Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan is full of praise for Vancouver after he and wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan touched down in the city Tuesday for the Times of Indian Film Awards (TOIFA) this week.

Bachchan said Vancouver has been "stunning", Vancouver Desi reports. He's slated to hit the stage at the gala awards on Saturday with his superstar wife. It's her first international performance after the birth of their daughter Aaradhya.

Bachchan visited Vancouver as a child with his father, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, and he said holding the film awards in the city is a great opportunity to reach a new audience, The Vancouver Sun reports.

But Bachchan isn't the only one enjoying his time in metro Vancouver so far. Bollywood actress Neha Dhupia tweeted that the long flight to Vancouver was worth it because the city gave her a "warm welcome" when she arrived.


Neha Dhupia
landed in for .long flight but totally worth it caus it's stunning here n the warm welcome

TOIFA events start Thursday and end with the red carpet, awards gala Saturday at BC Place Stadium.

The B.C. government has invested $9.5 million on the three-day event, which the premier boasts will boost ties between India and the province.

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  • Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan speaks to media in Vancouver on April 5, 2013. Bollywood stars are arriving in the city for this week's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/03/toifa-vancouver-abhishek-bachchan_n_3007280.html?98994" target="_blank">Times of India Film Awards</a>.

  • Fans and media surround actor Shah Rukh Khan.

  • Indian actor Manoj Bajpayee signs autographs.

  • Fans and media surround actor Shah Rukh Khan.

  • Indian actor Ranbir Kapoor

  • Indian actress Anushka Sharma

  • Indian actress Ileana D'cruz

  • Indian actress Ileana D'cruz

  • Indian actor, screenwriter, producer, director Anurag Basu

  • Indian actor, screenwriter, producer, director Anurag Basu

  • Indian dancer, choreographer Prabhudeva

  • Indian dancer, choreographer Prabhudeva

  • Indian actress Chitrangada Singh waves to fans at the Vancouver International Airport on April 4, 2013. Bollywood stars are arriving in the city for this week's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/03/toifa-vancouver-abhishek-bachchan_n_3007280.html?98994" target="_blank">Times of India Film Awards</a>.

  • Indian actress and model Sonal Chauhan

  • Indian actor Suyash 'Chunky' Pandey

  • Indian pop and playback singer Mohit Chauhan

  • Indian pop and playback singer Mohit Chauhan

  • Indian actress and model Sonal Chauhan

  • Indian playback singer Sunidhi Chauhan speaks to media at the Vancouver International Airport

  • Indian playback singer Sunidhi Chauhan

  • Actress Chitrangada Singh

  • Acclaimed Indian fashion designer Manish Malhotra signs autographs after a long flight.

  • Actress Neha Dhupia smiles for adoring fans at the Vancouver International Airport on April 3, 2013. Bollywood stars are arriving in the city for this week's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/03/toifa-vancouver-abhishek-bachchan_n_3007280.html?98994" target="_blank">Times of India Film Awards</a>.

  • Actor Shreyas Talpade poses with his fans for some pictures.

  • Actor Shreyas Talpade

  • Singer-songwriter Shalmali Kholgade signed autographs and posed for photos with every fan.

  • Singer-songwriter Shalmali Kholgade gives an impromptu performance at the Vancouver International Airport.

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  • Bollywood royal couple <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/27/toifa-vancouver-aishwarya-rai-abhishek-bachchan_n_2965384.html" target="_blank">Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan</a> arrived in Vancouver this week for the Times of India Film Awards.

  • Choreographer Shiamak Davar, actor <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/03/toifa-vancouver-abhishek-bachchan_n_3007280.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia" target="_blank">Abhishek Bachchan</a>, and Aishwarya Rai.

  • Performers check out BC Place Stadium where the Times of India Film Awards will be held on April 6, 2013.

  • Aishwarya Rai and choreographer Shiamak Davar

  • <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/03/toifa-vancouver-abhishek-bachchan_n_3007280.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia" target="_blank">Abhishek Bachchan</a> (in sunglasses) says he finds Vancouver "beautiful."

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  • <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/03/aishwarya-rai-style-toifa_n_3006993.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia&ir=Canada%20British%20Columbia" target="_blank">Aishwarya Rai</a> will be performing for the first time on an international stage since her daughter was born.