IIFA Roundup: Manish Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and organizers Maniesh Paul, Riteish Deshmukh


When Manish Malhotra tripped

New York– Veteran fashion designer Manish Malhotra tripped as he made his way to collect an award at the IIFA Rocks stage here but he was all smiles.

The debonair designer went up the stage to receive the Best Background Score on behalf of Pritam for “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”. But just as he was about to get on to the last stair to the stage, he tripped.

Later, Manish took the stage to receive his own Best Costume Designing award for the same film, and he ensured he was careful.

“When I came to collect an award for Pritam, I fell badly. I think I am lucky when it comes to collecting an award for myself,” Manish quipped.

He was also excited to receive the trophy from one of his “favourite actress” Alia Bhatt.

IIFA Rocks, part of the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) extravaganza here, was held at the MetLife Stadium on Friday night.

Alia entertains with rap

She has already given her fans a sense of her singing ability with “Sooha saaha” and “Main tenu samjhawan”. But Alia Bhatt proved she can even rap well.

At the IIFA Rocks stage here, the talented actress came to the stage to present an award. And then the hosts Riteish Deshmukh and Maniesh Paul insisted she shows the audience a step or two.

But Alia said she would do that during her performance at the main IIFA Awards event on Saturday night.

However, she was sporting enough to offer to rap. And she did it, adding even a step or two, leading the audience to cheer on.

Maniesh, Riteish ‘kill’ the show

A.R. Rahman’s two-hour performance was the highlight of the IIFA Rocks event here, but audience members had much to complain regarding the hosts Maniesh Paul and Riteish Deshmukh.

“They were killers… Absolutely boring, and killed the show,” said one of the attendees.

“The two guys should be fired from hosting jobs,” complained another while walking out of the concert.

A couple who was attending the concert for Rahman said they were planning to “walk out” of the event due to the “boring elements”.

Before Rahman took the stage, the organisers had Kamaal Khan and Diljit Dosanjh regale the audience. Riteish and Maniesh kept coming and going off the stage, cracking toilet humour and other done-to-death jokes.

They also tried celebrity engagement by involving them in a Hindi to English translation game, which failed to entertain the audience.

There were also some jokes referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and the cause of sanitation that he is promoting.

A reference was also made to ‘Aam Aadmi’.

Raj Kundra is my arm candy: Shilpa Shetty 

New York– Actress Shilpa Shetty, who has been married to businessman Raj Kundra for seven years now, appeared on the green carpet of IIFA Rocks gala here along with her husband, whom she calls her “arm candy”.

Shilpa shared an image on Instagram from the green carpet in which the couple can be seen posing together.

“With my arm candy Raj Kundra. Love you so much for letting me be me. Green carpet. Hubby love IIFA 2017. Gender equality,” Shilpa wrote alongside the image.

Raj also shared the same photograph on the image sharing site and wrote: “What a night! IIFA 2017 awards New York. My super hot wife Shilpa Shetty love you.”

The couple together have a son, named Viaan, who was born in 2012.


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