Aishwarya's second stage show after Aaradhya's birth

TOIFA (Times of India Films Awards) touted as the Indian Oscars made a grand beginning on Thursday in the Pacific Coliseum of Vancouver, in Canada. The government of British Columbia is reported to have spent $11 million to host the spectacle which included some of the most glittering names of Bollywood. The program was attended by nearly 48000 fans and a total of 400 million viewers tuned in from different parts of South Asia and the world to enjoy some of the best moments of Hindi cinema. The evening was made a memorable one by the celebrity performance. AishwaryaRai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Shahrukh Khan, Anushka Sharma rocked the stage. This is Aishwarya’s second stage performance post Aaradhya’s birth. She recently performed at the Ponds Femina Miss India contest.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan rocked the stage, she danced on 'Maula Mere Maula' from 'Jodha Akbar' choreographed by Shiamak Davar. Despite shoulder injury, Shahrukh Khan performed on hit numbers.

"TOIFA's Musical Extravaganza is a tribute to the legendary Hindi Cinema music that audiences have been cherishing for 100 years now. It's a great way to kick-start the TOIFA celebrations in Vancouver and we are looking forward to a gala weekend ahead," said Vineet Jain, Managing Director, Times of India group. It is a step "for us in getting closer to millions of Indians across the globe", he added.

The grand program started with the hit numbers by Kavita Seth including ‘Iktaara’ and ‘Tumhi ho bandhu’. Mohit Chauhan followed with his haunting romantic ballads like ‘Dooriyan’, ‘Nadan Parindey’, ‘Masakali’ and ‘Pee Loon’. The audience was moved to raptures by the swinging numbers which followed. Sunidhi Chauhan delivered a stellar performance with her ‘Ishq sufiyana’, ‘Aavaiye’, ‘Bin tere’, ‘Halkat jawani’, ‘Te amo’, ‘Babli badmaash’ and ‘Yaram’.

Hip hop India was brought alive on stage by the foot tapping numbers performed by Hard Kaur like ‘Peeney Do’, ‘Char baaj gaye’ and ‘Singh is king’. This was followed by Shalmali Kholgade – she of the ‘Pareshan’ fame – with her ‘Lath Lag Gayi’ and ‘Radha’.

The magic was not yet over. Choreographer Shiamak Davar revisited his days as a singer by singing the track ‘Jaane Kisne’ from his own album. A delightful bonus was the duet by Shalmali Kholgade and Hard Kaur singing ‘Daaru Desi’, ‘Ek glassey’ and the closing act of ‘Gangnum Style’.

The entire program was ably conducted by Neha Dhupia who kept her audience entertained with cheeky one-liners.

The program had attracted huge crowds who braved rain and an inclement weather to come to see some of the legends of Bollywood. Leading names like Anurag Basu, Anushka Sharma, Ranbir Kapoor, Gauri Khan, Urmila Matondkar and Karan Johar graced the opening ceremony while they are shortly expected to be joined by Sujoy Ghosh, Madhur Bhandarkar, Priyanka Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan.