Spacey, Travolta Wow as 'Bollywood Oscars' Hit Tampa

Awards show filmed in US for first time

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 27, 2014 8:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Indian film industry's top award show sailed into Tampa, Florida, yesterday with a pirate-themed opening musical number and celebrities ranging from Slumdog Millionaire star Anil Kapoor to John Travolta and Kevin Spacey. Before a crowd of some 20,000, the International Indian Film Academy awards kicked off with co-hosts Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar dressed as swashbuckling pirates having a mock swordfight—a nod to Tampa's love of pirate-themed parties as the show, informally known as the "Bollywood Oscars," came to the United States for the first time.

Travolta later brought the crowd to life, as Indian star Priyanka Chopra pulled him onstage and he did some signature moves from 1994 blockbuster Pulp Fiction. Later, actor Hrithik Roshan presented Travolta with an award for Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema, declaring the two-time Golden Globe winner "the coolest of them all." "I'm honored. I'm humbled," Travolta said. Spacey also wowed the crowd when presenting actress Deepika Padukone with the award for Entertainer of the Year. Spacey was persuaded to don a Lungi—a sarong—and dance to a wildly popular song called the "Lungi Dance", written for the movie Chennai Express. The show was recorded and will be broadcast in June. IIFA says some 800 million people worldwide are expected to watch the event.

Actor John Travolta walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Actor John Travolta walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Brian Blanco)
Actor Kevin Spacey walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Actor Kevin Spacey walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Brian Blanco)
Indian film star Vivek Oberoi walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Indian film star Vivek Oberoi walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Brian Blanco)
Indian film star Hrithik Roshan walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Indian film star Hrithik Roshan walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Brian Blanco)
Indian film star Kainaat Arora poses for photographers as she walks the green carpet for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Indian film star Kainaat Arora poses for photographers as she walks the green carpet for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Chris O'Meara)
Fans scream as Indian film stars walk the green carpet as they arrive for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Fans scream as Indian film stars walk the green carpet as they arrive for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Brian Blanco)
Indian film star Gulshan Grover walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Indian film star Gulshan Grover walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Brian Blanco)
Indian film star Tusshar Kapoor walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Indian film star Tusshar Kapoor walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Brian Blanco)
Indian film star Priyanka Chopra walks the green carpet as she arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Indian film star Priyanka Chopra walks the green carpet as she arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Brian Blanco)
Indian film star Sonakshi Sinha walks the green carpet as she arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Indian film star Sonakshi Sinha walks the green carpet as she arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Brian Blanco)
Indian model and actress Gauhar Khan poses for photographers as she walks the green carpet for 15th annual International Indian Film Awards Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Indian model and actress Gauhar Khan poses for photographers as she walks the green carpet for 15th annual International Indian Film Awards Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Chris O'Meara)
DJ Ravi Drums poses for pictures on the Green Carpet of the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Tampa, Fla.
DJ Ravi Drums poses for pictures on the Green Carpet of the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Tampa, Fla.   (Nishimura)
Priyanka Chopra poses for pictures with John Travolta on the Green Carpet in front of Raymond James stadium for the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Tampa,Fla.
Priyanka Chopra poses for pictures with John Travolta on the Green Carpet in front of Raymond James stadium for the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Tampa,Fla....   (Borchuck)
Indian film star Nimrat Kaur walks the green carpet as she arrives for 15th annual International Indian Film Awards Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Indian film star Nimrat Kaur walks the green carpet as she arrives for 15th annual International Indian Film Awards Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Chris O'Meara)
Indian film star Nimrat Kaur poses for photographers as she walks the green carpet  for 15th annual International Indian Film Awards Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Indian film star Nimrat Kaur poses for photographers as she walks the green carpet for 15th annual International Indian Film Awards Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Chris O'Meara)
Indian film star Deepika Padukone walks the green carpet as she arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Indian film star Deepika Padukone walks the green carpet as she arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Brian Blanco)
Indian film star Tusshar Kapoor walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Indian film star Tusshar Kapoor walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Brian Blanco)
Alaia Baldwin, left, Stephen Baldwin, center, and Hailey Rhode Baldwin pose for photographers as they walk the green carpet for 15th annual International Indian Film Awards Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Alaia Baldwin, left, Stephen Baldwin, center, and Hailey Rhode Baldwin pose for photographers as they walk the green carpet for 15th annual International Indian Film Awards Saturday, April 26, 2014, in...   (Chris O'Meara)
Indian film star Deepika Padukone walks the green carpet as she arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Indian film star Deepika Padukone walks the green carpet as she arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Brian Blanco)
Indian film star Anil Kapoor walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Indian film star Anil Kapoor walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Brian Blanco)
Indian film star Hrithik Roshan stops to blow a kiss at a camera as he walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Indian film star Hrithik Roshan stops to blow a kiss at a camera as he walks the green carpet as he arrives for the 15th annual International Indian Film Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa,...   (Brian Blanco)
Indian actess and model Gauhar Khan poses for photographers as she walks the green carpet for 15th annual International Indian Film Awards Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
Indian actess and model Gauhar Khan poses for photographers as she walks the green carpet for 15th annual International Indian Film Awards Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.   (Chris O'Meara)
Kevin Spacey poses with Deepika Padukone on the green carpet at Raymond James stadium for the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Tampa, Fla.
Kevin Spacey poses with Deepika Padukone on the green carpet at Raymond James stadium for the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Tampa, Fla.   (Borchuck)
Deepika Padukone trys to figure out where to go on the red carpet outside Raymond James stadium for the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Tampa,Fla.
Deepika Padukone trys to figure out where to go on the red carpet outside Raymond James stadium for the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Tampa,Fla.   (Borchuck)
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