After the starry Shanghai green carpet, star power only increased at the green carpet of IIFA Rocks at the Esplanade, Singapore. Fans lined up hours in advance to catch a glimpse of the stars, who came for the fashion and musical night, with star performances.
Bipasha Basu, Sonakshi Sinha, Ranbir Kapoor and Vivek Oberoi were some of the new faces on the green carpet.
No award, but three speeches
On hosts Ayushmann Khurrana’s and Chitrangda Singh’s request, actor Parineeti Chopra, who was on stage to give away an award, gave three award speeches — one as her character Dimple from Ladies vs Ricky Bahal, one as in Ishaqzaade, and one as Parineeti. “Dimple would have said, ‘Mujhe toh pata tha award mujhe hi milega par thank you’. My character in Ishaqzaade would have said, ‘Shukr hai mujhe deeya varna main goli maar deti,’ And Parineeti would say, ‘It’s amazing. Thank you,’ she said before breaking into a step from her song, Pareshaan, from Ishaqzaade.
Ayushmann asked Sonakshi to teach him her number Chinta Ta from Rowdy Rathore and then got her to do bhangra with him. Sporty Sona took off her heels and danced with the actor and gave away the award shoeless. The actor praised her recent hit Rowdy Rathore’s director-choreographer saying, “Everyone says Prabhu Deva is strict and is a taskmaster par woh potential dekh ke nachaate hain,” she said.
Ranbir comes in green socks; offers sperm to Ayushmann
Ranbir Kapoor was greeted with the loudest hoots when he came on stage. The actor was asked to emulate Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor on stage. “Meri family mujhe peetegi. Yeh tauheen ho jaayegi.” (My family will beat me up. This will be disrespectful) And then the actor said, “Salim, Anarkali ko chunva do.”
When Ayushmann asked him to fold up his trousers to sing Kisi Ki Muskurahton to imitate Raj Kapoor, the actor folded up his trousers to reveal green socks and the auditorium burst into laughter. “Pretty socks, Ranbir,” Ayushmann said.
The actors then danced to Rishi Kapoor’s Yeh Paisa and even to Kareena Kapoor’s Bebo Main Bebo.
Ayushmann also said to Ranbir, “Main baby steps leke industry mein aa raha hun.” To this, Ranbir said, “Aapki last film se bahut babies hue hain.” When Ayushmann further said, “Aapke sperms bahut demand mein hain”, Ranbir said: “Address de dena, ghar pahucha dunga.”
Singing? No way!
The hosts also tried to get the filmwallas to sing. “Sing a song according to your mood,” Ayushmann told the audience, and walked up to filmmaker Zoya Akhtar. “Im hungry,” she said, describing her mood. “Bhookh se related koi gaana gaaen,” Ayushmann said. “There’s no amount of money you can pay me to do this,” Zoya said and passed the singing job to Dibakar Banerjee, who saying, “mujhe baksh do,” asked Mika to sing. The singer then belted out the title track of Dibakar's film, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye.
Fashion meets Bollywood
Fashion designers Varun Bahl, Masaba Gupta and Suneet Varma put up a fashion show at the event. While actors Nargis Fakhri and Vivek Oberoi were the showstoppers for Bahl, Shazahn Padamsee, Dia Mirza, Aditi Rao Hydari and Zoa Morani walked the ramp in outfits inspired by the IIFA logo and the sun. Bipasha Basu was the showstopper for Varma and walked in a pink sari-style stress.
Actors Shahid Kapoor in a tuxedo and Priyanka Chopra in a silver white gown, opened the event with a performance on their song Uff from Teri Meri Kahaani, which they are promoting at IIFA.
Model-actor Gauhar Khan came on stage on a charpaai and danced to the songs, Wallah, Chokra Jawan and Duniya Mein Logo Ko.
Singer Mika performed on his songs Pyaar Ki Pungi, Tu Mera Hero, and Chinta ta. “You can love, me, hate me, but you can’t ignore me,” he said at the end of his performance. Singer Shafqat Amanat Ali sang his songs Mora Saiyaan, Bin Tere and the title track of Tum Mile.
Actor Neha Dhupia took the stage with a guitar and danced to Dhunki and Aye Bachhu. The actor, was joined by her Maximum co-stars, Sonu Sood and Hazel Keech, and grooved to Aa Ante Amla.
Singers Hari Haran, Usha Uthup and Lesle Lewis paid a tribute to 100 years of cinema by singing songs from all decades, from Hawa Mein Udta Jaaye to Yeh Dosti, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge to 3 Idiots.
Music composers Vishal-Shekhar ended the event with a bomb as they sang a medley of their songs, Sheila Ki Jawaani, Chammak Challo, Ooh La La, and Bharat Mata ki jai, complete with dhols and umbrellas and the audience applauded and hooted.
ZNMD makes a clear sweep
Zoya Akhtar’s film, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara swept the technical awards with wins in five categories. The best editing award went to Anand Subaya and best sound mixing to Anuj Mathur and Baylon Fonseca, While Bosco-Ceaser got the award for best choreography, best screenplay went to Zoya and Reema Kagti, and best cinematography to Carlos Catalan.