Soha, Kangana to perform at Bollywood Awards

MUMBAI: Bollywood actors like Soha Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut will make their debut performances at this year’s Bollywood Awards Ceremony, which will be held on 26 May 2007 at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island.

Rang De Basanti’s Soha and Gangster’s Kangana have confirmed their participation in this year’s event.

Soha, daughter of yesteryear actress, Sharmila Tagore, and cricketer, Nawab of Pataudi, and sister of Saif Ali Khan, will be performing to a medley of musical hits. In addition to acting in a number of light-hearted and candy floss romantic films, she has also been critically acclaimed for her performances in Rituparno Ghosh’s Antar Mahal and Rakesh Mehra’s Rang De Basanti.

Kangana entered the Indian film industry with her portrayal of a bar dancer in Gangster and of a mentally-ill Parveen Babi in Woh Lamhe. She has also signed Suneel Darshan’s Shaka Laka Boom Boom and Anurag Basu’s Metro, which are slated for release later this year. At the Star Screen and GIFA Award ceremonies, Ranaut bagged the Best Debut Awards.

Also making their American-debut performances are Omkara’s Vivek Oberoi and TV actor Mona Singh (of Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi fame), who will also emcee the Awards ceremony.

“First-time performers always invigorate our Awards by putting their best into their acts. As always, this year’s Bollywood Awards will feature a mix of new and experienced performers, making for a varied and exciting experience for the viewer,” said Bollywood Awards vice president Rajiv Dandona.

The performers announced thus far for the Bollywood Awards this year include Akshay Kumar, Vivek Oberoi, Arjun Rampal, Urmila Matonkar, Neha Dhupia, Soha Ali Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Mona Singh, Raghav, Pakistani actress and singer Shahida Mini. Also attending will be Danny Glover, Phylicia Rashad, Anupam Kher, Suresh Oberoi, Upen Patel, Rajkumar Hirani and Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN.