IIFA 2018 did Justice to Cinema Legendsby Opinion Express June 26, 2018 0 comments
For IIFA 2018, all the top actors of cinema came together to award each other’s works and celebrate on 24 June in Bangkok. The event did justice to our cinema legends.
Bollywood took over Bangkok’s Siam Niramit theatre and transformed it with its tinseltown magic for the annual International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards on Sunday.
The 2,000-seater theatre saw thousands of fanatics coming to the event to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars. A string of A-listers like Ranbir Kapoor, Varun, Arjun, Kriti Sanon, Bobby Deol, who’s making a comeback, and Shraddha set the stage on fire with their power-packed and electrifying performances. Varun danced on numbers like Sau Tarah Ke, Tama Tama, and High Rated Gabru. Bobby danced with Romanian TV presenter and singer Iulia Vantur on numbers like Gupt Gupt, Soldier soldier, Tera Rang Balle Balle and tracks from his latest release Race 3. Kriti, Arjun and Shraddha also danced to tracks from their films respectively.
The award function honoured late actors Vinod Khanna, Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi. Late Sridevi’s producer-husband Boney Kapoor took the award for her performance in Mom as best actress. Receiving the award from actress Kriti Sanon, a teary-eyed Kapoor said, “I dedicate this award to the entire team of Mom. I have mixed emotions today. I miss her every minute and second of my life. I still feel she is around here. I want you all to support Janhvi like you supported her mother.”
Khanna’s award was accepted by veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy. Rishi Kapoor accepted Shashi Kapoor’s award.
Actor Irrfan Khan was named the best actor for his remarkable work in Hindi Medium .
The story of an ambitious and enterprising housewife, Tumhari Sulu, bagged the best picture honour while Saket Chaudhary took back the best director award.
Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has dedicated his best supporting actor honour to his Mom co-star Sridevi. “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with the first female superstar Sridevi and I dedicate my award as a tribute to her,” Nawazuddin tweeted on Monday, a day after the IIFA Awards ceremony here.
Veteran actor Anupam Kher was honoured with the “outstanding achievement” award. And true to his grain, he dedicated the award to strugglers who try and find their feet without a godfather. “Thank you IIFA for honouring me with the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Cinema’ award. I really feel honoured and energised. Thank you Bangkok for your love, warmth and hospitality. I dedicate this award to all the struggling actors who have to make it without godfathers,” he tweeted the morning after. He has featured in over 500 movies in his career, which has seen him work across theatre, television and film media. “It is a great feeling when your own peers celebrate your achievements and as I have been saying, this is just the interval point of what I am doing and my second half of journey starts now. It started with my 500th film. I told myself this is the interval point with The Big Sick. After that I have done 15 films in the last year, both international and national,” he added.
Composer Amaal Mallik, who bagged the best music director award for his work in the film Badrinath Ki Dulhania, said. “The feeling of winning an award is always special as it boosts one’s drive to strive harder and better one’s craft. I’m so honoured to have won my first ever IIFA award for the two songs (Roke na ruke naina and Aashiq surrender hua) which happen to be so dear to me in such different ways.” The award couldn’t have come at a better time for him as his parents also celebrated their anniversary on the same day. “They’ve probably been the reason why I am holding this award in my hand. Their teachings about and beyond the world of music happen to be the decisive factor behind all the good things that have happened to me in my life,” he said. “It was my dad’s dream that I do a Dharma film some day. When an artist’s intention is to only go out there and make an honest song, from his heart, seeing it pay off, it is possibly the most humbling feeling ever.”
Aashiq was a joyride for Amaal. “Having the chance to lend my vocals and see it getting the kind of response it got was nothing but overwhelming to me. This award only means that I’ll backpack a bigger set of responsibilities to entertain you in several ways, always,”he said.
Dancing to the tunes of Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya to Salam-E-Ishq Meri Jaan, veteran actress Rekha left everyone smitten here with her grand finale performance. Known for her elegance and twinkle toes, Rekha, 63, looked stunning in a powder pink anarkali bedazzled with silver zari work as she performed live on stage after two decades. She brought alive the 1981 film Umrao Jaan as she swayed effortlessly on numbers like Dil Cheez Kya Hai and In Aankhon Ki Masti. She also danced on numbers from the 1960 film Mughal-E-Azam like Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya and Thare Rahiyo from Pakeezah.
After the original Khoobsoorat actress finished with her 20-minute performance, the audience and celebrities were left asking for more and gave her a standing ovation. Actors like Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Kartik Aaryan went on stage to do an encore of Salaam-E-Ishq with her. “After sharing the stage with these great actors today, I have become a better actor and a better performer after the stardust has rubbed on me,” she said.
The 19th edition of IIFA was hosted by Riteish Deshmukh and Karan Johar.
Courtesy: The Pioneer