Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan have led a contingent of South Asian stars to Vancouver this week for the Times of India Film Awards.

The Bollywood power couple is expected to be joined by famous peers such as Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Boman Irani during the three-day cinematic celebration.

Popular actor Bachchan, son of Indian cinema icons Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, arrived with his wife and their young daughter Aaradhya earlier this week. On Tuesday, he jumped right into rehearsals for the couple's awards-gala performance at B.C. Place Stadium. Set for Saturday, the highly anticipated appearance marks Rai Bachchan's first international performance since the birth of their child.

In the video above, Bachchan talks to CBC's Ian Hanomansing about being somewhat incognito in Vancouver, Bollywood's place on the world stage and seeing Indian faces on North American film and TV. 

The B.C. government is paying $9.5 million to bring the awards show to Vancouver. The 2013 Times of India Awards celebrations kick off Thursday with an extravaganza featuring dozens of local dancers.

Bollywood choreographer Shiamak Davar, who lives in Vancouver part-time, says he was surprised at the level of talent he found among B.C. dancers.

The Times of India film awards are voted on by the newspaper's readers, making them similar to the People's Choice Awards. More than 200 million people are expected to watch Saturday's gala worldwide.


The performance of Bollywood power couple Abhishek Bachchan, left, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is an anticipated moment of the Times of India Film Awards gala on Saturday. (Rajanish Kakade/Associated Press)