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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” – […]

REFLECTIONS 2013: Top 5 Heart Breaking Scenes of 2013

Written by on December 28th, 2013

WARNING: SPOILER ALERT – THIS ARTICLE DISCUSSES PIVOTAL SCENES AND PROVIDES A SYNOPSIS FOR THE FILMS: AASHIQUI 2; ABCD ANYBODY CAN DANCE; LOOTERA; RAANJHANAA; RAM-LEELA. Now these are MAJOR spoilers so read on at your own risk! They say that love makes the world go around. That is certainly true and an aspect that Bollywood profusely […]

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REFLECTIONS 2013: Top 5 Heartbreaking Songs of 2013

Written by on December 28th, 2013

The Bollywood song is a magical aspect of a Bollywood film. Through the song, emotions not only have free reign of conveying what may not or cannot be said through the film’s narrative, but can also drive the storyline forward to outstanding lengths.Falling in love, being besotted in love, expressing love and celebrating love are […]

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Big B, SRK and Waheeda Rehman honoured by NDTV amongst the “25 Greatest Global Living Indians”

Written by on December 22nd, 2013

Marking 25 years of outstanding news broadcasting, the prestigious Indian channel NDTV honoured 25 personalities as the “greatest global Indian living legends.” Amongst these were Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, magical composer A R Rahman, superstar Shah Rukh Khan, iconic actor Rajinikanth and prominent actress of Bollywood’s golden era, Waheeda Rehman. The awards were presented by […]

CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Award Winners

Written by on December 22nd, 2013

The 8th edition of the “CBN-IBN Indian of the year” award ceremony took place on the 20th of December, 2013. Recognised and celebrated through the prestigious award are the contributions of those Indians during the calendar year that have “strengthened the foundation of our society and has helped build Brand India in the process.” (indianoftheyear.com) […]

Arjun Rampal on Hrithik-Sussanne breakup

Written by on December 19th, 2013

Speculation. Speculation. Speculation. Bollywood has always been rife with speculation. Whether it’s hook ups or especially break ups, celebrities are many times hounded with controversy. After the recent separation of Hrithik Roshan and Suzanne, rumours had begun that their mutual close friend Arjum Rampal had a role to play. Arjun Rampal’s increasingly close friendship with Suzanne […]

Bollywood Stars Speak Up Against the Return of Section 377- the Law that makes “Love” a Criminal Offence

Written by on December 13th, 2013

Bollywood has famously advocated loving fearlessly without any barriers and to facing any obstacles that appear. For instance “Jab Pyar Kiya Tau Darna Kya” (Why be frightened if you are in love?) was evoked through Mughal-E-Azam(1960) . Raj fearlessly pursued his Simran , regardless of having to face the fury of a traditional Indian father, […]

Dil to Pagal Hai’s Award Winning Choreographer Shiamak joins End AIDS India

Written by on December 8th, 2013

CAN WE TRULY END HIV/AIDS IN INDIA? SHIAMAK DAVAR AND OTHER ‘HEROES FOR ZERO’ SAY “YES, WE CAN!” Davar, the award winning choreographer was one of the first to introduce contemporary jazz and western forms of dance to India. He made his break in Bollywood with Yash Chopra’s Dil to Pagal Hai and had not […]

Sneak Peek: Dhoom 3’s Malang – Bollywood’s Most Spectacular and Expensive Song Ever!

Written by on December 1st, 2013

Dhoom 3 is finally around the corner. As the release date of December the 20th gets closer, the anticipation is certainly heating up! The recently released 38 second promo video for Malang has taken the world by storm with more than 3 lakh YouTube hits on just the first day and more than one million hits […]

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Special Report: Going Once…Going Twice! A Rare Bollywood Auction: Conferro Auctions

Written by on November 30th, 2013

The Westbury gallery in London’s Mayfair was recently adorned with rare Bollywood memorabilia. “Conferro Auctions”, a British based auction house, premiered through a special and rare event – a vintage Bollywood auction that took place on the 29th of November. Consisting of a 150 lots, the memorabilia reflected a wide range of vintage Bollywood posters, […]

Kashmiri Protests against Vishal Bhardwaj’s Hamlet adaptation: “Haider”

Written by on November 26th, 2013

Shakespeare and Bollywood are famously going hand in hand with the playwright’s adaptations being increasingly produced and portrayed on the Bollywood screen.For instance, Vishal Bhardwaj’s first Shakespearean adaptation was “Maqbool” (Macbeth) 2003. Then came “Omkara” (Othello) 2006. Behold, as next to arrive from the talented director will be “Hamlet”, titled “Haider”. With a star cast […]

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