I have been waiting to write about my IIFA 2014 experience that took place in Tampa Bay, Florida. From the moment I stepped into my hotel till the time I landed back home, it was a Star Studded experience. Here’s a detailed description of my memorable trip :
Day 1 – IIFA ROCKS AFTER PARTY
After checking in at the hotel, we straight went to Tampa Convention Center to attend the IIFA Rocks after party. It was not at all up to my expectation as I was hoping to get a glimpse of my favourite stars but it was a party filled with Indian NRI’s mostly from all over USA hoping for the same.
Day2- IIFA MAGIC OF THE MOVIES
On Friday morning as we were entering into our hotel – Tampa Marriott Waterside which was a hosting hotel for IIFA, I saw the gorgeous Kareena Kapoor standing there waiting for her car. Next thing I know I was standing next to her with a question “Kareena Can we take a Selfie?’ and she responded with a pout. I was really happy and first thing I did was post it on Instagram for family and friends back home to enjoy it.
When we entered our room and as we were settling in we looked outside to enjoy the beautiful water view, We Saw Saif Ali Khan sunbathing by the swimming pool. Now that’s what you call a view to die for!! We saw him reading some papers and rehearsing while he was there which I believe was his script for the night as he was hosting that day at IIFA Magic of the Movies, now that’s some dedication.
Thanks to our cousins Amul and his beautiful wife Pallavi who had come for IIFA from Mumbai and own the famous Bollywood trade magazine “Super Cinema” we got VIP access to all IIFA events. For our makeup and hair Pallavi and I went to Mac studio specially created for the IIFA guests and celebrities at Hilton Tampa Downtown hotel. I got a Fish tail braid bun, which was created by Linda one of the artistes.
Walking down the IIFA green carpet was definitely one of the best experiences. The funny part was we were not celebrities but people asked if we were and took our pictures anyway. The show was quite entertaining; Saif Ali Khan and Vir Das made a great hosting duo. My favorite performance was of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, incredible voice I can hear him again and again and I am sure most of you feel the same way. Farhan Akhtar sung his famous songs like “ Dil chahta hai” and “ Senorita”. I enjoyed Sonakshi Sinha’s performance as she had lost a lot of weight and it was a great surprise and her entry sitting on a chandelier was quite interesting. She wore a belt by Aé-tee Designs, which is by my sister Ankita Tewari and it was quite a proud moment for me. Kareena Kapoor dazzled on the stage with her performance on classic Bollywood numbers like “Aaiye meherban”, Bipasha’s Baby doll was quite a hit in the crowd. The best part of the show was when Hritihik entered and he was sitting just 10 Steps away from my seat!! Every time the Screen showed him the crowd went berserk applauding. Madhuri and Dia Mirza looked beautiful in orange outfits. Deepika Padukone looked fabulous in a Sabyasachi Suit.
MAGIC OF MOVIES STAR PICTURES
After party was at Hard Rock and wasn’t loaded with stars but had good music and good ambience. There was a big queue outside and a lot of commotion at the entry Gate was little annoying. However we had a good time.
Day3- IIFA AWARDS
The final day we woke up and chilled out in our hotel we spotted Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan in the pool again, Ramesh Sippy and wife, Boney Kapoor & Sridevi and many more celebrities. Late afternoon we went to get our hair and makeup done at Hilton Hotel which was surrounded by 100’s of fans waiting to get a glimpse of there favorite celebrities. As we got out of the car to enter the hotel, 100’s of fans got excited hoping it was some celebrity in the car, we absolutely enjoyed the attention but feel bad for the fans disappointment. As we entered the hotel, my heart skipped a beat as the best-looking Bollywood actor was walking towards us, none other than Mr. Hritihik Roshan!! He was surrounded with his bodyguards and the fans outside went fanatic with his presence.
We made way to the Hair and Makeup Studio which was on the first floor, It was an good experience as I got my makeup done sitting next to Govinda’s Wife and Kainaat Arora of Grand Masti fame, Divya Dutta, Richa chadha, Tushar Kappor, Vaani Kapoor of Shuddh Desi Romance were all getting ready around the same time next to us.For the award show I wore a beautiful Emerald Green gown by Versace paired with Kundan Polki Earrings by Manmohana.
As we entered the private area we saw a lot of film industry people including writers, directors & producers. The Kapoor Clan, Jaaved Akhtar and Shabana Azmi, Raju Hirani, Rakesh Omprakash Mehra etc. We again bumped into Hrithik right before entering the seating area and I was ecstatic as usual.
The show started 4 hours late and was hosted by Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar who did a good job initially but later there were too many errors and Shahid repeatedly asked people to move away from the teleprompter. The performances were by Hrithik Roshan, Madhuri dixit, Priyanka Chopra, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Deepika Padukone, Siddhartha Malhotra, Ranveer Singh & Penn Masala. The lungi dance by Deepika Padukone, Kevin Spacey, Farhan Akhtar and Shahid definitely cracked up the crowd and John Travolta’s dance with Priyanka Chopra was pretty killer! Siddhartha Malhotra’s performance was average as poor guy couldn’t dance really well but his chocolate boy looks give him full scores. Parineeti Chopra came up as a guest performer in his dance and we were worried she would fall in her outfit as it wasn’t appropriate for a performance. Ranveer Singh’s energy packed entry in “Tune Maari Entry” of Priyanka’s performance was quite entertaining. Bollywood didn’t fail to copy Hollywood as they took there Oscar inspired selfie. ( see below)
The IIFA after party was at Hilton Tampa Downtown hotel. The ambience was beautiful and the arrangements were excellent. However we didn’t really see any Bollywood celebrities here as expected. But Big Thanks to Amul ,Our cousin because of him we went to the rooftop pool side party which was a private party of all the celebrities. I had the time of my life as we partied next to Siddharth Malhotra, Aditya Roy Kapoor, HRITHIK ROSHAN (caps locking in excitement) , Farhan Akthar, Shahid Kapoor and Abhay Deol!
with Shahid Kapoor
With Aditya Roy Kapoor
With Siddhartha Malhotra