Five things I underlined in the Tampa Bollywood Oscars coverage in this morning's paper
1. The music was Do Da Tampa, the propulsive IIFA theme song composed by and featuring Tampa native DJ Ravidrums. Buckhorn tried to exit stage right. Kapoor, an even bigger showman than the mayor, pulled him center stage for an impromptu lesson. Kapoor's move featured more hip-thrusting than you typically see from a local elected official. Buckhorn, a deliberately poor student, simply moved his hands. Click.
2. "It really surprised me that so many people in Tampa love our films." Click.
3. "The United States and India are the largest functioning democracies in the world, and it's important we lead the way." Click.
4. The rise of Indian cinema's global appeal comes as the Tampa Bay area reaches to farther horizons. The airport's new international flights, the growth of area universities, the port's bid to expand global trade and the new overseas business opportunities originating here and abroad all speak to where this region sees its future headed. Click.
5. ... fans who had paid for VIP tickets shuffled alongside celebrities ... Click.