The 22nd International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Award was held on Friday, while the main awards night was on Saturday. Returning after a two-year gap due to Covid-19, It was a full house at the Etihad Arena located in Abu Dhabi. Originally meant to be held from May 19-21, the show was postponed due to the demise of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the second President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. The show was hosted by Salman Khan, Manish Paul, and Riteish Deshmukh. Many Bollywood celebrities, including Salman Khan, Vicky Kaushal, Shahid Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kriti Sanon, Ananya Panday, AR Rahman, Sara Ali Khan, Tiger Shroff, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Nora Fatehi, and Pankaj Tripathi were present at the event.
Shershaah, the biographical film based on Captain Vikram Batra, won Best Picture, while Vishnu Varadhan won the Best Director award for the film. Vickey Kaushal was the Best Actor (Male) in a Leading Role for Shoojit Sircar’s Sardar Udham.
Kriti Sanon won the Best Actor (Female) in a Leading Role for playing a surrogate in Mimi.
— Performance in a Supporting Role (Female): Sai Tamhankar (Mimi)
— Performance in a Supporting Role (Male): Pankaj Tripathi (Ludo)
— Music Direction (Tie): A.R. Rahman (Atrangi Re), Tanishk Bagchi, Jasleen Royal, Javed-Mohsin, Vikram Montrose, B Praak, Jaani (Shershaah)
— Playback Singer (Female): Asees Kaur for Raataan Lambiyan (Shershaah)
— Playback Singer (Male): Jubin Nautiyal for Raataan Lambiyan (Shershaah)
— Best Story (Original): Anurag Basu (Ludo)
— Best Story (Adapted): Kabir Khan, Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan (83)
— Lyrics: Kausar Munir for Lehra Do (83)
— Best Debut Female: Sharvari Wagh (Bunty Aur Babli 2)
— Best Debut Male: Ahan Shetty (Tadap 2)
Vickey Kaushal expressed a heartfelt thank you to his parents and wife, Katrina Kaif, who was not present in the audience on the night