The first day of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Voting Weekend, witnessed several members of the Indian Film Fraternity come forward to cast their vote for IIFA Awards 2012. The period 30th March – 1st April 2012 marks the 13th year celebrations of the IIFA. Amongst those who came in, were Dia Mirza, Arbaaz Khan, J. P Dutta, Ramesh Sippy, Parineeti Chopra, Vidyut Jamwal, Arjan Bajwa and the cast of Housefull 2.
The cast of Housefull 2 – The Dirty Dozen appeared to vote for the 13th IIFA Awards, with Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Asin, Shazahn Padamsee and Zarine Khan addressing the press today. The film is the second star studded installment in the Housefull franchise. The director, Sajid Khan voted alongside the cast.
The voting weekend is largely restricted to individuals who are a part of the film industry and not for the public at large. This ensures that the nominations derived are credible. The turnout by the industry was phenomenal, as IIFA is one of the only Awards ceremonies for which the industry turns out collectively and in full force to cast their vote.
Every year, Academy members and the Film Industry are invited to cast their votes and shortlist nominations in the category of the Popular Awards. The Technical Award winners and the Popular Award nominations are derived from the voting weekend. Till now, over 1000 industry stalwarts, actors, directors, producers, technicians and composers and others have come forward to cast their votes, which decide nominations for the awards.