MacroTraveller has officially been invited to IIFA Awards as an official Blogger, and here I was in Bangkok last week. We were presenting OnePlus India as an Official content partner and Zimson Watches as styling partner!
The most celebrated awards and celebration gala of The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) 2018 was kicked off with colorful celebrities in a fashionable green carpet held on Sunday night (June 24, 2018) at Bangkok, Thailand. Amazing and overwhelming performing of our stars made that night, heaven!
Ever since its debut in 2000, the IIFA gala has been annually exhibiting the prowess of Bollywood, celebrating the magic of Hindi cinema on foreign shores. The event has been held at picturesque locales like Johannesburg, Amsterdam, Dubai, Colombo, Toronto, Singapore, Tampa Bay, Kuala Lumpur and New York.
IIFA Awards 2018: The three-day event of Bollywood was a great mashup of stellar performances and memorable moments.
The hosts of the night, Karan Johar, andRiteish Deshmukh were as usual charming and enigmatic as they took over the stage to announce the winners and performers. But perhaps, the show-stopper of the magical night was Rekha. After what seemed like’s ages, veteran actor Rekha took to the stage to deliver a performance that was in equal parts lovely and nostalgic. She enthralled the viewers by presenting her act which took the audience on a trip to the golden years of Hindi cinema.
The big night also saw the stars delivering some stellar performances on the stage. Varun Dhawan, Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Kartik Aaryan burnt the dance floor. Bobby Deol, who recently made a comeback to the big screen after a gap of five years with Race 3, performed on the film’s song “Party Chale On.” The event also saw Kriti Sanon and Lulia Vantur taking the audience on an entertaining ride. But perhaps the highlight of the event was Anil Kapoor, Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh dancing to Veere Di Wedding’s “Tareefan.”
The IIFA Awards 2018 also paid tribute to late actors Sridevi and Shashi Kapoor. Anupam Kher was also honoured with an IIFA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema, therefore acknowledging his considerable contribution the field of arts. The Style Icon of the Year was awarded to young star Kriti Sanon.
Here’s a list of IIFA Awards 2018 winners:
- Best Picture– Tumhari Sulu
- Best Direction– Saket Chaudhary (Hindi Medium)
- Best Actor in a Leading Role – Female– Late Sridevi (Mom)
- Best Actor in a Leading Role – Male– Irrfan Khan (Hindi Medium)
- Best Supporting Actor – Female– Meher Vij (Secret Superstar)
- Best Supporting Actor–Male– Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Mom)
- Best Story – Amit V Masurkar (Newton)
- Best Debut Director– Konkona Sen Sharma (A death in the Gunj)
- Best Music Direction– Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi & Akhil Sachdeva (Badrinath Ki Dulhania)
- Best Playback Singer Female– Meghna Mishra (Main Kaun Hoon – Secret Superstar)
- Best Playback Singer Male– Arijit Singh (Hawayein – Jab Harry Met Sejal)
- Best Lyrics– Manoj Muntashir (Mere Rashke Qamar – Baadshaho)
- Style Icon Award– Kriti Sanon
- Next IIFA give away winner– Arjun Kapoor
Other highlights are: Stars Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon and others also made the IIFA to the core and well. Riteish Deshmukh entered the venue in Ranveer Singh’s Alauddin Khilji getup from the movie Padmaavat.
Bobby Deol and Iulia Vântur set the stage on fire by their stunning performance. Kriti Sanon, Shraddha Kapoor, and Arjun Kapoor danced well in the night.
The second day of IIFA was a quieter affair as Bollywood stars such as Ranbir Kapoor and Varun Dhawan had a meet-and-greet session with their fans. Varun even danced on his hit tracks, much to the delight of his fans. Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher, and Dia Mirza also spoke on the need of preserving and nurturing the rich cinematic culture of Indian cinema. All in all, the three-day IIFA event was as big, rich and fun as one could have hoped.
The IIFA Awards 2018 will air on Colors TV in July. It will also be available for streaming on Voot.