The 18th International Indian Film Academy Awards are all set to recognise the gems of the Indian film industry while entertaining the audiences in India and abroad as always. The events will take place on 14th and 15th of July with their telecast scheduled for 16th July, 2017.
Karan Johar will be hosting the prestigious awards night. Being the sophisticated emcee that he is, the filmmaker has hosted various events before and is ready to be on stage for the IIFA main event on 15th July. For the IIFA Rocks night to be held on 14th July, Ritesh Deshmukh and Manish Paul will handle the stage.
The award ceremony will be backed by power-packed performances of popular film stars like Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt. Among others, Shahid Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon, etc. will also be seen performing to the musical tunes.
In a press conference, Salman Khan said, “It always feels great to be a part of the IIFA movement and I look forward to the 2017 IIFA Awards.”
Katrina Kaif added to this, saying, “I am really excited and looking forward to performing at the IIFA Awards this year. It is such a great platform that not only showcases the celebration of cinema globally, but also it’s a great opportunity for us to reach out to our fans worldwide.”
Alia Bhatt was also a part of the conference. It is her first IIFA celebration after five years of working in the industry. This is what she had to say about the iconic MetLife Stadium in New York, “As Katrina said, it’s a huge stadium and it has a capacity of 40,000 people. That’s unbelievable. I have already started preparing. I am even going to be dancing in my sleep. I can’t wait to go there and perform for the people. That’s the best feeling ever.”
It is being speculated that Shah Rukh Khan won’t be able to make it to the awards due to his son Aryan’s surgery scheduled at the same time. He got injured while playing football. Aryan graduated in 2016 and is now studying filmmaking in the U.S.
On 14th July, a musical evening celebrating 25 years of A.R. Rahman in the industry, called IIFA Rocks 2017, will be held. The evening will witness a medley of popular musicians including A.R. Rahman, Diljit Dosanjh, Benny Dayal, Javed Ali, Neeti Mohan, Jonita Gandhi and Haricharan Seshadri.
The conceptualisation of the event has been done by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt Ltd. The telecast of the three-days extravaganza will be done by Colors with the title sponsor Nexa, powered by Vivo.