Back to the Thai capital after a decade, the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards, commencing on Thursday, will not just feature power-packed performances by celebrities including the evergreen Rekha — performing live on stage after 20 years — but will seek to raise awareness about women’s empowerment, gender equality and plastic pollution.
The three-day gala will witness the presence of some of Hindi filmdom’s iconic stars and new actors on the red carpet, in the audience and on stage. Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, Bobby Deol and Nushrat Bharucha are among those in the performers’ line-up, but Rekha’s stage act will clearly be a highlight at the awards night, hosted by Riteish Deshmukh and Karan Johar.
Arjun, who hosted the 16th edition of the event in Kuala Lumpur, is now looking forward to dancing at the main night on June 24, Ayusgmann will be hosting the IIFA for the third time. Veteran actor Anupam Kher will be feted with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
For those who won’t be catching the action live, the event will be aired in India on the small screen via Colors a later day.