Florida Senate - 2014                            (NP)    SR 1680
       By Senator Legg
       17-01285B-14                                          20141680__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing the exceptional achievements
    3         of the film industry in India and celebrating the
    4         Tampa Bay area’s hosting of the 15th annual
    5         International Indian Film Academy Awards celebration
    6         on April 23-26, 2014.
    8         WHEREAS, the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) is
    9  dedicated to the promotion of Indian cinema worldwide, placing
   10  it on an international stage by fostering exchange and
   11  interaction to enhance business opportunities, and
   12         WHEREAS, over the course of the last 15 years, the annual
   13  IIFA awards celebration, initiated by Wizcraft International
   14  Entertainment and its founders Wizzes Andre Timmins, Sabbas
   15  Joseph, and Viraf Sarkari, has grown into a highly anticipated
   16  international event, attracting filmmakers and acclaimed actors
   17  in celebration of Indian cinema, and
   18         WHEREAS, on April 23-26, 2014, the Tampa Bay area will host
   19  the 15th annual Videocon D2H IIFA Weekend celebration, which
   20  will culminate with the glitz and glamour of the Tata Motors
   21  IIFA Awards, and
   22         WHEREAS, the Tata Motors IIFA Awards will be hosted by
   23  Farhan Akhtar and Shahid Kapoor and will include performances by
   24  Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan, Ranveer Singh, and Madhuri
   25  Dixit and participation by Anil Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Preity
   26  Zinta, and Deepika Padukone, and
   27         WHEREAS, IIFA Magic of the Movies will be hosted by Saif
   28  Ali Khan and Vir Das and will include performances by Kareena
   29  Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Bipasha Basu, Pritam, Rahat Fateh Ali
   30  Khan, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Shruti Haasan, and
   31         WHEREAS, the 15th annual IIFA Weekend celebration will
   32  showcase the Tampa Bay area’s many attractions and cultural
   33  venues, NOW, THEREFORE,
   35  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   37         That the exceptional achievements of the film industry in
   38  India and the Tampa Bay area’s hosting of the 15th annual
   39  International Indian Film Academy Weekend and Awards celebration
   40  on April 23-26, 2014, are recognized and celebrated.