IIFA 2018 set to take place in Bangkok

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor


IIFA fever returns to Bangkok, Thailand exactly after a decade with the 19th edition of the NEXA IIFA Awards styled by Myntra. Bangkok would play host to a mélange of glitz, glamour and Bollywood’s finest talent, global dignitaries, world media, Indian cinema fans and enthusiasts from across the globe at the highly anticipated star-studded weekend from 22nd and 24th June, at the reputed Siam Niramit Theatre.

To reveal key highlights about the upcoming IIFA festivities, Bollywood bigwigs Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar, Dia Mirza, Shahid Kapoor and Kartik Aaryan were joined by notable dignitaries at the Official IIFA Press Conference in Delhi today.

IIFA Awards is all set to take place at the gem of Bangkok’s entertainment scene, the grandiose Siam Niramit, which is adorned by Thailand’s heritage, art and culture and hosts the country’s most-popular theatre production and a must-see show.

Fans of the biggest celebration of Indian cinema will see the rising star Kartik Aaryan and the talented Ayushmann Khurrana host the vibrant IIFA Rocks 2018. The star-studded NEXA IIFA Awards would be hosted by Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh who are all set to mesmerize the audiences with their charismatic energy.

The first set of performers revealed for the NEXA IIFA Awards include swashbuckling performances by Bollywood megastars Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor. The organisers shared that over the next couple of weeks more performers would be revealed.

Commenting on the occasion, Karan Johar said, “I was privileged to be at the Millennium Dome in London when the IIFAs were born and I’ve participated in the journey across the world. My father and I have been part of the IIFA Advisory Board and share the passion to take Indian cinema across the world. The impact of the IIFAs can be felt in the growth of distribution and film incentives in key markets around the globe. I wish the IIFAs well and more power to the organizing team of Wizcraft.”

Sharing his thoughts, Ranbir Kapoor commented, “IIFA Bangkok holds a very special place in my heart, I won the best debutante award at IIFA 2008 in Bangkok. The 19th Edition of IIFA Weekend And Awards is going to be a great one and I am eager to connect with my fans and look forward to giving a power-packed performance.”

Expressing his excitement, Shahid Kapoor said, “IIFA has always been close to my heart and it its 19th year IIFA is all set to recreate memories in Bangkok for the second time. I am thrilled to be performing at the spectacular awards night and what better venue than the treasured Siam Niramit.”

Kartik Aaryan added saying, “I am excited to debut as a host at IIFA Rocks this year. As an actor, you always want to be a part of something as big as IIFA, whether to perform or host. IIFA certainly gives you the biggest audience to entertain with your performance and I look forward to hosting a great show. Like every Bollywood fan, I too am looking forward to IIFA Bangkok”.

Andre Timmins, Director- Wizcraft International, the producers and creators of the IIFAs said, “We are pleased to be taking IIFA back to Bangkok after 10 years. IIFA has grown over this decade and we are excited to celebrate the grandeur and excitement in Amazing Thailand. Vibrant Bangkok is the perfect host to welcome and embrace the spirit of Bollywood like no other and it’s a pleasure to see Thailand welcome IIFA with open arms for the second time. IIFA continues the endeavour to build bridges between countries, communities and cultures and increase businesses such as tourism, wedding and MICE among others for host destinations.”