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John Travolta Hits the "Bollywood Oscars," Eyeing Role in a Bollywood Film (VIDEO)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 28, 2014 at 3:25PM

It was nothing but Bollywood this past weekend for John Travolta. The star, who blew up the internet a couple months ago when he presented "Frozen" star Idina Menzel as Adele Dazeem at the Oscars, was honored at the International Indian Film Academy Awards (or the "Bollywood Oscars") in Tampa on March 26, where he received an Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema award. He also dropped some hints about being close to signing on to star in a Bollywood film -- Shekhar Kapur's "Paani."
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John Travolta busting a move at the 2014 International Indian Academy Film Awards
John Travolta busting a move at the 2014 International Indian Academy Film Awards

It was nothing but Bollywood this past weekend for John Travolta. The star, who blew up the internet a couple months ago when he presented "Frozen" star Idina Menzel as Adele Dazeem at the Oscars, was honored at the International Indian Film Academy Awards (or the "Bollywood Oscars") in Tampa on March 26, where he received an Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema award. He also dropped some hints about being close to signing on to star in a Bollywood film --  Shekhar Kapur's "Paani."

Per India West, Travolta told reporters:

“I have been offered a film that I’m considering doing. I believe it’s an honest Bollywood film. What is the name for water -- ‘paane’?.. Shekhar Kapur has asked me to do this film and I want to be a part of it, maybe in the fall. Should we put a musical number in it? Maybe we should.”

Travolta could bust out some of his "Saturday Night Fever" moves, which is what he did onstage during the show (see picture above). In terms of stateside projects, Travolta's got actioner "Killing Season," opposite Robert De Niro, arriving this summer, and two crime dramas in the works, "Criminal Activities" and "The Forger."

Kevin Spacey was also in attendance at the Bollywood Oscars, presenting Deepika Padukone with the award for Entertainer of the Year.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.