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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. 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy' comes to Tampa


    Finally rising from the pages of 20th century Bengali literature, meet Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, India's Sherlock Holmes. (The Big Bang Theory fans might remember an episode last year that took issue with this description; Raj insisted Sherlock Holmes was actually "the English Byomkesh Bakshi.")

    Sushant Singh Rajput, right, stars in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy.
  2. Bollywood opening: 'Badlapur'


    Happy endings are a staple in Bollywood, but unhappy beginnings foretell another staple: the revenge tale.

    Varun Dhawan stars in Badlapur.
  3. Bollywood opening: 'Ungli' in Tampa


    When life gives you a corrupt government, form a gang with your buddies and give corruption the finger.

    The gang of not-quite-mastermind criminals gathers to decide who to kidnap next.
  4. Bollywood's 'Happy New Year' releases for Diwali


    When holiday weekends roll around in the United States, it seems like everyone and their brother makes a movie.

    The would-be diamond thieves in Happy New Year use a dance competition as a cover.
  5. Bollywood openings: 'Bang Bang' and 'Haider' come to Tampa


    Much to the confusion of fans everywhere, Bollywood apparently had the same titling idea as Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J.

    Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif are featured in Bang Bang, which features some daring action scenes.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.