A Lifetime Achievement Award for Rekha and her Kanjeevaram

Bollywood

A Lifetime Achievement Award for Rekha and her Kanjeevaram

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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he IIFA Awards that were screened last night, boasted of the usual suspects we’ve come to expect of any unabashed celebration of Bollywood connections: Karan Johar referencing his past films to justify his hobby of launching star kids. Rajkummar Rao getting sidelined for the Best Actor award. Varun Dhawan mistaking the stage for the sets of Any Body Can Dance 15. And Arjun Kapoor, just showing up and doing absolutely nothing.  

But what made last night’s ceremony stand out was the fact that it boasted of a wild-card entry so spectacular that no season of Bigg Boss, Roadies, and Splitsvilla can collectively outdo. After a gap of 20 years, Bollywood veteran Rekha performed on a medley of her blockbuster songs. The widely anticipated finale of the ceremony saw the ageless diva dance to “Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya”, “Dil Cheez Kya Hai”, “In Ankhon Ki Masti”, and “Thahre Rahiyo” for 20 minutes.

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