Bollywood stars kick off film academy events
Some of Bollywood’s biggest stars gathered in Toronto on Thursday to kick off the 12th International Indian Film Academy weekend — held for the first time on North American soil.
A group of Bollywood dancers descended on Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York hotel to launch the three-day extravaganza of film, music and fashion that culminates Saturday in the academy’s awards ceremony, often described as the Indian Oscars.
“I am thrilled to be a part of yet another IIFA,” “Slumdog Millionaire” actor Anil Kapoor said at a press conference. “It is an event that I look forward to every single year, and I could not be happier that they have chosen Toronto as the host city for this year’s celebrations.”
IIFA organizers have taken the awards ceremony around the world in a bid to expose the genre to more audiences and open up trade markets.