IIFA 2014: Vidya Balan and Kevin Spacey to conduct acting workshop at IIFA


The IIFA event changes its location every year and this year IIFA will held between April 23-26 in Tampa Bay, Florida. IIFA extravaganza will make their US debut this year.

As, IIFA has always been viewed as a platform to bridge the gap between the Indian film industry and the international audience, so nothing will be better than this, to involve Hollywood in it. Perhaps, that’s the reason acting masterclass workshop will be conducted by Hollywood and Bollywood fraternity.

Well-known and versatile Indian actress Vidya Balan, known for her roles in Kahaani, and The Dirty Picture and Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey will teach a master class on acting at the upcoming 15th International Indian Film Academy Weekend and IIFA Awards 2014.

The event will allow participants to share insight and explore both Hollywood and Bollywood. The IIFA Acting Workshop takes place during the main weekend by Vidya and Kevin.

Andre Timmins, director of Wizcraft International and IIFA said, “It has been our dream to be able to do this with the participation of Hollywood artists being featured within our events and this year as we debut in the US, we are proud to have achieved this with a masterclass that celebrates accomplished actors Kevin Spacey and Vidya Balan from the respective industries.”

He added, “This masterclass will be an enthralling event that will create a great platform for knowledge exchange in the world of film and media.”

Hollywood talent Kevin has given wonderful performances in “The Usual Suspects”, “American Beauty”, “Seven”, “Beyond The Sea” and “House of Cards”. Also, he won the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for the best actor role in “The Iceman Cometh” and Tony award for best supporting actor in “Lost in Yonkers”.

Kevin has been the artistic director of the Old Vic Theater Company in London for the last decade due to his services to theatre, he was made a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth.

IIFA 2014 Awards : Bhaag Milkha Bhaag wins Nine Technical Awards



India’s most prestigious international awards, The Tata Motors IIFA Awards 2014announced the winners of the technical categories by the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) on 28th February. The popular awards will be announced during IIFA Weekend celebrations during Aoril 23-26 at Tampa Bay, Florida.

Farhan Akhtar-starrer ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ continued it’s winning spree at International Indian Film Academy Awards and bagged nine awards in Technical category.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag‘ won nine awards in the technical category that includes Binod Pradhan for best cinematography, Prasoon Joshi for screenplay and dialogue, PS Bharti for editing, Nakul Kamte for sound design, Pranav Shukla for sound mixing, Shankar-Ehsaan- Loy for background score, Dolly Ahluwalia for costume design, and Vikram Gaikwad for make-up.

Also, film “Krrish 3” has claimed two well-deserved awards, Sham Kaushal and Tony Ching Siu Tung for best action, and Keitan Yadav and Haresh Hingorani Red Chillies VFX for best special effects visuals.

Shah Rukh Khan’s blockbuster film ‘Chennai Express‘ won two awards, one by Vinod Verma for the best song ‘Lungi Dance’ recording and scond by Anup Dev for sound mixing.

Remo D’Souza has won the best choreography for “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”, while Wasiq Khan for the production design work in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela” movie.

IIFA Voting weekend that took place earlier this month, provided the list of Technical Award winners and the Popular IIFA2014 nominations. Strict IIFA Voting process, which is closely monitored by KPMG have gone live for the popular category nominations. Fans across the world can vote online if they want to participate in the voting process.

IIFA Awards 2014: Tickets become expensive and scarce


As the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and IIFA Awards 2014 near its date, the tickets are selling fast. Bollywood fans have shown enthusiasm for attending the event to witness the gala event and meet celebrities.

The Ticketmaster’s interactive seat map suggests that the remaining seats start at the rate of $562.25 at the club level, whereas the tickets closer to the stage are for $3,294.75. This is much higher as compared to the rate of approximately $250 that the secondary ticket sellers are offering.

As of last week, 20,000 tickets for IIFA 2014 have been sold. Raymond James Stadium, the venue of the awards ceremony has around 34,000 seats available for IIFA, out which only 26,000 seats can be bought through tickets. Remaining are reserved for invited guests. Meaning, only 6,000 seats (roughly) are now available for sale, for which the Bollywood fans who wish to attend the awards night need to hurry up.

Visit Tampa Bay President and CEO Santiago Corrada told Tampa Bay Business Journal “IIFA’s PR machine is in full swing to promote the event” and that “he expects the event to sell out.”

There is no information about the front and center row seats that will be in the view of the camera, as to whether they have been sold or not.

IIFA Weekend and Awards 2014 will be held in Tampa Bay, Florida from April 23-26. The awards is making its debut in United States this year, and Tampa Bay expects visitors from around the globe to witness the celebrations and be a part of the popular event, which in turn will increase the area’s tourism for the time to come.

Bollywood celebrities have also expressed their excitement about the upcoming event. Stars who are going to perform at the event are busy preparing and gearing up for an entertaining show. IIFA 2014 is a huge platform that connects them to fans around the world.

IIFA 2014: Get a chance to dance with Ranveer Singh through the ‘ZEST for Stardom’ contest


Tata Motors in association with IIFA has announced a contest called ‘ZEST for Stardom‘ whose winners not only get to meet the ‘Ramleela’ star Ranveer Singh but also get to shake a leg with him during the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards which will be held in Tampa Bay, Florida from April 23-26, 2014. This is the first time that IIFA Awards will be held in the United States.

To promote and endorse the new Tata ZEST sedan, which will be launched shortly, the company is leaving no stone unturned, owing to which the ‘ZEST for Stardom’ contest will enable Bollywood fans to meet their favorite star Ranveer Singh and share with him the IIFA stage.

To participate in the contest, users have to record a one-minute-video of their dance on either of the two songs, “Tune Maari Entriyaan” or “Jashn-e-Ishqa” from Ranveer Singh’s recent movie ‘Gunday’ and send it toconnect@tatamotors.com

Sabbas Joseph, director of Wizcraft International and IIFA said “We believe that the ‘Zest for Stardom’ contest will give fans of Indian cinema the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to shake a leg with their stars and live their dream on the IIFA stage” in a statement. Since years, IIFA has taken Indian cinema to an international level adding global viewership.

Ten videos will be shortlisted and will be announced on March 6, 2014 after which the forum will be open to voting. ZEST for stardom’s Facebook application will have a gallery of the top ten shortlisted performance videos.The performer whose dance video will get the highest number of votes will get a chance to dance with Ranveer Singh at the IIFA Awards.

IIFA 2014: Will Shahid Kapoor perform at IIFA Awards?


Shahid Kapoor perform at IIFA Awards?

The 15th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards will be held in Tampa Bay, Florida from April 23-26, 2014. The event brings together Bollywood celebrities and their fans from around the world at different locations every year.

IIFA awards is making its debut in the United States in 2014. Farhan Akhtar and Shahid Kapoor are going to host the awards this year. But is Shahid Kapoor also going to perform at the event is a question that is unanswered.

A representative of IIFA told Tampa Bay Business Journal that Shahid Kapoor will host the awards and “How and what he does otherwise is a surprise!”

Shahid had performed at IIFA Awards earlier in 2012 when the awards were held in Singapore and there is no doubt that he is a brilliant dancer. His moves add charm and energy to the performance.

Shahid Kapoor has numerous young fans who follow his dance style and love his moves. They would certainly be more than willing to watch him perform at the awards.

Performances at IIFA are very different from other stage performances. IIFA 2014 has an audience of enthusiastic Bollywood fans from around the globe as the awards take Indian cinema to an international level.

This year IIFA is going to be bigger and better as organizers are putting in efforts to make it a huge event. The IIFA awards are preceded by the IIFA Weekend which includes technical awards, music and fashion event and other events and parties.

This year, the Awards will be held at the Raymond James Stadium on April 26, 2014.

IIFA Awards 2014: Nominations announced, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Deepika Padukone stole the show


Nominations for the 15th annual International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards (popular category) have been declared. The IIFA Weekend and Awards will make its debut in the United States this year as it will be held in Tampa Bay, Florida from April 23-26, 2014.

The year 2013 was a great year for Indian cinema. Bollywood saw some amazing movies and heart-touching performances by many actors and actresses. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag swept the highest number of nominations at IIFA 2014 with the inspirational biopic nominated in 10 different categories. Second to which are Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela and Aashiqui 2 with 7 nominations each.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani was a close third with 6 nominations, while other movies which include Krrish 3, Chennai Express, Kai Po Che and The Lunchbox were nominated for various categories.

Deepika Padukone is the shining star of the year as she grabbed 3 nominations in the category ‘Performance in a Leading Role (Female)’ for her movies Chennai Express, Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani.

While for Performance in a Leading Role (Male), Shah Rukh Khan (Chennai Express), Hrithik Roshan (Krrish 3), Ranbir Kapoor (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani), Farhan Akhtar (Bhaag Milka Bhaag), Ranveer Singh (Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela) and newcomer Sushant Singh Rajput (Kai Po Che) have been nominated.

While all of us wait to know the winners of the prestigious IIFA Awards 2014, here is the entire list of nominations:

Best Picture
Dhoom 3- Aditya Chopra
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani-Karan Johar
Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela-Kishore Lulla & Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Krrish 3-Rakesh Roshan
Kai Po Che-Ronnie Screwvala & Siddharth Roy Kapoor
Chennai Express-Ronnie Screwvala,Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Gauri Khan & Karim Morani
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag-Viacom 18 Motion Pictures & Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra



Abhishek Kapoor:Kai Po Che
Rakesh Roshan:Krrish 3
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Rohit Shetty;Chennai Express
Sanjay Leela Bhansali:Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela


Performance in a Leading Role (Male)

Farhan Akhtar:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Hrithik Roshan:Krrish 3
Ranbir Kapoor:Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Ranveer Singh:Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela
Shahrukh Khan:Chennai Express
Sushant Singh Rajput:Kai Po Che


Perfomance in a Leading Role (Female)

Deepika Padukone:Chennai Express
Deepika Padukone:Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela
Deepika Padukone:Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Nimrat Kaur:The Lunchbox
Shraddha Kapoor:Aashiqui 2
Sonakshi Sinha:Lootera


Performance in a Supporting Role (Male)

Aditya Roy Kapoor:Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Anupam Kher:Special 26
Nawazuddin Siddiqui:The Lunchbox
Pawan Malhotra:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Saurabh Shukla:Jolly LLB


Performance in a Supporting Role (Female)

Divya Dutta:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Kalki Koechlin:Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Kangana Ranaut:Krrish 3
Richa Chadda:Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela
Shruti Hassan:D Day
Swara Bhaskar:Raanjhanaa
Performance in a Comic Role
Arshad Warsi:Jolly LLB
Riteish Deshmukh:Grand Masti
Varun Sharma:Fukrey

Performance in a Negative Role
Rishi Kapoor:D-Day
Rishi Kapoor:Aurangzeb
Supriya Pathak:Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela
Vivek Oberoi:Krrish 3

Music Direction

Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari,Jeet Ganguly:Aashiqui 2
Pritam:Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Shankaar – Ehsaan – Loy:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Best Story

Prasoon Joshi:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Pubali Chaudhuri, Abhishek Kapoor & Chetan Bhagat:Kai Po Che
Ritesh Batra:The Lunchbox


Mithoon-’Tum Hi Ho’:Aashiqui 2
Prasoon Joshi-’O Rangrez’:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Sandeep Nath-’Sunn Raha Hai’:Aashiqui 2
Playback Singer (Male)
Ankit Tiwari-’Sunn Rahai Hai’:Aashiqui 2
Arijit Singh-’Tum Hi Ho’:Aashiqui 2
Siddharth Mahadevan-’Zinda’:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Playback Singer (Female)
Bhoomi Trivedi-’Ram Chahe Leela’:Goliyon Ki Rasleela – Ramleela
Monali Thakur-’Sawaar Loon’:Lootera
Shreya Ghoshal-’Sunn Raha Hai’:Aashiqui 2
Shreya Ghoshal-’O Rangrez’:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

IIFA 2014: “IIFA in Tampa is going to be magical” says Andre Timmins, Director, IIFA


The much awaited awards of the year, IIFA Weekend and Awards 2014 are going to be bigger and better this year. As the awards travel to the United States for the first time, the buzz is about what will be different this year. The 15th Indian International Film Academy Awards (IIFA) will be held from April 23-26, 2014.

The audiences are expecting a gala event as Bollywood is set to meet Hollywood at the mega event that promises entertainment at its best. The Director of IIFA and Wizcraft, Andre Timmins, said in an interview:

“They (audiences) can expect magic! It’s magical. If you ask me, from what I’ve seen over the years is that, anybody that comes to IIFA always comes every year wherever we are, because what you have to understand is that it is the only event where you can view the stars as a close audience. You can buy a ticket and watch the stars perform too. It’s all about the excitement. It’s all about being there. We are looking at 30,000 people in the venue, 35,000 people on the green carpet over 2 kilometers long.”

The awards are popularly known as ‘Bollywood Oscars‘ as IIFA is known to bring Indian cinema to an international level. When asked who else apart from Shah Rukh Khan and this year’s hosts Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar, will be a part of the show, Timmins said:


According to Timmins, IIFA 2014 is going to be one of the best IIFA Weekends because:

“It’s going to be different because, well I can’t disclose names yet, but we are bringing a big Hollywood star along with our Bollywood star to do a Master class. There’s education, there’s business, there’s environment, there’s volunteer programs. Every city every country has it’s own good points, this market is very matured so we feel it is going to be one of the best IIFA weekends.”

IIFA 2014: Hillsborough County approves $1 million to market the IIFA Weekend and Awards


The publicity expenses of the ‘Bollywood Oscars’ will now be aided by the Hillsborough County as it committed $1 million to market the 15th edition of the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA 2014) that are scheduled to be held from April 23-26, 2014 at Tampa Bay, Florida.

“We’ve been marketing it, but without the money” said Santiago Corrada, CEO of Visit Tampa Bay.

To promote the area as a tourist destination, the Hillsborough County Tourist Development Council voted unanimously to use $900,000 from the reserve tourist development taxes to market and support the event. The amount will be used for private security, accommodation and transportation of the stars attending the event as well as the producers of the show. Some of it will also be used to reimburse the expenses already made to promote the event.

The Hillsborough County Commission also allocated $100,000 to the tourism agency to promote the show. It was decided to keep an account as to how the money is spent as they aim to brand not just the city of Tampa but Hillsborough County as well.

Previously the event was promoted through local, national and international media, but now Visit Tampa Bay will use other mediums like digital media, radio and other advertising to promote the event to the numerous Bollywood fans in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.