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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 …

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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 …

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  1. Bollywood opening: 'Dil Dhadakne Do' puts dysfunctional family on cruise

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    Only in the movies is cruising the world with your family a terrible thing.

    Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma star in Dil Dhadakne Do.
  2. Bollywood opening: 'Bombay Velvet'

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    Mumbai is known as the city of dreams — India's financial capital and home of Bollywood, where the aspiring go hoping to be somebody. Perhaps never more so than in Bollywood's Golden Age, the late '40s to '60s, when the city was still called Bombay and when Bombay Velvet is set. The noir drama from …

    Ranbir Kapoor, left, and Anushka Sharma star in Bombay Velvet as a boxer and a jazz singer striving to hit the big time in Bombay.
  3. Bollywood opening: 'Piku' a slice-of-life road trip

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    Has it really been a year since Bollywood's glitterati descended upon Tampa Bay for the "Bollywood Oscars" with sparkling clothes and painfully delayed shows? If you're feeling a bit of nostalgia, a much more understated expression arrives in theaters this weekend.

    Irrfan Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone go on a road trip in Piku.
  4. 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy' comes to Tampa

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    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.
  5. Bollywood opening: 'Badlapur'

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

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

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    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.
  7. Bollywood's 'Happy New Year' releases for Diwali

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    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.
  8. Bollywood openings: 'Bang Bang' and 'Haider' come to Tampa

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

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    KHOOBSURAT

    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.
  10. Bollywood boxing biopic 'Mary Kom' opens in Tampa

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    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.