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A who's who of Bollywood stars in Tampa Bay for IIFA

You know Bollywood's stars will be here, but do you know who they are?

The glitterati will be making appearances and walking green carpets, but you can probably spot them out and about around Tampa Bay, if you know whom to look for. (You should certainly be able to catch a glimpse of them at Hilton Downtown Tampa, the official hotel for IIFA celebrities and entourages.)

Here's a few of the big names coming to town.

Caitlin E. O'Conner, Times staff writer

Hrithik Roshan, 40

This heartthrob actor is the biggest performer at the main awards show, billed as "one of the world's greatest dancers."

Madhuri Dixit, 46

A dancing darling of the silver screen in the '80s and '90s, she faded from the limelight for a decade (part of it she spent living in the United States, including Florida), but made a huge on-screen comeback this year.

Priyanka Chopra, 31

Miss World 2000 wasn't content being just a pretty face or even an actor. She turned pop singer, too: Chopra's debut single, In My City, opened Thursday Night Football in 2012 and follow-up Exotic featured Miami rapper Pitbull.

Deepika Padukone, 28

This party girl is all but guaranteed the best leading female actor title, earning three of six nominations in the category.

Farhan Akhtar, 40

This IIFA Awards co-host won critical acclaim and tremendous box office success as a writer, director, producer, actor, lyricist and singer. He's favored to win best leading male actor for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

Shahid Kapoor, 33

Though his dance moves are also top-notch, this awards co-host's rugged good looks are so known that he recently sparked months of social media uproar — just by shaving his long locks.

Saif Ali Khan, 43

The Magic of the Movies & Technical Awards host is Bollywood's chhote nawab, or little prince, because he inherited one of India's technically defunct royal titles.

Kareena Kapoor Khan, 33

Nicknamed "Bebo," she's married to "prince" Saif Ali Khan, but she's Bollywood royalty all her own, from a long line of stars. IIFA will be a family affair with her father, Randhir Kapoor, and uncle Rishi Kapoor, nominated twice for best villain.

Vidya Balan, 36

Not one to shy from edgy roles, she's become known as the industry's "female hero," a woman who can anchor a movie, rather than play a leading lady alongside a well-known man.

Anil Kapoor, 57

This Bollywood veteran (unrelated to the previous Kapoors) made forays into Hollywood with Slumdog Millionaire and Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol; after a role on 24, he's currently starring in an Indian version.

Vivek Oberoi, 37

The host of the IIFA Rocks concert and fashion show knows Tampa Bay, so expect to see him out and about.

Ranveer Singh, 28

Bollywood's lovable scoundrel is also an Indiana University alumnus.

Prabhudeva, 41

He's known as "India's Michael Jackson" for his dance moves, but he's also turned actor and popular director.

Anupam Kher, 59

Consider him Bollywood's pops-up-everywhere Morgan Freeman: He's been in 460 movies in multiple languages, including Silver Linings Playbook and Bend It Like Beckham.

Bipasha Basu, 35

A former model, she's probably the fittest woman in Bollywood and proud of it.

 
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