The four-hour-long IIFA Rocks show – hosted by Karan Johar and Anushka Sharma – unleashed a fusion of music, fashion and dance as awards were announced in various categories.
Bipasha Basu and Sonakshi Sinha were among the stars who walked the ramp showing off jewellery by Gitanjali while Dia Mirza cast her spell with her stunning dance medley of hit numbers such as ‘Pyar Do, Pyar Lo,’ ‘Parda Hai Parda,’ and ‘Aapka Kya Hoga.’
Mallika Sherawat gave a performance of ‘Arabian Nights.’
Sonu Niigaam joined Jermaine Jackson, elder brother of the late Michael Jackson, to pay a moving musical tribute to the legend. In fact, it was their ‘Thank you for the legacy’ on the second death anniversary of the King of Pop that set the stage for the IIFA Rocks show.
Sonu returned to the stage to wow the audience with his ‘cocktail of qawwali and rock’. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy carried the night show through.
“I want to say how much I love you, because I see Michael in each one of you,” said Jermaine, the former Jackson 5 singer, as he ended the soulful song with Sonu.
Sonu said he wrote the song after the death of the legend, and thanked Jermaine for joining him in singing it just a day before the second anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death.
“Insha Allah, hopefully very soon,” said Jermaine Jackson earlier on the green carpet when asked whether he would ever perform in Bollywood.
Meanwhile, Maneesh Sharma’s ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ won three IIFA awards at IIFA 2011 announced at IIFA Rocks. Namrata Rao won the IIFA award for editing, Niharika Khan for costume and Vijay Dayal for best song ‘Ainvayi ainvayi’ in ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’.
Pritam Das won for best sound recording in ‘Love, Sex aur Dhokha’, while Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy won for background score in ‘My Name in Khan’, Leslie Fernandes for re-recording in ‘Dabanng’, and Sudeep Chatterjee for cinematography in ‘Guzaarish’.
Sabu Cyril won the award for art direction in ‘Robot’, which also won the IIFA awards for special effects and make-up.