Controversy with IIFA's Bollywood awards - some think stars are abandoning India's general election

It's the biggest night in Bollywood - the International Indian Film Academy Awards are in Tampa, along with many of the Indian filmmakers and actors that make it such an international phenomenon.

But there's a controversy underneath it all that stars and fans of the genre are speaking out about. The Indian General Election was Thursday in Mumbai and some people feel that their "idols" have snubbed the country's high-stakes politics to party in the United States. 

One star said that he was sad to disappoint his fans but that the IIFA Bollywood Awards were scheduled before the election. Despite the awards, stars Riteish Deshmukh and the Big B family (including Abhishek, Jaya Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Big B himself) voted in Juhu.

Despite many of the industry's biggest names being in Tampa on election day, Mumbai recorded its highest voter turnout in 25 years at more than 52 percent, according to The Indian Express.

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