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Mallika Sherawat is Ego Surfing

Written by on June 5th, 2009

Ego surfing is when you google your own name to see what comes up. It can be quite eerie. For example, when I google my own name, I find a surprising number of people who have not only the same name as myself, but also share the same interests and work in the same professions. […]

Aamir Khan Joins Protest Against Racism

Written by on June 3rd, 2009

Back from vacation, Aamir Khan has joined the protest against the recent attacks on Indians in Australia. “Most disturbing to hear about racist attacks on Indians living in Australia. Quite a shame,” he says, “While this doesn’t mean that all Australians are racists, the frequency and seriousness of such attacks, I think, calls for an […]

Bips Racing to Success

Written by on June 3rd, 2009

Bipasha Basu joins cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the cheeky new commercial from UK trainer company Reebok. Promoting their new line of shoes, Hexride, the pair are clearly having fun as they set each other challenges whilst competing in a fun run. “I am a fitness freak and I love to indulge in various activities […]

Danny Boyle to Cast Aamir Khan?

Written by on June 2nd, 2009

Rumours are rife in Bollywood that Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle was in Mumbai last week hoping to meet up with Aamir Khan with a view to casting him in his next movie. The director is said to be impressed with Aamir’s work and has shrugged off Aamir’s comment that Slumdog was over the top. […]

Mumaith Khan – the Snake Queen

Written by on June 2nd, 2009

Voluptuous Mumaith Khan is slowly undulating her way to success, both in Bollywood and the South. The half Pakistani item girl from Mumbai stole our hearts with her number in Munna Bhai MBBS and is currently in Punnami Naagu where she plays a Naagin or shape-shifter, a snake queen that is capable of turning into […]

Freida Pinto Riding the Crest of a Wave

Written by on May 23rd, 2009

Currently in the UK, Slumdog actress Freida Pinto has been talking about coping with life in the aftermath of the Oscar-winning movie. “I found it all a bit overwhelming at first, but now I’m determined to make the most of it. I don’t want to look back in ten years and think that I missed […]

Riya Sen is a Living Doll

Written by on May 23rd, 2009

Riya Sen is said to sport a real Barbie-doll look in her new movie Paying Guest, which also stars the hotlist of Bollywood beauties such as Celina Jaitley, Neha Dhupia and Sayali Bhagat, along with Shreyas Talpade. How does she describe her role? “You know the oversensitive, over-dramatic girl who is overtly suspicious of her […]

Slumdog Star’s Unstable Life

Written by on May 17th, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire star Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail’s life continues to be unstable following the event late last week when his home was razed to the ground in a slum clearance operation by the Mumbai authorities. Azharuddin claims the authorities had not informed them of the clearance and he was asleep when the bulldozers came. Beaten with […]

Celina Jaitley Lodges Complaint

Written by on May 17th, 2009

Illustrating some of the trials and tribulations that face Bollywood stars, Celina Jaitley has lodged a complaint with the police against two websites that have taken her image and morphed it to promote products of their own in an unsightly manner. “It’s unfortunate that this is a price one has to pay for stardom,” she […]

Sheena Shahabadi – Teenage Pregnancy

Written by on May 17th, 2009

Sheena Shahabadi has been turning a few heads with her performance in Tere Sang, a film about teenage pregnancy, due for release as soon as the multiplex dispute is settled. The film is directed by Satish Kaushik, best remembered as Calendar in Mr. India and the movie also stars Ruslaan Mumtaz. Satish says of his […]

Shilpa Shetty – Grazia’s Cover Girl

Written by on May 16th, 2009

Sporting a hot new look, Shilpa Shetty graces the cover of Grazia for this month wearing a short white mini-dress with red and brown filigree patterning. In this month’s issue, she opens up about her upcoming marriage to Raj Kundra, her career and of course her connection with the Rajasthan Royals IPL team. Shilpa clearly […]

Bollywood Has Eyes on the West

Written by on May 14th, 2009

With the success of Slumdog Millionaire and difficult times in the cinema world in India with the multiplex boycott, there are increasing signs of Bollywood looking towards the west for a more diverse income base. Hot on the heels of the news that Ashutosh Gowariker, of Lagaan and Jodhaa Akbar fame, will be making Buddha […]

Priyankaa Signs Three-Movie Deal

Written by on May 14th, 2009

Fast-rising regional actress Priyankaa is moving closer to Bollywood with a three-film deal that sees her on course to make movies in Marathi. Demonstrating her range of talents, the movies will be a family comedy, a costume drama and a suspense thriller. “The films will have a multi-lingual approach with added dialogues in Hinglish to […]

Genelia D’Souza in Yahoo

Written by on May 14th, 2009

Genelia D’Souza has been signed to play opposite Shahid Kapur in Ken Ghosh’s tentatively-titled Yahoo! “The film revolves around dance and my character is that of an energetic and effervescent choreographer,” she says, “I am looking forward to playing this role as it is different from what I have done in the past.” Genelia has […]

Claudia and Salman – What Next?

Written by on May 13th, 2009

With her legion of fans in Germany and the UK, red-haired Polish-German photomodel Claudia Ciesla is hoping to finally make it big in Bollywood….with Salman Khan’s help! Claudia, who is currently in Mumbai, is said to have bumped into Salman over tea. “Sallu saw her with one of his acquaintances and summoned him to his […]

Sherlyn Chopra Protecting Her Future

Written by on May 12th, 2009

Sherlyn Chopra, who has recently been working with Shahid Kapur and Rani Mukherjee in Hadippa, has turned down the opportunity to star in a condom commercial. “It wasn’t about nudity,” she explains, “I liked the concept and I liked the pay cheque too…but I’m now trying to enter the big league and am cautious of […]

Tapan Sinha Passes Away at 84

Written by on May 12th, 2009

A contemporary of golden-age Bengali film-makers Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha has passed away at the age of 84. He was one of the true greats of Indian cinema. Born in Kolkata and educated in Patna, Tapan was sympathetic to Gandhi’s Quit India movement founded in 1942. He also found common […]

Miss Bollywood Contest Hots Up

Written by on May 11th, 2009

Not interested in cricket? Is that possible? Okay, if that’s the case, you can maintain your Bollywood interest in the fortunes of Shilpa, Preity and SRK through the Miss Bollywood contest in South Africa that’s running parallel to the IPL main event and drawing its own market share. With the possibility of a role in […]

Deepak Tijori’s Daughter ‘Kidnapped’

Written by on May 11th, 2009

Every father’s nightmare came true for actor Deepak Tijori yesterday when his 13-year-old daughter, Samara, was allegedly kidnapped off the street by ruffians and taken to a cheap hotel. “It was a 25-year-old man who had previously trapped and blackmailed many young girls before this incident,” says Deepak, “My daughter is fortunate to have returned […]

Happy Mother’s Day in India!

Written by on May 10th, 2009

It was originally proposed in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe, the founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility as a call to all mothers to rally against the evils of war: The sword of murder is not the balance of justiceBlood does not wipe out dishonour,Nor violence indicate possession. However, Mother’s Day is now a day […]

Rubina Ali On-Screen with Nicole Kidman

Written by on May 10th, 2009

Rubina Ali’s, one of the young stars of Oscar Best Picture winner Slumdog Millionaire, portfolio continues to increase with her latest on-screen performance in a Schweppes commercial with Nicole Kidman and Arjun Rampal. Shot in France by Shekhar Kapur and produced by Ridley Scott. The very expensive one-minute commercial sees a beautiful Nicole dancing in […]

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