Indian Film Awards to be held in Toronto

Actor Anil Kapoor promotes the Canadian gig (and helps keep the peace).

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Indian Film Awards to be held in Toronto

This June Toronto will play host to the Indian Film Awards, and actor Anil Kapoor recently made his way to the big TO to help promote the event.


"I think Toronto has become sort of a hub for people who are connected to show business and one of the greatest examples is the way the Toronto International Film Festival is going from strength to strength," Kapoor said to CBC News. "Toronto has the best of everything, the people are cinema friendly, all the equipment is here, the permissions are given very easily.”


Kapoor, who starred in “Slumdog Millionaire,” amongst others, met with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty to discuss the 12th annual awards, which are held in a different city every year (Toronto will be the first North American city to host what has been called the Indian version of the Oscars). In fact, the Indian Film Awards have never been held in its native India.


However, there is some controversy concerning the awards, not so much because of its locale but because of the absence of one very popular Bollywood actor – Amitabh Bachchan, a long-standing ambassador for the IIFA who did not show up at the 2010 awards in Sri Lanka and has recently said he won’t be at Toronto’s event either. This week he tweeted “IIFA says my services are not required" and "it’s the organizers of IIFA that do not want me in Toronto, Sri Lanka was the same."


However, Kapoor said to The Canadian Press, "I feel he’s going to be here, I’m sure the whole family’s going to be here… we will see to it.”


The awards will be held June 23-25.