Bollywood lands in Sydney at IFFAA (International Film Festival and Awards of Australia 2017) on May 13, 2017

By Manju Mittal

Sydney get ready! This is the biggest line-up of Bollywood stars who will be walking the red carpet and receiving awards for all the fine work Indian film industry has produced over the years. Not only Indians in India, Sydneysiders   and other places worldwide have equally enjoyed Bollywood cinema for over a hundred years. Bollywood is now one of the biggest film industry churning out more than a thousand films every year in Hindi as well as in other regional languages. Now you have this golden chance of seeing the biggest line-up of Bollywood stars, from the old to the young, walk the red carpet in a gala event organised by Friends Entertainment.

IFFAA guests coming down under are: Dharmendra, Randhir Kapoor, Jeetendra, Shabana Azmi, poet Javed Akhtar  Illeana d’cruz, Sakshi Tanwar, Divya Dutta, Pavan Malhotra and many more.

Promises Vvikas Paul, the Director and the organiser, “It will be a mega star event that Sydney will witness. There was a big vacuum that needed to be filled ”“ to help connect the film world with Sydneysiders. With this motive in mind we created IFFAA.”

The IFFAA Awards will be held on Saturday 13, May, at the ICC Darling Harbour.

Says   Paul, “IFFAA is delighted to reveal the awardees for the first time given to them by  Australia as we decided Sydney to be the host city. The most prestigious Indian cinema awards by IFFAA is an attempt to celebrate cinematic art and awards that recognise the most original and creative films and efforts in the entertainment industry. It is your once in a lifetime chance to see your favourite stars from India, Pakistan and Nepal.”

“Its not just our event. We ask Sydney community to host Bollywood. This is the first time when Australia confers these awards and honours Bollywood with IFFAA trying to engage people from all walks of life, to join in this amazing journey of closer interaction with glamour and glitz of our film world, never ever experienced in Sydney. We are delighted to have so many of the Industry’s talented stars and directors attending this year’s awards”.

So Sydney, get ready, dress up for a selfie with Bollywood stars and personalities this coming May the 13th when it all happens.

The 2017 IFFAA awardees are as follows:

Living Legend Award: Mr Shashi Kapoor (To be received by Mr Randhir Kapoor on his behalf)











Raj Kapoor Memorial Life Time Achievement Award: Mr Jeetendra







Most Versatile Actor: Mr Dharmendra









Most Versatile Actress: Ms Shabana Azmi







Writer of the Decade: Mr Javed Akhtar






Producer of the Decade: Mr Rakesh Roshan








Best Director of the Year (Dangal): Mr NiteshTiwari








Best Producer of the Year: Ms Krishika Lulla









Women Empowerment Award: Ms Ekta Kapoor








Youth Icon Female: Ms Illeana d’cruz













Best Music Director of the Year: Vishal & Shekhar for film ”˜Sultan’ (To be received by Mr Shadab Afridi)





Kaifi Azmi Memorial Best Lyrics Award: Mr Irshad Kamil


Best Supporting Actor: Mr Pavan Malhotra






Best Supporting Actress: Ms Divya Dutta









Best Singer Male Award: Mr Shadab Afridi for title song Sultan





Best Singer Female: Ms Bhoomi Trivedi for ”˜Udi Udi Jaye’ Film ”˜Raees’








TV Star of the Decade Female: Ms Saakshi Tanwar






Best Debut Female: Ms Fatima Sana Shaikh film ”˜Dangal’ (To be received by Mr Nitesh Tiwari)





Film Journalist of the decade: Mr Taran Adarsh

Upcoming Film Production House: Kriraj Entertainment





Khalnayak of the Decade: Mr Shakti Kapoor






Upcoming Talent: Ms Manni Boparai







Outstanding Women Directors: Ms Ashwini Iyer Tiwary & Ms Divya Khosla Kumar






Film of the Year: Sarbjit

Retrospective Film: Dharam Veer

The IFFAA Award winners will be honoured  on Saturday 13 May at the ICC Darling Harbour. For bookings and program information go to:





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