June 14, 2017
Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan will join
the inimitable Karan Johar to host the 18th edition of the
International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in New York next month.
He says they have surprises in store.
Saif said in a statement: "I am happy to be back to the IIFA stage this year as I join my close friend Karan Johar to host the IIFA Awards in New York.
"The excitement for IIFA has been steadily growing worldwide. This year it's going to be super fun and glamorous in every way as Karan and I are going to have lots of surprises in store for our fans internationally."
Bollywood's youth icon Varun Dhawan will make is make a debut at IIFA Awards with a performance and he will be also be seen co- hosting a segment of the star-studded awards night on July 15.
Varun said: "It's going to be a grand celebration and I can't wait to be there."
To be held at the MetLife Stadium, the IIFA gala will be a celebration of Indian film, music, fashion and dance.
It will feature performances by Bollywood stars Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Shahid Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon, to name a few.
A day before the main awards gala, IIFA Rocks will regale the audience with a celebration of 25 years of Oscar winning talent A.R. Rahman. It will also feature a medley of musicians including Rahman, Diljit Dosanjh, Benny Dayal, Javed Ali, Neeti Mohan, Jonita Gandhi and Haricharan Seshadri.
Riteish Deshmukh and Manish Paul will host IIFA Rocks.
Organised by Wizcraft International Entertainment, the excitement for the Bollywood event is already palpable in New York.
This is the second time that the IIFA extravaganza is taking place in the US. It was earlier held in Tampa Bay in 2014.
He also said: "For me to sit down and pen down my struggles and romanticise them, I think it's being ungrateful about the success I've got. But having said that, yes, I think it makes a lot of sense when you achieve something, when you come from no background, like I have... When you come from a different city and without anyone helping out... when things fall right, it just feels nicer."
"It also gives the message to people that if you can work hard, and if you have a bit of talent and you believe in yourself, that's more than enough to achieve your dreams. You need nothing else."