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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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BollySpice explores Bollywood covers: An interview with Ashanti Omkar & our favourite Bollywood cover songs

Written by on June 29th, 2014

The Bollywood cover song is increasingly on the rise with artists such as Arjun, Aakash Gandhi and Shankar Tucker being recognised for their unique beats and takes on Bollywood songs. A cover can breathe refreshingly new life into an original,or it can sometimes simply, just not live up to the original. We at BollySpice are […]

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Bollywood Songs Celebrating the Loving Sun – HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE from BollySpice!

Written by on June 22nd, 2014

The sun has been glorified through the Bollywood song as the perfect metaphor for love. It is not unusual to have romantic songs and scenes to be set against a beautiful sunrise or sunset. Love and sunshine go very well together and therefore, Bollywood and sunshine go hand in hand. As the world celebrates this […]

Find Love Through Music

Written by on June 20th, 2014

Can you name your favourite Bollywood song of all time? Is it difficult to narrow down the list to just one? Well, it certainly is for us. As you are aware, the song is a popular and powerful component of Bollywood. Songs are released sometimes months before the actual film. How well the song touches […]

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DADDY COOL! Happy BollySpice Fathers Day!

Written by on June 15th, 2014

Whether it is Anjali’s cool papa Rahul (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai) or Simran’s stern but good-hearted bauji (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge), one thing is clear. Fathers rock! We at BollySpice got together to celebrate Fathers Day 2014, Bollywood style. The selection below includes the catchy Daddy Cool from Chahaat (1996), the sing along Re MaMa […]

Quick Fire with DJ SHAI GUY

Written by on June 9th, 2014

Resident DJ of London’s legendary Bollywood night Bombay Funkadelic, DJ Shai Guy knows exactly how to get the party started. We got ourselves down to Brick Lane one balmy Saturday evening and checked out June’s event. Verdict: Please don’t stop the music. Halkat Jawani mixed with Mera Joota Hai Japani . I got the Power. […]

Sonakshi Sinha and other inked female B’wood celebs!

Written by on June 3rd, 2014

For Sonakshi Sinha’s 27th birthday, the Dabangg star gave herself a unique present. Posting a photograph of herself on Instagram, she revealed her collar bone portraying a new star shaped tattoo. The caption read: “Surpriiiiise! my birthday gift to myself is this tattoo… My guiding star, now always with me :)” http://instagram.com/p/ovDDJOldIP/ Sonakshi Sinha’s tattoo […]

Queer Ink and Kashish Film Festival celebrate 5th year of collaboration

Written by on May 21st, 2014

Films and literature. These are perhaps the most powerful mediums in the world that can influence like no other. Through these, society can be educated, discrimination can be eradicated and positive social change made into reality. Sadly, there is still much discrimination towards LGBTQIA (Lesbian; Gay; Bisexual; Transgender; Queer; Intersex; Asexual) persons throughout the world […]

Tiger Shroff adopts Jaan – an endangered tiger

Written by on May 18th, 2014

Heropanti’s hero, Tiger Shroff, has recently adopted a baby tiger. Four years of age and named Jaan, the tiger has personally been selected by Shroff. Interestingly, sources have revealed that the wild animal itself is the young actor’s namesake. As a young boy, Tiger Shroff would bite, scratch and growl at people. Besides the relevance […]

Celina Jaitley in UN’s Music Video for Gay Rights

Written by on May 5th, 2014

Homosexuality, gay rights and a traditional Indian family. Can the above really be placed within the same sentence? They certainly can and they certainly should be. This fact has been portrayed through a recently released music video, The Welcome. The courageous and revolutionary music video stars Bollywood celebrity Celina Jaitley and portrays homosexuality openly within […]

What if GREASE was a Bollywood flick?

Written by on May 1st, 2014

We at BollySpice are not just excited but inspired by John Travolta having attended the IIFA awards. As the anticipation builds up on seeing the icon strut his stuff on a Bollywood screen very soon, we at BollySpice were suddenly struck by the thought: How COOL would a Bollywood version of Travolta’s legendary musical Grease […]

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John Travolta at IIFA

Written by on April 29th, 2014

The “International Indian Film Academy Awards” (IIFA), also known as the “Bollywood Oscars”, was visited by one iconic star in particular. Saturday Night Fever… Grease Lightning! You guessed it! John Travolta! The song and dance, a famous aspect of the Bollywood film is certainly no stranger to Travolta. John Travolta is indeed the man who […]

Bombay Velvet’s Release Date NOT to Clash with P.K

Written by on April 20th, 2014

Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet has now been confirmed for release on November the 28th, 2014. Previously there had been some conspiracy and confusion over the release date as the film had clashed with Rajkumar Hirani’s, P.K. Both films were reportedly to release on Christmas Day 2014, now neither film will be doing so as PK […]

“Prem Naam Hai Mera” – Prem Chopra launches autobiography in Mumbai

Written by on April 19th, 2014

Famous for his villainous roles in Bollywood, Prem Chopra is a renowned figure in Bollywood. A career spanning 50 years, Mr Chopra’s filmography includes prominent films such as 1960’s thriller Teesri Manzil, 1970’s nationalist Purab aur Paschim, and the recent 2012 action-packed Agent Vinod. It has been reported that Prem Chopra launched his autobiography entitled, […]

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