20th IIFA Awards held in Mumbai, simulcasted on Facebook

To share the details of the entertainment fare on the Nexa IIFA Awards, actors Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh addressed the media in New Delhi along with the key partners and producers of the Awards ceremony.

In its 20-year journey across the world, IIFAs was staged for the first time in Mumbai this year — the heart of Bollywood. The unforgettable star-studded night left Mumbaikars and global fans screaming for more, spell-bound by the extravagant celebration and the participation of the superstars of Indian cinema.

In a first-time-ever partnership with any international Awards ceremony, Facebook — the world’s leading social media and social networking platform — will stream the Nexa IIFA Awards as a simulcast along with COLORS. The Nexa IIFA Awards-Mumbai is co-presented by Fortune Refined Soyabean Oil.

Addressing at the event, Actor, Sara Ali Khan, said “IFA homecoming edition has been a remarkably special experience for me! I’ve always wanted to be able to attend IIFA, perform at IIFA and one day, even be nominated and win at IIFA! I still remember when my father would travel for IIFA and take me with him, but not let me attend the function. But this year, IIFA has been held in our home. It’s also the first time I’m attending, performing and have been nominated. I’m thankful to IIFA for this opportunity.”

Commenting on the occasion, Actor, Rakul Preet Singh said, “IIFA as a platform has inspired the next generation of talent to put forward their best. IIFA homecoming was a special feeling and the event was a splendid success that brought the film fraternity and fans come and celebrate together.”

Addressing the media, Wiz Sabbas Joseph, Co-Founder, Director, Wizcraft International said, “IIFA is a global celebration with a mission to bring people and cultures together. We are always grateful for the support that we’ve received from our film industry and the fans of Indian cinema. After travelling across the world, we were extremely delighted to celebrate the 20th edition of the IIFA journey in the home of Hindi Cinema, our very own Mumbai city.”

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The NEXA IIFA Awards night witnessed the best of Bollywood coming together to honour their peers and celebrate with fans. Attended by the most celebrated personalities of B-town, the audience was mesmerized by the power-packed performances comprising the ever-energetic Ranveer Singh followed by the stunning Katrina Kaif, the IIFA debutant star Sara Ali Khan, the effervescent Aayush Sharma, National Award-winning Actor Vicky Kaushal, the Dancing Diva Madhuri Dixit and the Dabbang of Bollywood, Salman Khan. The awards presentation ceremony is hosted by the talented real-life sibling duo Ayushmann Khurrana and Aparshakti Khurrana.

Viewers and fans will see some incredible interaction : Superstar face-off between Salman and Ranveer Singh, “Bromance” by Shahid-Ishaan-Ayushmann-Aparshakti; chemistry of Ranveer-Deepika; innocence and freshness of Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Aditi Rao Hydari; student and maestro: Madhuri and Saroj Khan among other crazy don’t miss moments that are otherwise seen behind closed doors.

Mallick – Deputy CEO Adani Wilmar Ltd said, “We are happy to be associated with the iconic event IIFA, for the past few years. Our association has been fruitful resulting in an emotional connect with our consumers and has also delivered substantial brand equity to our company’s products. We wish IIFA enduring success for many more years to come!”

Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki India said, “The automotive industry has moved beyond ‘Retail Experiences’. It is about privileges now. From innovations to hospitality, the entire journey has become more evolved and indulgent. And NEXA’s association with IIFA awards is a wonderful testament to that fact. We are happy to take our relationship with IIFA into its fifth year.”

Nina Elavia Jaipuria, Head – Hindi Mass Entertainment and Kids’ TV Network, Viacom18 said, “IIFA 2019 is a beautiful culmination of moments, performances and tributes that truly celebrate the spirit of Bollywood. We are delighted to present to the viewers of COLORS and COLORS Cineplex from across the world, a night that they will cherish for years to come. IIFA, yet again fulfils the promise of presenting and nurturing the best of Indian cinema and we take immense pride in being associated with this property.”

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Manish Chopra, Director and Head of Partnerships, Facebook India said, “Social media has changed the way audiences discover, consume and share entertainment content. We have seen people form some of the most vibrant communities around Bollywood on Facebook and Instagram. We are excited to partner with IIFA, giving fans around the world a chance to get closer to stars and artists, by bringing them stories and other original content produced by the IIFA team.”

Woosh Washing Expert detergent for the third consecutive year has partnered with IIFA to promote the cause of gender equality with the campaign “Barabari Ghar Se Shurru”, Tata Tea Gold as the Brand Partner, EaseMyTrip.com as the Travel Partner.

Yogesh Jain, Director at Woosh Washing Expert, said, “We take immense pleasure and pride in announcing our partnership with IIFA for the 3rd consecutive year as a Cause Partner supporting the cause of ‘Barabari Ghar Se Shuru ⁠— Equality Begins At Home’.”

Puneet Das, VP Marketing ⁠— Tea (India), Tata Global Beverages Ltd, said “Tata Tea Gold is proud to associate with IIFA as a brand partner on their 20th Anniversary as it was being hosted for the first time ever in India in the home of Hindi Cinema. IIFA is synonymous with Indian cinema and over the years has stood for the ‘Gold standard’ of celebrating Indian Cinematic achievements. Likewise, Tata Tea Gold stands for a ‘Gold standard’ in tea drinking experience with its rich taste and an irresistible aroma.”

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