Strong Indian presence at Golden Globe Awards

LOS ANGELES: Indians are all set to make a grand showing at the Golden Globe Awards.

Anil Kapoor, Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto, stars of Slumdog Millionaire, along with composer, AR Rahman, will be attending. The saga of a Mumbai slum-dweller who goes on to wins Rs 20 million on Who Wants to be a Millionaire TV show, has garnered four top Golden Globe nominations, including one for Rahman in the Best Original Score category.  

As has already been reported by Businessofcinema.com, Shah Rukh Khan will be presenting an award at the Golden Globes. Accompanying him at the awards will be his wife Gauri Khan and producer – director Karan Johar.

Khan, who is shooting on location in Los Angeles for Johar’s film My Name is Khan, has accepted the invitation.

Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan along with Johar will walk the red carpet before proceeding into The Beverly Hilton hotel where the awards function will be held.

Johar said from his hotel in Los Angeles that it was an honor to be a part of such a global platform. Indian movies have come of age and are being recognized around the world, he said. "It is fantastic that an icon of Indian cinema has been invited to present an award (at the Golden Globes). Shah Rukh has contributed tremendously to the growth of our industry," he added.

Khan, who could not be reached for comment, was recently named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most powerful people in the world. He was the only film star on that list.

The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be telecast live in India on UTV World Movies at 9 am on Monday morning.

"The Hollywood Foreign Press Association contacted Khan last week when it learned from Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles director Christina Marouda that he was currently in town," said Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Noel de Souza.

"The association thought it would be interesting to have an Indian star when Slumdog Millionaire has so many nominations and India is coming into the forefront of the (global) media today," de Souza said.  

Khan will join several renowned Hollywood presenters already announced including Martin Scorsese, Glenn Close, Laurence Fishburne, Pierce Brosnon, Sandra Bullocks, Jessica Lange and Jennifer Lopez.  

Khan may be presenting an award in a category in which Slumdog Millionaire is nominated, de Souza said early Saturday evening. He said the association had yet to confirm what award Khan would be presenting.

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