Movie showman Karan Johar who has a favourite amongst ZEE officials is returning to present the LIC ZEE Cine Awards for the third consecutive year.

The spectacular event, which now in its ninth year is being dubbed as the grandest celebration of Hindi cinema. The LIC ZEE Cine Awards 2006 will be held this Saturday (4th March), at Swami Vivekananda International Convention on the Scenic Island, Mauritius.

Speaking at the launch of LIC ZEE Cine Awards 2006, Punit Goenka, Director, ZEE Telefilms said Our focus to take ZEE Cine Awards to the international platform is to showcase the best of Indian Cinema to the world. With ZEE Cine Awards we will be able to provide the impetus for the crossover of Indian Cinema to global audiences and delight the Indian diaspora with the grandest celebration of Indian cinema۝.

LIC ZEE Cine Awards 2006 will witness some scintillating performances from the biggest names in Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Abhisekh Bachchan, John Abraham and Ritiesh Deshmukh. The gorgeous ladies of Hindi Cinema – Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherji, Priyanka Chopra, Dia Mirza, Malaika Arora and Amrita Arora are all set to enthrall the audience and make the evening more grandeur.

Along with Karan Johar, this year’s magnum affair will be co – hosted by Arjun Rampal, Mallika Sherawat, Konkana Sen Sharma and Gulshan Grover.

Biz Asia was the first to reveal the ZEE Cine Awards event details earlier this year and then last month, we went on to announce the full nominations before they were published anywhere else in the world.

The LIC ZEE Cine Awards will be shown on ZEE TV UK with the Red Carpet Event at 20:00, followed by the Main Event at 20:30.