IIFA is like a family affair, says Boman Irani

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New York [USA], July 15 (ANI): Extremely excited to attend International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) award function, Bollywood actor Boman Irani on Saturday said that attending this award function annually has been like a family affair where the entire film fraternity spends time together away from their busy schedule. While talking to ANI, the 57-year-old said, "I am always excited about IIFA because it's been like a family affair to me. My first IIFA was when I did 'Munna Bhai MBBS' and suddenly my whole world changed and I said 'this is wow, this is so fantastic, where the entire film industry gets together'." "We never meet in Bombay, where everybody is doing there shooting and everybody is busy doing their thing. And suddenly we all are here together, plus we all have wonderful fans here, who really make you feel special," he added. Talking about the efforts put in by Wizcraft for making this event a big success every year, the 'Happy New Year' star said, "I cannot state how important it is and how brave is of wizcraft to put up this show in a foreign land; get permissions and making people watch." Reminiscing his past experiences with IIFA, the 'PK' star said that in a very spiritual way, he has been part of this IIFA family as he has hosted the event almost seven times. Talking about his career, Boman said that he has completed three films - 'Drive' by Tarun Mansukhani under Dharma Productions, 'Parmanu' with John Abrahim, based on nuclear tests and a children's film called 'Jhalki'. IIFA celebrates the achievements of Bollywood in different cities across the world, but this year it is being held at the iconic MetLife Stadium in New York from July 13-15. The IIFA Rocks 2017 on day two will celebrate 25 years of Oscar and Grammy winner Rahman in the music industry and feature a special medley by the maestro along with musicians Diljit Dosanjh, Benny Dayal, Javed Ali, Neeti Mohan, Jonita Gandhi and Haricharan Seshadri. This event will be hosted by Riteish Deshmukh and Manish Paul. Besides Bollywood celebrities, several Hollywood stars have also been part of IIFA, including Angelina Jolie, action star Jackie Chan, Australian pop-star Kylie Minogue, British actor Colin Firth, Hollywood stars Hillary Swank, Kevin Spacey and John Travolta. (ANI)