Vancouver: With performers like Mohit and Sunidhi Chauhan taking to stage to belt out crowd-pleasing hit Bollywood numbers like 'Tumse Hi' and 'Babli Badmaash', the first edition of Times of India Film awards began here with a musical extravaganza that kept the audience enchanted with foot-tapping songs.
Actress Neha Dhupia, who was hosting the event, began with a question for the audience, 'Kaun Banega Neha Dhupia Ka Pati?'. The 32-year-old told the crowd that since her mother keeps nagging her to get married, she would find a suitable 'Punjabi munda' for herself from among the audience.
The actress even selected some and gave them a chance to show off their talent by dancing on 'item numbers' like 'Fevicol Se' and 'Sheila Ki Jawaani'. Spread over three-days, the awards will have a number of Bollywood related events. Actors like Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Boman Irani will host the main event.
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan with wife Gauri, Priyanka Chopra, Asin, Jimmy Sheirgil and Sujoy Ghosh are expected to arrive here soon while filmmaker Anurag Basu, Prabhudeva and Urmila Matondkar have already reached.
Dancer Shiamak Davar, who is choreographing all the events, started the function with a performance on the song 'Jaane Kisne' before singing 'Thana me baithe Pandeyji' from 'Dabbang 2'.
His performance was followed by singer Shalmali Kholgade, who kept everyone on their toes, with her songs 'Main Pareshaaan' from 'Ishaqzaade' and 'Radha' from 'Students of the Year'.
Rapper Hard Kaur also gave a powerful performance with her hits like 'Chaar Baj gaye, party abhi baaki hai' and 'Singh is King'. Kavita Seth was at her best on the stage as she performed her numbers 'Iktaara' from 'Wake Up Sid' and 'Tumhi ho Bandhu' from 'Cocktail'.
Bollywood and its stars enjoy great popularity here thanks to the huge Indian population. Young and old fans braved the cold and rainy Canadian weather to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars.