Its great to see that Kuthu has made it all the way to America courtesy of Oscar winning Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey who was a guest at this year’s IIFA awards in Florida. The fun, not so glamorous, yet very popular Indian dance style from the Southern state of Tamil nadu has been growing in popularity over the past decade thanks largely to Indian cinema. Firstly through Tamil cinema (Kollywood) and more recently through Bollywood, as its remakes popular Tamil films or films with a Southern touch.
“It is great to be here and see the performances at IIFA,” said the Oscar winning actor, known for his work in The Usual Suspects and American Beauty.
Kevin Spacey stole the show dancing to the “Lungi Dance” with Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone, Farhan Akhtar and Shahid Kapoor. The song by Indian Independent artist “Yo Yo Honey Singh” is a tribute to South India’s biggest star Rajinikanth, and featured in the popular Hindi language film “Chennai Express” starring Shah Rukh Khan & Deepika Padukone.
Tamil actor & National Award winner Dhanush won the best debutant award for his leading role in the Hindi film Raanjhanaa.
The “International Indian Film Festival” aka IIFA is India’s attempts to showcase and celebrate Indian cinema. Unfortunately the awards neglect the large number of South Indian (Tamil, Telugu, Kannada & Malayalam) films produced every year and focuses mainly on the Hindi language film industry – Bollywood.
The big budget, glitzy show is now in its 15th year and growing from strength to strength. Another of Hollywoods greats, John Travolta danced alongside Priyanka Chopra & then Hithrik Roshan who presented JT with an award for Outstanding contribution to International Cinema.