IFFA (International Indian Film Academy) Awards, the granddaddy of them all to honor B-town celebs is back with its 18th edition in New York. The Bollywood’s star-studded event is ready to witness the madness from July 14 to July 16. And for the first time ever, the IIFA extravaganza will be aired exclusively LIVE from MetLife Stadium, on COLORS channel at 9 am and repeat at 6 pm, on Sunday, July 16.

The Bollywood stars have already flown to New York to mark their presence at the awards. Filmmaker Karan Johar, Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor along with Mira and Misha, Rajat Kapoor and Manish Paul have reached the city which never sleeps.

IIFA 2017 feels a bit different this year as it also celebrates 25-years of Oscar winner Bollywood music composer AR Rahman in the industry. Here’s all you need to know about IIFA 2017:

AR Rahman at IIFA 2017

AR Rahman at IIFA 2017 (Courtesy: Indian Express)

Host for IIFA Rocks

Host for IIFA Rocks (Courtesy: Indian Express)

IIFA Rocks – July 14

This year pre-celebration of IIFA will celebrate 25 years of Oscar winning and Bollywood’s very own music composer AR Rahman. The show will feature a medley of musicians including Rahman, Diljit Dosanjh, Benny Dayal, Javed Ali, Neeti Mohan, Jonita Gandhi and Haricharan Seshadri. The event will be hosted by Riteish Deshmukh and Maniesh Paul.

Varun Dhawan, Saif Ali Khan and Karan Johar at IIFA Award PC

Varun Dhawan, Saif Ali Khan and Karan Johar at IIFA Award PC (Courtesy: IANS)

IIFA Main Event- July 15

Karan Johar, Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan will entertain us from the dais as they will anchor the extravaganza. IIFA will also feature the performances by Bollywood stars like Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon, to name a few. Varun will also be releasing the song of his upcoming film Judwaa 2, “Oonchi Hai Building” on the IIFA stage.

Alia Bhatt, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif at IIFA Award PC

Alia Bhatt, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif at IIFA Award PC (Courtesy: IANS)

Where to watch it:

The award show will be exclusively aired on the channel Colors at 9 am and repeat at 6 pm, on Sunday, July 16.

Here are the main nominations at IIFA 2017:

Best Film
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
MS Dhoni: The Untold Story
Neerja
Pink
Sultan
Udta Punjab

Best Actor in Leading Role (Male)
Shahid Kapoor- Udta Punjab
Ranbir Kapoor- Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Shah Rukh Khan- Fan
Sushant Singh Rajput- M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
Amitabh Bachchan- Pink
Salman Khan- Sultan

Best Actor in Leading Role (Female)
Anushka Sharma- Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Alia Bhatt- Dear Zindagi & Udta Punjab
Sonam Kapoor- Neerja
Tapsee Pannu- Pink

Best Director
Karan Johar- Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Neeraj Pandey- MS Dhoni: The Untold Story
Ram Madhvani- Neerja
Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary- Pink
Ali Abbas Zafar for Sultan and Abhishek Chaubey for Udta Punjab

Best Supporting Actor (Male)
Rajat Kapoor- Kapoor and Sons
Rajkummar Rao- Aligarh
Rishi Kapoor- Kapoor and Sons
Anupam Kher- MS Dhoni: The Untold Story
Amitabh Bachchan- Wazir

Best Supporting Actor (Female)
Shabana Azmi- Neerja
Andrea Tariang- Pink
Ratna Pathak Shah- Kapoor and Sons
Disha Patani- MS Dhoni: The Untold Story
Richa Chadha- Sarbjit

Best Actor in Negative Role
Neil Nitin Mukesh- Wazir
Shah Rukh Khan- Fan
Jim Sarbh- Neerja

Best Comedian
Varun Dhawan- Dishoom
Jimmy Shergill- Happy Bhag Jayegi
Rishi Kapoor- Kapoor and Sons

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