Lights, camera, action!! The IIFA opening night ceremonies kicked off on Thursday, June 25th evening, but not by a Bollywood movie but by a combination of a fashion show and musically charged event called "IIFA Rocks". This event showcased Models, Musicians, and Bollywood Stars.
MCs of the event were none other than Karan Johar and Anushka Sharma. They kept the full attention of the jam-packed audience with their funny banter, wit and charm. Featured fashion designers included Vikram Phadnis, and Sabyasachi. The models strutted their stuff on the catwalk spanning 1000 feet and were greeted to a filled Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto with a variety of Eastern, Western, and Indo-Western clothing all in a multitude of amazing styles and beautiful colors.
Zayed Khan, Bipasha Basu, Diya Mirza, and Sonakshi Sinha took to the stage in a dual role of Bollywood actor/model as they gave the audience a tantalizing catwalk show in an aura of confidence and class. Bollywood actress, Malaika Sherawat did an explosive dance number wearing a hot pink lengha to her Bollywood Item Number Jalebi Bai from her film "Double Dhamaal". The final performance of the models was a run on the catwalk with the backdrop of IIFA Rocks and the 'Seven Principles of Decadence: Envy, Desire, Lust, Greed, Sin, Hope and Ego".
Overall it was an entertaining show for all ages and a perfect event to set the mood and tone for the following night's IIFA Awards Show.