BC Place turned into Bollywood palace for Times of India Film Awards gala ceremony (with video, gallery)

Published: April 6, 2013

GLEN SCHAEFER
VANCOUVER DESI

Vancouver’s cavernous BC Place Stadium was transformed into a gauzy Bollywood palace Saturday night, as India’s film royalty joined thousands of fans for the inaugural Times of India Film Awards.

The evening’s co-host, actor Ranbir Kapoor, appeared as the curtain raised just after 9 p.m., amid a pyro display worthy of a KISS concert, joined by a troupe of gold-clad dancers.

Cameras and spotlights panned the crowd, who cheered at the jumbo-screen close-ups of such stars as Shah Rukh Khan seated among them.

The winners made their way across a stage of orange and gold arches over a glittering yellow curtain, flanked by huge video screens, all of which stretched from end zone to end zone down one side of the stadium floor.

Paying spectators made their contribution to the glamour, themselves playing stars for a night dressed in colourful finery of their own.

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The first statue went to Rishi Kapoor as best actor in a negative role (a villain) for the revenge drama “Agneepath.” Host Kapoor, the winner’s son, accepted saying “Here’s to my Father.”

Next up was the prize for best debut, female, won by Ileana D’cruz for “Barfi!”

“I’m so excited, so nervous,” she said, nodding to her co-stars in the front row.

Then came best debut, male, for Ayushmann Khurrana (the comic sperm-donor drama “Vicky Donor.” He wasn’t there to accept his prize.

Wild cheers followed for star Abhishek Bachchan, who filled a pause in the awards with a musical routine that took him through the stadium crowd and then onto the stage with a kinetic team of dancers. Cue even more wicked pyro.

Seems B.C. Premier Christy Clark wasn’t up for Miss Congeniality, as scattered boos rolled out when she took the stage to welcome the stars and the crowd.

The onstage hosts were among the nominated performers: Kapoor (nominated as best actor for the eccentric romance “Barfi!”), Anushka Sharma (best supporting actress for the romantic adventure “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”), and Boman Irani (best supporting actor, the cricket-themed comedy “Ferrari Ki Sawari”).

The awards were determined by an online audience vote. The trophies were in the shape of a stylized elephant, with a film reel atop its upraised trunk.

But before the first awards were handed out, spectators had to endure an hour-long gauntlet of repeated jumbo-screen video ads for produce, multicultural television, car dealers, and major awards sponsor Thind Properties. Also, needless to say, for B.C.’s government.

Then a highlight reel from Thursday night’s musical show at the Pacific Coliseum screened, and the awards show was finally on.

gschaefer@theprovince.com
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Times of India Film Awards ceremony


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Chitrangada Singh and Prabhudeva present at the Times of India Film Awards ceremony at BC Place in Vancouver, B.C. on Saturday, April 6, 2013. IANS


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