B’town’s Chocolate boy turned macho man Shahid Kapoor is all set to host the 17th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Madrid.The Udta Punjab star who is thrilled by the success of the movie said he is looking forward to host the show with Bollywood’s versatile actor Farhan Akhtar on Saturday evening.
Shahid who stole the hearts of the audience along with Farhan in 2015 IIFA at Florida with their Raju or Pappu rap said he shares a special chemistry with Farhan.
“What is so special with Raju and Pappu is that we get along really well. This is the third time I am hosting with him. It is very easy and natural,” he said.
The duo had enthralled audience at the 13 edition of the IIFA in Singapore in 2012.
Shahid said he is super excited about the show and will be wearing an outfit designed by his friend Kunal Rawal, a young designer who also fashioned the actor’s wedding trousseau last year.
Though he is not performing this time, his main challenge will be to keep the enthusiasm of the performers high as a host.
“I am not nervous. There will always be some confusions before you get up on the stage. We will be worried about any technical mess ups. The rest is fun,” Shahid said.
A lot of Bollywood actors and celebrities like Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Sridevi, Boney Kapoor, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Boman Irani, Kabir Khan, Ranveer Singh, Bipasha Basu, Huma Qureshi, Vivek Oberoi, Dia Mirza, Riteish Deshmukh, Neha Dhupia, Madhavan, Aftab Shivdasani, Sohail Khan, Sajid Nadiadwala, Shriya Saran, Sonu Sood, Jackie Shroff, Richa Chaddha, Frieda Pinto, Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi are in Madrid for the award nite which has come to be known as India’s Oscars.
The 35 year-old actor said the team was extremely happy with the fact that Udta Punjab was finally released in theatres.
“The movie was made with a lot of honesty, love and by putting our hearts into it. We wanted this kind of response. Because the controversies regarding the release of the movie was very relevant as far as the younger generation is concerned. I am happy that a lot of people talked about it, went out and watched it, and came out supporting it. That was amazing.”
Initially he thought Udta Punjab won’t work well in the theatres as it was dark.
“However, it has turned out to be the biggest opening weekend of my career, I honestly don’t know how to make of it,” Shahid said.
Shahid told reporters at the IFEMA convention centre that he understood through the Udta Punjab chapter that there are no algorithm which predicts that which film end up doing great numbers and which film will not work at all.
“There is nothing called commercial and non-commercial. There is only good content and bad content,” he added.
Shahid’s next big ticket film will be Vishal Bharadwaj’s Rangoon where he co-acts with Kangana Ranuat and Saif Ali Khan.
He said the movie is completed couple of months back and will open on 24th February, a day before his birthday.
“So I will be working on my next birthday, which is I am very happy about. It is my third film with Vishal Bharadwaj, who is an amazing man. The movie has got Kangana and saif Ali Khan. And I hope people will like it.”
IIFA is Bollywood’s biggest extravaganza outside India. The event is a great opportunity for Indian diaspora as well as locals for actor sightings and get a taste of the industry which produces the maximum number of films in the world.
Hosting the IIFA this year, Spain expects to increase the inflow of Indian tourists. Some 60,000 Indians visited Spain an year after “Zindagi Na Milega Dobara” was released in 2011.
Several Indian films have been shot in Spain thereafter.