Maneesh Sharma’s Band Baaja Baaraat won three IIFA awards Friday night as Sonu Niigaam joined Jermaine Jackson, elder brother of the late Michael Jackson, to pay a moving musical tribute to the legend at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards.
In fact, Niigaam’s Thank you for the legacy on the second death anniversary of the King of Pop set the stage for the IIFA Rocks show in the city’s ultra-modern Ricoh Coliseum, jampacked with more than 25,000 people.
"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 Niigaam.
Niigaam 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 Jackson earlier on the green carpet when asked whether he would ever perform in Bollywood.
Friday night’s IIFA Rocks music-cum-fashion show lived up to its hype as virtually the whole of Bollywood, including Shah Rukh Khan, descended on the Coliseum to entertain Toronto.
The four-hour-long IIFA Rocks show – conducted by Karan Johar and Anushka Sharma – unleashed a fusion of music, fashion and dance as awards were announced in various categories.
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 returned to the stage to wow the audience with his ‘cocktail of qawwali and rock’. The Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy musical trio carried the night show through.
Namrata Rao won the IIFA award for editing, Naharika Khan for costume and Vijay Dayal for best song Ainvayi ainvayi in Band Baaja Baaraat.
Pritam Das for best sound recording in Love, Sex aur Dhokha, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy 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.(IANS)