TOIFA: Bollywood Captures Canadian Hearts

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The TOIFA weekend kick-started on 4 April, yesterday at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum.
The TOIFA weekend kick-started on 4 April, yesterday at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum.

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VANCOUVER: Bollywood celebrities Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Chitrangada Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sonal Chauhan and others were spotted arriving in Canada for the first ever TOIFA.

The TOIFA weekend kick-started on 4 April, yesterday at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum with musical performances and dance performances by ace Bollywood choreographer Shiamak Davar’s troupe.

Spotted arriving in Vancouver was the lovely Chitrangada Singh, in a bright crimson hoodie and jeans, greeting her hordes of Canadian fans. (SEE MORE PHOTOS)

Chunkey Pandey was seen spreading the cheer at the official venue, being his usual silly self. Singer and rapper Hard Kaur was all smiles as she posed for photos, and signed autographs. Salman Yusuf Khan, who starred in Prabhu Deva’s ‘ABCD’ signed autographs for his ardent fans.

The debut edition of Times of India Film Awards(TOIFA) kicked off with a musical night with high voltage performances by talented singers who belted out hit numbers like “Pee loon”, “Masakali” and “Ishq sufiyana”, leaving the audience craving more.

Kavita Seth performed her hit numbers including “Iktaara” and her most recent “Tumhi ho bandhu”, while Mohit, known for his romantic ballads, wooed the crowd with “Dooriyan”, “Pee loon”, “Masakali” and “Nadaan parindey”.

If that was not enough, Sunidhi, known for her peppy and foot-tapping numbers, set the stage on fire when she took to the mic to render “Ishq sufiyana”, “Aavaiye”, “Bin tere”, “Halkat jawani”, “Te amo”, “Babli badmaash” and “Yaram”. Hard Kaur performed some of the most popular dance tracks like “Peeney Do”, “Char baaj gaye” and “Singh is king”.

Host Neha Dhupia thoroughly entertained the eager crowd with her humour and witty oneliners. The icing on the cake was a competition titled “Kaun Banega Neha Ka Pati (husband)” where Neha asked a few Punjabi boys from the crowd to dance on item songs and later shortlisted the best among the lot.