Karan Johar, Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor and Kartik Aaryan at Official IIFA Delhi Press Conference

The Biggest Celebration Of Indian Cinema IIFA Weekend And Awards 2018 heads toBangkok!~

IIFA fever returns to Bangkok, Thailand exactly after a decade with the 19th edition of the NEXA IIFA Awards styled by Myntra. Bangkok would play host to a mélange of glitz, glamour and Bollywood’s finest talent, global dignitaries, world media, Indian cinema fans and enthusiasts from across the globe at the highly anticipated star-studded weekend from 22nd & 24th June, at the reputed Siam Niramit Theatre. 

The principal partners for the 19th edition are: Host Destination Partner Tourism Authority of Thailand;Title Sponsor NEXAStyled By Myntra; Cause Partner Woosh Washing expert campaigning about Equality at home; Official Hotel Partner Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s ParkVenue PartnerSiam Niramit;  

To reveal key highlights about the upcoming IIFA festivitiesBollywood bigwigs Ranbir KapoorKaran Johar, Dia Mirza, Shahid Kapoor and Kartik Aaryan were joined by notable dignitaries at the Official IIFA Press Conference in Delhi today.

Karan Johar, Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor and Kartik Aaryan at Official IIFA Press Conference in Delhi 

NEXA IIFA Awards is all set to take place at the gem of Bangkok’s entertainment scene, the grandioseSiam Niramit, which is adorned by Thailand’s heritage, art and culture and hosts the country’s most-popular theatre production and a must-see show.

A stellar line-up of hosts and performances were revealed!

Fans of the biggest celebration of Indian cinema will see the rising star Kartik Aaryan and the talentedAyushmann Khurrana host the vibrant IIFA Rocks 2018. The star-studded NEXA IIFA Awards would be hosted by Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh who are all set to mesmerize the audiences with their charismatic energy.

The first set of performers revealed for the NEXA IIFA Awards include swashbuckling performances by Bollywood megastars Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor. The organisers shared that over the next couple of weeks more performers would be revealed.

This year, IIFA has proudly partnered with Woosh Washing Expert, to support the cause of equality at home – ‘Barabari Ghar Se Shuru’. This partnership provides a platform to contribute and raise awareness for Women Empowerment and Gender Equality.

In its continuing effort to campaign about environment protection, the IIFAs and the United Nations Environment have come together to campaign, “Beat Plastic Pollution”, the theme for World Environment Day, 2018. With India as the host of World Environment Day (WED) IIFA-UN would combine the voice of celebrity with the power of the IIFA platform and reach  to combat one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. The UN continues its partnership with IIFA this year with a collaborative advocacy campaign to tackle the pressing issue of plastic pollution, under the aegis of Greening the IIFA.

Additionally, as part of its commitment to preserving cinema heritage, this year IIFA Foundation will be collaborating with OSIAN’s auction house, India’s foremost Arts and cultural Institution & Auction House, to showcase vintage cinema memorabilia at an exhibition event which will be held at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis, Queens Park hotel from June 21st to June 23rd. A glimpse of the memorabilia was displayed at the press conference.

Commenting on the occasion, Karan Johar said, “I was privileged to be at the Millennium Dome in London when the IIFAs were born and I’ve participated in the journey across the world. My father and I have been part of the IIFA Advisory Board and share the passion to take Indian cinema across the world. The impact of the IIFAs can be felt in the growth of distribution and film incentives in key markets around the globe. I wish the IIFAs well and more power to the organizing team of Wizcraft.”

Commenting on the association, Mr.Stapanaseth Isra, Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand New Delhi Office said, “IIFA 2018 will prove to be beneficial for the publicity of Thailand’s tourism industry, which will contribute to enhancing the positive image of the country and attract Indian tourists by showcasing a variety of tourism products Thailand has to offer. The event also complies with TAT’s directions to promote Thailand as a preferred destination for Indians.” 

Speaking on the association, Mr. R.S. Kalsi, Sr. Executive, Director-Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said “Our country is changing at a rapid pace and so are the aspirations of our new- age customers. The sophisticated, discerning and highly ambitious customers want to enjoy higher level of experiences when they are buying a car. At NEXA we are providing them just that by offering them the best car buying experience that meets global standards.

There’s no denying that Indian Cinema today has made its global mark with innovative ideas, great technology, and a creative outlook. And IIFA, being the global flag bearer of Indian films recognises and honours this talent. That’s why IIFA is such a perfect fit with NEXA’s vision. As partners for 4 years, we have grown together to provide audiences more exciting and innovative experiences.”

Sharing his thoughts, Ranbir Kapoor commented, “IIFA Bangkok holds a very special place in my heart, I won the best debutante award at IIFA 2008 in Bangkok. The 19th Edition of IIFA Weekend And Awards is going to be a great one and I am eager to connect with my fans and look forward to giving a power-packed performance.”

Speaking on the association, Ms. Gunjan Soni, CMO, Myntra and Head, Jabong said, “As the style partner and Co-Powered By sponsor of IIFA-2018, we at Myntra are working towards a liaison between fashion and Bollywood Indian cinema. We are not going to be a passive sponsor but are working with IIFA on several properties like a stoppable fashion show that offer the consumers the opportunity to own and experience the personal fashion choices of their favourite celebrities. The previous edition of IIFA held in New York, with Myntra as the style partner was a huge success for us, and was positively received by Myntra users. We expect this visibility to grow further during the current edition in Bangkok. We are very excited and look forward to the event. “

Expressing his excitement, Shahid Kapoor said, “IIFA has always been close to my heart and it its 19th year IIFA is all set to recreate memories in Bangkok for the second time. I am thrilled to be performing at the spectacular awards night and what better venue than the treasured Siam Niramit.”

Kartik Aaryan added saying, “I am excited to debut as a host at IIFA Rocks this year. As an actor, you always want to be a part of something as big as IIFA, whether to perform or host. IIFA certainly gives you the biggest audience to entertain with your performance and I look forward to hosting a great show. Like every Bollywood fan, I too am looking forward to IIFA Bangkok”.

Andre Timmins, Director- Wizcraft International, the producers and creators of the IIFAs said, “We are pleased to be taking IIFA back to Bangkok after 10 years.  IIFA has grown over this decade and we are excited to celebrate the grandeur and excitement in Amazing Thailand. Vibrant Bangkok is the perfect host to welcome and embrace the spirit of Bollywood like no other and it’s a pleasure to see Thailand welcome IIFA with open arms for the second time. IIFA continues the endeavour to build bridges between countries, communities and cultures and increase businesses such as tourism, wedding and MICE among others for host destinations.”

Commenting on their association, Mr. Yogesh Jain, Managing Director, Woosh Washing Expert said,“We’re glad to announce Woosh Washing Expert as a Proud Cause Partner of IIFA 2018. As we believe in the power of gender equality and women empowerment, We’re proud to support the cause- Equality Begins At Home”. Let’s all support ‘Barabari Ghar Se Shuru’.

Commenting on the association, Khun Pannin, Founder, Siam Niramit said “Indian Cinema has grown continuously over the years to attain its current status as a top player in the world film industry. IIFA has grown with it, producing ever more exceptional events at amazing venues throughout the world. This year, Siam Niramit is honored and delighted to welcome IIFA back to Bangkok as we play host for the second time in 10 years. We are very excited to collaborate with IIFA to bring this extraordinary world event to our country.”

IIFA is dedicated to building bridges across cinemas, businesses, communities and nations, creating everyone’s dream: “One People. One World”. The 19th Edition NEXA IIFA Awards Styled by Myntraaims to bring the magic of Indian cinema not only to Bangkok but also to the whole of South-East Asia.

Other key partners of IIFA 2018 include Associate Sponsor QNETOfficial Travel & Hospitality Management Partner WednikshaAirport Hospitality Partner Pranaam GVK Guest Services.

The 19th edition kick-started on April 27th with the IIFA Voting Weekend  commencing the peer voting process for the NEXA IIFA Awards styled by Myntra, which saw members of the Indian Film Industry show their support to IIFA as they came forward to vote for their peers. The auditors of the Awards process, EY, would soon be revealing the nominations of the Popular Awards which would then be open for public voting on iifa.com