Bollywood is coming to Vancouver in April!
Mark your calendars for April 4 to 6, 2013. After months of speculation and covert planning, the Times of India Group announced today that the Times of India Film Awards, or TOIFA, will take place in Vancouver, Canada.
Announced at a special press conference in Vancouver, the inaugural award show is being produced by the same group who hold the Filmfare Awards in Mumbai, which just celebrated its 58th year of celebrating excellence in Indian cinema.
Indian actress Chitrangada Singh (above) and director Karan Johar (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Ghum) represented Indian cinema at the special announcement with local politicians, Premier Christy Clark, and Bollywood choreographer Shiamak Davar.
TOIFA Insider Details
Tickets go on sale February 15, 2013 through Ticketmaster.ca and Ticketlender.
Celebrity Spotting: Indian actor Ranbir Kapoor will host the awards, which will include Abhishek Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and many, many more Bollywood A-listers. With the huge Punjabi population in Vancouver, we expect that Akshay Kumar and the Deol family will also make an appearance. Rumours are Amitabh Bachchan may come too, but we’re holding out for a glimpse of Arjun Rampal (sigh).
The Events: The three-day event will include a special music concert with Bollywood celebrities at the Pacific Coliseum on April 4, film screenings throughout Metro Vancouver, galas and parties galore, and the grand finale Film Awards on April 6 at BC Place.
Our Celebrity Wish List: For their sartorial choices alone, we hope to see Sonam Kapoor (we’re not obsessed), Neha Dupia, Anushka Sharma, Sonakshi Sinha, Shilpa Shetty, Mehr + Arjun Rampal, and John Abraham, just for kicks.
What She Wore: Chitraganda looked gorgeous in an orange, pink and beige anarkali by Tarun Tahiliani (thanks Payal at High Heel Confidential!).
Photography: Jugni Style