The wait is over. The green carpet has been laid out and the Metlife Stadium is buzzing with Bollywood celebs who have begun trickling in to attend the 18th edition of IIFA (International Indian Film Academy Awards).


Among the early birds are Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur, Boman Irani, Dia Mirza accompanied by Sahil Sangha, Preity Zinta with husband Gene Goodenough, Sonakshi Sinha, Armaan Malik, Jim Sarbh, Abhay Deol and Diljit Dosanjh among others.

Take a look at their pictures from the do:
 
What's with Sonakshi Sinha's outfit?

Boman Irani looks dapper in a red suit!
 
Nawazzudin Siddiqui is all smiles for the shutterbugs

Aditya Roy Kapur makes his way inside

 

Anil Kapoor is growing younger with each passing day

Jim Sarbh unleashes his quirky side!
 

Suniel Shetty arrives with wife Mana

Armaan Malik attends IIFA 2017

 

Neha Bhasin at IIFA 2017

 

Karan Wahi is quite a poser

 
Suchitra Pillai At IIFA 2017
 

Tulsi Kumar sings her way in

Neerja producer Atul Kasbekar turns up



Dia Mirza has got the swag
 
Preity Zinta looks ravishing in black and is accompanied by husband Gene Goodenough
 

Divya Khosla Kumar looks stunning as she poses with Bhushan Kumar and son

 

Bad Man Gulshan Grover arrives at IIFA 2017


Jackky Bhagnani opts for a blue tux for the evening
 

Abhay Deol redefines sexy in this purple suit with a printed shirt. Aren't you crushing over his dimples already?

 

DJ Bravo at the do

 

Diljit Dosanjh makes his IIFA debut
 

Sonu Sood attends IIFA 2017

The grand event is being hosted by Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan.

After putting their glamorous foot forward at IIFA Rocks, celebs including Salman Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon are all set to enthral New Yorkers with their performances.

Bollywood contingent has already been building curiosity amongst fans with their rehearsal videos on social media. Varun, who is making his debut appearance at the IIFA awards, said he will pay tribute to his father David Dhawan by performing on the filmmakers’ chartbuster songs. He will also launch the new version of Onchi Hai Building and Tan Tana Tan from his upcoming film Judwaa 2. Shahid, on the other hand will put forth a MJ (Michael Jackson) version of Bismil, Dhantanan, Gandi Baat and Saadi Ka Fall.

Alia had earlier confessed that she is nervous about her upcoming performance as she too is making her debut on the IIFA stage.

The first-ever International Indian Film Academy Awards were held in 2000 at the Millennium Dome in London and since then the glitzy ceremony has traversed 12 countries.

This is the second IIFA outing in the US. The 2014 edition of the event, touted as the Oscars of Bollywood, was held in Tampa Bay, Florida.

The kick-off party for the three-day 18th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend started on Thursday night with the Stomp At Times Square- a free-for-public Bollywood event right opposite the iconic red stairs of Times Square.

Besides the IIFA Stomp, the Sheraton hotel at Times Square, where the Bollywood stars including Katrina, Varun, Alia, Sushant and Shahid are staying has become a buzzing spot for fans wanting a glimpse of their favourite movie idols.

The spectacle is naturally a big draw for the Indian Diaspora in the US but a lot of local Bollywood fans too have joined the festivities. 


Image Source: twitter/erosnow, rishteycineplex &  instagram/iifa

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