Cineyug Produces and Directs TOIFA 2016 Ceremony in Dubai

Entertainment | April 1, 2016 | News

Cineyug TOIFA 2016 Dubai Sports City Jumeirah Beach Hotel

TOIFA 2016, held at Dubai Sports City on March 18 was a grand affair featuring Bollywood stars perform. Managed by Cineyug, the main show was attended by around 18,000 people. A TOIFA kickstarter event took place on March 17; the pre-event centred on fashion and music, and also featured Technical Awards and a Gold carpet. The Gulf Air TOIFA Gold Carpet event took place at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Lawn-side.

Mohomed Morani, Director, Cineyug said, “Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) has been a very important and special show for us. The first year was done in Vancouver and we received an overwhelming response, and this year was no different where we executed the event in Dubai's Sports City.”

Elaborating on some of the challenges faced doing the show in Dubai, Morani added, “The show was a challenge considering the ongoing storm and rains in Dubai. Since it was an outdoor event, the panic level used to keep increasing with every rain shower. Also, since the ground was an astro turf, it could not be kept covered for a long duration, thus it became another huge challenge to put up a large scale event in a short duration. Keeping aside everything, we managed a flawless and an amazing show. It has been appreciated and applauded by all. The artists, the audience, everyone was happy. The stadium had an overwhelming crowd, and a huge and unimaginable star cast. God was kind to us, our efforts paid off well and we are looking forward to the next year!”

The Acts

The main show was hosted by Ritesh Deshmukh and Parineeti Chopra along with Manish Paul as the co-host. A popular segment of the show was hosted by Shah Rukh Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Parineeti Chopra.

The show opened with Varun Dhawan making an entrance on his popular song ‘Samjhawaan’, leading into other popular songs. Singer Kanika Kapoor made a tribute to Uttar Pradesh through her performance. Jacqueline Fernandez performed on her latest single ‘Girlfriend Boyfriend’ for the first time on stage, as well as to other songs.

Kareena Kapoor Khan paid a tribute to some of Bollywood's divas and performed on songs including Zeenat Aman’s ‘Laila Main Laila’, Parveen Babi’s ‘Jawaani Janeman’, Helen’s ‘Yeh Mera Dil’, Sridevi’s ‘Hawa Hawai’, Karishma’s ‘Le Gayi Le Gayi’, and concluding with her own hit ‘Chammak Challo’.

Ranveer Singh, paid a tribute to Amitabh Bachchan through his performance on some of his hit songs, as he made a bike entry on ‘Mukadar Ka Sikandar’, and then performed on a medley of songs such as ‘My name is Anthony’, ‘Andheri Raaton Mein’, ‘Saara Zamana’, ‘Pag Ghungroo’, ‘Dekha Na Hai Re’, ‘Pyar Humein Kis Mod’, ‘Jumma Chumma’, ‘John Johnny Janardhan’ and ‘Kajra Re’. These songs were supported with props and elements referencing the original song videos starring Bachchan. This included a ‘life size egg’ for ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, an LED Jacket, a Double Decker Bus, a Crane arm and more. The act concluded with Ranveer escorting Bachchan on stage for a grand tribute.

Honey Singh performed some of his most popular hit dance tracks -  Manali Trance, Angrezi Beat, Love Dose, Lungi Dance and more.

Shah Rukh Khan made an entry from a larger than life globe, performing on songs such as Chaiya Chaiya, Gerua, Jabra Fan and more. The Arabic version of Jabra Fan was released for the first time on stage and performed by Khan along with the singer Grenie.

The show concluded with Salman Khan performing on a medley of hit songs.

The pre-event the day before featured performers like Armaan Malik, Amaal Malik, Shweta Pandit, Aman Trikha and Shalmali Kholgade from the music industry, while the show was hosted by Manish Paul and Huma Khureshi. One of the fashion rounds was done by one Riyaz Gangji and show stoppers were Sooraj Pancholi and Zarine Khan. The other round was done by Farhaz Manan, with Karishma Kapoor as the show stopper.

70 EMG managed the on-ground venue management and hospitality for the event.

Read: 70 EMG Brings Bollywood to Dubai for TOIFA 2016

Festivals, Lifestyle, Sports, Business...Click here for the full list of categories in Event Intellectual Properties at WOW Awards Asia 2016.

As a precursor to the main event, a Gold Carpet event took place on March 17 at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, while TOIFA 2016 took place the next day at Dubai Sports City.

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