Our excitement has no bounds as the celebrations of the biggest event of the year, the 18th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards is all set to begin today, July 13. Most of our Bollywood stars have already arrived in NewYork City. Sushant Singh Rajput, Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor with wife Mira Rajput and daughter Misha, and many others have arrived in NYC.

Salman Khan who left Mumbai on Tuesday can is all smiles as he meets Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan in a bustling New York backdrop. The picture was taken after Salman landed in New York. In another video you can see the starstruck crowd giving Salman a hero’s welcome – which goes to suggest Salman’s popularity ranges well beyond his own country! Salman, Alia and Varun are all set to perform on the occasion as well.

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Salman Khan helps his stepmom Helen ji as they leave for IIFA 2017 together @InstantBollywood

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Salman is also set to make a cameo in Varun’s upcoming film Judwaa 2 which is a sequel to Salman’s 1997 film Judwaa. For the uninitiated, for the first time ever IIFA 2017 is taking place at the MetLife Stadium in New York City. The celebrations would start from today (July 13) with the closing event happening on the 16. The main award night is taking place on July 15.