These are the exact words, which were used by the Canadian Premier at the IIFA awards where he saw people going crazy over their idols. He understood that Bollywood stars are almost hero-worshiped in India.
THE CHARM of Bollywood is spreading far and wide - what with Bollywood celebrities making rounds of Oscars and Cannes Film Festival - among other international film festivals. This proved once again when the Canadian, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said at the inaugural IIFA awards in Canada, that "Bollywood was Magic". It's not often that a Western political personality, usually either unaware of Bollywood, or of its loud and musical charm, is effusive about the Indian film indistry.
He was obviously awe inspired to see the overwhelming response that the stars of IIFA awards got during the award ceremony. This could be construed from the following statement, “We have the second largest community of Indians living outside Canada. But of course the Canadians should be prepared to be awed and amazed by the magic of Bollywood. Canadians will soon know look at Shah Rukh Khan as Johnny Depp and Priyanka Chopra as the Angelina Jolie of Bollywood.”He also recounts an incident whereby he truly understood how people adore Bollywood. At a visit to India he got off his car for an event and everywhere the paparazzi was clicking like mad when suddenly a man asked Dalton McGuinty to move as he was in the way and the photographer could not get a clear view of Celina Jaitley.Many Hollywood actors like Richard Gere have re-affirmed how Bollywood weaves its charm around people and hence they remain connected with the industry. The West is already enamoured with Bollywood celebrities - especially so after Aishwarya Rai, who opened the world of Bollywood to the international arena, was invited by Oprah Winfry, David Letterman, and with this people in Hollywood got to know that there are other people of the same stature as Tom Hanks or Kate Winslet.