10 Things to expect from IIFA 2017


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— IIFA Awards (@IIFA) July 3, 2017

One of the Bollywood's Biggest award ceremony is coming to New York this year and we couldn't be more excited! When we think of IIFA Awards, we think of IIFA as just a day event. But we have fun-filled entertainment event lined up from this 13th July till the 16th for you to have non-stop Bollywood extravaganza! So here are 10 things to expect from this year's IIFA.
IIFA Weekend Press Conference
Time: 4pm-5:30pm
Venue: Metropolitan Ballroom – Sheraton Times Sq.
FICCI-IIFA Business Forum
Time: 9am-5pm
Venue: ASIA Society Building
IIFA Awards Green Carpet & IIFA Awards
Time: 6pm-8pm
Venue: Metlife Stadium
IIFA Closing Party
Time: 4pm – 11:30pm
Venue: La Marina
IIFA Stomp (Musical & Fashion Show)
(Open to public)
Time: 6pm-8pm
Venue: Times Square
IIFA Rocks Green Carpet
Time: 6pm-8pm
Venue: Metlife Stadium
IIFA Awards
Time: 8pm-12pm
Venue: Metlife Stadium
IIFA Re-peat Telecast: 6pm on COLORS
Shuruaat Gala Dinner
Time: 7pm-10pm
Venue: Pierre Hotel
IIFA Rocks Green Carpet
Time: 8pm-12pm
Venue: Metlife Stadium
IIFA Telecast: Live on COLORS from NewYork at 9am
IIFA Merchandize: Available at Metlife Stadium and online from 13th onwards.

1) IIFA Awards (Main Event) : The NEXA IIFA Awards Powered by VIVO is among the most coveted and highly anticipated award celebration that honors the very best of Indian Cinema with the highest level of achievement seen through the glamorous IIFA statuette. IIFA Awards 2017 to witness power-packed performances by Bollywood superstars, Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Shahid Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon, to name a few. Tickets here

Saif Ali Khan and Karan Johar would host the upcoming NEXA IIFA Awards Powered By VIVO at the iconic MetLife Stadium. Bollywood's Youth Icon, Varun Dhawan is all set to make a debut at IIFA Awards with a stunning performance and will be also be seen co- hosting a segment of the star-studded awards night.

So, Bollywood lovers from New Jersey talk about who they think should win!

Some of the nominations are:

Best Picture:
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
M.S Dhoni

Best Performance in leading roles(female)

Anushka(Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)
Alia(Dear Zindagi / Udta Punjab)
Sonam Kapoor(Neerja)
Tapsee Panoo(Pink)

Best Performance in leading roles(male)

Shahid Kapoor
Ranbir Kapoor
Shahrukh Khan
Sushant Singh Rajput
Amitabh Bachan
Salman Khan

To see all nominations of this year in all categories: IIFA Nominations

2) IIFA Rocks: IIFA Rocks, the unique musical event this year has elevated the anticipation as the show will celebrate the illustrious career and work of Musical Maestro A.R. Rahman as he celebrates 25 years in the industry. On 14th July 2017, the stadium shall transform into a dazzling musical extravaganza featuring a number of surprises and megastars all on one stage as the Multi-talented Bollywood star Diljit Dosanjh will kick start the performances. A never-seen-before medley and energetic performances from Hariharan, Kailesh Kher, Mika Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Jonita Gandhi, Neeti Mohan, Javed Ali,Haricharan Seshadri and Kamaal Khan among others will be seen with the legendary artist A.R Rahman at IIFA Rocks. Bollywood’s Riteish Deshmukh and Manish Paul will host the sensational global event. Tickets here

3) IIFA Green Carpet: Similar to red carpet of Oscars, the green carpet will have many stars walk down dazzling in their attires.

4) IIFA Stomp: Times Square is all set to be abuzz with a free-for-all public entertainment at Myntra presents IIFA Stomp to be held on July 13th. IIFA Stomp is all set to build the momentum of the 18th Edition of Lycamobile Presents IIFAFestival New York with an entertaining mix of fashion, music, dance and more! The IIFA fever is set to grip Times Square as Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan will be showcasing his DJ skills at IIFA Stomp! Electronica icon B.R.E.E.D, DJ Nasha, DJ Amann Nagpal and Karsh Kale will raise the IIFAStomp party with their unique beats for the audience. Furthermore, IIFA Stomp will present the best of fashion and style with a glamorous Fashion Show right in the heart of the city! The lineup features Bollywood’s star siblings- Shraddha and Siddhanth Kapoor as show-stoppers for the NEXA collection by Shane and Falguni Peacock, Designers Shane & Falguni Peacock will also present rising Bollywood star Disha Patani, Myntra’s Fashion Show shall be opened by the talented actress Dia Mirza with Tapsee Pannu as the showstopper.

5) The FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum : 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, which will see powerful minds coming 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- IIFAGlobal 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, Entrepreneurship and Media & Entertainment.

6) Shuruaat Gala Dinner : Another interesting facet to Lycamobile Presents IIFA Festival, is a the introduction of the first-of-its-kind Shuruaat Gala Dinner, a charity fundraiser organized by IIFA in association with The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF) on Day 1, 13th July at the The Pierre in New York. A star studded evening, Shuruaat Gala Dinner at IIFA shall bring together the biggest celebrities from Bollywood, and leaders from business, philanthropy, media, education and the Arts. It aims to provide a platform to contribute and raise awareness for Women Empowerment, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation issues. The Gala hosted by IIFA in association with tGELF shall feature a silent auction in which proceeds for the same shall go to support the work for global education innovation.

7) IIFA Official Closing Party: Opening closing party for the biggest weekend in Bollywood with biggest Bollywood DJ's and tons of invited celebrities / celebrity friends. Tickets here

8) IIFA Merchandize: A treat for the fans worldwide, International Indian Film Academy Awards launches the brand new line of Official IIFA Merchandise partnered with New York based Easy Partners, a boutique licensing and merchandising company. The eye-catching IIFA Merchandise includes a diverse range of T-Shirts, Caps, Key Rings, Hooded Sweatshirts, Tote Bags, Magnet, Ticket Holders stylized with IIFA’s logo and Mugs showcasing IIFA 2017 in New York available exclusively on the IIFA website on https://www.jsrdirect.com/webstores/iifa as well as at the famous MetLife Stadium during IIFA Rocks on July 14th and IIFA Awards on July 15th.

9)IIFA on Air: The 18th Edition of IIFA Awards will air exclusively LIVE on COLORS from New York at 9 AM and repeat at 6 PM on 16th July 2017, Sunday. The NEXA IIFA Awards Powered by VIVO will air LIVE exclusively on Saturday, July 15, starting at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT in North America and the Caribbean on cable, satellite and digital Pay Per View via in Demand, Vubiquity, DISH and DIRECTV in the USA, Bell, Rogers, SHAW, SaskTel and Telus in Canada, along with the Flipps App and web site www.IIFAAwardsppv.com in both the USA and Canada. The suggested retail price is $39.95. The live telecast is distributed exclusively via Integrated Sports Media.

10)New York / New Jersey the city

New York is a city of entertainment / food / creativity / arts whereas when it comes to the view of the Hudson with the Skyscrapers, New Jersey is a place to head to from the other side. To read my previous posts on New York, click here

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