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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 […]

BFI FLARE LGBT FILM FESTIVAL: Bollywood and Beyond!

Written by on March 20th, 2014

Kicking off in London, UK from the 20th- 30th March 2014, is BFI Flare: London LGBT (lesbian; gay; bisexual; transgender) Film Festival. The wide selection of films from around the globe will explore the depths of human emotion and experience: the desire for love, the pain and happiness, the adventure and gamble. Under the categories […]

Total Siyapaa Movie Review

Written by on March 7th, 2014

Watch it for: Kirron Kher and Ali Zafar’s performances Don’t watch it for: Romantically moving, thought provoking moments Total Siyapaa, a “meet the parents” type film with a political undertone, tells the tale of when Pakistani rock star Aman (Ali Zafar) meets British-Indian girlfriend Asha’s (Yami Gautam) family. From the start of the film, it […]

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Happy Maha Shivratri – BollySpice style!!

Written by on February 27th, 2014

In celebration of Lord Shiva’s Maha Shivratri, one of the most prominent festivals of the Hindu calendar, we bring you some of our favourite Lord Shiva related Bollywood songs. As we explore a few of the different shades that Bollywood has celebrated Lord Shiva through, we take you on a very quick journey beginning in […]

“To me Romil & Juggal is just like any love story. It doesn’t matter if the lovers are both men.” – Danish Aslam

Written by on February 26th, 2014

Although Section 377 remains in place, and continues to criminalize homosexuality in India, social change is a powerful wave that cannot be stopped. Bollywood, in particular commercial Bollywood, has been famous for love stories. The formula of boy meets girl has been applied and re-applied again and again, becoming the “norm” – with small room […]

A Bollydelicious Valentines!

Written by on February 14th, 2014

Now, we all know that Bollywood is magical. Bollywood is the place where a simple gaze can make hearts meet, hearts break or hearts to mend. It is the world where magnificent love stories unfold, keeping Cupid occupied not just on Valentine’s day but 365 days a year! Food and love go hand in hand. […]

Director Vinil Mathew On Hasee Toh Phasee

Written by on February 5th, 2014

Releasing on the 7th of February 2014, the much anticipated wait for Hasee Tho Phasee is almost over. It is not unusual for a Bollywood rom-com to be released days before love struck Valentine’s Day. However, Hasee Toh Phasee promises to be a Bollywood rom-com with a difference. Starring Siddharth Malhotra (Student of the Year) […]

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: 4th most beautiful woman of 2014

Written by on February 1st, 2014

A recent poll was conducted by Hollywood Buzz, listing the “Official Top 30 World’s Most Beautiful Women of 2014”. Gracing the results are two of Bollywood’s talented beauties: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 4th place and Deepika Padukone in 29th. The former Miss World and actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan expressed her gratitude to well wishers and […]

Katrina Kaif: New Face of L’Oreal Paris

Written by on January 22nd, 2014

Katrina Kaif is famously known as “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan”, “Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani” and of course, the “Dhoom 3” girl. Now, we see the Bollywood star joining global beauty brand L’Oréal Paris as their new face. Katrina Kaif is the fourth Indian to be representing the brand following Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor […]

Jennifer Lawrence Bollywood Debut – merely a rumour. But who is the perfect Hollywood lead for Paani?

Written by on January 15th, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence, star of The Hunger Games was speculated to be making her way to Bollywood and joining Shekhar Kapur’s upcoming film Paani (Water). These speculations stated that the Hollywood actress would soon be starring opposite Sushant Singh Rajput, the love struck Shuddh Desi Romance hero – who definitely has been confirmed as the male […]

REFLECTIONS 2013: Top 10 Actresses of 2013

Written by on January 12th, 2014

10. Chitrangada Singh (I, Me Aur Main Inkaar) Beginning her career as a model in Delhi, Chitrangada Singh made her debut on the Bollywood screen with Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005). Her performance as Geeta Rao, firstly a student caught up against volatile political and social issues in India and then a woman who chooses to […]

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Imran Khan’s thought provoking video on Section 377

Written by on December 29th, 2013

Homosexuality is hugely misunderstood within South Asian society. Not only that, with Section 377 re-implemented in India, homosexuality is now also a “criminal” offence in India. As you probably have guessed Section 377 has attracted many opinions and sentiments. Some have argued that homosexuality is “un-natural”, a “disease”, not a part of “Indian culture” – […]

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