-9 in Singapore, will feature fashion shows and a musical extravaganza, with all celebrations culminating into a glittering awards presentation ceremony.