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John Travolta will receive the “Most Popular All-Time International Star in India” award at the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards in Tampa Bay, Fla., on Saturday night.
Travolta is well known in India for his memorable roles in music- and dance-heavy cult classics of the past three decades, from Grease to Saturday Night Fever to Pulp Fiction. But it wasn’t immediately clear why the IIFAs — an awards show held each year in a different international city to promote Indian cinema — is naming Travolta the superlative Hollywood star in the country. Representatives of the IIFAs couldn’t be reached for comment.
Kevin Spacey will also be brushing shoulders with top Indian talent at the event. The House of Cards star is scheduled to host an acting masters class along with Bollywood actress Vidya Balan.
This is the first year the IIFAs are being held in the U.S. Organized by Mumbai-based event management company Wizcraft Entertainment, the IIFAs include various events and run from April 23-26, culminating in the awards ceremony at the Raymond James Stadium.
A galaxy of Bollywood stars are expected to perform at the awards, including top actresses Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonakshi Sinha, along with actors Hrithik Roshan, Ranveer Singh and Farhan Akhtar, among other celebrities.
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