iForIndia concert highlights: Mira Nair remembers Irrfan Khan, Amitabh Bachchan pays tribute to Rishi Kapoor

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent
May 03, 2020 11:59 PM IST

iForIndia concert highlights: The biggest names of Bollywood are coming together for a concert right from their homes, in a bid to raise funds for Covid-19 relief.

The country is geared up on Sunday for a massive online concert called iForIndia with top Bollywood and global stars, including rock legend Mick Jagger, to raise funds for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It has been organised by filmmakers Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar with Give India.

Amitabh Bachchan talked about his friend Rishi Kapoor who died last week.
Amitabh Bachchan talked about his friend Rishi Kapoor who died last week.

More than 70 of the country’s biggest celebrities -- including cricket captain Virat Kohli and actor Shah Rukh Khan -- as well as international names such as Will Smith and Bryan Adams are set to join the show to be live-streamed by Facebook.


Check out the highlights:

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The concert ended with Shah Rukh Khan’s performance. By the end of the live, the concert had raised almost Rs 3.2 crore. Fans in the comment sections lauded Shah Rukh, Alia, Madhuri and Arijit’s performances. Some artists were also called out for lip-syncing through their segments.

Shah Rukh Khan sings a song, Will Smith shares a message

Shah Rukh Khan sang an entire adorable song about how everything will soon be better. The song was by Badshan and Shah Rukh’s son AbRam joined him for the video. Ranveer Singh performed his song Doorie from Gully Boy. Will Smith talked about how Karan Johar told him about the initiative and he jumped at the opportunity, calling India his second home.

Amitabh Bachchan pays tribute to Rishi Kapoor, Mira Nair remembers Irrfan Khan

Amitabh Bachchan gave a heartfelt tribute to the late Rishi Kapoor in a special message. He talked about how Rishi Kapoor had the walk of his grandfather, late Prithviraj Kapoor. He also talked about how Rishi would never lament his condition and believes that when he died, he must have gone with a smile on his face.

Mira Nair talked about Irrfan, whom she directed in The Namesake. She said that he never did the same thing twice and was always innovative. She also thanked him for all the lives he touched with his work.

Kevin Jonas shares a message, Arjit Singh performs with Pritam

Kevin Jonas with his family.
Kevin Jonas with his family.

Kevin Jonas brought his whole family--wife Danielle and his daughters--to show solidarity with India. Pritam performed his Jo Tum Naa Ho with Arijit Singh. Fans were eagerly waiting for Arijit all evening.

Hrithik Roshan, Alia Bhatt-Shaheen Bhatt sing

Hrithik Roshan sang Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahan and even played the piano. Alia Bhatt and her sister Shaheen sang a lovely song with Ankur Tiwari. They sang Ikk Kudi in their bedroom.

Mick Jagger makes an appeal, Aishwarya Rai chats with her doctor friend

Mick Jagger talked about the plight of daily wage workers and asked viewers to make donations for them. Aishwarya Rai interviewed a doctor friend and asked how the pandemic has affected the healthworkers. Parineeti Chopra sang her song Teri Mitti from Kesari.

Lilly Singh makes appearances, Diljit Dosanjh sings

Lilly Singh made an appearance.
Lilly Singh made an appearance.

Lilly Singh made an appearance in all her popular characters. Her ‘mom’ got confused if Lilly has indeed joined Bollywood. Diljit Dosanjh sang Ikk Kudi. Gulzar recited a few line about staying apart and letting the sunshine in.

Varun Dhawan dances with Shiamak Davar’s troupe, Nick Jonas sings Jealous

Varun Dhawan with dancers.
Varun Dhawan with dancers.
Priyanka Chopra with Nick Jonas.
Priyanka Chopra with Nick Jonas.

Varun Dhawan performed to a medley of songs with many dancers of Shiamak Davar’s troupe. Nick Jonas performed his song Jealous and called India his ‘second home’. He was later joined by Priyanka, who asked fans to donate.

Anushka Sharma and Anoushka Shankar share messages and perform

Anoushka Shankar impressed everyone with a lovely son on her sitar, played in her mother’s garden. Anushka Sharma shared a message about how everyone is suffering due to the pandemic.

Farhan Akhtar sings, Virat Kohli calls essential service workers superheroes

Farhan Akhtar with his band.
Farhan Akhtar with his band.

Farhan Akhtar recited a poem and performed his song Tum Ho Toh with his band. Virat Kohli paid a tribute to all essential service workers and called them superheroes.

Priyanka Chopra talks about the new normal

Priyanka Chopra talked about the new normal we live in. She mentioned how her parents and other family members also worked in healthcare and always put their patients first. She talked about the healthcare professionals getting attacked and asked people to let them do their job without fear.

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas talked about how they visited India for Priyanka and Nick Jonas’ wedding and wish to visit again after all gets better.

Celebs raise Rs 2 crore, Kate Bosworth shares a message

The donations have touched Rs 2 crores in two hours. Hollywood star Kate Bosworth asked fans to donate. Comedian Kapil Sharma joked that those who are not following rules should be allowed to make their own country to do as they like. Dulquer Salman shared a story of a pregnant young woman who was helped by the police during the lockdown.

Kareena-Saif’s message for family time, Vishal-Rekha sing

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor shared a message for fans.
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor shared a message for fans.

Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan shared a message for viewers to stay connected with their families in the difficult time. Filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj and his wife Rekha performed their song O Saathi Re from Omkara. B Praak sang Teri Mitti.

Javed Akhtar recites poem, Abhishek Bachchan asks fans to donate

Lyricist Javed Akhtar recited his poem Bhook, about a man who dies of hunger. He asked people to donate so no one has to die to hunger. Abhishek Bachchan also asked his fans to make a donation]. Singer Harshdeep Kaur sang Ek Onkar and Kabira while also playing the piano.

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan plays a tune, Bhumi Pednekar shares a message

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan performs on his sarod.
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan performs on his sarod.

Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Ayan and Aman Ali Bangash played the tunes of Ekla Chalo Re and Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram. Bhumi Pednekar asked fans to donate but in some really heavy Hindi.

Dia Mirza makes an appeal, Ayushmann Khurrana, Raja Kumari perform

Dia Mirza shed light on the plight of caged animals and how the nature must be cared for. Raja Kumari performed her song dedicated to India. Ayushmann Khurrana recited a poem before singing a few of his songs. His poem was about various countries are pinning blame on different communities and how it might just take an alien invasion to bring humanity together.

Sunidhi Chauhan, Jay Sean sing songs, Kartik Aaryan makes a plea

Sunidhi Chauhan and Jay Sean sang their songs Gun Guna Gana and Main Ta Tere Naal Nachna, respectively. Kartik Aaryan asked fans to donate for those affected by the lockdown. The concert has raised Rs 1.47 crore so far.

Jack Black shares message, Katrina Kaif talks to experts

Jack Black shared a message for Indians.
Jack Black shared a message for Indians.

Hollywood star Jack Black said in a special message that whole world needs to come together in fight against coronavirus. He said he is with India in the fight. Katrina Kaif talked to some experts about India’s policies against the pandemic.

Madhuri Dixit performs with her son

Madhuri performs with her son.
Madhuri performs with her son.

Madhuri Dixit surprised everyone by performing with her son Arin. She sang Ed Sheeran’s Perfect while he took over the piano. Fans were impressed by the mother-son duo. The donations have reached Rs 1.3 crore.

Ustad Zakir Hussain performs for Indian fans

Tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain impressed viewers with an electric performance on the tabla. Vidya Balan addressed the rising cases on domestic violence in the country due to the lockdown.

Sidharth Malhotra appeals viewers to care for animals

Actor Sidharth Malhotra made an appearance with his dog Oscar. He asked people not to mistreat animals and pets during the lockdown and take care of strays as much as possible. Composer duo Ajay-Atul sang a Marathi prayer. The donations have reached Rs 1.2 crore.

Badshah performs Tareefan with Lisa Mishra

Lisa and Badshan performing from their homes.
Lisa and Badshan performing from their homes.

Rapper Badshah got some fun music in with Lisa Mishra. They sang hit songs Tareefan and Genda Phool from their homes. The stars have raises almost Rs 1.06 crore in half an hour.

Twinkle Khanna talks to an expert

Twinkle Khanna talked to Dr Devi Shetty about the impact of the coronavirus on health workers and also the exit strategy once the lockdown ends. Dr Shetty also talked about the castigation of coronavirus patients.

Shreya Goshal sings for frontline workers

Shreya Goshal sang a lovely rendition of Tusse Naaraz Nahin and dedicated it to all those working at the frontline to keep everyone safe. Arjun Kapoor talked about the plight of daily wage workers. He asked viewers to donate for them. Papon sang ‘Yeh Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ from Dum Laga Ke Haisha.

Shabana Azmi shares message of hope, Tiger Shroff sings songs

Shabana Azmi called it heartening to see ‘artists coming together to their bit the world over’. She said she hoped this will lead to a new world order that is in sync with nature. Tiger Shroff sang two of songs--Tehen Ja and Roop Tera Mastana--but put on his dark sunglasses first saying that he feels shy otherwise.

Anil Kapoor shares a message, Shankar Ehsaan and Loy perform

Anil Kapoor shared a message about how everyone needs to be Mr India now for each other. Shankar Ehsaan and Loy performed their hit songs Gallan Gudiyan and Senorita from their respective homes.

Akshay Kumar recites a poem, Aamir Khan-Kiran Rao sing song

Akshay Kumar recited a poem by his friend about achieving the impossible. Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao sang the song ‘Aa Chal Ke Tujhe’.

The concert kicks off

The show kicked off with a video montage of people from several parts of the country. Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar introduced the concert as India’s largest home-to-home concert.

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