MARGARITA WITH A STRAW – Lesbian love coming to India!

Written by on April 16th, 2015

One would have thought that in a country such as India where love is worshipped through poetry, art and of course Bollywood, there would be no restrictions. Doesn’t India of all places know that love doesn’t have any boundaries and restrictions?! However, prejudice is a poisonous thing. Section 377, the reinforced law banning homosexuality in India reflects […]

Raj Amit Kumar speaks Sex, Violence and Indian Politics

Written by on April 2nd, 2015

“We will soon be living in a world where everybody is frightened to say anything truthful” Rattling many cages and waking up silenced skeletons, Unfreedom is India’s banned film. Boldly provoked are issues of honour, shame, being Indian and LGBTQ, terrorism, violence and control. The film powerfully portrays a number of different lives that may […]

UNFREEDOM – India’s Banned Movie

Written by on March 15th, 2015

When a film is “banned” by the Censor Board of Film Certification, you know you are onto something. Well, that is exactly the case with Raj Amit Kumar’s film Unfreedom. Homosexuality. Islam. Thinking outside of convention. Unfreedom breaks all the “rules”. The film follows two different lives, the storyline pivoting on a female same-sex relationship and […]

Queer Ink Celebrates International Women’s Day – With a Twist!

Written by on March 6th, 2015

Women have certainly not had life easy. Well, for instance let’s start with the early 19th C.  The British suffragettes suffered imprisonment and underwent hunger strikes to gain equal right for the vote. One suffragette, Emily Davison, was even traumatically killed beneath the King’s horse! It is now the 21st century yet gender inequality is still […]

“Love is Love” – Sofia Hayat on LGBTQ Equality

Written by on February 22nd, 2015

At the World Premiere Red Carpet for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in London, Sofia Hayat boldly spoke against homophobia and expressed her support for South Asian LGBTQ (Lesbian; Gay; Bisexual; Transgender; Queer) issues – a controversial topic for many. The British actress, model and singer emphasised her opinion that “love is love”, something […]

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Movie Review

Written by on February 22nd, 2015

A sequel and continuation from the fun and frolics of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a film set to entertain. Unfortunately, that’s about it. Let’s begin with the plot. Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) and Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) are the co-managers of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” […]

Review Rewind: LIFF Special Movie Review: Qissa

Written by on February 21st, 2015

Originally published in July of 2014 check out our review of Qissa from the London Indian Film Festival 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 […]

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Royal World Premiere, Leicester Square, London

Written by on February 19th, 2015

On a mid February evening, Leicester Square was draped in pink and orange, the colours of Rajasthan. Although the heat of Rajasthan was certainly absent, with the London air becoming increasingly biting, one could have been stood in India at a wedding. The air heavy with Bhangra and Bollywood beats, archways protruding with colourful marigold […]


Amitabh Bachchan In Conversation with Tommy Sandhu for BBC Asian Network!

Written by on February 6th, 2015

BBC Asian Network recently hosted a conversation with Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan. On the 27th of January 2015, BollySpice was invited to join a mesmerised audience and witness a spectacular and touching conversation. Presented by the charming Tommy Sandhu, Bloomsbury Theatre sprang to life as the inspirational icon stepped onto stage. As the crowds welcomed […]

Waiting for The Big B in Bloomsbury

Written by on February 1st, 2015

Amitabh Bachchan, the legend of Bollywood, joined BBC Asian Network’s Tommy Sandhu in conversation on the 27th of January.  The veneue was Bloomsbury Theatre, London. Walking down a cold London street en-route, my phone buzzed in my pocket. It was Bodrul reporting on the enormosity of the queue. Now, we British are famous for queues,  […]

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: A BollySpice Review

Written by on November 29th, 2014

Mumbai. Bombay. Bollywood. However we connect with the city, there is always more to know. The same can be said for everything in life as we stumble, walk, glide through, facing lessons, surprises, pain, joy and loss. The emotions and lessons are the same, no matter how different the form of the lesson. This is […]

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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