Tampa Bay Picked to Host 2014 “Indian Oscars”!

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photo: indianexpress.com

It’s official, Tampa Bay has been chosen to host the 2014 International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA)!  President of Visit Tampa Bay noted how big of a coupe this was for the coastal Florida city by saying via email that “For Tampa Bay to be selected as the first U.S. city to these awards is incredible…. And coupled with the unprecedented amount of international attention, it’s priceless.”

The 2013 IIFA’s have just concluded wrapping up in exotic Asian gambling destination Macau, with romantic comedy ‘Barfi‘ taking home a multitude of awards including Best Actor for Ranbir Kapoor.  IIFA’s worldwide viewership is 800 million people according to the event organizers.

Tampa Bay seems to be jumping onto the Bollywood Bandwagon at the right time as Bollywood Films are estimated to grow to $5 billion in revenue by 2015.  The IIFA event itself will consist of film premieres, workshops, fashion shows, and of course the prerequisite red carpet event followed by an awards show.

Past host cities for the IIFA Awards including such exotic international destinations as London, Singapore, Toronto, and Dubai.

So what do you think readers, is Tampa Bay ready for the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and all the other stars in the Bollywood firmament?

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  1. Sunil Kapilashrami

     /  July 8, 2013

    Awesome ! I always wondered when they’d make it across the Atlantic. Hopefully lot of good publicity for Indian cinema in U.S. next year.

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