IIFA Awards took over the city of New York with a dazzling awards show bringing together the biggest names of Bollywood in celebration of Indian Cinema on global platform, the Awards was held at the iconic MetLife Stadium at New York, USA. This year the IIFA Awards stage saw Bollywood’s most dynamic duo- Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan host India’s most awaited awards ceremony.

The show kicked off with Alia Bhatt performing on the Awards stage for the very first time since her debut in Bollywood five years ago. The night featured spellbinding  performances by Bollywood superstars- Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Shahid Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon, to name a few.

Bollywood’s Youth Icon, Varun Dhawan performed on the IIFA Awards stage with a stunning performance celebrating his father’s legacy in Bollywood. This year, IIFA presented the Woman of the Year Award to actress Taapsee Pannu and The Myntra Style Icon to Alia Bhatt. The award night included legendary actor Anil Kapoor and Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO – Viacom18 honoring A.R. Rahman for his illustrious career and work as they celebrated his 25 years in the industry.

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The IIFA Awards Winners:

         Best Picture- Neerja

         Best Story- Ayesha Devitre Dhillon, Shakun Batra (Kapoor & Sons)

         Best Performance in a comic role- Varun Dhawan (Dishoom)

         Best Direction- Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury (Pink)

         Best Actor in a leading role Female- Alia Bhatt (Udta Punjab)

         Best Actor in a leading role Male- Shahid Kapoor (Udta Punjab)

         Best Lyricist- Amitabh Bhattacharya (Channa Mereya)

         Best Music Director-Pritam (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

         Best Negative Role- Jim Sarbh (Neerja)

         Best Playback Singer Female- Kanika Kapoor (Udta Punjab- Da Da Dasse) and Tulsi Kumar (Airlift- Soch Na Sake)

         Best Playback singer Male- Amit Mishra(Ae Dil Hai Mushkil- Bulleya)

         Supporting Actor  Female- Shabana Azmi (Neerja)

         Supporting Actor Male  Anupam Kher (M.S. Dhoni)

         Myntra Style Icon Award-Alia Bhatt

         Woman of the Year- Taapsee Pannu

         Best Debut Male- Diljit Dosanjh (Udta Punjab)

         Best Debut Female- Disha Patani(M.S. Dhoni)

Journey Begins : IIFA Weekend & Awards in New York Unveils More Surprises as They Announce IIFA Stomp, Shuruaat Gala Dinner & FICCI- IIFA Global Business Forum! The enthusiasm is palpable across the world as To highlight the upcoming IIFA Weekend and Awards in the Big Apple, the legendary musical genius A.R. Rahman was joined by Bollywood youth icons Kriti Sanon & Sushant Singh Rajput at an official IIFA press conference held in PVR Director’s Cut, Ambience Mall in New Delhi.

Bollywood descends in NY for the 18th edition of IIFA WEEKEND AND AWARDS.

Journey Day 1-Event 1: The 18th Edition of the IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) Weekend and Awards began with an Official Press Conference held at the Metropolitan Ballroom at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel. The conference was attended by leading notable figures and members from the media, eminent Bollywood stars Salman Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon, Varun Dhawan among others were in attendance as they welcomed the Biggest IFA ever in New York. IIFA inaugurated its festivities by ringing in the Nasdaq stock exchange bell at Times Square, thus marking the globalization of Indian cinema.

Journey Day 1- Event 2:  IIFA Stomp in Times Square! In the center of the city charming host Siddharth Kannan welcoming New Yorkers and tourists for events kicking off with the music and fashion welcome party- Myntra presents IIFA Stomp at Times Square on 13th July. Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan showcased his dancing skills at IIFA Stomp alongside DJ Amann Nagpal, Electronica icon B.R.E.E.D, DJ Nasha, as they raised the excitement with their unique music. Another facet to IIFA Stomp is a glamorous Fashion Show right in the heart of the city! Myntra presented its collection with show-stoppers Bollywood actresses’ Dia Mirza and Taapsee Pannu. Leading ladies Shilpa Shetty, Neha Dhupia and Disha Patani were show-stoppers for Shane and Falguni Peacock collection presented by NEXA and a Jewelry collection presented by Gitanjali by designer Sonaakshi Raaj with Huma Qureshi as the showstopper. In addition, Myntra  announced the MOGO much logo launch featuring a 10 minute performance by the talented multi-instrumentalist Karsh Kale.

Journey Day 1-Event 3: the 18th edition of the IIFA Weekend and Awards also introduces the first-of-its-kind “Shuruaat Gala” Dinner IIFA Societal Innovation Summit, a charity fundraiser organized by IIFA in association with The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF) at The Pierre in New York. As star studded evening, Shuruaat Gala Dinner at IIFA shall bring together the biggest celebrities from Bollywood and leaders from business, philanthropy, media, education and Arts.

Journey Day 2 Event -1 : A business networking platform is to be held on July 14th at the Asia Society Auditorium in New York, the FICCI- IIFA Global Business Forum 2017, in which powerful minds come together to address global issues. The FICCI- IIFA Global Business Forum supported by Asia Society and US- India Business Council (USIBC) aims to be a space for the growth of business between India and USA focusing on the central theme of “India and United States: Partners in Progress for the World”. The FICCI- IIFA Global Business Forum will address the India-US commercial relationship, with panel sessions focusing on the future of India-US Economic Partnership, Defense and Security, Manufacturing, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Media & Entertainment.

Anil Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarn,  Tulsi Gabbard, FICCI President Pankaj Patel and Anil Agarwal, Vedanta Resources has Address Forum. 

Journey Day 2 Event -2: IIFA Rocks Celebrates A.R. Rahman’s 25 years! IIFA transformed the MetLife Stadium with much fanfare and revelry as the hosts Riteish Deshmukh and Manish Paul brought their charismatic personalities for the musical spectacle! Multi-talented Bollywood star Diljit Dosanjh beginning the celebrations with a complete feast for the senses. Musical genius A. R. Rahman gave a mesmerizing 90 minute performance alongside a first time medley by Hariharan, Kailash Kher, Mika Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Jonita Gandhi, Neeti Mohan, Javed Ali, Kamaal Khan and Haricharan Seshadri among others.

Journey Day 3: Green carpet and next day final award ceremony

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