Hollywood Meets Bollywood in Tampa for IIFA Awards!

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Hollywood icons John Travolta and Kevin Spacey took part in all the fun this past weekend as Tampa welcomed the first ever IIFA Awards held in the United States to town. Festivities kicked off with Travolta and Spacey joining Bollywood megastars Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshone, and Anil Kapoor, among others, on stage for many song and dance routines that reflected Travolta’s musical film past along with Bollywood’s affinity for musicals both past, present, and future.

A lucky 20,000 people caught this year’s IIFA Awards show, which is slated for release on worldwide television in June, and IIFA said it expects 800 million people to ultimately watch the awards show as Bollywood continues to increase its global footprint.

Travolta was presented with an award for his contribution to international film and gushed afterwards about the proceedings. “The first musical number, it was, wow, that was amazing,” Travolta opined on Saturday. “I find Indian films very original in energy and life. Every time I’ve had an opportunity to sing or dance in a movie, it’s been glorious … I think we’re simpatico. I would love for the Bollywood influence to actually infiltrate and give Hollywood more confidence in musicals and dance. Musicals in Hollywood are sporadic.”

Travolta had an impromptu chance to relive his ‘Saturday Night Fever’ days with star Hrithik Roshone as the latter presented him with his career achievement award.

Kevin Spacey also wowed the crowd with his dance with the big winner of the night Deepika Padukone to the tune of the ‘Lungi Dance’ and even donned the song’s signature wrap around over his tux for the show-stealing performance at the star-studded event. The Oscar-winning star of classics such as ‘American Beauty’ and ‘The Usual Suspects’ seems to have enjoyed himself as he said ‘It is great to be here and see the performances at IIFA.’

Bollywood stole the selfie trend from Hollywood as Anupam Kher tweeted a selfie with Spacey, Priyanka Chopra, Arshad Warsi, Aftab Shivdasani, Ritesh Deshmukh and Rajiv Kapoor where everyone seems to be having a great time from IIFA!

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Priyanka Chopra Continues American Push on ‘Nightline’

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Priyanka Chopra is continuing her push to take over America as she appeared in an interview for a segment of ‘Nightline’. The CAA-repped actress (the first Bollywood star to ever be represented by mega-agency American agency CAA…) first began the push with her foray into the music world. She had collaborations with Pitbull on the single ‘Exotic’, previously released the single ‘In My City’ with will.i.am, and has even appeared on the opener for Thursday Night Football.

Priyanka has recently been announced as the face of Guess over the holidays and is getting ready to drop yet another single on American audiences. But is it working? She tells the British interviewer during the segment that America is the ‘Land of Dreams’ and a multicultural melting pot so making it in America is still a possibility.

In an interesting segment surely meant to demonstrate her ‘All-American Appeal’, Indian Chopra squeals with delight when she says American burger chain Jack in the Box and is then shown with a burger in hand. Has her play for American appeal gone too far? Will she alienate her Indian and international followers with this grab for American popularity? It remains to be seen, but her handlers are certainly pushing her crossover appeal pretty hard.

If you want to see exactly what Priyanka has to say regarding her American push, the ‘Nightline’ segment can be seen here.

Photo of the week: Sridevi looking Gorgeous at the ‘Yash Chopra Memorial Awards’

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Legendary Bollywood actress Sridevi and husband, director Boney Kapoor, attend the first ‘Yash Chopra Memorial Awards‘ ceremony in Mumbai on October 19, 2013.

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Sridevi looked stunning in a off- white sari designed by Mahe Ayyappan.

Photo of the week: Sheryln Chopra Naked On a Horse

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Indian actress and model, Sherlyn Chopra, who recently posed for Playboy magazine, is busy promoting herself these days.  Now, everyone is probably wondering what happened to Sherlyn’s Playboy cover?  Could this leaked photo be it?

We don’t know. Nobody does. We did hear that after her Playboy photo shoot, the Kamasutra 3D actress was seen galloping around on a white horse, naked.

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photo:indiatoday.com

Chopra described her Playboy shoot as a liberating experience. “I have become a free-spirited person after my Playboy cover.”  So like any free-spirited celebrity, she tweeted this photo of herself on a white horse.

‘JAB TAK HAI JAAN’ to be released tomorrow

‘JAB TAK HAI JAAN’, directed by the late Yash Chopra, is said to be released tomorrow, November 13th, 2012. It stars Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. With music by the award winning pair of A. R. Rahman and Gulzar.

Check out the trailer and let me know what you guys think.

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