IIFA Awards 2016 Highlights

The biggest celebration of Bollywood leaves its mark on Madrid

Posted: 30.06.16

There are a multitude of awards ceremonies lauding Bollywood and its vast talent, but perhaps the most highly anticipated is IIFA 2016. In its 17th year, what makes IIFA so extraordinary, is that it is held in a different country every year, showcasing the finest of Bollywood on a global platform. This year, Madrid played host to the biggest film industry in the world, which saw the amalgamation of two vibrant and rich cultures, celebrating Indian cinema and Spanish arts. The industry’s glitterati descended upon Madrid to indulge in this esteemed soiree, including the likes of Sonakshi Sinha, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Salman Khan, Dia Mirza, newlyweds Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover, Vivek Oberoi, Ranveer Singh, Boman Irani, Lara Dutta, Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Fawad Khan, Karan Johar, Kanika Kapoor, Sanjay Leela Bhansali just to name a few.

Unforgettable moments on the green carpet were Karan Singh Grover serenading his new bride Bipasha Basu with a romantic Punjabi song and witnessing the natural interactions with the high energy of Ranveer Singh, joined by Karan Johar and handsome Fawad Khan. When we asked Ranveer to point our special neon arrow at the best dressed person in the room, it was none other than Karan Johar. He revealed that Karan’s wardrobe is so extensive, it resembles a museum and the duo sang a hearty ‘Happy Birday to you’ in old school Bollywood style, before ending with Ranveer planting a great big pappi on the cheek of his bestie Karan.

Hosts for the night Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar made quite a peculiar, but comedic entrance sitting atop of donkeys, with an entourage of footballing tricksters and flamenco dancers in true Spanish style. They had the audience in hysterics as they imitated their fellow actors, as well as popular scenes and characters when introducing the acts.

Where there’s Bollywood, there is a good show. Tiger Shroff showed off his moves whilst paying homage to his idols Michael Jackson and Hrithik Roshan, whilst Hrithik himself delivered a power-packed performance featuring all his classics from the beginning. Sonakshi Sinha paid tribute to the wonderful Sridevi, whilst Deepika Padukone become Mastani once again, effortlessly dancing to the stunning soundtrack of Bajirao Mastani, finishing off with an adorable heart gesture and mouthing ‘I love you too’ in the direction of her cheering beau Ranveer Singh. Priyanka Chopra as always delivered a stellar spectacle. The audience was treated to a grand finale by Salman Khan, transporting us through his career, right from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam onwards, before finally being joined on stage by Priyanka, Deepika and Sooraj Pancholi.

Bajirao Mastani stole the show, winning the most number of awards on both nights. When receiving the award for Best Performance as Bajirao, Ranveer Singh moved Sanjay Leela Bhansali to tears with his speech of gratitude to the director. He also returned the public gesture of love, by saying ‘Leela to my Ram. Mastani to my Bajirao. I wonder what you’ll be next. Nothing makes me happier than you Deepika’, in an instance contradicting the recent rumours of their break-up.

Upon winning the Woman of the Year award, Priyanka Chopra made the audience and her fans love her even more, with her heartfelt words of not only gratitude, but also of motivation and power to women and the Bollywood film industry on an international level.

The full list of winners of IIFA 2016:

Best Lyric Writer: Varun Grover for Dum laga Ke Haisha in the film Moh Moh Ke Dhaage
Best Female Playback Singer Award: Monali Thakur for Dum Laga Ke Haisha for the film Moh Moh Ke Dhaage
Best Male Playback Singer Award: Papon for Moh Moh Ke Dhaage in the film Moh Moh Ke Dhaage
Best Music Direction: Roy - Meet Bros, Anjjan, Ankit Tiwari, Amaal Mallik
Best Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterjee for Bajirao Mastani
Best Screenplay: Kabir Khan, Parveez Shaikh, V. Vijayendra Prasad for Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Best Editing: A Sreekar Prasad for Talvar
Debut Male: Vicky Kaushal for Masaan
Debut Female: Bhoomi Pednekar for Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Best Performance in a Comic Role Award: Deepak Dobriyal for Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Best Performance in Negative role Award: Darshan Kumar for NH 10
IIFA Jodi of the Year: Athiya Shetty & Sooraj Pancholi
Best Performance in a Supporting role (Male) Award: Anil Kapoor for Dil Dhadakne Do
Best Performance in a Supporting role (Female) Award: Priyanka Chopra for Bajirao Mastani
IIFA Woman of the Year: Priyanka Chopra
Best Story: Juhi Chaturvedi for Piku
Best Performance in a Leading role (Male) Award: Ranveer Singh for Bajirao Mastani
Best Performance in a Leading Role (Female) Award: Deepika Padukone for Piku
Best Direction: Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Bajirao Mastani
Best Picture: Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Producers - Salman Khan, Rockline Venkatesh

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