The three-day gala began on a business-related note with FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum, where Anupam spoke about the Indian cinema and how it's flourishing under the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

'Hero No 1' director David Dhawan and filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala were also present at the forum and expressed interest in making films in Malaysia. What followed was a star-studded opening press conference, graced by Bipasha Basu, Anupam, Anil, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sonakshi, Lauren Gottlieb, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kanika Kapoor, Arjun, Jacqueline and Kainaat Arora.

Also present was Ghai, who will be conferred the lifetime achievement award on Sunday. "This weekend of IIFA will be the best," Anil said here. The opener itself gave a glimpse into the fun in store over the weekend. While Ayushmann, who will co-host music extravaganza IIFA Rocks on Friday, sang a few lines of his hit number 'Pani da rang' during the conference, the celebrities also shook leg on Arjun's song 'Tune maari entriyaan'.


Established in 2000, IIFA is being organised in Malaysia for the second time. It was held in Genting Highlands in 2002. Bipasha walked down the memory lane as she took charge of the mike. "Thirteen years back, I was here for IIFA and I was just a newcomer. It's been a wonderful journey so far," said the 'Raaz' star, who shopped a lot and ate good food ever since she reached the Malaysian capital.


While other stars are still expected to arrive and light up the stage, actor Hrithik Roshan was spotted at the venue JW Marriott. He was greeted by excited fans, who yelled at top of their lungs and tried to get a few shots of the Bollywood star.




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