The 19th edition of IIFA took place on Sunday and the highlight of the event was veteran actress Rekha’s mesmerizing performance. She danced to the beats of some popular songs like Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya and iconic Salam-E-Ishq Meri Jaan.
Known for her elegance and twinkle toes, Rekha, 63, looked stunning in a powder pink Anarkali bedazzled with silver zari work as she performed live on stage after two decades.
She brought alive the 1981 film Umrao Jaan as she swayed effortlessly on numbers like Dil Cheez Kya Hai and In Aankhon Ki Masti. She also danced on numbers from the 1960 film "Mughal-E-Azam" like "Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya" and "Thare Rahiyo" from "Pakeezah". After the "Khoobsoorat" actress finished with her 20 minutes performance, the audience and celebrities were left asking for more.
Actors like Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Kartik Aaryan went on stage to do an encore of "Salam-E-Ishq" with her.
After her performance, Rekha said that "after sharing stage space with these great actors today, I feel I have become a better actor and a better person".
"I have become a better actor and a better performer after the stardust has rubbed on me," she said.
Held at the 2,000-seat Siam Niramit in Bangkok, Rekha received a standing ovation from her fans.
Co-hosted by Riteish Deshmukh and Karan Johar, the 19th edition of the International Indian Films Academy (IIFA) Weekends and Awards saw a spectacular gala on Sunday.
Her dance definitely forces us to go back in time and watch her groove to the original song on loop. Are you thinking the same? Watch it here-
(With IANS Inputs)