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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 […]

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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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