Bollywood’s top awards show sailed into Tampa with a pirate-themed opening musical number and Travolta received a very special honor, award for being the “Most Popular All Time International Star in India”. Before the show started, Travolta walked past hordes of international media – the green carpet. OpenBeast had the opportunity to cover this phenomenal event, The International Indian Film Academy awards, also known as the “Bollywood Oscars”. It was awesome to known that the Oscar winner is actually considering a role in a Bollywood movie. “I cannot deny music and dance in my life,” he told reporters. “It is part of my soul. This is part of most of Bollywood’s films, and I agree with it.” Travolta continued that he’s been offered a script for a Bollywood movie, Paani, director Shekhar Kapur’s years-in-the-making film about a 2050 dystopia where corporations control the source of water. “He’s asked me to be part of it. I would like to be part of it,” Travolta said.
The event made the jam-packed audience at Raymond James stadium shake a leg with their favorite Bollywood celebrities. Better yet Priyanka Chopra got John Travolta on stage and the two danced for the number ‘Tune Mari Entriyan”. From Saturday Night Fever to Grease to Pulp Fiction, he has danced in more than his share of iconic moments in American cinema, but this one was truly unique to watch.
Bollywood is the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai, India. The term is often incorrectly used to refer to the whole of Indian cinema; however, it is only a part of the large Indian film industry. Bollywood is one of the largest centers of film production in the world. Besides being popular among the India diaspora, such far off locations as Nigeria to Egypt to Senegal and to Russia generations of non-Indian fans have grown up with Bollywood during the years, bearing witness to the cross-cultural appeal of Indian movies.Over the last years of the twentieth century and beyond, Bollywood progressed in its popularity as it entered the consciousness of Western audiences and producers, with Western actors now actively seeking roles in Bollywood movies.
The International Indian Film Academy Awards (also known as the IIFA Awards) are a set of awards presented annually by the International Indian Film Academy to honor both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in Bollywood, the Hindi language film industry. Instituted in 2000, the ceremony is held in different countries around the world every year.
Interview by Stephen Thompson, Ph.D.