Friday, July 05, 2013
10 News Tampa Friday July 5th, 2013: Tampa tourism officials made a huge announcement Friday, letting everyone know that the 2014 Indian International Film Awards will be coming to Tampa Bay next June. Visit Tampa Bay has a delegation at the 2013 awards in Macau, China this week. And it was there that they announced next year’s International Indian Film Awards will be held here in Tampa. It’s their first time ever bringing the show to the U.S. “Outside India, people are going to realize how crazy Indians are with movies.” said Kulirma Babu. The big show is India’s equivalent of the Oscar awards, and you may not know the stars names. But close to a billion fans do. A lot of those fans live right here in the Bay area. Officials with “Visit Tampa Bay” say you cannot overstate how big a deal this is, placing it on the same level as landing the Super Bowl or the Republican National Convention.
NG May 23rd, 2013: Bollywood’s underworld link: Actors who were close to Dawood Ibrahim. Nikhil Advani’s soon to be released crime thriller D-Day has Rishi Kapoor in the role of Dawood Ibrahim. The film after Ram Gopal Verma’s D Company brings the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in the spotlight again. Dawood Ibrahim’s links with Bollywood have never been a secret affair. Several Bollywood stars have been found having connections with the underworld. While Sanjay Dutt has been sent to jail for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts masterminded by Dawood Ibrahim, Salman Khan and Anil Kapoor have been spotted with the most dreaded criminal of the world. Actress Mandakini was rumoured to have a relationship with Dawood Ibrahim and was spotted with the don at several occasions. The underworld mafia has been known for stopping release of films and threatening stars for money. The goons used to pressurize the filmmakers to give their oversea sales to their fake companies. READ MORE HERE.
Dawood Ibrahim is an Indian-born crime boss who has been declared by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a supporter of terrorism. Ibrahim is believed to live in Karachi, Pakistan, and is suspected by Indian authorities as having some role in the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Dawood Ibrahim (born Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar) is the leader of Indian organized crime syndicate D-Company in Mumbai. He is currently on the wanted list of Interpol for organised crime and counterfeiting. He was No. 3 on the Forbes’ World’s Top 10 most dreaded criminals list of 2011, rising from the 4th position in 2008.
INDIAN MUJAHIDEEN BOSS DAWOOD IBRAHIM RUNS THE SHOW IN BOLLYWOOD. Dawood Ibrahim and his D’ Company are the source of most of the world’s heroin. The United States has asked Pakistan to hand over India’s ‘most wanted’ fugitive and international terrorist Dawood Ibrahim for his alleged links to al-Qaeda-related terrorists groups and involvement in the global heroin trade.
Sanjay Dutt, one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, was jailed for six years for possessing illegal firearms given to him by gangsters involved in a series of bomb attacks in Bombay in 1993 (Dawood Ibrahim). Dawood Ibrahim also prospered enough to gain a grip over the city’s prolific film industry, Bollywood. Ibrahim allegedly began financing a number of films and got some of the industry’s leading actors to star in them. “They wouldn’t dare refuse an invitation (from Ibrahim),” (right out of the “Godfather” movie) a friend of the gangster was reported as saying. His Bollywood connections came out in the open when he was seen on television sitting with a number of leading stars and watching international cricket matches in the Gulf city of Sharjah UAE right next to Dubai the stolen car capital of the world.
The FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) have sought assistance from Pakistan’s Interior Ministry, Anti-Narcotic Force (ANF) and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to hunt down Dawood in the Islamic nation. In fact, Dawood has been described by American agencies as “an al-Qaeda facilitator now living in Pakistan who has already been placed in the same category as top al-Qaeda operatives with Interpol issuing a special notice against him”.