Indian cinema’s grandest celebration, the 18th Edition of IIFA is all set to delight fans with its premiere edition in New York. The highly anticipated IIFA Festival New York 2017 promises to be a mélange of glitz, glamour and star power with stunning performances from Bollywood megastars such as Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Shahid Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon, A. R. Rahman among others.

Following the tremendous success of IIFA Festival over the years, the enthusiasm and excitement is huge as IIFA travels to the United States for the second time. The iconic MetLife Stadium, synonymous for hosting the illustrious NFL games, major concerts and entertainment events among others, will play host to the highly anticipated IIFA Festival New York 2017 on the 14th & 15th July 2017.

With the tremendous growth and recognition that IIFA has amassed over the years we are now creating one of the biggest and grandest IIFA Awards shows to date with several new dimensions and developments to the concept of the show.  IIFA is growing towards building a stronger global outreach. With a star studded contingent travelling, this year, IIFA gears up to take over New York City- a city that is renowned to be a mecca for entertainment, business, fashion and culture with an unforgettable 2 day IIFA Festival New York 2017 featuring, IIFA Weekend Press Conference and IIFA Rocks Green Carpet, IIFA Rocks, followed the next day by the much awaited IIFA Awards Green Carpet & IIFA Awards.

As IIFA continues to bring together the biggest stars of Bollywood and Hollywood on one stage, the IIFA Festival New York 2017 will play host to some of the most celebrated stars of the Indian film industry, notable guests, and dignitaries from India and the region, world media and Indian cinema fans from across the globe.  A treat for music lovers, IIFA Festival New York 2017 will also be celebrating 25 years of A. R. Rahman in the industry.

Commenting on the occasion, Salman Khan says, “It always feels great to be a part of the IIFA Movement and I look forward to the IIFA Festival in New York.”

Speaking about her debut at IIFA, Alia Bhatt shares, “I am very excited to be a part of IIFA 2017, as this is going to be my debut at the IIFA Festival after 5 years in the industry. I am super excited that IIFA is being held in the beautiful city of New York. IIFA is all about togetherness and the celebration of the Indian cinema globally and I eagerly look forward to this celebration”.

Katrina Kaif says, “I’m really excited and looking forward to performing at the IIFA Awards this year. It is such a great platform that not only showcases the celebration of cinema globally, but also it’s a great opportunity for us to reach out to our fans worldwide. I am excited that this year, it is happening in one of my favorite cities – New York!”

Expressing his excitement, Shahid Kapoor says, “IIFA is all about creating memories and experiences. I had a great time last year hosting the show. This time around I will be performing at the IIFA Festival New York. I am hoping to give the audiences a power packed performance in the City That Never Sleeps.”

Sharing his experience with IIFA, Sushant Singh Rajput says, “I have always been excited for IIFA since my college days, because that’s when my association with IIFA began. From being a back-ground dancer to performing for the audiences as an actor, IIFA has always been very memorable to me. I am very grateful to IIFA for giving me a chance to perform. I doubt I will be performing on my songs, because the films I have done, don’t really have peppy numbers. However I look forward to my performance at the IIFA Festival New York 2017.”

Commenting on her excitement for IIFA, Kriti Sanon says, “IIFA is a great platform where everyone from the industry travels globally and celebrates the glory of Indian Cinema. The IIFA Awards has always been held in the most beautiful destinations and this time it’s being held in New York. I am enthusiastically looking forward to my very first performance at the IIFA Festival and my first visit to the City.”