Move over Hollywood! The 15th Annual Bollywood Oscars are coming to Tampa April 23-26. This the first time the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) has held these awards in the United States.
In case you’re scratching your head, saying “Huh? What’s Bollywood?” here’s the short answer. Bollywood is India’s Hollywood, centered in Mumbai, India. Mumbai is the former Bombay- so, the B is for Bombay.
Here are some highlights of the events scheduled in Tampa:
Free Indian Festival
The public is invited to a free IIFA Stomp Bollywood dance music festival on Wednesday, April 23. This Indian festival will be at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, starting at 7:00 pm.
The Stomp will feature Indian music, food, and crafts. Popular local and Indian DJs, including Ravi Drums and Akbar Sami, will present the music.
As a Tampa Bay resident, I’ve been to this park many times. It’s located in downtown Tampa, on the banks of the Hillsborough River.
It is a beautiful park, with a lovely view (across the river) of the University of Tampa’s Moorish minarets, domes and cupolas.
The IFFA website (see first paragraph) has a link to Ticketmaster, where tickets for the following events can be purchased:
- Bollywood Oscars – April 26. Tickets range from $343.65 to $1,108.75.
- Magic of the Movies and Technical Awards – April 25. Prices start around $100 and go up to $836. Fans who already have tickets for the oscar awards show will have first choice for these tickets.
And the Nominees are …
See if your favorite movie, actor, or actress is nominated! To save space, I mention only the major categories of best film, actor, and actress. The complete list is on the IIFA website.
Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Kai Po Che
Performance in a Leading Role (male):
Sushant Singh Rajput
Performance in a Leading Role (female):
Deepika Padukone (nominated for 3 films)
Thousands Will Attend
Tampa is excited about hosting the Bollywood Oscars and showcasing Indian movies and culture. Mayor Bob Buckhorn estimates that 30,000 people will be coming.
Here’s a breakdown of those 30,000:
- approximately 5% from India
- 40% from the Tampa Bay area
- 20-25% from other parts of the U.S., and
- the remainder from Canada and other countries
Another 800 million people worldwide are expected to view the Oscars on television. Those are some impressive numbers!
For those of you coming to Florida, you’ll have a pleasant surprise. Tampa’s April temperatures are usually mid to high 70s (Fahrenheit). And, you can count on plenty of sunshine.
You’ll find out firsthand why Florida’s known as the Sunshine State!
Previously published on Full of Knowledge, March 14, 2014
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