Other – BollySpice.com http://bollyspice.com The latest movies, interviews in Bollywood Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:07:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Bollywood stars praise Shekhar Kapur’s daughter Kaveri’s first beautiful song! http://bollyspice.com/bollywood-stars-praise-shekhar-kapurs-daughter-kaveris-first-beautiful-song/ Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:56:28 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=125490 Hailing from an artistic heritage as the daughter of singer/actress Suchitra Krishnamoorthi and film director Shekhar Kapur, 15-year-old Kaveri is making waves internationally, having launched her first song, ‘Did You Know’. Having started her musical training in Hindustani classical music at the age of six, Kaveri then trained in western classical vocals, piano and guitar and subsequently started to write and compose songs at the age of 11, recording her first single at the age of twelve. “Making music is all I want to do,” says Kaveri. Continuing Kaverisays, “Though I started to sing when I was about six, I

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Hailing from an artistic heritage as the daughter of singer/actress Suchitra Krishnamoorthi and film director Shekhar Kapur, 15-year-old Kaveri is making waves internationally, having launched her first song, ‘Did You Know’.

Having started her musical training in Hindustani classical music at the age of six, Kaveri then trained in western classical vocals, piano and guitar and subsequently started to write and compose songs at the age of 11, recording her first single at the age of twelve. “Making music is all I want to do,” says Kaveri.

Continuing Kaverisays, “Though I started to sing when I was about six, I didn’t become passionate about it until I started writing and composing my own songs. Writing and singing are the only things I think I will never get bored of. I feel like music is the only thing that makes sense to me. My song writing is largely inspired by the situations and people around me. A lot of my songs talk about very exaggerated versions of personal experiences.”

She further adds, “My parents have always encouraged me and supported me, and I don’t think I would have been able to discover my love for music and develop my talent if it wasn’t for them.”

As for future plans Kaveri wants to pursue a higher formal education in music. Royal College of Music, Guildhall or Berklee College of Music are some of the institutions she hopes to head out to in the near future.

Within three days of releasing on YouTube, ‘Did You Know’ generated over 400,000 views and it is still climbing!

Leading members of the Indian film fraternity taking to Twitter to express their praise for the talented young artist, including Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, A.R. Rahman, Sonu Nigam, and Farhan Akhtar to name a few.

Check out the beautiful song and yes she is only 15!

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Detective Byomkesh Bakshy The Game! http://bollyspice.com/detective-byomkesh-bakshy-the-game/ Sun, 22 Mar 2015 03:39:44 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=99743 Games2win (“G2W”) the global mobile games company announced their second game “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy” with Yash Raj Films Licensing (“YRFL”), the licensing division of Yash Raj Films (“YRF”), based on the forthcoming highly anticipated movie from Yash Raj Films and Dibakar Banerjee Productions – Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! directed by Dibakar Banerjee starring Sushant Singh Rajput. The deeply engaging game, currently available on the Google Play Store, is India’s first Movie-based Hidden Objects game. Hidden Objects, as a category, is very popular worldwide amongst users of all age groups. Games2win has masterfully merged a popular game engine and a legendary movie

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dbbthegameGames2win (“G2W”) the global mobile games company announced their second game “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy” with Yash Raj Films Licensing (“YRFL”), the licensing division of Yash Raj Films (“YRF”), based on the forthcoming highly anticipated movie from Yash Raj Films and Dibakar Banerjee Productions – Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! directed by Dibakar Banerjee starring Sushant Singh Rajput.

The deeply engaging game, currently available on the Google Play Store, is India’s first Movie-based Hidden Objects game. Hidden Objects, as a category, is very popular worldwide amongst users of all age groups. Games2win has masterfully merged a popular game engine and a legendary movie character to create the iconic Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! The Game based on the iconic central character of the popular Detective.

Says Alok Kejriwal, CEO and Co-Founder – Games2win, “We are delighted to have made a fantastic game inspired by the legendary IP of Byomkesh Bakshy. The game play of being a detective & solving almost real life criminal cases is the magical proposition of this game. It’s amazing that the hidden objects mechanic of the game and the detective theme of the movie are perfectly synced!”

“Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is a very intelligent and entertaining film and we are happy to say that the game has turned out excellently! We hope fans of Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! experience and enjoy the thrill of their favourite character while playing this game,” shared Rohit Sobti, Vice President – Licencing and Merchandising at Yash Raj Films.

Get the Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! The Game NOW so you can enjoy many of these exciting moments!

· Play the role of an apprentice who graduates step-by-step to become a detective via role-play with the thrill of finding more than 200 objects to be in the game

· Solve criminal cases while assisting Detective Byomkesh Bakshy as game play modes change from case to case, giving a real life feel of being a detective

· Enjoy artwork which has been intricately crafted to recreate the look and feel of Byomkesh’s 1940s Calcutta

· On completing all the levels, be ready to be awarded a ‘Detective Certificate’ which can be proudly flaunted on social media

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Hans Zimmer talks about A R Rahman at Zurich Film Festival http://bollyspice.com/hans-zimmer-talks-r-rahman-zurich-film-festival/ Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:11:23 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=92092 We have an exclusive from the Zurich Film Festival which took place last week. Ashanti Omkar, who has her own show on the BBC Asian Network, from 2-4pm every Sunday, beginning this Diwali, on 26th October 2014, and also is the Indian cinema expert for BBC London and BBC West Midlands, and speaks as a film expert on Monocle 24 radio was there to cover the prestigious festival. Along with the many premieres and special screenings of some of the best films from the world over, acclaimed and award winning composer Hans Zimmer was given a lifetime achievement award at

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We have an exclusive from the Zurich Film Festival which took place last week. Ashanti Omkar, who has her own show on the BBC Asian Network, from 2-4pm every Sunday, beginning this Diwali, on 26th October 2014, and also is the Indian cinema expert for BBC London and BBC West Midlands, and speaks as a film expert on Monocle 24 radio was there to cover the prestigious festival. Along with the many premieres and special screenings of some of the best films from the world over, acclaimed and award winning composer Hans Zimmer was given a lifetime achievement award at this festival in Switzerland. Ashanti shared with us some highlights of what the world famous composer had to say about another world famous maestro AR Rahman.

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“I have friends in India. AR Rahman (and he pronounces the name perfectly). I had this idea a few years ago, to reinvent the music of the Oscars. It was one of the worst ideas I ever had (laughs). But I go all my friends, like I got AR to come and play in the orchestra and I got everybody to get involved. I love him. I don’t think that I even need to say that he is talented, I think we all know that he is. He’s my strongest connection to India. That’s the great thing, because we musicians, even where I’ve worked in countries where I didn’t speak or understand the language, where you have a translator, then you just sit down and start playing. 4 hours later, you’re still playing and you’re having the greatest conversation. So we musicians have a bonding thing.”

Zurich film festival, 10th anniversary Green carpet one to one with Ashanti Omkar from UK – Hans Zimmer was given a lifetime achievement award at this festival in Switzerland

“I’d love to do a collaboration with AR Rahman. We’ve actually sort of talked about it. When he first came to Los Angeles, he has his studio in my studio, which was like a safe haven for him I think. And yes, he owe me that I come to India and I park my studio in his for a while (chuckles), and we do a bit of music together. To me, he’s a wonderful man, an extraordinary talent. He is everything you hope a composer would be.”

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More on Bollywood Showstoppers, plus Pictures http://bollyspice.com/more-on-bollywood-showstoppers-plus-pictures/ Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:55:05 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=88413 The much anticipated concert, Bollywood Showstoppers 2014, took place at London’s O2 arena on Sunday 3 August and has received a fantastic level of support amongst fans. An estimated 10,000 people came to the iconic venue to witness Shahid Kapoor, Ali Zafar, Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez and Mika Singh perform live and it truly was a night with lots of memorable highlights! Speaking about the huge reception the show has received; Pakistani singer and actor Ali Zafar had this to say. “This event is key as it is bringing together Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshi people under one roof to celebrate

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The much anticipated concert, Bollywood Showstoppers 2014, took place at London’s O2 arena on Sunday 3 August and has received a fantastic level of support amongst fans. An estimated 10,000 people came to the iconic venue to witness Shahid Kapoor, Ali Zafar, Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez and Mika Singh perform live and it truly was a night with lots of memorable highlights!

Speaking about the huge reception the show has received; Pakistani singer and actor Ali Zafar had this to say. “This event is key as it is bringing together Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshi people under one roof to celebrate music. It is a great feeling to be here.”
Mika Singh also made a short statement, whose performance received an overwhelming level of cheers from fans on the night. “I’ve done 200 shows a year and I know exactly what my audiences love, I’m so happy my first UK performance was so well received.”

Adding to the comments was Shahid Kapoor who said “It was an honour to perform to a packed house at the O2 arena.”

Bollywood Showstoppers will be back next year with a new set of faces and hopefully, an even bigger and better show!

Meanwhile, check out the cool pictures from this year’s concert below!

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London Indian Film Festival launches with powerful premiere of Gillian Anderson film ‘Sold’ http://bollyspice.com/london-indian-film-festival-opening-night-sold/ Sun, 13 Jul 2014 07:13:06 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=85959 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 year’s ceremony. The film is a hard hitting tale of child sex trafficking, where Gillain plays a real life American photographer. The film was completely ‘sold’ out and was followed by a special audience Q&A with Gillain and the film’s director and producer. Also gracing

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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 year’s ceremony. The film is a hard hitting tale of child sex trafficking, where Gillain plays a real life American photographer. The film was completely ‘sold’ out and was followed by a special audience Q&A with Gillain and the film’s director and producer.

Also gracing the red carpet was actress Amy Jackson, who is no stranger to Bollywood, having starred in a film and been in her very own Bollywood romance! There was also Bollywood’s very own Santosh Sivan, talented director and cinematographer, who will be delivering a masterclass at the festival.

The London Indian Film Festival runs from 10th July to 17th July. Watch this space as we bring you our exclusive reviews and interviews.

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Three Shades of Brown – Season One Review http://bollyspice.com/three-shades-brown-season-one-review/ Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:25:39 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=83860 Three Shades of Brown is a funky new mini-series written and produced by Shai Hussain. Starring Muzz Khan (Nas), Omar Khan (Ravi) and Navinder Bhatti (Harry), the show explores the relationship between three twenty-something men who are all Asian, yet have conflicting personalities. BollySpice presents to you our review of Season One of Three Shades of Brown, where we discuss all eight episodes. Enjoy! Episode 1 – Live in a Penthouse So the pilot episode kicks off with Nas, who plays the rude boy. He’s seen acting like a DJ and imagining as if he’s in a nightclub, when he’s

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14jun_3shades-02Three Shades of Brown is a funky new mini-series written and produced by Shai Hussain. Starring Muzz Khan (Nas), Omar Khan (Ravi) and Navinder Bhatti (Harry), the show explores the relationship between three twenty-something men who are all Asian, yet have conflicting personalities. BollySpice presents to you our review of Season One of Three Shades of Brown, where we discuss all eight episodes. Enjoy!

Episode 1 – Live in a Penthouse
So the pilot episode kicks off with Nas, who plays the rude boy. He’s seen acting like a DJ and imagining as if he’s in a nightclub, when he’s actually doing all this in his bedroom. You’re then introduced to the other two key characters. There’s Harry, who plays the coconut and moves in with Nas, and Ravi, who plays the freshie who is too desi. This 5 minute episode is largely designed to introduce us to the key characters and what they are about, before the story delves deeper.

Episode 2 – You Trust me to write the Contract?
With Episode 2, you start to see more of the personalities of the three key characters. Ravi is torn because his girlfriend Shalini has broken up with him via Facebook. Whereas with Harry and Nas, you see them already bickering before Harry has even moved into the flat, because Nas is threatening him with a trial run to see whether or not he’s a good roommate. Both agree that a contract should be drawn up in order to resolve the issue. Whilst watching this particular episode, I found myself relating with Harry’s character. Though Harry’s way of speaking the English language can begin to irritate you, he manages to demonstrate some class which Asians who live in metropolitan areas may be able to connect with.

Episode 3 – This is the News at Ten
This one was probably more fun to watch, in contrast to the previous two episodes. Ravi is still upset about his break-up with Shalini. Harry tells him to stop sending her obsessive messages pleading to get back with her. Ravi is up all night, trying to resist the temptation of sending her a text but eventually does so. Meanwhile, Harry is woken up by Nas’s music where he is erratically DJ-ing at four in the morning. Both get into a heated argument, with Ravi trying to play the hero by bringing things down to a calm level. During this, Ravi gets a text from Shalini asking him to meet for coffee. This one was more intriguing to watch due to the fact that we get to see the plot build up and the characters begin to blossom more.

14jun_3shades-04Episode 4 – I am my own man, I don’t give no s***
In this episode, Nas tells Ravi that he needs to stand up to Shalini. Nas feels that Ravi is just doing everything and anything based on her orders and tells him to stick up for himself and be a man. When meeting Shalini, Ravi pleads with her for them to get back together but Shalini feels that it would be ideal if they have a break to think things through. Refusing this idea, Ravi threatens Shalini by asking her to make a decision now on whether or not they should still be together. The episode ends on a cliff-hanger and you are left wondering what will happen next. This had some interesting elements to it and I did enjoy seeing Nas encouraging Ravi to man up, as there are many Asian men who are indeed very sensitive and needy. Yet I still very much enjoyed Episode 3 more compared to this one, which was a little bland in places.

Episode 5 – That’s so 90s!
With Episode 5, you see the three friends discussing Ravi and Shalini’s relationship and the fact that they are on a break. Ravi begs Nas to let him move in with him and Harry temporarily until he wins back Shalini. Nas says no to the idea, with Harry criticising just what a true friend Nas really is to not help out Ravi during his time of need. This then leads to both Nas and Harry asking Ravi who the better friend is. You will have to watch this one to find out who Ravi goes with but it eventually leads to build up of bitter tension. This episode is quite short but nevertheless has one or two funny moments that are worth watching.

Episode 6 – Say Hi to Danni for me
I think from all the episodes I’ve seen so far, this one was definitely the shortest and dullest of the lot. You basically just see Nas thinking about whether he should let Ravi move in with him, with Harry proposing to move out so he can stay. Nas is then seen writing a Facebook message to his ex-roommate Jamie about what’s been happening with him, as well as with Ravi and Harry. I didn’t enjoy this one and frankly, the main reason was because it was deprived from any comedic moments.

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The episode opens with Ravi reading Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Nas walks in and makes homosexual remarks towards him for reading such a girly novel. Nas is still upset with Ravi for saying that Harry is the better friend compared to him. Yet Ravi reassures him that both of them mean a lot to him and that he shouldn’t be forced to choose as they are both completely ‘different ladders.’ The episode ends with Harry announcing that he’s found a place to stay in Barking and will be moving out soon, with Nas telling Ravi that he can stay with him for as long as he needs to. This one was enjoyable to watch and the jokes Nas makes towards Ravi are quite funny that it’s worth checking out.

Episode 8 – I’m Paying you Rent?
In the final episode of season one, Nas is seen talking to his mum (guest appearance by Poonam Joshi), who tells him that she and his father can no longer support him financially. He needs to get a job and start growing up. Becoming desperate with regards to who will pay his rent and bills, Nas begs Ravi for money but says he can only pay a small amount towards the household costs. Nas needs someone who has a lucrative job who will be able to cover the bills until he gets a job himself and guess who he thinks of? Bingo! It’s none other than Harry, the lawyer who he cannot stand. Just as he is about to set off to Barking, Nas and Ravi chase after Harry and beg him to stay. Now in a position of advantage, Harry makes many demands and offers to write up a roommate contract, which annoys Nas. Yet helpless and in need of support, Nas agrees to the terms and the episode ends with the three officially living together. I consider this one to be my favourite from the series and you are left wondering how the three young men will be able to put up with each other in one flat, given their totally different personalities.

Summary
Overall I found series one of Three Shades of Brown to be fun and engaging in many places and would recommend it to all (especially to British Asian boys). The characters are unique, hilarious and manage to exude qualities which many can connect with in this modern age. Writer and director Shai Hussain deserves praise for being brave enough to come forward to make this bold and interesting mini-series which acts as great time pass. Therefore, do check out Three Shades of Brown as it’s cool, funky and full of Asian jokes and innuendos that you will enjoy!

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IIFA Diaries and Photos: Day 2 continues to bring the Bollywood glitz and glam to Tampa Bay! http://bollyspice.com/iifa-diaries-and-photos-day-2-continues-bring-bollywood-glitz-glam-tampa-bay/ Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:25:31 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=80019 The much awaited 15th IIFA Celebrations have kick started in Tampa Bay, Florida and day 2 of the Videocon DDB IIFA Weekend saw a day full of Bollycool events. Anupam Kher premiereed his short film I WENT SHOPPING FOR ROBERT DE NIRO and said about the movie, “I went shopping for Robert De Niro’ is a tribute to the greatest actor alive.” He also held an acting workshop with many memeber of the audienece takeing part. Anil Kapoor Inagurated the IIFA Expo which showcases businesses from India and US. The focus areas are property, wellness and tranquility, jewelry, banking, tourism,

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The much awaited 15th IIFA Celebrations have kick started in Tampa Bay, Florida and day 2 of the Videocon DDB IIFA Weekend saw a day full of Bollycool events. Anupam Kher premiereed his short film I WENT SHOPPING FOR ROBERT DE NIRO and said about the movie, “I went shopping for Robert De Niro’ is a tribute to the greatest actor alive.” He also held an acting workshop with many memeber of the audienece takeing part. Anil Kapoor Inagurated the IIFA Expo which showcases businesses from India and US. The focus areas are property, wellness and tranquility, jewelry, banking, tourism, bridal wear, clothing, handicrafts and artifacts.

They also held a press conference that saw Priyanka Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha, Hollywood actor Stephen Baldwon and Anil Kapoor take the stage. One of the highlights had to be Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Commissioner Al Higginbotham dance to Do Da Tampa with the stars on stage.

The big event of th enight was Myntra.com IIFA Rocks. Dedicated to the best of fashion and music, the event was held at the Tampa Convention Centre. The evening witnessed leading avant garde fashion extravaganza by leading designers as some of Bollywood’s beauties walked the ramp for them. A host of musicians came together to be part of the gala event.

Packed to capacity, the stunning Tampa Convention Centre provided an elaborate setting for the evening. Hosted by Gauhar Khan and Vivek Oberoi, the fashion segment opened with a show by Manish Malhotra in association with Mijwan Welfare Trust. Sonakshi Sinha and Anil Kapoor walked the ramp as showstoppers. American Indian designer Amita Bal followed with Miss America 2014 Nina Dalvur as the showstopper. The segment closed with a special IIFA Collection by Vikram Phadnis for Vishal Fashions. Called ‘Nazakat’, the collection was inspired by femininity with Malaika Arora Khan and Yami Gautam as showstoppers.

Special personalities from Tampa Bay also strut the ramp in gorgeous Indian attire. They included Drs. Kiran & Pallavi Patel; Mr. Santiago Corrada, CEO & President, Visit Tampa Bay; Donna Lancaster, an advocate for victims of human trafficking; Manish Khardo, a volunteer tutor for junior and high school students; Antonio DeSousa, a hospitality employee at the downtown Hilton; Linda Hess, a community advocate; Jim Morgan, who works with non-profits; Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy – Steve Donaldson, creator of Officers for the Homeless; Mary Myles, a mental health care advocate; and Naren Rama Krishna, who started a program in India to help girls with their education.

IIFA Rocks also witnessed performances by Monali Thakur, Bhoomi Trivedi & Ankit Tiwari and Ravi Drums. The evening concluded with a soulful performance by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

Bollywood stars pulled out all the stops on the carpet, where they were greeted by frenzied fans. The ‘Green Carpet’ at IIFA Rocks! saw stunning beauties – Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu, Sonakshi Sinha, Gauhar Khan, Nirmit Kaur, Aditi Rao Hydari, Govinda, Anil Kapoor, Ritesh Deshmukh, Tushar Kapoor, Aftab Shivdasani and Vivek Oberoi among many others.

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IIFA Press Conference and Dance
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IIFA Rocks Rehearsal
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IIFA Rocks Green Carpet teaser
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The Sights of the IIFA Rocks Show

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Phewww!! Amazing na? Coming up tonight is IIFA Magic at the movies! Watch this space!

Some of the key partners of the IIFA US celebrations are: Videocon d2h, Tata Motors, Freedom Health Insurance, Lava Mobile, Visit Tampa Bay Visitors and Convention Bureau, Visit Florida, Enterprise Florida, Hillsborough County Florida, Tampa Bay Trade and Protocol Council, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Commission, Jammu & Kashmir Tourism, Arise, Vishal Fashions, UST Global, Myntra.com, FedEx, LT Foods – Daawat and Royal, Bishwa Bandhan for Cerebral Palsy, Ambuja Neotia Group. Other support partners include Mosaic, Patina Solutions and Tampa Steel Erecting Company, Tampa International Airport, Port Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Business Journal and Tampa Bay Times.

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Queen Movie Review http://bollyspice.com/queen-movie-review/ Thu, 06 Mar 2014 03:05:51 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=76562 Bollywood seems to have realized how profitable films focused on female characters can be. English Vinglish inaugurated this trend in 2012, and this year’s Women’s Day will witness the release of two all-women films, Gulaab Gang and Queen. The review of the latter can be found below. Here are few lines about the story. Everything is set for Rani’s  (Kangana Ranaut) dream wedding, but few days before her fiancé Vijay (Rajkummar Rao) decides to cancel the ceremony, tearing her world and dreams apart. Rani decides to go on her honeymoon on her own, and what starts as a lonely trip

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14feb_Queen-MusicReviewBollywood seems to have realized how profitable films focused on female characters can be. English Vinglish inaugurated this trend in 2012, and this year’s Women’s Day will witness the release of two all-women films, Gulaab Gang and Queen. The review of the latter can be found below.

Here are few lines about the story. Everything is set for Rani’s  (Kangana Ranaut) dream wedding, but few days before her fiancé Vijay (Rajkummar Rao) decides to cancel the ceremony, tearing her world and dreams apart. Rani decides to go on her honeymoon on her own, and what starts as a lonely trip becomes a unique experience that will transform Rani’s life forever.

Queen is a simple story, simple in a good sense. Away from the ostentation and the pomposity that Bollywood productions often display, Vikas Bahl’s film focuses on its characters and their experiences, especially on the evolution of Rani, from the shy and overprotected village girl to the self-confident and empowered woman she becomes by the end of the film.

One of the wisest elements of the film is the cast, whose fine work contributes to keep the story realistic and close to the audience. Most of the weight of the film is carried by Kangana Ranaut, who takes on the responsibility with an amazing success. The actress, much known for her previous glamorous performances, gets into the role of de-glam Rani with surprising easiness.

Rani’s character is surrounded by a wide range of characters. Vijay, the perfect and charming fiancé that any girl like Rani could dream of, is convincingly portrayed by Rajkummar Rao. The actor is capable of adding complexity to the character, so Vijay is not just the villain of the film, the man that dumped Rani at the altar. Lisa Haydon plays Vijayalakshmi, a character totally opposite to Rani but who will become her ally in this journey. Lisa Haydon’s performance is believable despite the character’s excesses. Carefree and outgoing, Vijayalakshmi enters Rani’s life in the right moment and infects her with the courage that Rani needs to go on.

The cast is completed by a large group of well defined secondary characters, which lead to numerous comical situations. Their dialogues are filled with witty lines that will surely make the audience burst into laughter.

Vikas Bahl does a great job with the construction of the film. The narration is fluid and constant, so the story spans over two hours without hardly any decline of intensity. The use of flashbacks provides dynamism to the film and is a clever tool to show the contrast between Rani and Vijay’s relationship in the past and how Kangana’s character is progressively overcoming the breakup and moving on.

Music wise, Amit Trivedi does a good job in capturing the attitude of the film in an eclectic soundtrack. Queen’s score is one more of Rani’s companions in her journey, as well as it helps define the development of the film.

Queen is a must-watch film. The idea may not be original, but the way it has been brought to the screen is impeccable. The cast, led by a bubbly Kangana Ranaut, is flawless and dialogues are entertaining. The rhythm of the story is consistent and everything is wrapped in an enjoyable soundtrack that fits the tone and message of the film.

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IIFA Nominations Announced and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag leads with 10! http://bollyspice.com/iifa-nominations-bhaag-milkhabhaag-leads-10/ Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:05:12 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=76075 20th February, 2014 – Indian Cinema’s most spectacular awards outside of India, The Tata Motors International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards have declared the list of nominations (Popular category) for its 15th edition. The Videocon D2H IIFA Weekend will be held in Tampa Bay, Florida from April 23-26. 2013 was a fantastic year at the Box-office. Amongst the major films of the year, bagging a maximum number of nods is the inspiring biopic of Milkha Singh, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag followed closely by the gun-fest, Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela and the heart-wrenching Aashiqui 2 with 7 nominations each, while the Ranbir

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L-R Ranjit Yadav (President - Passenger Vehicles Business Unit - Tata Motors), Kareena Kapoor Khan & Peter Haas (US Consul General) release the nominations for the Tata Motors IIFA Awards20th February, 2014 – Indian Cinema’s most spectacular awards outside of India, The Tata Motors International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards have declared the list of nominations (Popular category) for its 15th edition. The Videocon D2H IIFA Weekend will be held in Tampa Bay, Florida from April 23-26.

2013 was a fantastic year at the Box-office. Amongst the major films of the year, bagging a maximum number of nods is the inspiring biopic of Milkha Singh, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag followed closely by the gun-fest, Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela and the heart-wrenching Aashiqui 2 with 7 nominations each, while the Ranbir Kapoor starrer – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani scored 6 nominations. Other notable films: Krrish 3, Chennai Express, Kai Po Che and The Lunchbox have been nominated across various award categories.

It is a battle of superstars at the awards, as Shah Rukh Khan (Chennai Express), Hrithik Roshan (Krrish 3), Ranbir Kapoor (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani), Farhan Akhtar (Bhaag Milka Bhaag), Ranveer Singh (Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela) and newcomer Sushant Singh Rajput (Kai Po Che) get nominated for Performance in a Leading Role (Male) for exceptional work in their respective films.

Stealing the limelight is the very beautiful Deepika Padukone with 3 nominations in Performance in a Leading Role (Female) category for her perfomance in last year’s smash hits Chennai Express, Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani. Equally impressive performers, Sonakshi Sinha (Lootera), Nimrat Kaur (The Lunchbox) and Shraddha Kapoor (Aashiqui 2) find themselves nominated in the category, as well.

Best Director nominees include a host of celebrated filmmakers like Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Rakesh Roshan, Rohit Shetty, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Abhishek Kapoor. One of the most awaited awards, the Best Film category witnesses 2013’s runway success’s Dhoom 3, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela, Krrish 3, Kai Po Che, Chennai Express and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, as they compete to win the much coveted title.

The Videocon D2H IIFA Weekend is presented by Videocon D2H and the Tata Motors IIFA Awards is presented by Tata Motors. The IIFA Weekend &Awards will be broadcast globally on Star Plus, for the 10th year running.

And the full list of nominees are….

Best Picture
Dhoom 3– Aditya Chopra
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani-Karan Johar
Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela-Kishore Lulla & Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Krrish 3-Rakesh Roshan
Kai Po Che-Ronnie Screwvala & Siddharth Roy Kapoor
Chennai Express-Ronnie Screwvala,Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Gauri Khan & Karim Morani
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag-Viacom 18 Motion Pictures & Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Direction
Abhishek Kapoor:Kai Po Che
Rakesh Roshan:Krrish 3
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Rohit Shetty;Chennai Express
Sanjay Leela Bhansali:Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela

Performance in a Leading Role (Male)
Farhan Akhtar:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Hrithik Roshan:Krrish 3
Ranbir Kapoor:Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Ranveer Singh:Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela
Shahrukh Khan:Chennai Express
Sushant Singh Rajput:Kai Po Che

Perfomance in a Leading Role (Female)
Deepika Padukone:Chennai Express
Deepika Padukone:Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela
Deepika Padukone:Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Nimrat Kaur:The Lunchbox
Shraddha Kapoor:Aashiqui 2
Sonakshi Sinha:Lootera

Performance in a Supporting Role (Male)
Aditya Roy Kapoor:Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Anupam Kher:Special 26
Nawazuddin Siddiqui:The Lunchbox
Pawan Malhotra:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Saurabh Shukla:Jolly LLB

Performance in a Supporting Role (Female)
Divya Dutta:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Kalki Koechlin:Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Kangana Ranaut:Krrish 3
Richa Chadda:Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela
Shruti Hassan:D Day
Swara Bhaskar:Raanjhanaa

Performance in a Comic Role
Arshad Warsi:Jolly LLB
Riteish Deshmukh:Grand Masti
Varun Sharma:Fukrey

Performance in a Negative Role
Rishi Kapoor:D-Day
Rishi Kapoor:Aurangzeb
Supriya Pathak:Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela
Vivek Oberoi:Krrish 3

Music Direction
Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari,Jeet Ganguly:Aashiqui 2
Pritam:Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Shankaar – Ehsaan – Loy:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Best Story
Prasoon Joshi:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Pubali Chaudhuri, Abhishek Kapoor & Chetan Bhagat:Kai Po Che
Ritesh Batra:The Lunchbox

Lyrics
Mithoon-‘Tum Hi Ho’:Aashiqui 2
Prasoon Joshi-‘O Rangrez’:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Sandeep Nath-‘Sunn Raha Hai’:Aashiqui 2

Playback Singer (Male)
Ankit Tiwari-‘Sunn Rahai Hai’:Aashiqui 2
Arijit Singh-‘Tum Hi Ho’:Aashiqui 2
Siddharth Mahadevan-‘Zinda’:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Playback Singer (Female)
Bhoomi Trivedi-‘Ram Chahe Leela’:Goliyon Ki Rasleela – Ramleela
Monali Thakur-‘Sawaar Loon’:Lootera
Shreya Ghoshal-‘Sunn Raha Hai’:Aashiqui 2
Shreya Ghoshal-‘O Rangrez’:Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

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Anil Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra Kick Start The Road to IIFA in Tampa with a 3 city tour! http://bollyspice.com/anil-kapoor-priyanka-chopra-kick-start-road-iifa-tampa/ Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:28:52 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=73595 IIFA is coming to the US this year when Bollywood will descend on Tampa, Florida this April! The countdown has begun and this weekend the road to IIFA in Tampa will begin! Anil Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra will join the International Indian Film Awards (IIFA) on a three city tour of America as they announce celebrations ahead of the 15th year of the film industry’s most awaited awards ceremony and weekend extravaganza. Fans of Indian Cinema, particularly those residing in Los Angeles, Tampa Bay and New York will have the opportunity to catch two of the most prolific stars of

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iffatampaIIFA is coming to the US this year when Bollywood will descend on Tampa, Florida this April! The countdown has begun and this weekend the road to IIFA in Tampa will begin! Anil Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra will join the International Indian Film Awards (IIFA) on a three city tour of America as they announce celebrations ahead of the 15th year of the film industry’s most awaited awards ceremony and weekend extravaganza. Fans of Indian Cinema, particularly those residing in Los Angeles, Tampa Bay and New York will have the opportunity to catch two of the most prolific stars of Indian Cinema on American soil.

About coming to Tampa Priyanka Chopra said, “Year after year, IIFA brings the best of Indian cinema to a new geography in different parts of the world, providing a taste of the best that we have to offer. We are very excited to bring IIFA to Tampa Bay. With the support of representatives of Visit Tampa, we have been able to conceptualize and actualize an incredible event. There will be music, dance and a whole lot of spice! We’re looking forward to giving our fans and new audiences the experience of a lifetime.”

Earlier this year, the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) announced that fans of Indian Cinema could expect the 15th Annual IIFA celebrations to make its American premiere in Tampa Bay, Florida. The institution has now announced the much awaited official dates for the mega-weekend that is all set to take place from the 24th – 26th of April.

Speaking about the tour, Anil Kapoor said, “With the promise of bringing the best and biggest events to the fans of Indian Cinematic Diaspora in a manner that’s unique and entertaining, the IIFA Weekend and Awards is an iconic platform with fans globally. As a friend of IIFA, I am delighted as IIFA makes its debut in the USA through Tampa Bay. It has been my pleasure to be associated with IIFA for over a decade and once again on behalf of IIFA and the Indian film fraternity we commit to give our audience an opportunity to witness one of the finest celebrations of culture and cinema.”

Having played a large hand to bring the IIFA ceremony to Tampa Bay; cardiologist, philanthropist, community leader and strong supporter of IIFA, Dr. Kiran Patel said, “I am glad to lend my support in whatever way possible to IIFA and the Indian film fraternity at large. The excitement is building up and we look forward to some extremely entertaining and memorable events. With the goodwill of our community we look forward to the grandest Indian cinema spectacle that the US has ever seen.”

Santiago Corrada, President and Chief Executive Officer of Visit Tampa Bay said, “We are extremely excited to join Wizcraft/IIFA in announcing the official dates, venues and the launch of ticket sales. Our teams have worked together diligently over the past six months to ensure a successful production in Tampa Bay. This tour is just the beginning of a very exciting journey. Our entire region is enthusiastically preparing to welcome tens of thousands of visitors to our destination, and we look forward to serving as great hosts to the biggest and best International Indian Film Academy awards in history.”

Having travelled to some phenomenal destinations across the globe over the last 14 years, IIFA has graced the shores of the UK, Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Canada. Fans and enthusiasts of Indian Cinema from around the world can expect to see their favorite stars descend into Tampa Bay during the weekend and witness Indian Cinema’s most glorious event unfold in the city. With world-class infrastructure and facilities and having hosted a myriad of international concerts, events and the Super Bowl four times, Tampa Bay is the ideal choice for the 15th IIFA Weekend & Awards.

Mr. Andre Timmins, Director, Wizcraft International said, “We are looking forward to organizing the IIFA Weekend & Awards in the USA and exploring the wonderful new opportunities in this new territory for IIFA. With a focus to showcase the best of Indian cinema to the world, we are preparing for another spectacular edition this year including many exciting and entertaining events leading up to and including the IIFA Weekend. Anil Kapoor & Priyanka Chopra have been associated with IIFA for many years and it is a great pleasure to have them tour America with us as we officially announce details for IIFA 2014 in Tampa Bay.”

IIFA is a global platform that gives the Indian film fraternity an opportunity to reach audiences in international territories. The alliances made via the platform of IIFA provide huge benefits and gain not only to India the host country as well. The aim is to establish a system of mutual benefit to both India as well as the host destinations by boosting tourism, economic development, trade, culture, cross-border investments and film co-productions.

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