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The Dark Side of Priyamani

Written by on March 17th, 2009

Top Southern actress Priyamani is thrilled to be playing a role in Mani Ratnam’s Ravaan, which is looking like it could be one of the big hits of 2010. She’s hoping that the role will provide a great boost to her career and she talks warmly about her co-star, Abhishek Bachchan. “Abhishek brings the sets […]

Shriya Showing The Power of One

Written by on March 17th, 2009

Despite a stop-start Bollywood and international career to date, Shriya Saran will be having another chance to demonstrate her many talents in Ek — The Power of One with Bobby Deol, Chunkey Pandey and Jackie Shroff. It’s based on the Tollywood film Athadu. She was last seen in Mission Istanbul. Down South, her career continues […]

Charlie Chaplin – Standing Tall for the Little Man

Written by on March 17th, 2009

The director of Housefull, Hermant Hegde, faced protests from extremist Hindu groups on Friday against his plans to erect a 20m statue of Charlie Chaplin near Udupi for a scene in his movie that stars Akshay Kumar, Deepike Padukone, Riteish Deshmukh and Jiah Khan. The statue was intended to be used in an item song. […]

Shilpa and Jade – Remorse & Reconciliation

Written by on March 15th, 2009

How it’s possible for the lives of two such different people be so intricately entwined it’s hard to understand. It started when they were thrown together on the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother. On the one hand, there was the brash poorly-educated working class girl who appeared to be the living representation of the brutalised, hopeless […]

Gul Panag Tells It Straight

Written by on March 15th, 2009

Gul Panag is not a celebrity who is prepared to hold back when it comes to matters of social concern. She recently spoke out in favour of equal rights in India in respect of sexuality and sexual orientation: “I don’t think the government or the society should meddle with people’s right to choose their sexual […]

Happy Birthday Aamir Khan

Written by on March 14th, 2009

Aamir Khan, considered by many to be the most powerful personality in Bollywood, is 44 years old today. The last five years have seen one hit after another for Aamir — The Rising, Rang De Basanti, Fanaa, Taare Zameen Par and Ghajini. He’s currently working on Three Idiots with Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani, Kajol, Madhavan […]

Mallika Sherawat in Hollywood

Written by on March 14th, 2009

With her latest movie Hisss currently in post-production, Mallika Sherawat has been hitting the nightspots of Hollywood hoping to make a name for herself. Meanwhile, the producers of the movie, directed by Jennifer Lynch, and also starring Irrfan Khan and Divya Dutta, hope to show the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival and are […]

Deepika – Running for Gold

Written by on March 13th, 2009

Bollywood star Deepika Padukone will be the face of the Bangaluru (Bangalore) Marathon this year. She will flag off the marathon on May 18th and – being descended from a sporty family – will also participate in it. “It will be nice to get people together to run and help the various causes associated with […]

Shilpa Shetty’s Colourful Holi Party

Written by on March 13th, 2009

Shilpa Shetty and her boyfriend Raj Kundra threw an extravagant Holi party to kick off the celebrations in Bollywood this week. Shilpa certainly has a lot to celebrate at the moment with the opening of her own spa chain of beauty and fitness centres, her recent purchase of the Rajasthan Royals cricket team, and the […]

Priyanka Chopra – Fashion Icon

Written by on March 13th, 2009

A new-look Priyanka Chopra graces the front cover of FHM this month as Priyanka admits that her own day-to-day fashion style is very low-tech. “My style is understated it really depends on my mood,” she says, “Tracks and a T-shirt is the kind of a person I am. And is what I feel comfortable in.” […]

Mission Impossible for Shweta?

Written by on March 13th, 2009

Mission Istanbul actress Shweta Bharadwaj has a social conscious and is involved in campaigns to improve the conditions of street children in India. She recently attended a film festival on child rights which she hoped would provoke some of the audience into action. “We need to really move ahead and spread the message to these […]

A Glimpse of the Future at Fashionista 09

Written by on March 11th, 2009

Designer Ramesh Dembla kicked off the Fashionista 09 fashion festival in Bangalore with an intricate mix of designs combining Indian and Western themes, portending the future of fashion in India perhaps, and a host of Bollywood stars walking the catwalk. Riya Sen, Sophie Chaudary, Shaurya Chauhan and Neil Nitin Mukesh were all in evidence with […]

Neha Dhupia – It’s Hard Work that Brings Success

Written by on March 11th, 2009

Neha Dhupia has lined up five films for release this year in a big effort to break through into the big time. “It’s not easy to create a place for yourself in Bollywood even if you have a pageant behind you,” she says, “No one in the industry was holding special carpets for me because […]

Aamir Khan – Power Man

Written by on March 10th, 2009

Aamir Khan tops this year’s Filmfare Power List for actors and overall — thanks to the 265cr that Ghajini has taken worldwide, making it the biggest grossing Bollywood movie ever — if you don’t count Slumdog Millionaire. He also comes top of the Director’s list, although the Chopras — Aditya and Yash — still edge […]

Once Upon A Time

Written by on March 10th, 2009

Milan Luthria’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbai is already beginning to turn heads in the industry with the feeling that this could be a really big one. Shooting starts in May and the script is said to be inspired by Sergio Leone’s classic Once Upon a Time in America, which starred the almost perfect […]

Asin seeks to develop her career in 19 Steps

Written by on March 9th, 2009

After her big performance in both the Tamil and Bollywood versions of Ghajini, Asin hopes to take things one step further with her performance in the Disney financed 19 Steps. “The film is being produced by Walt Disney and a good portion will be shot in Kerala,” she explains, “Kamal Hassan plays an important role […]

Anjana Sukhani hoping this will be her breakthrough year

Written by on March 9th, 2009

Anjana Sukhani never dreamed she would be a movie star. Concentrating on her studies, she obtained an MBA in International Business and expected to find herself in the new globalised economy with an international conglomerate. Instead, she found herself in the underated Hum Dum, opposite Romit Raaj – and her life suddenly took a different […]

Kangana Sets her own Fashion Style

Written by on March 8th, 2009

Both in terms of her spiral curves and her spiraling career, Kangana Ranaut sets her own fashion trends in Bollywood. The A-list actress, who once worked in a beauty parlour, and is now firmly planted in the heart of the industry after such recent hits as Life in A Metro, Fashion and Raaz 2 says, […]

Priyanka Chopra Aids India’s Nuclear Policy

Written by on March 8th, 2009

Most men’s hearts go nuclear when they see Priyanka Chopra on screen and she may not know this, but Priyanka is an influential figure in India’s plan to develop the nuclear power industry over the next twenty years. The South Australian PM, Mike Rann, is a big fan of hers and likes to visit India […]

Lara Dutta in Man’s World

Written by on February 28th, 2009

Lara Dutta, who stars alongside Irrfan Khan and Shahrukh Khan in Billu, provides the cover girl image this month for Man’s World. Dressed in a classic skintight, short minidress, Lara forms the basis for an article on the fifteen steps that guys have to take in order to get a date with her. Lara appears […]

Slumdog Children Return Home in Triumph!

Written by on February 27th, 2009

There was music, singing, dancing, sweets and garlands for actors Rubiana Ali and Azharuddin Ismail as they returned home to a triumphant welcome in Mumbai. “America was just fantastic,” exclaimed Rubiana, for whom a big future is predicted, “I was so excited to be on stage at the Oscars. Everyone was crying.” The highlight of […]

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