Bollywood fever has gripped New York City! As curtains came down on the 18th edition of the star-studded IIFA Awards at the MetLife Stadium, we saw the who’s who of Bollywood sashay down the green carpet. From Salman Khan to Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt to Bipasha Basu and even Varun Dhawan and Shilpa Shetty, all came dressed to impress.
Interestingly, Wizcraft entertainment is all set to make their foray into film production with a film based on the IIFA awards, co-starring Sonakshi Sinha and Diljit Dosanjh.The duo shot bits of the film on the green carpet and on stage as well. “We just shot a song on stage with this audience of NYC. I’m so happy Wizcraft is into production and I’m going to be there first heroine,” said Sonakshi.
And it’s none other than Salman Khan who has a cameo in the film. We caught Salman, Aditya Roy Kapur and Boman Irani filming scenes in and around the venue. Speaking to India Today at the green carpet Salman Khan said, “I’ve been working since the time I’ve come, I just shot a cameo for Vashu Bhagnani and IIFA. The film is on IIFA so let’s see how that goes. I was just shooting for it right now.”
Hosts Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan took several digs at Queen actress Kangana Ranaut through their act on stage. While they chanted “Nepotism rocks, nepotism rocks…” on loop, KJo yelled “I’m here because of my father, Saif is here because of his mother, and Varun is here also because of his father. What’s the big deal?” The trio then broke into a song and dance on stage to the song, Bole Chudiya Bole Kangana.
As the clock struck 12, we heard the entire MetLife Stadium come alive and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ for Katrina Kaif, who just blushed on stage.
Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt made their debut at the IIFA awards this year. While Varun paid tribute to his film maker father David Dhawan, Alia was a bundle of nerves before her act. After her performance, Alia spoke to India Today TV and said, “I was so nervous, but my performance went very well. The best part was when I went into the audience and ran around the stadium. I was trying to connect with everyone there because at the end of the day we are here because of the fans.”
Meanwhile, Shahid Kapoor has been neck-deep in his commitments which hasn’t really pleased his wife Mira Rajput, who strutted down the green carpet with him. Shahid said, “My wife thinks I’m a boring husband because I’ve been working for the past three days. She’s like, ‘You’ve come all the way and you have no time.’ But having said that we’ll get a couple of days off when IIFA is over. She has been kind to take care of Misha on her own and allow me to take care of my work, but we’re hoping to spend some more time in the coming days.” Mira, on the other hand, has been exploring new York City with her baby girl Misha. “I’ve been taking Misha around, showing her NYC, showing her Central Park and museums. Shahid has joined us on a couple of occasions,” Mira said.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui concluded the evening with his take on award shows. He said, “I don’t believe in awards but it’s good, cause people get motivated to work harder. If you perform only keeping awards in mind, then it’s not good, you get corrupted. You should celebrate awards and then get back to your aukat and start working harder.”