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IIFA Awards 2018 Day 1: Highlights

19th IIFA Awards 2018: Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Karan Johar, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Kartik Aaryan, Anil Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana and Riteish Deshmukh among others have arrived in Bangkok for IIFA 2018.

19th IIFA Awards 2018: Karan Johar, Ayushmann Khurrana and Varun Dhawan were seen at the IIFA 2018 press conference in Bangkok.

One of Bollywood’s biggest events was flagged off on Friday evening. Yes, we are talking about IIFA 2018. The first leg of the event began at 7 pm in Bangkok’s Siam Niramit Theatre. The evening kick started with the green carpet and the main event IIFA Rocks started 9 pm.

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IIFA Rocks was hosted by Bollywood’s young guns Ayushmann Khurrana and Kartik Aaryan. A host of celebrities like Pritam Chakraborty, Nushrat Bharucha, Sreerama Chandra, Amit Mishra, Shalmali Kholgade, Antara Mitra, Nakash Aziz and Nikitha took the stage during IIFA Rocks. A segment of IIFA Rocks was also hosted by Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh.

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Radhika Apte and Diana Penty sizzle on the ramp

Varun, Arjun, Karan and Shraddha pose for a selfie

Anil Kapoor and Dia Mirza turn ramp models

Music director Pritam performs with a live orchestra.

Twitter launches IIFA emoji

"People come to Twitter to see what's happening in the entertainment world, from the best of films to award shows. The IIFA awards is a much awaited event of the year amongst the film fraternity and Bollywood fans. Twitter is delighted to partner with IIFA for the launch of a special emoji that will create a holistic experience for consumers on a global scale," Keya Madhvani, Head - Entertainment Partnerships, Twitter India, said in a statement.

Mouni Roy enthralls the crowd

Nushrat Bharucha is the first performer of IIFA Rocks

Celebs take in the proceedings at IIFA Rocks

Ayushmann Khurrana and Kartik Aaryan kick off the proceedings

Konkona Sensharma is all smiles at IIFA Rocks

Arjun Kapoor goes traditional for IIFA Rocks

Bobby Deol looks dapper at IIFA Rocks

Somebody call the fashion police!

Varun Dhawan is also attending IIFA Rocks

Shraddha Kapoor stands out on IIFA Rocks green carpet

Salman Khan is not accompanying rumoured girlfriend Iulia Vantur

Kriti Sanon is here!

Anil Kapoor arrives for IIFA Rocks

Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha arrive for IIFA Rocks

Urvashi Rautela arrives for IIFA Rocks

Sreerama Chandra Mynampati will perform at IIFA Rocks tonight

Shraddha Kapoor puts her best fashion foot forward for IIFA 2018

Ayushmann Khurrana gets mobbed

Dia Mirza lauds IIFA

Dia Mirza wrote on Twitter: "Thank you @IIFA for joining the movement to #BeatPlasticPollution! As UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador it gives me great joy to join you here in #AmazingThailand to spread the message on the urgency to refuse #SingleUsePlastics 💚 @UNEnvironment"

Rekha on IIFA Awards

“Coming back to IIFA and performing on the grandest stage of all in the beautiful city of Bangkok feels ethereally wonderful. IIFA 2018 is going to be an unforgettable, magical and once-in-a-life time experience for Indian Cinema fans worldwide,” said Rekha.

Siddharth Kannan and Urvashi Rautela are ready for IIFA Rocks

Anil and Arjun Kapoor are ready for IIFA 2018

The who's who of Bollywood at IIFA 2018 press conference

Mouni and Kartik to set the stage on fire

After Vaani Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor backed out from their performances, Mouni Roy and Kartik Aaryan will perfom at IIFA Rocks tonight.

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Where to watch IIFA 2018

Fans will get a chance to watch all the 19th IIFA Awards action on TV in July. The ceremony will be broadcast on Colors TV and this year, the audience can also catch all the action online on Voot.

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Bollywood biggest stars are rehearsing hard!

Bobby Deol and Urvashi Rautela attended the inauguration of the Osian's Cinematic Heritage Auction

Kartik Aaryan on IIFA Awards

“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," remarked Kartik Aaryan.

Ranbir Kapoor on IIFA Awards

Ranbir Kapoor, who will be seen next in Sanju, said, “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.”

Karan Johar on IIFA Awards

“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,” said Karan Johar in a statement.

Talking about International Indian Film Academy Awards coming back to Bangkok, Andre Timmins, Director- Wizcraft International, 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 and wedding among others for host destinations.”