TORONTO, Ont. – The best of Bollywood has started arriving in Toronto, all for the International Indian Film Academy Awards happening at Rogers Centre on Saturday.
Around 700-million people around the world are expected to watch India’s version of the Oscars, held for the first time in North America.
Many fans camped out at Pearson International Airport to see their favourite stars, such as Bobby Deol, Anil Kapoor and Dia Mirza.
“Quite exciting to know that there’s such a large community here that loves Indian cinema,” Mirza told CityNews.
“This is going to be an eye-opener for Canadians and Torontonians to see the impact of Bollywood globally,” OMNI Television’s Mohit Rajhans said.
About 16,000 tickets for the awards show were sold out in five minutes.
Prior to the big show on Saturday, many events are happening around the city and in Brampton, Markham and Mississauga.
The awards show is a pay-per-view event costing $39.95.
Citytv and Omni Television will have full coverage leading up to the event.