IIFA had a roster of A-list actors to host both IIFA Rocks and IIFA Awards. Karan Johar and Fawad Khan took over the stage of IIFA Rocks, with Manish Paul as a guest host. Farhan Akhtar and Shahid Kapoor got their host-hats on for IIFA Awards the next day, at the same venue, for a much bigger audience.

Hosting is not an easy job fellas. You need to be quick on your feet, there are a million ways things can go wrong, or VERY wrong, and your comic timing is all that matters. While Fawad, Farhan and Shahid have proven their mettle as acclaimed actors, they lacked just a little bit of zest to wow audience at IIFA as hosts. Karan, with his experience at ‘Koffee with Karan’ definitely had an edge.

However, the most loved and applauded was Manish Paul. He’s eccentric, hilarious and fantastic when interacting with celebrities. Best of it all – he goes unscripted most of the time, and you can’t beat that!

This was originally published in Masala Magazine. Image copyright – Cherry Cross