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IIFA Awards 2017: Behind The Scenes Of Bollywood’s Biggest Night

Aug 18, 2017

The biggest night in Indian cinema took place in New York earlier this month. Check out our fave moments as we take you behind the scenes of IIFA Awards 2017, Bollywood’s biggest night.

At the 18th edition of the IIFA Awards, Bollywood’s finest actors were awarded for their work in film for the past year. Taking over New York city were some of the best, from Salman Khan and Saif Ali Khan to Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. The 2017 IIFA Festival New York itinerary began on July 13th with the IIFA press conference at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Sheraton Times Square. This was followed by IIFA Stomp in Times Square, which saw Varun Dhawan dance to his hit song “Tamma Tamma” while Shilpa Shetty, Huma Quereshi and Disha Patani took to the runway for a fashion show. There was also a special bell ringing ceremony at NASDAQ by Sonakshi Sinha.

IIFA Rocks took place the next day as Bollywood stars performed on stage to celebrate legendary musician A.R. Rahman. Day three was the IIFA Awards green carpet followed by the awards show at the Met Life Stadium. The following day saw the closing party. The IIFA awards are one of the world’s most watched shows, spanning an audience of over 800 million people. The Big Apple was filled with desi vibe as thousands of fans dressed to the nines, several in Indian wear, to see some of their favourite stars.

Of course, the Bollywood actors’ fashion-savvy outfits and the hot beauty trends they sported left us green with envy. We put together highlights from the show as well as what the cameras missed but social media didn’t. Also, scroll below to see the complete list of winners.

Salman Khan rocked the stage performing his hit songs.

IIFA Awards 2017: Behind-The-Scenes Of Bollywood's Biggest Night
IIFA Awards 2017: Behind The Scenes Of Bollywood’s Biggest Night: Salman Khan. Photo Credit: instagram.com/iifa/

Varun Dhawan joined Salman Khan on stage and made the crowd go wild.

IIFA Awards 2017: Behind-The-Scenes Of Bollywood's Biggest Night
IIFA Awards 2017: Behind The Scenes Of Bollywood’s Biggest Night: Salman Khan and Varun Dhawan. Photo Credit: instagram.com/varundvn

Katrina Kaif sizzled with her killer moves on stage.

IIFA Awards 2017: Behind-The-Scenes Of Bollywood's Biggest Night
IIFA Awards 2017: Behind The Scenes Of Bollywood’s Biggest Night: Katrina Kaif. Photo Credit: instagram.com/iifa/

Hosts Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan, who were joined by Varun Dhawan, proclaimed “Nepotism rocks!” and made not-so-subtle digs at Kangana Ranaut.

IIFA Awards 2017: Behind-The-Scenes Of Bollywood's Biggest Night
IIFA Awards 2017: Behind The Scenes Of Bollywood’s Biggest Night: Varun Dhawan, Saif Ali Khan and Karan Johan. Photo Credit: instagram.com/iifa/

Anil Kapoor in a candid moment on stage with Karan and Saif.

IIFA Awards 2017: Behind-The-Scenes Of Bollywood's Biggest Night
IIFA Awards 2017: Behind The Scenes Of Bollywood’s Biggest Night: Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor and Kara Johar. Photo Credit: instagram.com/iifa/

Varun Dhawan shut down Times Square to perform for the crowd for IIFA Rocks.

IIFA Awards 2017: Behind-The-Scenes Of Bollywood's Biggest Night
IIFA Awards 2017: Behind The Scenes Of Bollywood’s Biggest Night: Varun Dhawan. Photo Credit: instagram.com/varundvn

Katrina Kaif, who is a newbie to Instagram, shared some photos during IIFA weekend. That weekend happened to fall on her birthday. She shared one post on what she was up to.

IIFA Awards 2017: Behind-The-Scenes Of Bollywood's Biggest Night
IIIFA Awards 2017: Behind The Scenes Of Bollywood’s Biggest Night: Katrina Kaif. Photo Credit: instagram.com/katrinakaif/

Alia Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor won Best Performance in a Leading Role for their work in Udta Punjab. They shared a quick boomerang on Instagram with their fans.

IIFA Awards 2017: Behind-The-Scenes Of Bollywood's Biggest Night
IIFA Awards 2017: Behind The Scenes Of Bollywood’s Biggest Night: Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. Photo Credit: instagram.com/aliaabhatt/

Shahid Kapoor shared boomerang videos and clips of his IIFA rehearsals.

IIFA Awards 2017: Behind-The-Scenes Of Bollywood's Biggest Night
IIFA Awards 2017: Behind The Scenes Of Bollywood’s Biggest Night: Shahid Kapoor Photo Credit: instagram.com/shahidkapoor/

Shahid and Mira were adorable on the green carpet. Here’s a short clip of them goofing around.

IIFA Awards 2017: Behind-The-Scenes Of Bollywood's Biggest Night
IIFA Awards 2017: Behind The Scenes Of Bollywood’s Biggest Night: Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput Photo Credit: instagram.com/missmalini/

IIFA 2017 winners:
Style Icon of the Year: Alia Bhatt
Woman of the Year: Taapsee Pannu
Best Music Direction: Pritam for “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”
Best Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya for “Channa Mereya”
Best Playback Singer (Male): Amit Mishra for “Bulleya”
Best Playback Singer (Female): Kanika Kapoor for “Da Da Dasse” and Tulsi Kumar for “Soch Na Sake”
Best Performance in a Comic Role: Varun Dhawan for Dishoom
Best Performance in a Negative Role: Jim Sarbh for Neerja
Best Story: Ayesha Devitre Dhillon and Shakun Batra for Kapoor & Sons
Best Debutante (Female): Disha Patani for MS Dhoni: The Untold Story
Best Debutant (Male): Diljit Dosanjh for Udta Punjab
Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Male): Anupam Kher for MS Dhoni: The Untold Story
Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Female): Shabana Azmi for Neerja
Best Performance in a Leading Role (Male): Shahid Kapoor for Udta Punjab
Best Performance in a Leading Role (Female): Alia Bhatt for Udta Punjab
Best Picture: Neerja
Best Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury for Pink

Main Image Photo Credit: Instagram

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Marriska is a passionate writer/blogger. Being born and raised in Dubai, this twenty-something is now exploring her new hometown, Toronto.  She has a passion for fashion, entertainment and pop culture. Her portfolio includes a tete-a-tete with Nelly Furtado, Veronica Chail, Hema Malini, Sonu So...

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