Deepika Padukone at Tampa

Deepika Padukone ©

Deepika Padukone, a multitalented Bollywood star, who recently bagged a ton of awards at the IIFA Tampa, had got a cool movie line-up. She will is with Rajinikanth’s Kochadaiiyan and Homi Adajania’s Finding Fanny Fernandes, among others. She was adjudged best actor female in the leading role for Chennai Express and also won best entertainer of the year award too. We had the opportunity to meet her at that event. Deepika was indeed the show stealer at the Bollywood Academy Awards – she danced on the stage to the tunes of Lungi Dance with Hollywood star Kevin Spacey. The occasion was at the IIFA Awards night on Saturday when the show’s hosts Farhan Akhtar and Shahid Kapoor requested Kevin to shake a leg to the Bollywood number. She also clicked a few selfies with other celebrities and fans who attended the award function. The selfie fever seemed to have taken IIFA by a storm!

Deepika ©

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.