IIFA Awards 2017: Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt join AR Rahman as performers; Dangal not nominated

Double Oscar-winning composer A.R Rahman on Thursday revealed that he will perform at the 18th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend, to be hosted in New York this July.

Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt and AR Rahman. Images from Facebook and News 18

Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt and AR Rahman. Images from Facebook and News 18

"It's special IIFA New York for me. Celebrating 25 years. Come join me at IIFA Festival," Rahman tweeted.

Apart from Rahman, Alia Bhatt, Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Shahid Kapoor, Kriti Sanon and Sushant Singh Rajput will also be performing. This year marks Alia Bhatt's debut at IIFA. It is also the first time that Kriti Sanon will be performing at this award ceremony. Sushant on Wednesday took to Twitter and wrote:' I'm so looking forward to performing IIFA 2017. I started off as a background dancer in 2006 IIFA."

This is the first time that the event will be held in New York, "described as the city that never sleeps". But the IIFA magic was first brought to Tampa Bay in the US in 2014, when stars like John Travolta and Kevin Spacey were in attendance.

The event, "the biggest Bollywood celebration internationally", will be held on 14-15 July at the iconic MetLife Stadium known for hosting National Football League games, major concerts and other entertainment events.

Notably, Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal is not in the nominations of a single category at the award ceremony. The film was also overlooked by the National Film Awards. Andre Timmins, the director of Wizcraft International, revealed that the makers of Dangal had not filed the nomination file sent to the production house. "We would love Dangal to be a part of it. I think it’s a movie that’s broken all records. We love Aamir Khan and the two little girls. They did a great job. But unfortunately, they didn’t send their entry in. We feel sad," he added.

Apart from a plethora of Hindi film stars, southern film stars like Rajinikanth, Nagarjuna, Kamal Haasan, Allu Arjun and Jr NTR are likely to attend too.

(With inputs from IANS)


Published Date: Apr 20, 2017 06:15 pm | Updated Date: Jul 11, 2017 09:33 pm

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