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Jay Sean – A BollySpice EXCLUSIVE!

Written by on November 21st, 2014

“Out of all of the stuff I have done in my whole 12 years, the Mistress series I and II are the most enjoyable processes I’ve ever been through and definitely, I’m most proud of that music” – Jay Sean Jay Sean has never been afraid to follow his heart. A straight A Grade student, […]

BollySpice Exclusive: East is East Cast Interviews

Written by on November 19th, 2014

A universal story of standing up for yourself, the (dys) functionality of family and the question of identity, East is East is a must see production. BollySpice had the chance to plunge in deeper and get to know the issues provoked – even more closely. A conversation with three East is East cast members resulted […]

East is East: The BollySpice Review

Written by on November 15th, 2014

Families. Families are messy, complicated, confusing – no matter which part of the world or what generation one is born into. Perhaps for many it’s the family, that unit of supposed safety and belonging, which becomes the biggest catalyst for personal change and inevitably shakes up the boundaries of identity. Ayub Khan Din’s play East […]

Behind the Beautiful Forevers – An Exclusive Sneak Peek

Written by on November 5th, 2014

Published in 2012, Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers is an eye opening work of non-fiction. The book describes Annawadi, a present day Mumbai slum located on Mumbai airport land, a hustling-bustling hub transporting an estimated 32, 221, 395 passengers (2013-2014). The interconnectedness of the slum dwellers is explored. This includes the life of Kalu, […]

Special Audio Feature: The Diwali Story

Written by on October 23rd, 2014

As the skies erupt with fireworks and thousands of dancing candles light the path, the world celebrates Diwali, the return of courageous Lord Rama. Banished to the forest for 14 years, Rama returns home to Ayodhya with Sita and Laxman. The Ramayana symbolises selfless duty, selfless love, courage and sacrifice – aspects that are universally […]

Margarita, with a Straw: BollySpice Movie Review

Written by on October 18th, 2014

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you” – Rumi   Brave. Real. Beautiful. These are the words to describe Margarita, with a Straw (Director. Shonali Bose). Protagonist Laila (Kalki Koechlin) is a young bisexual woman with cerebral palsy. Discrimination is no doubt a key issue raised in the film. However, Laila is […]

“There’s a part in our life where we all feel that, like Laila did, to be honest. To need to be honest.” – Kalki Koechlin

Written by on October 18th, 2014

Being your self is never easy. However, finding ourselves is a journey and challenge that each one of us must undertake in our own unique way. Kalki Koechlin’s character Laila (Margarita, with a straw; Dir. Shonali Bose) portrays an inspirational woman fighting a battle to be herself – regardless of whether considered “normal” by societal […]

“I was waiting for Abhishek and Deepika to grow up. And Vivaan to be born” – Shahrukh on the Happy New Year- SLAM Tour

Written by on October 8th, 2014

On Sunday the 5th of October the star studded SLAM TOUR hit London. Performing on stage at the O2 Arena were some of Bollywood’s dream team including Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Abhishek Bachchan. The tour revolved around Farah Khan’s heavily anticipated Diwali release Happy New Year and reflected the spirit of the film, […]

Haider: The Round Table Discussion

Written by on September 24th, 2014

“I think originality can only come in spaces which are unexplored. So if you want to try and do original work you have to learn to take risks.” – Shahid Kapoor BollySpice caught up with Director Vishal Bhardwaj and actor Shahid Kapoor over a round table discussion in London. Exploring Haider, the upcoming Bollywood adaptation […]

Kalki explores her sexuality (and equality) in Margarita, with a straw

Written by on September 18th, 2014

For many, the word lesbian, especially when used in conjunction with Indian still causes a fright. Or perhaps it’s more surprise? Nevertheless, lesbian Indian causes a reaction for many. Homophobia still looms over South Asian society particularly in the form of shame, reinforced by Section 377 – the law (re) criminalising same-sex love in India […]

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“When you do films like this it reminds you of why you wanted to become an actor” – Shahid Kapoor on Haider

Written by on September 15th, 2014

Shakespeare’s Hamlet has a complex protagonist, revenge, murder and deceit. It is no wonder that the play has witnessed a number of adaptations and is revered as one of Shakespeare’s greatest works. In terms of film, there have been several adaptations. However, Laurence Oliviers black and white adaptation produced in 1948 steals the show and […]

In Pictures: Sneak Peek into Haider Press Conference

Written by on September 1st, 2014

Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider is the much anticipated Bollywood adaptation of Shakespeare’s classical Hamlet. The revengeful and dramatic tale of a mournful Prince grieving over his father’s death, Hamlet is a play envisaging a multitude of emotions – as well as the ever popular Shakespearian dialogue: To be or not to be? Bollywood, as is well […]

Happy Janmashtami! Top Filmi songs on natkhat Kanha in Bollywood Movies

Written by on August 17th, 2014

As the clocks strike midnight tonight, millions will be singing and dancing to celebrate the appearance day of Lord Krishna. Krishna, who dances with the Gopis, steals butter – not to mention hearts – has an extremely special place in Bollywood, a world exploring and revolving on love. We at BollySpice bring you a selection […]

LIFF Special Movie Review: Ilai (Leaf)

Written by on July 20th, 2014

Ilai (Diector. Rajiv Reddy) is a film tracing the journey of a young homeless girl in India, Chennai. As she newly arrives in the choc-o-block, bustling city over packed with traffic and people, she actively tries to make sense of the world around her. Harnessing an innate ability of knowing when to defend and when […]

LIFF Special Movie Review: Anima State

Written by on July 18th, 2014

Imagine a man with a bandaged face walking the streets of Pakistan. He has a gun. He isn’t shy to kill. He kills – Cold murder in broad daylight. He hands himself into the police – only to not be taken seriously and told to take a hike. Is this the state of the world […]

LIFF Special Movie Review: Barefoot to Goa

Written by on July 16th, 2014

Barefoot to Goa (Director. Praveen Morchhale) is an exploration of family. The above sentence may sound simple and clichéd even, but as this film conveys, the subject is far from simple and portrays the impossibility of families fitting into what may seem, the neat borders of cliché. A brother and sister being brought up in […]

LIFF Special Movie Review: Qissa

Written by on July 14th, 2014

The largest human mass migration known to history is the Partition of India, 1947. Glossed over as the “independence” of India, this tragic and controversial event forced an estimated 10 million civilians to lose their homes and an estimated 1 million to lose their lives. The statistics with their definite tone conceals the complexities, the […]

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“Humpty is not somebody you would consider a hero” – Varun Dhawan on Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania

Written by on July 8th, 2014

We first saw sparks fly in Student of the Year (2012) and now Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan are back together on the silver screen! In what has been billed as the must see, most lovable romantic comedy to hit Indian screens this summer, Varun Dhawan plays protagonist Humpty Sharma, an eternally optimistic and hopeless romantic. […]

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Alia Bhatt speaks on Kareena Kapoor Khan, Selfies, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and More!

Written by on July 7th, 2014

Introducing Alia Bhatt as strong willed Delhi girl Kavya Pratap Singh and Varun Dhawan as hopeless romantic Humpty Sharma, Reliance Entertainment brings you Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. Billed to be the most lovable and must see romantic comedy to hit the Bollywood screen this summer, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania promises to be a quirky, sentimental […]

“Sharing the screen with a powerhouse like Vidya Balan is challenging and very satisfying.” – Ali Fazal

Written by on July 2nd, 2014

With roles such as 3 Idiots engineering student Joy, Always Kabhi Kabhi’s Sameer and Fukrey’s Zafar, Ali Fazal is quickly becoming a well known name. The next character for Fazal to work his magic with is Bobby Jasoos’ Tasawur. Already having received critical praise for his past performances, anticipation is running high with Bobby Jasoos’ […]

“I feel it is a story that hasn’t really been told before in Indian cinema.” – Samar Shaikh speaks on Bobby Jasoos

Written by on June 30th, 2014

Samar Shaikh’s directorial debut, Bobby Jasoos, is a unique thriller exploring the gender struggle in the old city area of Hyderabad. Starring Vidya Balan in the lead as Bilkis Ahmed/Bobby, an aspiring detective with the ambition to be number one in the city, the director promises the film to “set a new benchmark for the […]

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