Staff Reporter

To be telecast on June 25 on Star TV The event will be telecast on June 25 on Star Television 14 south Indian films to be screened at the awards this year seven Tamil, four Malayalam and three Telugu films

CHENNAI: "Repeat-uh!" is what they'll be crying this year at the 2006 International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Film Festival, in which superstar Rajinikanth leads the way.

Rajinikanth's Chandramukhi will open the festival at the IIFA Awards in Dubai, to be held from June 15 to 17. It earned over $2.5 million overseas, and has already been released in several countries.

This will be the first time that a south Indian film opens the festival in the seven years of the IIFA Awards, which has been a platform for promoting Hindi cinema globally.

Recently, the Taj Coromandel ballroom buzzed as the likes of Ramesh Sippy (of Sholay fame), actor Madhavan, producer of Chandramukhi Ram Kumar, and director of the film P. Vasu shared the podium at the IIFA press briefing.

Earlier, a casually dressed Abhishek Bachchan sauntered in, chatted with a few people and sauntered out again to catch up with Mani Ratnam on the sets of Guru, currently being shot in Chennai. The only sign that AB's Baby had been there was an autograph scrawled on an IIFA poster.