John Travolta, Kevin Spacey wow Crowd at International Indian Film Academy Awards
The “Bollywood Oscars” were held in the United States for the first time Saturday.
The Indian film industry’s top award show sailed into Tampa
Saturday with a pirate-themed opening musical number and celebrities ranging from “Slumdog Millionaire” star Anil Kapoor to John Travolta and Kevin Spacey. Before a crowd of some 20,000, the International Indian Film Academy awards started with the entrance of actors aboard a float built like a pirate ship — a nod to Tampa’s love of pirate-themed parties. The show informally known as the “Bollywood Oscars” are being held in the United States for the first time. The show was recorded and will be broadcast in June. IIFA says some 800 million people worldwide are expected to watch the event.
Co-hosts Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar, dressed in swashbuckling outfits, demanded the key to Tampa from Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who was sitting in the front row at the city’s NFL stadium.
But it was Travolta that made the crowd come to life. Indian star Priyanka Chopra pulled him onstage and Travolta did some signature moves from his1994 blockbuster film “Pulp Fiction.”
Later, actor Hrithik Roshan presented Travolta with an award for Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema, declaring the two-time Golden Globe winner “the coolest of them all.”
“I’m honored. I’m humbled,” Travolta said.
When Hrithick Roshan presented John with his award he gave a very heartfelt speech explaining how John was the one who inspired him to start acting and at age 5 he would do John’s Saturday Night Fever moves in his bedroom. When John accepted his award, the two of them posed together in the famous stance.
Priyanka, Hrithik make John Travolta dance to B-tunes at IIFA
During her performance, Priyanka got Travolta on stage and the two danced on tune marientriyan from Gunday
Hollywood star John Travolta showed off his moves as he shook a leg with Priyanka Chopra and Hrithik Roshan at the 15th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards here.
During her performance, Priyanka got Travolta on stage and the two danced on tune mari entriyan from Gunday. The 60-year-old actor did some signature moves from his 1994 blockbuster film Pulp Fiction.
“You are a spot, nobody could do that (dance) amazingly with no rehearsals,” Priyanka said. Travolta was honoured for his outstanding contribution to International cinema by Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan. Hrithik confessed he is a big fan of the Grease star and even choreographed the famous dance moves from his hit film SaturdayNight Fever when he was just five. The duo together did Travolta’s famous Staying Alive dance routine on stage. “This man (Hrithik) is brilliant. I am honoured and humbled to be here. I thank IIFA for this honour,” John said.
Priyanka Chopra Makes John Travolta Dance! Posted by: Amrisha
Updated: Sunday, April 27, 2014, 9:40 [IST]
When Hollywood star John Travolta met the Bollywood celebrities, the IIFA 2014 stage was supposed to set on fire. Famous Hollywood star, John Travolta has been honoured at the
IIFA 2014 with the Most Popular All Time International Star in India. John walked the IIFA 2014 green carpet with international diva, Priyanka Chopra. Priyanka Chopra gave a mind blowing performance at IIFA 2014 stage and guess what, she made the Hollywood celebrity dance to the grooves of Indian music. Priyanka Chopra performed on her hit songs and made John Travolta shake his legs on her Gunday song, Tune Mari Entriyan… Priyanka roped in John to dance on her hit song. Priyanka who is already an international Bollywood icon graced the green carpet of IIFA 2014 with John Travolta. John Travolta, 60, has seen astounding success as an actor, singer and dancer in the Hollywood. His blockbusters films include Saturday Night Fever, Pulp Fiction, Grease, Swordfish, Face Off, Broken Arrow and Ladder49. John has been twice nominated for the Academy Award, and won two Golden globe including one for his performance in the critically acclaimed film Get Shorty. John earlier in his IIFA visit at Tampa Bay said in an interview, “Every time I’ve had an opportunity to sing or dance in a movie, it’s been glorious … I think we’re simpatico,” He further added, “I would love for the Bollywood influence to actually infiltrate and give Hollywood more confidence in musicals and dance. Musicals in Hollywood are sporadic.”
John Travolta – John Travolta Wows With Dance
Show At Indian Film Awards
by WENN | 27 April 2014
John Travolta wowed the crowd at the International Indian Film Academy Awards by putting on an impromptu performance with Indian superstar Priyanka Chopra.
The Pulp Fiction star was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema prize at the glitzy bash in Tampa, Florida on Saturday (26Apr14), marking the first time the awards gala has been held in the U.S.
The prize giving featured a spectacular performance by Chopra and during her routine, she pulled Travolta onto the stage to dance with her. Travolta later picked up his prize from actor Hrithik Roshan, who joined the Hollywood icon in showing off moves from Saturday Night Fever, and the U.S. star told the crowd of his trophy, “I’m honoured. I’m humbled.”Other guests at the prize giving included Kevin Spacey, who presented one of the night’s awards, and was persuaded to don a sarong to dance to a song from the movie Chennai Express. The big winner of the night was Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a film about the life of Indian athlete Milkha Singh. The film won a clutch of awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Lead Actor for Farhan Akhtar.
Hindi films are very original, full of life: John Trovolta
IANS | Tampa Bay (Florida) April 27, 2014 Last Updated at 01:04 IST
American actor John Travolta Friday said he is a big fan of Hindi films and feels they are “very original and full of life”.
“I liked ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ which wasn’t a bollywood film but somewhat reflects India. I recently saw ‘Ram Leela’… I find Hindi films very original and full of life, they capture your attention and have universal themes, so yes I am a big fan of Hindi films,” Travolta said at the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) 2014 here. He said that Bollywood’s influence was felt more widely and that musicals in Hollywood were rare.
“Anil Kapoor and Aamir Khan are among few actors I’ve interacted with. I think Bollywood actors have an amazing script sense. I’m confident that they can help develop the connection between the two industries,” he added.
“I think Bollywood has no inhibitions and that reflets in their movies. It’ll be great to watch the same in Hollywood films.
“The video ‘Exotic’ was beautiful. Priyanka and Pitbull were amazing and that exemplified what should be. I’ve always felt acting, song and dance should go in sync. I’ve always been more satisfied doing both. I wish people get more excited about musicals.”
When asked whom would he like to work with in Bollywood, he said, “I liked the girl in ‘Ram Leela’. She is amazing. She is great… I’ve also watched ’3 Idiots’, ‘Lagaan’ and ‘Krishh’.”
Explaining the difference between award ceremonies in the West and in India, he said: “I think an award like IIFA has a lot of credibility. In the West we have several award ceremonies, and each claims to be bigger than the other. But this ceremony of Bollywood is recognized internationally. I’m happy to be a part of the grand celebration this year and hope we continue to build good connections and keep making good movies.” The 15th Videocon D2H IIFA Weekend kicked off in Tampa Bay, Florida April 23. The event will come to an end Friday evening.
IIFA notes: John Travolta says Hollywood could learn from Bollywood, especially the dancing
TAMPA — From Saturday Night Fever to Grease to Pulp Fiction,
John Travolta has danced in more than his share of iconic moments in American cinema.
So, it’s no surprise he’s a fan of Bollywood’s knack for filling the screen with splashy, high-stepping show tunes. Take, for example, Bollywood’s 2013 update of Romeo and Juliet, Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, often shorthanded as Ram-Leela.
“The first musical number, it was, wow, that was amazing,”Travolta told a downtown Tampa hotel ballroom crowded with international media Saturday. “I find Indian films very original in energy and life.”
And the American cinema could learn something from Bollywood, he said.
“Every time I’ve had an opportunity to sing or dance in a movie, it’s been glorious … I think we’re simpatico,” said Travolta, who received a career achievement award at the 15th annual
International Indian Film Academy awards show at Raymond
“I’ve always felt that acting with song and dance (is) … a more complete communication,” he said. For him, the collaboration between Bollywood’s Priyanka Chopra and Miami rapper Pitbull on the video for Exotic was the “perfect marriage.”
“I would love for the Bollywood influence to actually infiltrate and give Hollywood more confidence in musicals and dance,” Travolta said. “Musicals in Hollywood are sporadic.” Travolta said he’s been offered and is considering a script for a Bollywood movie, Paani, director Shekhar Kapur’s years-in-the making film about a 2050 dystopia where corporations control the source of water. “He’s asked me to be part of it. I would like to be part of it,” Travolta said. Asked if he would dance in it, he said, “I don’t know. The script does not have (dancing) in it, although (Kapur) said, ‘Should we put in a musical number?’ If we’re being truly Bollywood, maybe we should.”