2017 IIFA Award Winners

By Pirya Matai

The 18th edition of the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) were held on July 15, 2017 at the iconic MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. This is the second time that IIFA has traveled to the United States. The dazzling awards show brought together the biggest names in Bollywood cinema. Stars Salman Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Saif Ali Khan, Karan Johar, Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon, Varun Dhawan among others were in attendance. Highlight of the evening included the coveted IIFA signature green carpet where the stars walk to greet screaming fans and media outlets from around the globe. The dynamic duo of Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan hosted the awards. High energy dance performances from all the A list stars had the audiences at edge of their seats. For the first time in IIFA history, the award show was broadcast live around the world via various outlets.

IIFA 2017 Winners List (Courtesy IIFA):

· Best Picture- Neerja

· Best Story- Ayesha Devitre Dhillon and Shakun Batra (Kapoor & Sons)

· Best Performance in a Comedy Role- Varun Dhawan (Dishoom)

· Best Direction- Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury (Pink)

· Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female)- Alia Bhatt (Udta Punjab)

· Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male)- Shahid Kapoor (Udta Punjab)

· Best Lyricist- Amitabh Bhattacharya (Channa Mereya)

· Best Music Director- Pritam (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

· Best Negative Role- Jim Sarbh (Neerja)

· Best Playback Singer (Female)- Tie: Kanika Kapoor (Udta Punjab- Da Da Dasse) and Tulsi Kumar (Airlift- Soch Na Sake)

· Best Playback Singer (Male)- Amit Mishra (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil- Bulleya)

· Supporting Actor (Female)- Shabana Azmi (Neerja)

· Supporting Actor (Male)- Anupam Kher (M.S. Dhoni)

· Myntra Style Icon Award- Alia Bhatt

· Woman of the Year- Taapsee Pannu

· Best Debut (Male)- Diljit Dosanjh (Udta Punjab)

· Best Debut (Female)- Disha Patani (M.S. Dhoni)

Some Memorable Moments: (Photos by Sanjay Rohira)