Dia Mirza, Ranbir, Karan Johar, Shahid Kapoor announce 19th IIFA

The 19th IIFA is going to kick-start and Bollywood stars Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Kartik Aaryan and Dia Mirza along with filmmaker Karan Johar arrived in the capital to announce the 19th edition of IIFA. This year, the award show will take place from June 22-June 24 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Filmmaker Karan Johar, whose association with IIFA dates back to the year 2000 said, “IIFA is much more than an award ceremony. It has now been entrenched in the DNA of our film fraternity. It goes beyond being just a ceremony of entertainment. It’s industry award that awards excellence on every platform. Also, it’s like an industry holiday. Everyone comes together as a true bonafide film fraternity.”

Talking further about it, he added, “It’s an emotional journey for me. I remember my father (Yash Johar) being the part of the first advisory board of IIFA. He sat diligently in an old school way trying to seat movie stars so that they would get the right placement. From then to the year 2004 when he was awarded the lifetime achievement award, that particular IIFA in Singapore will remain special to me forever. It is that IIFA that I search for on YouTube and listen to the speech I gave for my father. Its that image of me hugging my father that beautifully lies in my memory as that was the last time I hugged him on a public platform.”

This year, the IIFA award ceremony will be hosted by Karan along with Riteish Deshmukh. Divulging details about what can be expected from the lavish event this year, Karan said, “This year we have a very rare appearance of Ranbir Kapoor who last performed in IIFA Bangkok 10 years ago. We have a debutant Kartik Aaryan who has delivered a 100-crore movie and will be hosting the IIFA Rocks event. Just like me, there is glamorous Dia Mirza. Then there is Shahid Kapoor who has been a friend of IIFA and he has been a solid support.”

Ranbir Kapoor will be performing this year at IIFA and the actor chose not to divulge any details. Instead, he said, “I am very nervous when I dance for the live audience as there are no retakes or cuts.” When asked if he gets irritated when someone doesn’t get his or her steps right during the rehearsals, Ranbir very calmly added, “No, when I am rehearsing it’s not only like I am rehearsing for myself. This rehearsal time is also fun time as we discover new steps.” Jokingly, he added, “I rehearse in the hotel room while having a shower, sitting on the pot, eating dinner, I always keep memorising the steps.”

Later in the conference, Karan also mentioned that Salman Khan is the best host. On being asked who hosts the best after parties, Karan revealed, “It’s always Salman Khan, who has the best after parties. He is definitely the man who brings everyone together in one room. So every time there’s IIFA and Salman is there, there’s always a big after party in his room.”