The International Indian Film Academy Awards a.k.a “The IIFA awards” is the Oscars of the East for the Bollywood fraternity. First, started in 2000 this annual event has become the most reputed award ceremony for the entire industry. It is when the glitterati steps out in their finest and walk the red carpet in major style.
There was no surprise when the first edition IIFA Utsavam held in Gachibowli Stadium, Hyderabad was a mega success. The first of its kind for the South Indian Film Industry had all the top celebs making an appearance. The event honoured all the bigwigs from the Southie film scene and we were just kicked to be part of this superstar award show.
The gig was pretty routine for us and when Wizcraft called we felt confident that we can deliver a real starry evening for them.
We had to rig up aerial entries for two celebs Tamanna Bhatia and Taapsee Pannu who were first timers in doing a show of this sort. But we must say kudos to the actresses because they were so easy to work with and very accommodating.
We even got a few jokes from them, when we took our “Risk Disclosure Form” to get signed. At Natura we take safety very seriously and we make sure that every artist is briefed about how aerial entries work and the safety standards they should expect.
With the professional set up by Wizcraft and the down to earth attitude of the stars we were able to get two very good technical rehearsals done and dusted before the show.
The only challenge we faced was the lack of space for the truss set-up. Due to this, we needed to shift around a bit and figure out the best option amidst wires, speakers and other stage paraphernalia. It is good to be a little flexible in these situations.
With rehearsals and set-ups done well in time, we were at ease and able to enjoy the show.
A big shout out to Wizcraft for good planning and we loved working with the stars who were in good humour the whole time! Can’t wait to do this again next year!