Mumbai: The film fraternity is ecstatic about the upcoming 15th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards to be held in the US, which they feel will provide a great opportunity for Hollywood and Bollywood to come together and put the Indian cinema on the global level.
"The IIFA awards is a great platform for us to showcase our work to the world. We will bring the magic of Indian cinema to America. I have not been to Tampa Bay and I am looking forward to entertain my fans there," Kareena said at the IIFA press conference at the US Consulate here.
Kareena was accompanied by her actor-husband Saif Ali Khan.
Saif said "cinema brings us together. It is a chance to give Indian and international audience opportunity to witness celebration of Indian cinema and culture".
Saif would host technical awards.
Actor Anil Kapoor said IIFA awards will create a merger between Hollywood and Bollywood.
"In my days as a teenager, I used to travel by bus and used to get fascinated seeing the US consulate in Breach Candy. I always wanted to go there and get a visa for the US. I got chance to go there while doing films and I am happy about it," Anil said.
Actors Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Bipasha Basu and music director Pritam were present today, along with the US Consul General in Mumbai Peter Haas, and others to show their support for the 15th IIFA at the consulate in Mumbai.
The IIFA will be held from April 23 to 26.
"I am excited by IIFA`s decision to hold this year`s awards ceremony in Tampa, Florida. Bollywood fans across the US will be thrilled that India`s biggest film stars are coming. We look forward to other Indian companies choosing the US as their travel destination and stand ready to assist," Haas said.