IIFA Rocks 2016 Roundup

IIFA kicked off with a host of rocking performances and moments…

Posted: 29.06.16

IIFA in Madrid began with IIFA Rocks, the technical awards, recognising the talent and hard work behind the scenes. It was a glamorous evening, which even featured a fashion show by designer Vikram Phadnis with celebrity showstoppers, Dia Mirza, Bipasha Basu, Karan Singh Grover, Athiya Shetty and Sanjay Dutt parading the catwalk superbly.

Hosts Fawad Khan and Karan Johar, along with Manish Paul, did a fine job at humouring the audience, with one particularly candid and memorable moment, when Fawad quoted some romantic shayari to Deepika Padukone on stage. Deepika was so blown away, she went down on one knee in praise and awe of him, whilst the crowd whistled and whooped at her gesture.

The finest names in Bollywood attended the evening, including Anil Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Anupam Kher, Farhan Akhtar, Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra and so many more. Our favourite quote witnessed at the green carpet (to be eco-friendly) has to be from Nargis Fakhri who answered Haroon from the BBC Asian Network’s question of whether she is motivated to do more after a hit film. She replied: ‘How do you know I’m motivated to do more?! Haha, that’s so funny! …But I’m not normal. I’m very different!’ That sassy lady has so much swag! Another glorious moment was when three musketeers Aftab Shivdasani, Riteish Deshmukh and Vivek Oberoi fell into their comedic characters of their forthcoming film Great Grand Masti.

It was the perfect opportunity to blend two rich cultures and one such rare and beautiful moment was when musician Pritam performed alongside a traditional Spanish band, creating a harmonious blend of authentic Spanish instruments and tones, with the stunning vocals of a local singer to the melodies of Bollywood’s popular tracks.

The audience was entertained with musical performances by singers and musicians Neeti Mohan, Kanika Kapoor, Benny Dayal, Monali Thakur, Pritam, Diljit Dosanjh, Papon and Meet Bros. Shilpa Shetty looked in impeccable shape as she gave her first live thumka-tastic dance performance in nine years, featuring an impressive record breaking number of continuous thumkas. There were also spectacular dance performances by Sooraj Pancholi, Ameesha Patel, Daisy Shah, Parineeti Chopra, Mouni Roy and Zarine Khan.

It was refreshing to see the unique talent and global endeavours of Freida Pinto being recogised, as she won the award for International Icon.

Here is the full list of IIFA Technical Awards 2016:

Sudeep Chatterjee (Bajirao Mastani)

Kabir Khan, Parveez Shaikh, V. Vijayendra Prasad (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku)

Sreekar Prasad (Talwar)

Production Design
Saloni Dhatrak, Sriram Iyengar, Sujeet Sawant (Bajirao Mastani)

Remo D’Souza (Pinga) (Bajirao Mastani)

Sham Kaushal (Bajirao Mastani)

Sound Design
Bishwadeep Chatterjee & Nihar Ranjal Samal (Bajirao Mastani)

Song Engineer
Tanay Gajjar (Deewani Mastani) (Bajirao Mastani)

Sound Mixing
Ajay Kumar PB (Badlapur)

Background Score
Sanchit Balhara (Bajirao Mastani)

Special Effects (Visuals)
Prasad Sutara – NY VFX Walla (Bajirao Mastani)

Costume Designing
Anju Modi & Maxima Basu (Bajirao Mastani)

Vikram Gaikwad (Kangna Ranaut as Datto) (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)

Fariha Sabir 

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