The IIFA Festival in New York is around the corner, promising to be the grandest celebration yet, with performances promised from some of Bollywood’s biggest stars including Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and many others. To reveal some exclusive behind the scenes gossip, Khan was joined by leading ladies Kaif and Bhatt at the official IIFA live video conference in Mumbai which was broadcast to New York, London, Dubai, Chicago and Houston.
BizAsiaLive.com was present at the London press conference to find out more about the exciting IIFA Festival.
Khan was high in spirits as he talked about the IIFA Awards, saying the awards were a part of his family and he felt honoured to be a part of the 2017 IIFA Awards. When asked whether the IIFA Awards would have a tribute performance to the late Reema Lagoo, Khan was emotional. He said: “On screen, Reemaji was my mother but off screen, we were not so far apart in age so we were friends. Reemaji was a friend, I lost a friend of mine and that really hurts me. I loved her and when I see her on screen, I feel like I lost my on screen mother.”
Kaif and Bhatt both spoke about the extensive wardrobe preparations they are going through to ensure that they walk the carpet in confidence. Kaif joked saying “Salman has already started this already, he has already selected his suits and chosen his styles.” Bhatt said: “It is a very important thing, a lot of thought goes into it.”
Bhatt went on to say that she was especially looking forward to the awards as “It is my first time at IIFA. It goes on for three days and I am dying to know what happens behind the scenes. I can’t wait to go on stage and do my best.” Kaif added: “What can you expect from IIFA is the grandest set up as everyone comes together to create the show.”
When Bhatt was asked when she will do a film with Khan, Khan cheekily replied, “I am trying to do a remake of this film that Kishore Kumar did a long time ago called ‘Papa the Great’.” Kaif jumped in to add, “Please leave Alia for Varun (Dhawan) and Salman for me.”
The IIFA Awards are being held in New York and will take place between 13th and 15th July.