IIFA Awards 2014 in Florida: Bollywood celebs excited about the venue

Mumbai, Feb 18: Bollywood celebrities Tuesday said they were all set to perform and entertain their fans at the 15th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards to be held in Tampa Bay, Florida, USA

“IIFA is my family and I have been associated with IIFA for the last 15 years. I am grateful to IIFA and I feel this is going to be the best IIFA ever,” actor Anil Kapoor said at a press conference.

Madhuri Dixit-Nene said she has lived in Florida for two years and that it was a “gorgeous place”.

“I can assure you Tampa Bay is a gorgeous place. It has got a lot to offer. People there will welcome you with a lot of warmth. I am honoured to be associated with them,” Madhuri said.

Saif Ali Khan and wife Kareena Kapoor Khan said they will put their best foot forward and entertain their fans.

“We live in divided times but what brings us together is love for cinema. I am very excited about it,” Saif said.

Kareena added: “IIFA is the only Indian award which celebrates Indian cinema on a global platform. We are going to put our best foot forward and entertain our fans there.”

The IIFA awards will be hosted by Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar.

The first set of star performers at the IIFA weekend – to be held April 23-26 – includes Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu and Sonakshi Sinha among others.

Bipasha Basu and Pritam were also present at Tuesday’s press conference along with US Ambassador Peter Haas.

Bipasha said, “It is commendable that IIFA continues to be a magnificent celebration of Indian Cinema and IIFA’s efforts to promote Indian Cinema on a global scale are really praiseworthy. As an ambassador of Cinema, I whole-heartedly support this noble endeavor and will continue to do so. It would be fun to be in North America this year, because with a huge number of Bollywood fans in the country, it will only be a remarkable celebration.” IANS

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