Anil Kapoor opened the event with a captivating speech
The biggest Bollywood stars attended the IIFA 2023 Awards in Abu Dhabi.
Celebrating the best of Indian cinema from the last 12 months, the industry’s biggest stars arrived for a weekend of entertainment and glitzy events.
The event took place at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi as part of IIFA Weekend.
Farah Khan and Rajkummar Rao hosted a spectacular IIFA Rocks show on May 26, 2023.
But for the main event on May 27, hosts Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek Bachchan brought laughter and entertainment as they revealed the winners of IIFA 2023.
Anil Kapoor opened the event with a captivating speech, leaving the crowd in awe.
With his majestic stage presence and a resounding “Salaam Abu Dhabi” to kick off the night, he received an electrifying response from the crowd, setting the tone for a memorable evening.
Gangubai Kathiawadi, Drishyam 2 and Brahmastra emerged as the big winners.
But it was Hrithik Roshan who stole the show.
Not only did he win ‘Best Actor’ for Vikram Vedha but he also performed the iconic hook step of ‘Ek Pal Ka Jeera’.
Unfortunately, Alia missed the event due to her grandfather suffering from ill health.
But she took to Instagram to thank her fans for the win.
On her Instagram Story, she wrote:
“Thank you so much IIFA. Sorry I couldn’t be there in person to receive the award.
“A special thank you to the audience for your constant support. This brings me and the entire team so much joy!”
Babil Khan paid tribute to his late father Irrfan as he won ‘Best Debut (Male)’ for his role in Qala.
He later said: “I miss him every day of my life.”
Babil went on to say that while growing up, he did not have many friends and his father was the only friend he could look up to.
He said his fondest memory was laughing with his father.
Ritesh Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza showcased their collaboration on the big screen as their Marathi film Ved won ‘Outstanding Achievement in Regional Cinema’.
Ritesh directed the film while Genelia starred in it.
Genelia attended the event in an exquisite black saree while her husband opted for a sophisticated tuxedo.
IIFA 2023 also saw energetic performances from the likes of Salman Khan and Kriti Sanon.
Nora Fatehi turned back time with her dazzling performance.
Suspended within a sparkling half-moon, she descended gracefully, setting the scene for a dazzling spectacle.
With an enthralling medley of songs, including ‘Piya Tu Ab To Aaja’, ‘Aaj Ki Raat’ and ‘Aao Na’, Nora’s captivating performance showcased her exceptional artistry and transported the audience into a world of glitz and glamour.
Here is the Full List of Winners at the IIFA 2023 Awards
R Madhavan – Rocketry: The Nambi Effect
Best Actor (Male)
Hrithik Roshan – Vikram Vedha
Best Actor (Female)
Alia Bhatt – Gangubai Kathiawadi
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male)
Anil Kapoor – Jugjugg Jeeyo
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)
Mouni Roy – Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva
Outstanding Achievement for Fashion in Cinema
Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema
Best Adapted Story
Aamil Keeyan Khan & Abhishek Pathak – Drishyam 2
Best Original Story
Perveez Sheikh & Jasmeet Reen – Darlings
Outstanding Achievement in Regional Cinema
Best Debut (Male)
Shantanu Maheshwari – Gangubai Kathiawadi
Babil Khan – Qala
Best Debut (Female)
Khushali Kumar – Dhoka Around the Corner
Best Playback Singer (Male)
Arijit Singh for ‘Kesariya’ – Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva
Best Playback Singer (Female)
Shreya Ghoshal for ‘Rasiya’ – Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva
Best Music Direction
Pritam – Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva
Amitabh Bhattacharya for ‘Kesariya’ – Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva
Best Choreography for Title Track
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2
Best Sound Design
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2
Best Special Effects (Visual)
Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva
Best Background Score
Best Sound Mixing
Monica O My Darling
As expected, the IIFA 2023 Awards proved to be the biggest Bollywood party of the year! We can’t wait to see where the stars jet off for the next instalment!
Congratulations to all of the winners!