Good Afternoon L&G! And so, this is where the story begins! On behalf of The International Indian Film Academy, I, your Master of Ceremonies, Gitikka Ganju Dhar, welcome you all. A warm welcome to all spokespersons, dignitaries and actors who have taken the time out and joined us here for this occasion. And, our friends from the press, we are delighted to with your presence and that too in such sizeable numbers. The 17th edition of The IIFA Weekend has film fans, film buffs and film aficionados across the globe, waiting for the curtains to go up! We all know that The International Indian Film Academy Awards are a set of awards presented annually by the International Indian Film Academy to honour both artistic and technical excellence achieved by professionals in the Hindi language film industry. Given my love for the movies, I can’t wait to see the splendorous spectacle unfold, but first, we must formally welcome you all. I’m now going to invite a man without whom one cannot imagine the Indian events & experiential industry space. Some people go about their careers, building their organizations, and, inadvertently end up shaping the very industry they work in. His lifetime is the experiential industry’s achievement. Sabbas Joseph, Founder Director of Wizcraft and one of the pillars of The IIFA movement, will now personally welcome you all.
Sabbas Joseph, L&G! From one magnificent city to another, the IIFA movement journeyed, taking along a bevy of Indian mega-stars, ace film professionals, a bouquet of gifted supporting performers, the best technical teams, great stages, lights and sounds. IIFAs in all of the 16 years have enthralled audiences worldwide in a masterful celebration of Indian Cinema. If you love Hindi Cinema, this short film will give you goose bumps. Hindi Chalchitron ki ghazab kahani, IIFA ki zubani.
IIFA 2016 will be held in Madrid, which is known as one of Europe's busiest cultural centers and the football capital of the world. In Madrid, IIFA is all set to unfold a wonderful amalgamation of two richly diverse countries and cultures, Spain and India. It aims to bring the art of Indian cinema not only to Spain but to Latin America as well. IIFA Madrid 2016 will be held from June 23rd to 26th and the 4-day extravaganza will include events like IIFA Rocks/MULA Fest, IIFA Stomp, an exhibition of urban trends and the much-awaited IIFA Awards. With close to 150 Indian Film Industry actors attending, an expected audience of around 20,000 and a business forum to facilitate talks of trade and collaborations, besides attractions integrating talent from India and Spain – the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) gala in Madrid this year is poised to be a celebration of sixty years of mutual diplomatic relations. I told you, IIFA is a movement. Its impact is felt even years after the curtain call. IIFA does not just take Indian cinema to the world, it permeates the scent of India in their memories, forever. It also brings people together. I would now like to invite Charge d' Affaires Dr. Magdalena Cruz Yabar, Embassy of Spain, to please share her thoughts with us. I told you, IIFA is a movement. Its impact is felt even years after the curtain call. IIFA does not just take Indian cinema to the world, it permeates the scent of India in their memories, forever. It also brings people together. I am going to request him to share with us all, the positives of IIFA being staged in Madrid.
Hola, aqui vamos, a Madrid. Uno dos tres cuatro cinco seis siete ocho nueve diez. Hello! Here we come, Madrid! 12345678910!
Farhan Akhtar is an Indian film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, playback singer, lyricist and television host. I have one word for him- AMAZING! His DNA needs to profiled and then cloned to have more artists like him. Dilon mein tum apni betabiyan leke chal rahe ho Toh zinda ho tum! Nazar mein khwaabon ki bijliyan leke chal rahe ho Toh zinda ho tum! L&G, the new-age, stand-apart actor, Friend of IIFA, Farhan Akhtar, please say as many words as you want to!
And we have with, the one and the only, Anil Kapoor. Did you know that his career has spanned almost 40 years as an actor and film producer. And each of those forty years, he has delivered excellence of craft. A shining example of talent, professionalism, discipline and passion for what he does, Anil Kapoor’s aura entertains generations. What a man, what a man, what a man, what a mighty good man. I invite Friend of IIFA, Anil Kapoor to take stage.