Style Icon of the Year: Alia Bhatt Woman of the Year: Taapsee Pannu Best Music Direction: Pritam for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Best Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya for Channa Mereya Best Playback Singer (Male): Amit Mishra for Bulleya Best Playback Singer (Female): Kanika Kapoor for 'Da Da Dasse' and Tulsi Kumar for 'Soch Na Sake' Best Performance in a Comic Role: Varun Dhawan for Dishoom Best Performance in a Negative Role: Jim Sarbh for Neerja Best Story: Ayesha Devitre Dhillon and Shakun Batra for Kapoor & Sons Best Debutante (Female): Disha Patani for MS Dhoni: The Untold Story Best Debutant (Male): Diljit Dosanjh for Udta Punjab Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Male): Anupam Kher for MS Dhoni: The Untold Story Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Female): Shabana Azmi for Neerja Best Performance In a Leading Role (Male): Shahid Kapoor for Udta Punjab Best Performance in a Leading Role (Female): Alia Bhatt for Udta Punjab Best Picture: Neerja Best Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury for Pink
Since it launched in 2000, with its very first edition held at the Millennium Dome in London, the International Indian Film Academy Awards — known as IIFA — has been an important milestone for the Indian film industry. Over the years, it has grown to become one of the splashiest and most extravagant awards events ever, to commemorate Indian cinema.
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Best Director award goes to Aniruddha Row Chowdhury for Pink.
Since it launched in 2000, with its very first edition held at the Millennium Dome in London, the International Indian Film Academy Awards — known as IIFA — has been an important milestone for the Indian film industry. Over the years, it has grown to become one of the splashiest and most extravagant awards events ever, to commemorate Indian cinema. It has developed into the 'IIFA Weekend' — a time when every Bollywood celebrity worth his/her salt jets off to whatever international location the event is set in that year, and on the agenda is a mix of business and pleasure. Stars meet with their fans, walk the red — sorry, green — carpet, perform on stage, and also tuck in some time to kick back and unwind.
IIFA 2017 saw the scene of action move to New York (the 2016 edition had been held in Madrid). While there's already been a plethora of glitzy events and star-sightings — including the IIFA Rocks performance by AR Rahman that brought the house down (no sign of the ingrates who attended his Wembley concert and demanded refunds because the majority of the songs were in "South Indian", thank goodness) — the real business of the week will be the awards show held on the evening of Saturday, 15 July (the wee hours of Sunday morning for us in India).
And the evening promises to be an interesting one indeed.
On the anvil are performances that bring Bollywood's best to the stage, with hosts Saif Ali Khan and Karan Johar providing the lively commentary for the show.
The stars at IIFA 2017
And then of course, there are the awards themselves — meant to honour the most outstanding films and performances of the previous year.
The Best Actor nominee list has heavyweights like Salman Khan (for Sultan), Shah Rukh Khan (Fan) and Amitabh Bachchan (Pink) as well as Shahid Kapoor (Udta Punjab) and Sushant Singh Rajput (MS Dhoni: The Untold Story). The Best Actress nominations include Anushka Sharma (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil), Alia Bhatt (Udta Punjab and Dear Zindagi), Sonam Kapoor (Neerja), and Taapsee Panu (Pink). We predict a two-way fight between Sonam and Alia for the top prize.
Meanwhile, vying for Best Film will be Neerja, Udta Punjab, Sultan, Pink, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.
Who will triumph at IIFA 2017? What will turn out to be the best moments from the show?
Stay tuned with Firstpost; we're bringing you LIVE updates, as IIFA 2017 unravels in New York City.