Bassam Hatum, Associated Press
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Indian celebrities and Bollywood stars walked the green carpet at the International Indian Film Academy Awards in Abu Dhabi.
The Friday night ceremony has been canceled twice in the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. But Bollywood celebrities arrived in the capital of the United Arab Emirates excited to be part of the ceremony.
“Magic will happen because the moment I enter Abu Dhabi,” said Indian singer Tanishk Bagchi on the green carpet. first time. It’s an amazing place, it’s an amazing atmosphere.”
Indian actress Sharwari Wag acknowledged the links between the UAE – a country of 9 million where Indians make up roughly 3.5 million – and the Bollywood scene.
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“I think this is a great opportunity to connect with so many people who are such big fans of Bollywood,” she said. to be here and share these moments with them.”
This was echoed by Andre Timmins, co-founder of IIFA Wizcraft, who hosted the awards ceremony.
“We all love Abu Dhabi because it’s close to India and has a similar culture and our film producers are back home (and) feel comfortable filming in Abu Dhabi so I’m here to build better relationships through cinema.” Timmins said.
He added, “I think what we’re trying to do and what we’re already doing is actually bringing knowledge here, so as long as we come and shoot here. We also bring in a lot of local people to learn the technology behind what we do.”
The awards will end on Saturday evening.
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