Bollywood's top award show sailed into Tampa, Florida with a pirate-themed opening musical number and celebrities ranging from Slumdog Millionaire star Anil Kapoor to John Travolta and Kevin Spacey.
Before a crowd of some 20,000, the International Indian Film Academy awards started with the entrance of actors aboard a float built like a pirate ship — a nod to Tampa's love of pirate-themed parties. The show informally known as the "Bollywood Oscars" are being held in the United States for the first time.
It was Travolta that made the crowd come to life. Priyanka Chopra pulled him onstage and Travolta did some signature moves from his 1994 blockbuster film Pulp Fiction.
Later, actor Hrithik Roshan presented Travolta with an award for Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema, declaring the two-time Golden Globe winner "the coolest of them all."
"I'm honored. I'm humbled," Travolta said.
Hollywood actor and two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey also wowed the crowd. He presented actress Deepika Padukone with the award for Entertainer of the Year.
Padukone and the co-hosts persuaded Spacey to don a lungi and dance to the Lungi Dance from the movie Chennai Express.
Before the show started, Travolta, Spacey and dozens of Indian film stars walked slowly past hordes of international media outside the stadium. Unlike the Academy Awards, IIFA uses a green carpet instead of a red one.
In picture: Priyanka Chopra & Kevin Spacey