Millions throng to Hollywood every year to soak in the tinseltown sights -- the Walk of Fame, where sidewalks are studded with stars named for world's most popular entertainers, the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre where celebrity handprints andfootprints are embedded in the courtyard, and the Kodak Theater, home of the Oscars -- all located on a single block of Hollywood Boulevard.
If LA is on your itinerary in April, be sure to catch the unique flavor of that other tinseltown, Bollywood, right in the heart ofHollywood, through the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA). Starting Tuesday, April 12th and ending Sunday, April 17th at the famous Arclight Hollywood Cinemas on Sunset Boulevard -- just one street south ofthe Hollywood hot-spots -- this is sure to be one spectacular event! This part of Hollywood will be transformed into a vibrant hub of Indian culture, movies, music, food for an entire week.
The nine-year-old film festival offers a veritable feast of more than 30 Indian-themed feature films, documentaries, and short films including world and U.S. premieres as well as some that featured at the Sundance Film Festival and other renowned international film festivals... a true delight for any film fan! IFFLA is also the best venue to savor the rollicking entertainment of classic Bollywood song-and-dance flicks. Its BOLLYWOOD BY NIGHT series features screenings ofrecent hits, starring gorgeous Bollywood heart-throbs, slick action, brisk storytelling,and pulsating music and dances that will bring you to your feet and compel you to joinin. During these 21-and-over-only screenings, viewers can enjoy a glass of wine in thetheater and unwind after a hectic day of sightseeing.
You can walk around Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills just a few miles away and grab lunch at Cheesecake Factory or Crustacean or Chakra or The Ivy before heading over to IFFLA to watch some films. And given the great location, you can swing by the great stores around Los Angeles and especially Beverly Hills and Hollywood (check out the stores on Melrose Avenue too!) to do some shopping... from thrift stores to boutiques to major brands like Bulgari, Tiffany's, Armani, Escada, Jimmy Choo, Betsey Johnson, American Apparel, among others.
The IFFLA venue also within five miles of Universal Studios, Warner Bros, andParamount Studio tours-- making it an easy and uniquely experiential way to wrap up aday in Hollywood. For information about the festival, visit www.indianfilmfestival.org or click this link to buy tickets for specific films screening at the festival... http://www.indianfilmfestival.org/filmguide.php