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A primer to Bollywood films

A little romance, some intrigue and a whole lot of dancing and music are the hallmarks of the films made in India. Moviemakers there produce about 1,000 films a year that bring in billions of doll …


IIFA 'Bollywood Oscars' 2014

IIFA events for week of Bollywood film awards in Tampa

TAMPA — The 15th annual International Indian Film Academy's Weekend & Awards has a variety of events for ardent Bollywood film fans and curious Tampa Bay area residents alike. Here's the wee …


  1. Bollywood's 'Khoobsurat,' 'Daawat-E-Ishq' to battle at box office



    Even Bollywood isn't safe from the Mouse House.

    Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan in Khoobsurat, a remake of a 1980 movie by the same name.
  2. Bollywood boxing biopic 'Mary Kom' opens in Tampa


    After Olympian biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag struck a chord (and won big at the box office and International Indian Film Academy Awards in Tampa), there has been an unprecedented rush to celebrate India's overlooked non-cricket athletes. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag contained a sobering tribute to India's forgotten …

    Priyanka Chopra portrays Indian boxer Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom in this biopic.
  3. Bollywood's Rani Mukherjee tackles child trafficking in 'Mardaani'


    The Hindi film industry has a reputation for happy endings and song and dance, but it has its darker side too, as shown in this weekend's release.

    In Mardaani, senior police inspector Shivani Shivaji Roy, played by Rani Mukherjee, takes on the head of a human trafficking operation.
  4. Bollywood goes to the dogs with Akshay Kumar's 'Entertainment'


    Dog is not this man's best friend.

    In the presumptuous yet unassumingly named slapstick comedy Entertainment, a man struggling to make ends meet finds out he's adopted, the lost biological son of a cheating diamond merchant in Bangkok. Except this wealthy daddy just died, willing everything to his dog, …

    Action-comedy star Akshay Kumar plays a man at war with a pesky, inheritance-stealing pooch in slapstick comedy Entertainment.
  5. Bollywood's 'Bobby Jasoos' starring Vidya Balan opening in Tampa


    When she swung through Tampa in March, Bollywood's "female hero" Vidya Balan was promoting April's Indian International Film Academy Awards and raving about a master class she'd teach there with Kevin Spacey. That never happened as Balan decided to skip IIFA altogether, but she's finally back in Tampa this weekend …

    Vidya Balan, center, plays Bobby, an aspiring private detective who likes disguises, in Bobby Jasoos. It’s one more chance for Balan to play the lead role rather than the leading female character alongside a leading man.
  6. Tampa to host free IIFA Watch Party


    Didn't get enough of Bollywood when the International Indian Film Academy Awards were here in April? Or just want a chance to watch for yourself on TV? Tampa's got you covered. A free IIFA Watch Party will be hosted at 7:30 p.m. June 14 in the downtown Curtis Hixon Park, which saw thousands of fans pack in April 23 to …

    Bollywood actors Shahid Kapoor (L) and Farhan Akhtar host the fourth and final day of the 15th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, April 26, 2014.AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
  7. Amid Patel family rift, 'Bollywood Oscars' is show that almost didn't go on


    LUTZ — Just before midnight two Mondays ago, Chetan "Jason" Shah again prepared to leave his mansion to sleep on the floor of a small office in protest.

    After ending a hunger strike, Shah was sleeping on the floor of his office to protest his being sidelined at some IIFA events and not getting credit for his role in bringing them to Tampa.
  8. Bollywood deemed success for Tampa


    TAMPA — Ravish Agarwal flew into town from a home in the U.S. Virgin Islands with tickets for the 15th annual International Indian Film Academy Awards. He spent just two days in Tampa.

  9. IIFA awards production an extravagant endurance test

    Human Interest

    This just in: Saturday night's International Indian Film Academy Awards show at Raymond James Stadium just ended.

    Amala Benny, 19, center, takes a self-portrait with one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, Anil Kapoor, at the University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainability on Jan. 14. Kapoor was on hand Saturday night for the Indian International Film Academy awards show at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
  10. Bollywood awards show is one to remember



    Whom did the announcer at Raymond James Stadium think he was kidding?

    Performers present the opening act for the Bollywood Oscars, a tribute to Tampa, at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday.