For those who love Hindi Cinema, popularly known as “Bollywood” dream of meeting their favorite stars once in their lifetime and it came true for Nilesh Dodhia. East FM set out to give one of their listeners’s a chance to attend the 13th International Indian Film Awards (IIFA) in Singapore 7th to 9th June with their weeknights prime time presenter Riya Sharma. This fully paid trip was made possible by Sunrice and Holiday Bazaar Limited. Nilesh was surprised to have made it in the first round of on air competition and before he knew it his name was selected from the lucky hat. Incidentally his wife Kajal Dodhia who encouraged him to take part was also competing for the same slot.
When I met him, he still looked dazed from having seen this amazing event that brings together all the top names from Bollywood and is impeccably organized by Wizcraft International. His favorite moment was meeting the actor Ayushman Khurana who played a sperm donor in his debut film “Vicky Donor” at the fashion show dubbed “IIFA Rocks” on Friday 8th June. It was a memorable experience compared to watching the show on television especially because of the grand sets, lights and of course the stars.
East FM’s Riya Sharma has become a star in her own right after rubbing shoulders with the celebrities. Her hard work and determination of getting them to notice the radio station and its fans from Kenya paid off as they returned her comments, feedback and even recognized her for example actress Diya Mirza remembered her from her last trip to Kenya. She risked stretching over the barricade to tap the shoulder of the current heartthrob actor Ranbir Kapoor and turnaround he did. Not wasting a moment she introduced herself and he gave her his million dollar minute which no other journalist captured as he walked the green carpet. At the IIFA they recognized and encourage a greener world and thus have a carpet green in color as opposed to the usual red. While she met humble stars like Boman Irani, Priyanka Chopra it was awful to see the veteran Shabana Azmi act indifferent and rudely. She will however put this down as her adventure in the world of journalism, where she was competing with nearly 500 to 600 media crew that inched to get a moment with the Indian film personnel.