Tampa 'in love' with Bollywood during IIFA awards: mayor
From left, musician Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, actress Sonakshi Sinha, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, actor Stephen Baldwin, Visit Tampa Bay President Santiago Corrada and actor Anil Kapoor dance to the tune "Do Da Tampa" after a IIFA press conference at the Hilton in downtown Tampa Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, James Borchuck)
Tamara Lush, The Associated Press
Published Friday, April 25, 2014 1:27PM EDT
TAMPA, Fla. - Indian cinema, food and style have overtaken Tampa as it prepares to host the 15th annual International Indian Film Academy awards.
While the actual award ceremony isn't until Saturday, Bollywood celebrities, directors and fans have been streaming into the city all week in preparation for the main event.
From the pre-teens at the airport screaming for autographs of their favourite Indian actors, to Gov. Rick Scott touting the economic benefits of the four-day event, Bollywood is everywhere.
On Thursday, 'Slumdog Millionaire' film star Anil Kapoor danced onstage with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn at a news conference. Later that night, fans and celebrities partied during an invite-only fashion and music extravaganza.
This is the first time the IIFA awards show has been held in the United States.