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Bollywood's Oscars coming to Tampa

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Bollywood's version of the Oscars will be held in Tampa next year. It's the first time the International Indian Film Academy Awards has ever been held in the United States.

Bollywood films are best known as bright and bold productions that captivate audiences around the world.

"When you think of Bollywood, you think of lots of dancing and color and drama," Tampa-based India International Film Festival founder, Francis Vayalumkal, said Friday.

Now, Bollywood's heading straight to the Bay area.

In June 2014, Tampa will host the International Indian Film Academy Awards show.

"You're talking about all different actors, directors, everyone coming and saying, 'Wow. Let's check out Tampa," Vayalumkal said.

Vayalumkal says bringing the award show to Tampa will highlight the Bay area as a future backdrop of feature films.

"The Bollywood films are all big budget films, and they come with large amounts of crews," he said.

They also generate a large amount of fans.

Organizers expect 24,000 hotel rooms will be booked for the big weekend, with an economic impact in the ballpark of $11 million.

While plans are still preliminary, the event set-up will likely look a lot like the Republican National Convention.

"I would imagine it would be largely focused around the same areas that the Convention was. The Convention Center, the Marriott Waterside, the Embassy Suites, the Forum," Mayor Bob Buckhorn said Friday.

Mayor Buckhorn says the RNC's success was a big part in helping a team from Tampa beat out the competition for the Bollywood awards show.

He says this is another opportunity to put Tampa on the international stage.

"I think what it says is we don't have to ask anybody's permission anymore...that we can host these events, we can compete for these events, we can win these events," Buckhorn said.

While the majority of the events will likely be focused in downtown Tampa, you can expect plenty of elaborate parties at venues across the Bay area.

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