18th IIFA 2017: Star Studded Night Dedicated To Indian Cinema

A R Rahman performing at IIFA 2017
A R Rahman performing at IIFA 2017

IIFA 2017 was an amazing night to remember for music as Grammy and Oscar winner A R Rahman gave a sensational performance at the IIFA event. The 25 years of A R Rahman’s journey has been appreciated at the International Indian Film Academy Awards event.

Along with A R Rahman Punjabi super star actor singer Diljit Dosanjh, Javed Ali, Neeti Mohan, Jonita Gandhi, Haricharan Seshadri, Benny Dayal also performed at the event. The Oscar winning hit track of A R Rahman “Jai Ho” was the opening song on the stage and the amazing lighting system was a treat to the eyes.

Rahman’s amazing number Nadaan Parinde which he sang with Mohit Chauhan and other a few fantastic numbers with Neeti and Hariharan such as ‘Agar Tum Saath Ho’, ‘Dil Hai Chhota Sa’ and ‘Bin Tere Jeena’.

Shahid and Alia
Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt won the Best actor Male and Best actor Female for the movie Udta Punjab

Punjabi super star Diljit Dosanjh sang his own songs ‘Ek Kudi’ from the movie Udta Punjab and his own album’s song ‘Patiala Peg’ and also another Punjabi sensation singer Mika rocked the stage with his own funky swag. “I am feeling very happy and proud that he (referring to A R Rahman) called me here. Make some noise for Rahman Sir. Love You All.”

Rahman also performed some of his Tamil songs such as ‘Urvashi Urvashi’ and ‘Huma Huma’. Rahman thanked everyone for their love and support throughout the career of his 25 years and he felt really honored that he contributed the 25 years to music.

Diljit Dosanjh
Diljit Dosanjh receiving award for Best Debut Male Actor  for the movie Udta Punjab

“I think it was kind of IIFA to invite me and celebrate my 25 years in the industry. I loved performing, even though it was raining. I love the way people received it against all the odds. We were actually terrified because it was raining and our instruments were all wet. The band was actually courageous and people were very supportive. We enjoyed the concert and that gave us the energy to perform” Rahman said in an interview.

Here is the list of winner at 18th IIFA 2017

Best Film: Neerja

Best Director: AnirudhRoy Chaudhary for the movie Pink

Best Actor Male: Shahid Kapoor for the movie Udta Punjab

Best Actor Female: Alia Bhatt for the movie Udta Punjab

Best Performance in a Supporting Role Female: Shabana Azami for the movie Neerja

Best Performance in a Supporting Role Male: Anupam Kher for the movie M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story

Best Debut Male: Diljit Dosanjh for the movie Udta Punjab

Best Debut Female: Disha Patani for the movie M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story

Myntra Style Icon Award: Alia Bhatt

Best Female Playback Singer: Tulsi Kumar for the movie Airlift and Kanika Kapoor for Udta Punjab

Best Performance in a Negative Role: Jim Sarbh for the movie Neerja

Best Actor in a Comic Role: Varun Dhawan for the movie Dishoom

Best Music Direction: Pritam for the movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Best Playback Singer Male: Amit Mishra for the movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Best Lyricist: Amitabh Bhattacharya for the song Channa Mereya from the movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Woman of the Year: Taapsee Pannu for the movie Pink

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