Bollywood connects people abroad: Ontario PM

TORONTO - Bollywood is known for its song and dance routine but Ontario Premiere Dalton McGuinty said he is impressed with the way it connects to the people outside India.


Published: Sun 26 Jun 2011, 12:04 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:42 PM

Ontario is known for its huge Indian population and Indian cinema, especially Commercial Bollywood has a huge following in Canada, said McGuinty at the inaugural Press conference of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards here on Thursday.

“More than the glamour, action, drama, Bollywood is all about magic!” McGuinty, who heads the government of Canada’s largest province of which Toronto is capital, told reporters. “We have the second largest community of Indians living outside Canada.

“But of course the Canadians should be prepared to be awed and amazed by the magic of Bollywood. Canadians will soon know look at Shah Rukh Khan as Johnny Depp and Priyanka Chopra as the Angelina Jolie of Bollywood,” McGuinty added. McGuinty recalled a strange but humourous brush that he had with the frenzy attached with the Hindi film industry on his last visit to Mumbai. “I came for an event, and the paparazzi went click, click...till one man said...’Sir, you’re blocking my view of Celina Jaitley’! I was zapped. I have never been able to recover from that...but that gave me a good sense of how crazy people are for Bollywood,” he said. IIFA is a three-day extravaganza and has brought a flurry of stars including Mallika Sherawat, Anil Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Boman Irani, among others to Toronto.

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Friday reached Toronto and will be adding glamour to the event. Priyanka Chopra will pay a tribute to singing legend Asha Bhosle at the IIFA Weekend and Awards. Indian consul general Preeti Saran hopes the event will boost the bilateral relations between the two countries with Bollywood’s “midas touch”.

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