IIFA 2017

IIFA 2017

The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) organises an annual awards show to honour talent from Bollywood. The awards ceremony is held in a different country each year and is one of the most celebrated award shows originating from India. In fact, it is the first major Bollywood awards show to be held outside the country and brings the diaspora together. Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan was associated with the IIFA Awards as its brand ambassador for 10 years, before being replaced by superstar Salman Khan. The IIFA 2017 or IIFA Awards 2017 were held in New York from July 13-15. The IIFA Awards 2017 winners include Best Film for Neerja, Best Actor (Male) - Shahid Kapoor for Udta Punjab and Best Actor (Female) - Alia Bhatt for Udta Punjab. Actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh won the IIFA Best Debutant - Male award for Udta Punjab, while the Best Debutant - Female award went to the pretty Disha Patani for the biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story. Here is the 18th IIFA Awards winners list:

Best Film: Neerja
Best Actor (Male): Shahid Kapoor for Udta Punjab
Best Actor (Female): Alia Bhatt for Udta Punjab
Best Female Playback Singer – Kanika Kapoor for Udta Punjab and Tulsi Kumar for Airlift
Myntra Style Icon Award – Alia Bhatt
Best Lyrics - Amitabh Bhattacharya for Channa Mereya - Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Best Music Direction – Pritam for Ae Dil Ha Mushkil
IIFA Woman of the year – Taapsee Pannu
Best Performance in a Negative Role – Jim Sarbh for Neerja
Best Debutant - Female – Disha Patani for M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
Best Debutant - Male – Diljit Dosanjh for Udta Punjab
25 Years Of Musical Contribution: AR Rahman
Best Performance in a Comic Role – Varun Dhawan for Dishoom
Best Performance in a Supporting Role Male – Anupam Kher for M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story.

For the past few years, the IIFA Awards has been spread through three days, with the IIFA Rocks and the IIFA Weekend ceremonies before the main IIFA Awards night. IIFA 2017 was the 18th IIFA Awards ceremony and was hosted by Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan as well as filmmaker Karan Johar. The main IIFA Awards 2017 had performances by B'town's favourite actors Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Kriti Sanon, Shahid Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput and many more. IIFA 2017: Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt And Varun Dhawan Are All Smiles As They Meet Up In New York.

By Shweta Parande

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