Madhya Pradesh/ Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez in Bhopal, announce 3-day IIFA 2020 (See Pics)

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan will host the 21st International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards at his hometown Indore to be held from March 27 to 29. A pre-event festival would be organized in Bhopal on March 21.

This was informed at a press meet on Monday at Bhopal, attended by Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath.

This is the first time that Salman Khan will be hosting the award function. This is also the first time that the event would be organized outside Mumbai in India.

‘Whatever I’m today is because of the education I received in MP’: Khan, whose family belongs to Indore, recounted memories from his childhood and said whatever he is today—“and I’m good, not bad”—was because of the education and knowledge that he received in Madhya Pradesh. The actor had got part of his education at Scindia School in Gwalior. He also stated that he had stayed in Bhopal for two months about 39 years ago.

‘Here are the memories of 6 generations’: Salman said – I am sitting on the home ground. Here are the memories of 6 generations. He also spoke about Alvira’s birth. He said at that time his mother lived in Indore for 3 months.

The superstar hailed the leadership and enterprise of CM Nath saying a young state like Madhya Pradesh couldn’t have a younger chief minister than Kamal Nath who can stand up for anything.

On the cleanliness of Bhopal, Salman said that the next time IIFA will be held here, we hope the roads will be of marble by then.

Nath on his part said the IIFA organisers made a good choice when they chose Madhya Pradesh as the venue for the award function because the state had good infrastructure, heritage, forest, landscape, natural beauty and above all simple and good-natured people who are welcoming in nature.

I wish to dedicate the award to tribals and the poor, says CM: The chief minister said he wished to dedicate the award to the tribal and poor youth of the state and was convinced that such events boosted the state’s potential to draw investment and generate employment and livelihood possibilities.

More Bollywood movies will be shot in MP, says Khan: Salman Khan said he was certain that more Bollywood movie shootings would be held in Madhya Pradesh as the chief minister was willing to give rebates.

Jacqueline Fernandez, who visited Bhopal for the first time, asked the chief minister as to how the state is so clean and beautiful, to which Kamal Nath replied that it was due to the people of the state and added that IIFA should hold the event again in MP next year and they would find an even better state.

Several state ministers, including Tourism Minister Surendra Singh Baghel and Culture Minister Vijaylaxmi Sadho, Chhindwara Member of Parliament Nakul Nath and chief secretary of MP S.R. Mohanty, were also present at the event.

Meanwhile, fans of Salman Khan thronged outside the venue of the press conference at Minto Hall in Bhopal and the hotel where the superstar was put up during the day, for hours. A huge security net, including police and Khan’s private security, was thrown around both the places and the route that the actor took to the venue.