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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 […]

Shakespearean Tragedies: Love and Bollywood

Written by on November 23rd, 2013

2013, the extra special year marking the centenary of Hindi Cinema is almost coming at an end. To celebrate, BollySpice briefly explores the theatrical roots of Bollywood, expanding on the contribution of William Shakespeare, the famous playwright who has continuously intrigued the Indian film industry since the beginning of the Hindi film industry. We explore […]

Munna Bhai “Bole Tau”… Is Returning!

Written by on November 20th, 2013

Munna Bhai MBBS and sequel Lage Raho Munna  Bhai had Bollywood audiences crying with side splitting laughter. The heart warming comedy and the Mumbai hooligan antics came with a message. Whilst Munna Bhai MBBS had the protagonist “Munna Bhai”, a lovable Mumbai hoodlum, become a faux- medical student who “cured” people through his humour and good heart, the second […]

Aamir Khan’s Dhoom-tastic dedication to Sachin Tendulkar

Written by on November 16th, 2013

Indian cricket and Bollywood share several attributes in common. Both stir the emotions of their countless devout fans. Both are regarded as integral to South Asian culture. Both are the heart, pride and soul of South Asia. Therefore, it is only fitting that with the retirement of legendary Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, a Bollywood song […]

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall’s Trip to India has more than one message

Written by on November 12th, 2013

The British Royal couple, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, are currently busy touring India. Nine days long in duration and the third official trip taken together, comes with more than one powerful message. Firstly, the Prince’s message is of encouraging the wealthy to take responsibility towards India’s deprived […]

Krrish 3’s superpowers break Box Office records

Written by on November 3rd, 2013

Breaking all records with an opening of 25.5 crores just from the very first day of release, Krrish 3 is the first film to open with the magnificently staggering figure on a non- holiday, pre Diwali Friday. Forming the third installment of the sci-fi, super hero themed trilogy, heavily anticipated Krrish 3 has some enormous […]

Happy Birthday Shah Rukh Khan! BollySpice celebrates the Super Star to each letter of his name

Written by on November 3rd, 2013

Once upon a time, on November the 2nd, 1965, a Super Star was born. The Bollywood Badshaah, the King of Bollywood, the Raj of Simran’s dreams – however you may relate to him has turned 48. To celebrate Shah Rukh Khan’s birthday, BollySpice explores the contribution the Super Star has made by celebrating each letter […]

Happy Bollywood Halloween!

Written by on October 31st, 2013

There is nothing better on Halloween than watching a scary film. It gets even better if it is a spooky, bone chilling, terrifying Bollywood film. With the spine tingling themes of haunted abandoned havelis (mansions), reincarnation, revenge of the dead and wandering lost spirits – who said that Bollywood only told romantic tales? You may […]

Salman Khan’s (Latest) Temper Tantrum

Written by on October 28th, 2013

Film stars are known, perhaps even expected to be mingled in not only controversies, but to throw dramatic temper tantrums. Checking these boxes completely is Salman Khan. The Bollywood star does not need an introduction and neither does his (in)famous temper. Having already been in the news last month for losing his cool on a […]

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BollySpice talks to Ranbir Kapoor and Pallavi Sharda in an exclusive in London!

Written by on September 23rd, 2013

We have seen him as Rockstar. We have seen him as Bunny. We have seen him as Barfi. Now, it is time to see him as Babli Jan. Ranbir Kapoor’s next upcoming film Besharam is set to be released on the 2nd of October 2013. Yes. It is almost time to see not only Ranbir […]

“We believe that if content is king, then distribution is God.” – An Exclusive BollySpice Interview with Reliance Entertainment

Written by on September 23rd, 2013

Reliance Entertainment presents a Movie Temple production…Besharam! The wait for Besharam is soon to be over with the release date of the 2nd of October soon approaching. Reliance Entertainment productions include Singham, Bodyguard and Don 2. It doesn’t stop at Bollywood! Reliance Entertainment includes Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali Cinema as well as Hollywood- Scream 4 […]

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‘Besharam is an attitude. It’s listening to your heart and actually following your heart’- Ranbir Kapoor at UK Besharam Press Conference

Written by on September 21st, 2013

London was sparkling on a very grey, very bleak and very rainy September afternoon when Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Sharda, Sanjeev Lambda- CEO, Mahesh Ramnathan- COO of Reliance Entertainment and producer Himanshu Mehra graced London with their presence. All set for the release of Besharam, the cast and production team visited the […]

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Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri Ignores the Racism and Celebrates Diversity

Written by on September 17th, 2013

On the 15th of September 2013, Nina Davuluri was the first Indian American to be crowned Miss America. One of Miss Davuluri’s biggest platforms is diversity and the diversity of the US was celebrated with her win. Indian-Americans are the third largest Asian community in the USA according to The Times of India. Having an […]

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Satyagraha Movie Review

Written by on September 2nd, 2013

Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha brings to the forefront the following questions: Can violence ever be avoided when fighting for one’s rights? How powerful is non-violence in the face of violence? The film explores Gandhi’s philosophy of ‘satyagraha’ in a modern day context. Gandhi’s presence shadows the film throughout through Amitabh Bachchan’s character (Dwarka Anand; Daduji) and […]

Satyajit Ray Season at the BFI, London

Written by on August 14th, 2013

BFI London is about to begin a two month long Satyajit Ray season.  Starting on the 14th of August 2013, Dr Manishita Dass of Royal Holloway will host an introductory talk that will not only discuss Ray’s films but ‘explore the lesser-known links between his filmmaking and his career as a writer and a commercial […]

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Our Favourite Sonu Niigaam Songs A to Z!

Written by on August 14th, 2013

This weekend, Sonu Niigaam will be rocking the UK! With three concerts on the 16th (O2 Apollo, Manchester), 17th (Wembley Arena, London) and 18th (Demontfort Hall, Leicester) of August, we are all excited for Sonu’s upcoming tour: Sonu Nigam Rocks the UK. Organised by Perfect Harmony Productions Ltd with their associates Blues Communications, Cisne for […]

“It’s the most amazing thing. It doesn’t come with any kind of practice or yoga or meditation.” An Exclusive BollySpice interview with Sonu Nigam

Written by on July 29th, 2013

Sonu Nigam is only a few weeks away until he rocks the UK! With three concerts coming up in August, do not miss the chance to hear this sensational voice live. In fact, it is not just Sonu’s mesmerising voice that draws audiences but his incredible stage presence and charisma is hugely applauded. Sonu began […]

LIFF Special: Josh – Against the Grain Review

Written by on July 25th, 2013

Iram Parveen Bilal’s Josh was screened at the London Indian Film Festival 2013. The winner of the 2012 Women in Film Finishing Fund and the official selection for numerous film festivals all over the world, Josh is a film with a powerful message: people will not be oppressed if they choose not to be oppressed. […]

Some moments from Irrfan Khan’s Master Class at the London Indian Film Festival 2013

Written by on July 22nd, 2013

Bafta Winning director Asif Kapadia hosted a Master Class with Irrfan Khan at the London Indian Film Festival 2013. The venue was held at the British Film Institute that sits right at the heart of the Southbank. Kapadia described the BFI as ‘the home of world cinema, of great cinema’. As the doors opened for […]

Our Exclusive Interview with Irrfan Khan at the London Indian Film Festival 2013

Written by on July 22nd, 2013

Down to earth, with a charming smile and a great sense of humour, Irrfan Khan spoke about his life and his work at the London Indian Film Festival 2013. Irrfan Khan is not only iconic in Bollywood but in Hollywood too. Having worked in a range of films from Life of Pi to 7 Khoon […]

LIFF Special: Moonsoon Shootout Review

Written by on July 20th, 2013

Previously screened at Cannes, Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout was the opening film of the London Indian Film Festival 2013. Produced by Guneet Monga and co-produced by Anurag Kashyap, Monsoon Shootout’s cast includes Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Shiva), Tannishta Chatterjee (Rani) and Vijay Varma (Adi), Geetanjali Thapa (Anu). The story revolves around actions and consequences, the psychology of […]

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