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The 2014 International Indian Film Academy Awards

By Ritu Mediratta

The 2014 IIFA Awards, held on April 23, will be telecast globally on June 15 on Star Plus. Don’t miss the star-studded ceremony; upgrade to Star Plus today by calling (855) 779-2018.

This April, Tampa Bay, Florida was host to one of Bollywood’s most prestigious awards shows, IIFA, better known as the ”Bollywood Oscars.” Organized by the Mumbai-based Wizcraft Entertainment, the awards show is held each year at a destination outside of India, and this was the first time it took place in the US. IIFA, an organization known for showcasing Indian Cinema on a global platform, orchestrated a full weekend of activities, celebrating Indian cinema with elements of culture, business, film, fashion, entertainment and music, attracting an estimated of 30, 000 spectators.

Two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey wowed audiences at the IIFA Master Class Panel alongside Indian actress, Priyanka Chopra. When asked about his thought of the two worlds (Bollywood and Hollywood) meeting, Spacey responded, “Well, it’s about time.” The two actors exchanged notes on acting, piracy, films and even reviving the theatre scene in India.

Later that evening Spacey made his way down the IIFA green carpet with Indian Cinema’s top billed actress Deepika Padukone – a photo opportunity that delighted the international media.

In one of the award ceremony’s most memorable moments, Spacey then joined the IIFA Awards co-hosts, actors Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akthar for a dance performance. Together the actors put on lungis (Indian sarongs) and matched steps to the 2013 global hit, ‘Lungi Dance’ before a 25, 000 strong crowd at the Raymond James Stadium. To help cap the evening, he then handed the Entertainer of the Year award to Padukone, who had four back-to-back hits last year including “Race 2, ” “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, ” “Chennai Express” and “Ram-Leela.” And what awards ceremony is not complete now without a selfie? IIFA’s included Spacey, Kapoor, Akthar, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Sonakshi Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha.

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