The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2014 – PT 2

Stay tuned for more interviews from IFFLA 2014….

Photo of the week: Bollywood arrives at IIFA 2014!

photo:india.com

photo:india.com

Bollywood’s biggest stars have arrived in Tampa, Florida for the IIFA awards 2014! And it looks like they’re all pumped up to deliver high-energy Bollywood performances for their fans!

photo:indiatoday

photo:indiatoday

This year’s attendees include, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Bipasha Basu to name a few..

Let’s not forget Bollywood starlet Priyanka Chopra. She looked great in her casual but chic attire for the IIFA kick off!

photo:Indianexpress

photo:Indianexpress

 

Mallika Sherawat Accepts Invitation to Speak at Oxford University

photo:sholayevents.com

photo:sholayevents.com

Controversy queen Mallika Sherawat has been invited to the prestigious Oxford University in the UK for a debate on Gender oppression.

The Bollywood diva, who openly expressed her opinion on the treatment of women in India, was accused of depicting India in a negative way. Mallika’s heated argument with a journalist went viral last year and left the actress open to the scrutiny of many. This obviously isn’t going to stop her from speaking her mind and we’re not the only ones who feel she would be a good pick for the debate. A team member, who is part of managing the event, had this to say: “We feel that as a figure who recently was very outspoken about the image of women and women’s rights in a country like India, she would lend an interesting angle to the debate.”

Mallika has confirmed that she’s accepted the invitation and commented,“Yes, I have accepted the invitation. The date is set on Feb 27th. A lot of preparation is required.” Elated over such an opportunity, she further stated, “Its a great honor. I come from a small town so it means a lot to be invited to speak at such a historic venue. I can use the platform to highlight issues like drop in the conviction rate in rape cases across the country.”

Check out this video where Mallika gets into a heated argument with a journalist on the sensitive topic.

Interview with Hollywood Actor Faran Tahir

Brits Vote Amitabh Bachchan Greatest Bollywood Star of All Time

photo: fabulouscelebrities.com

photo: fabulouscelebrities.com

He was the angry young man of Bollywood in the ’70’s and is now the elder statesman of the industry in the new century, but whichever Amitabh you prefer he’s the greatest in British voters’ eyes.  In a new poll taken by British Asian weekly newspaper Eastern Eye, Bachchan beat out all challengers to be voted #1 in the ‘100 Greatest Bollywood Stars‘ survey the paper conducted recently.

Amitabh Bachchan‘s career has spanned everything from his early hits ‘Sholay‘ and ‘Deewar‘ to a stint as a gameshow host in ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati‘ to a less illustrious term in government. The Big B is the only Bollywood star to have his likeness cast in wax at Madame Tussad’s Wax Museum in London and even carried the torch for India in the 2012 London Olympics.  Bachchan’s career has spanned an incredible 40 years and he’s still going strong at 70 with stars half his age clamoring to work with the legend.

He has an incredibly full slate with his next film, the highly political ‘Satyagraha‘, coming out on August 30 2013 and no fewer than four films slated for release in the next few years.  Bollywood legend and Bachchan’s own choice as the greatest Dilip Kumar came in second with Shah Rukh Khan a close third, Madhuri Dixit the top female star at fourth, and Raj Kapoor rounding out the list at fifth.

The humble Bachchan once said “I have never really been confident about my career at any stage…” and that “Frankly I’ve never really subscribed to those adjectives tagging me as an ‘icon’, ‘superstar’, etc. I’ve always thought of myself as an actor doing his job to the best of his ability.”  Well Mr. Bachchan, I think you can finally relax a bit and rest on your laurels as one of the greatest Bollywood actors ever!

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