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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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Vivek Oberoi: The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s voice of the Super Villain in Hindi

Written by on April 17th, 2014

Very soon you will be hearing Vivek Oberoi on screen. Yes, hearing. The actor was selected by Sony Pictures to dub for the Hindi version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” directed by Marc Webb. Oberoi had received much praise for playing the part of Kaal, the baddie in the 2013 action film, Krrish 3. In […]

3 Shades of Brown Review

Written by on April 16th, 2014

Directed by Shai Hussain, Three Shades of Brown is a comedy web series exploring the lives of three very different British Asians. Already selected to be screened for the New York Film Festival, the London based web series explores what happens when Rude Boy Nas (an Asian who thinks he is “black”), Freshie Ravi (an […]

A BollySpice Exclusive: Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor Speak on 2 States: Bear hugs, girl power and more!

Written by on April 14th, 2014

Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor recently visited London to share their thoughts and experiences on the highly anticipated 2 States- a film directed by Abhishek Varman and based on bestselling author Chetan Bhagat’s novel of the same name. 2 States explores the journey of Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) and Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt). The two […]

Gay Romeo and Juliet Bollywood Love Story: To Be Or Not To Be?

Written by on April 7th, 2014

The news that commercial Bollywood indeed has space for a homosexual love story, that too in the near future, has recently ignited sparks of hope for many: The hope that South Asian society is coming closer to equality. The hope that the stigma towards homosexuality is ending- regardless of Section 377, the re-criminalisation of homosexuality. […]

Three Shades of Brown

Written by on April 7th, 2014

Whether you are British or not, the ‘rude boy’, the ‘freshie’ and the ‘coconut’ have graced your life with their presence. A ‘rude boy’ is that lawless South Asian lad who likes Ska or Reggae. In other words, a brown guy trying to be black. A coconut is yes indeed an oval brown seed of […]

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola To Go On Stage

Written by on April 6th, 2014

It is not unusual to have a Bollywood film inspired by a book. A few examples are 3 Idiots, which was adapted from Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone, 7 Khoon Maaf, by Ruskin Bond’s short story Susanne’s Seven Husbands and Lootera by O. Henry’s The Last Leaf and the upcoming 2 States which again is […]

Bollywood LGBTQ Moments: The good, the bad and the cringe-worthy

Written by on March 28th, 2014

In celebration of BFI’s London LGBT film festival Flare, as well as the same-sex marriage law coming into effect in the UK during March 2014, BollySpice have put together a selection of Bollywood LGBTQ (Lesbian; Gay; Bisexual; Transgender; Queer) moments. Although Section 377 is still in place in India, continuing to (re) criminalise homosexuality, Bollywood […]

The Confusion and Controversy of Bombay Velvet and PK

Written by on March 22nd, 2014

Anurag Kashyap has been a popular name around Bollywood recently. Firstly, Kashyap’s separation with Kalki Koechlin attracted attention. Next, rumours of an affair with Huma Qureshi began doing the rounds. And now, the Bombay Velvet and PK controversy has taken flight. A tweet by the lead of PK, Aamir Khan, announced that the release date […]

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