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IIFA Awards 2022 in Abu Dhabi: new performers and stars announced for rescheduled event

Written by The Frontier Post

David Tusing

Bollywood stars Ranveer Singh, Varun Dhawan and Parineeti Chopra have dropped out of their scheduled appearances at the Indian International Film Awards in Abu Dhabi owing to scheduling conflicts. The star-studded event, which was to have been held on May 20 and 21, was postponed following the death of Sheikh Khalifa.

The event will now be held on June 3 and 4 at the Etihad Arena on Yas Island.

The IIFA Awards, which celebrate the best of Hindi films and stars from the previous year, is returning to the UAE for the first time since 2006, when they were held in Dubai.

The IIFA Weekend & Awards, which are typically held over two days, will feature performances by some of the biggest Indian stars, with the main awards handed out on the second night.

Here’s everything you need to know about the rescheduled event in Abu Dhabi:

Who’s in and who’s out?

Salman Khan performs at the IIFA Awards in New Jersey in 2017. Reuters
Salman Khan performs at the IIFA Awards in New Jersey in 2017. Reuters

Bollywood star Salman Khan remains as host of the gala night on June 4. He will be assisted by actors Riteish Deshmukh and Maniesh Paul in an evening that will feature performances and awards in the leading categories handed out.

Singh and Dhawan will be replaced by Tiger Shroff and Shahid Kapoor. Actress Chopra and director Karan Johar, who were meant to host IIFA Rocks on the first night, now to be held on June 3, have been replaced by director Farah Khan Kunder and actor Aparshakti Khurana.

What are the IIFA Awards?

Priyanka Chopra performed with Hollywood actor John Travolta at the IIFA Awards in Florida in 2014. AFP
Priyanka Chopra performed with Hollywood actor John Travolta at the IIFA Awards in Florida in 2014. AFP

First held in the year 2000, in London, the IIFA Awards were conceived by Mumbai event company Wizcraft International Entertainment to honour the best Hindi films and movie talents of the previous year.

The awards are held in a different country every year and have played a big part in boosting Bollywood’s popularity globally.

Dubai hosted the event in 2006, and Bangkok, New York, Colombo, Amsterdam, Madrid, Florida, Kuala Lumpur and Macau have all taken turns.

While the 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the last IIFA event was held in Mumbai, the home of Bollywood.

“I have always enjoyed being a part of the IIFA family and travelling to some great destinations, but this year I am super happy that we are headed to one of my personal favourites, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,” Khan said.

“IIFA is always a memorable time and this year it will be an even bigger celebration as we celebrate the 75th year of India’s independence and the UAE’s 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee.”

What to expect in Abu Dhabi

After a two-year break, the next IIFA event promises to return with a bang at Etihad Arena, the state-of-the-art indoor stadium on Yas Island.

“I am proud and excited to get ready to host the 2022 IIFA Weekend & Awards in Abu Dhabi,” Khan said. “I’m so happy to be coming back with them, especially to a place I love.”

Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, chief executive of Miral, the developer of Yas Island, called it an “honour” to host the awards.

“As the Middle East’s largest state-of-the-art indoor entertainment venue, Etihad Arena presents an ideal setting for world-class events that attract international stars and audiences,” he said.

Who will perform at the event?

Bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan will be one of the performers at the IIFA Awards 2022 in Abu Dhabi. Photo: IIFA
Bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan will be one of the performers at the IIFA Awards 2022 in Abu Dhabi. Photo: IIFA

The IIFA Weekend will begin with IIFA Rocks, a night dedicated to music, on June 3, hosted by Khan Kunder and Khurana.

Performers announced so far for the night include composer and singer Devi Sri Prasad, music whizz Tanishk Bagchi and singers Neha Kakkar, Asees Kaur, Ash King, Zahrah S Khan and Dhvani Bhanushali. Punjabi pop star Guru Randhawa and rapper Honey Singh will also present their new collaboration track, Designer.

On the main night on June 4, Shroff and Kapoor, who are both known for their high-energy stage presence, will share the stage with actors Kartik Aaryan, Ananya Panday, Sara Ali Khan, Divya Khosla Kumar and Nora Fatehi.

Aaryan, who hosted the 2018 awards, called it a “phenomenal experience”.

“I’m elated to perform once again at the 22nd edition of the biggest celebration of Indian cinema. IIFA truly is an embodiment of a global phenomenon with its massive fan following and I’m looking forward to the IIFA Awards at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, this year, he said.

Who is nominated for an award?

Sidharth Malhotra plays Indian war hero Vikram Bhatia in 'Shershaah'.
Sidharth Malhotra plays Indian war hero Vikram Bhatia in ‘Shershaah’.

Nominees for 12 of the most popular categories have been announced. War film Shershaah, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani, leads with 12 nominations, followed by Singh‘s cricket biopic 83, which has nine, and Abhishek Bachchan’s Ludo which has six.

Atrangi Re and Thappadfollow behind with five nominations, while Mimi has four.

A full list of nominees is here.

Winners in nine technical categories were announced before the event, with Amazon’s historical biopic, Sardar Udham, starring Vicky Kaushal, leading, winning for Cinematography, Editing and Special Effects. A full list can be found here.

Courtesy: thenationalnews

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