Ayesha Takia to walk the ramp at IIFA

Mumbai, May 29 (IANS) The charming and bubbly Bollywood actress Ayesha Takia will walk the ramp for designer friend Vikram Phadnis at the ninth International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, starting June 6 in Bangkok.

"I will be there for Vikram Phadnis, who is a very close friend of mine. He has designed some exclusive collections and it will be great fun to be there for him. Besides, I am also excited for my film 'De Taali'," Ayesha told IANS.

Seen in films like "Socha Naa Tha" and "Sunday", Ayesha will also promote her forthcoming film "De Taali" at IIFA.

"IIFA is a great platform where people from various parts of the world get to see a film. It opens the film to the whole world. I think this is an ideal platform to showcase and promote a film. I am very excited about it," she said.

Directed by Eshwar Niwas and produced by Ravi Walia, the film is about love and friendship and presents Ayesha in a different incarnation along with Aftab Shivdasani, Ritiesh Deshmukh and Rimii Sen.

Explaining her role, the actress said: "I play a tomboyish character for the first time in the film. My character is very close to Aftab and Ritiesh," Ayesha said.

The three day IIFA weekend will start with the premiere of Ram Gopal Varma's "Sarkar Raj". The political thriller brings together Amitabh Bachchan, who is also the brand ambassador of IIFA, his son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai.

The event is expected to draw Bollywood fans to Bangkok from around the region.

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