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Farhan Akhtar captivates audiences during screen talk at the London Indian Film Festival

Written by on July 18th, 2014

Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar has attended a special screen talk where he reflected on his career and more as part of the fifth annual London Indian Film Festival. The actor and director took part in an ‘in-conversation’ event at the British Film Institute (BFI) with Sight and Sound Editor Nick James. Tickets were sold out […]

LIFF Masterclass with Santosh Sivan

Written by on July 18th, 2014

Santosh Sivan, one of India’s most celebrated cinematographers, has been praised for his emotionally engaging cinema and attention to detail. The masterclass hosted by the London Indian Film Festival was an exploration of his works, his inspiration, and the highlights of his career so far through a few chosen clips, and of course a wonderful […]

Exclusive interview with Farhan Akhtar at LIFF!

Written by on July 17th, 2014

A BollySpice exclusive with filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, as part of the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) 2014 and ahead of his public ‘Screen Talk’. Farhan shares his views on American television series, 3D cinema, budget filmmaking and more… Have you had a chance to catch any of the films showing at the LIFF and are […]

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LIFF Special Report: Million Dollar Arm UK Premiere

Written by on July 16th, 2014

The London Indian Film Festival hosted the UK premier of Disney’s Million Dollar Arm yesterday and it was attended by producer Mark Ciardi and actor Madhur Mittal amongst a host of other showbiz celebrities including Meera Syal, Kulvinder Ghir, Ameet Chana, Tanveer Ghani, Tanya Franks and Neerja Naik. The film, which was well received by […]

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 […]

LIFF Special Movie Review: Qissa

Written by on July 14th, 2014

The largest human mass migration known to history is the Partition of India, 1947. Glossed over as the “independence” of India, this tragic and controversial event forced an estimated 10 million civilians to lose their homes and an estimated 1 million to lose their lives. The statistics with their definite tone conceals the complexities, the […]

Sama Arts Network & Sachal Music presents the World Premiere Performance of Sachal Jazz Ensemble

Written by on July 13th, 2014

When we think of Jazz, we automatically think of New Orleans where Jazz originates from, but tonight I experienced the rebirth of jazz with a difference. Sachal Jazz Ensemble took the stage at Kings Place, London for an intimate gig. A group of veteran master musicians from Lahore explore the music of east and west, […]

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LIFF Special Movie Review: Sold

Written by on July 13th, 2014

[This review is taken from the London premiere, as part of the 5th annual London Film Festival, featuring a special Q&A with the director, producer and actress Gillian Anderson]. Sold is based on the award winning 2006 book by Patricia McCormick, brought to the screen by first time director Jeffrey D Brown. The story is […]

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London Indian Film Festival launches with powerful premiere of Gillian Anderson film ‘Sold’

Written by on July 13th, 2014

The London Indian Film Festival opened with a bang last Thursday evening at it’s home location in central London. In its 5th exclusive year, BollySpice is proud to once again be of its main supporters. Welcomed by traditional dhol players was guest of honour Gillian Anderson (Scully from X-Files), whose film SOLD was opening this […]

In Conversation with cinematographer and director Santosh Sivan

Written by on July 10th, 2014

When talking about the great cinematographers of India, one name that has to be at the top is Santosh Sivan. He has won over 13 National Awards, was recently honored with a Padma Shri and also is the first Indian cinematographer to be inducted into the American Society of Cinematographers. Not only does he focus […]

“The London Indian Film Festival shows films with more realistic, funky and sometimes challenging images of India.” -Festival Director Cary Sawhney

Written by on July 7th, 2014

For the last five years, the London Indian Film Festival has showcased a unique selection of films from all over India. As they say, going way Beyond Bollywood, LIFF brings cutting edge films from some of the world’s most innovative filmmakers. Led by festival director Mr Cary Rajinder Sawhney, LIFF has grown to become Europe’s […]

“Bobby Jasoos is a very uplifting entertaining movie” – Sahil Sangha

Written by on July 4th, 2014

Today sees the release of Bobby Jasoos, which is a production of Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha’s Born Free Entertainment. Starring Vidya Balan, the film about a lady detective, we hear not only has a social message but it also is a fun and entertaining movie. We chatted with Vidya and Dia, now see what […]

Dia Mirza: “From the first shot of Bobby Jasoos, we had the sense that we were on to something special.”

Written by on July 3rd, 2014

We have loved her work as an actress, but now Dia Mirza has taken on a new avatar. With Born Free Entertainment, Ms. Mirza, along with fiancé Sahil Sangha, started a production company to make the films and tell the stories they felt needed to be told. Their first production was the modern rom-com Love […]

Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7: Judges demand, and a new host!

Written by on July 1st, 2014

This week’s Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, started on a “short”, sad note as host Ranvir Shorey read out a humorous letter from host Drashti Dhami explaining why she has left the show. Ranvir even joked that he wished she hadn’t left him as he now has to do all the work himself! Of course, thankfully, Drashti […]

Vidya Balan: “I loved every moment of Bobby Jasoos!” – Exclusive!

Written by on July 1st, 2014

Vidya Balan is back on screen this Friday, and she’s playing not one, not two, but many different characters in Bobby Jasoos. There is Bilkis aka Bobby, a girl who has an unusual dream to be the number one detective in Hyderabad. Then there are all the disguises, both male and female, that Bobby dons […]

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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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Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7: Week 3 – Made in India!

Written by on June 24th, 2014

We are back with another look at what happened on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa! This week’s show opened with the international judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy dancing to the song ‘Criminal’ from Ra One. The audience really loved his performance, as it was the first time Maksim had danced solo on the show.

 Host Ranvir, then tricked the […]

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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 […]

“It was a lot of fun filming as it’s a typical Sajid Khan movie.” – Esha Gupta

Written by on June 19th, 2014

Bollywood beauty Esha Gupta will be seen in UK cinemas this month in Sajid Khan’s much awaited comedy Humshakals. The 28-year-old actress and former Kingfisher calendar model made her Bollywood acting debut with Jannat 2 in 2012 and subsequently starred in Raaz 3 and Chakravyuh. Here Gupta talks to The Asian Today’s Bollywood Reporter about […]

Bollywood Showstoppers: Exclusive Interview with Ali Zafar

Written by on June 18th, 2014

Ali Zafar was in London recently for a press conference for the upcoming FlexFX production, Bollywood Showstoppers 2014, also starring Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Mika Singh, and Jacqueline Fernandez. The musical dance production is set to be the biggest British Bollywood show of the year and we caught up with Ali to talk about the […]

Saif Ali Khan: “Humshakals is a crazy Sajid Khan comedy kind of film.”

Written by on June 18th, 2014

Get ready for a laugh riot Bollystyle as the outrageous comedy Humshakals comes crashing into theaters this Friday, June 20th. Directed by Sajid Khan, the film stars Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Ram Kapoor along with the lovely heroines Bipasha Basu, Esha Gupta, and Tamannaah Bhatia. Humshakals promises three times the chaos and confusion […]

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