Speaking on the occasion, Bachchan said: "I'm ecstatic to be hosting the 23rd edition of IIFA at YAS Island, Abu Dhabi. IIFA is like family to me. I am looking forward to entertaining, meeting fans, and connecting with them globally."
Akhtar said in a statement: "IIFA is the only global platform that has travelled the world. It has bought cinema lovers closer from all across the globe. As always, I am looking forward to the next edition of IIFA Weekend and awards and am excited to be co-hosting it."
"Super excited to be on the stage once again to host the 23rd edition of IIFA. It's always fun and the reaction we receive from the live audiences is surreal. It's going to be bigger and brighter with my super amazing co-hosts. Looking forward to enjoying it and having a lot of fun," Paul said.