Entertainment News with Bollywood actress Riya Ray

Photo of the Day: Bollywood Star Shah Rukh Khan and Zayn Malik take a Selfie!

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Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan and the former member of One DirectionZayn Malik’s selfie has gone viral thanks to over 150,000 fans who retweeted and favorited the pic on twitter. The two stars attended the Asian Awards on April 17th, where Shah Rukh tweeted this pic adding “This kid is so cool. May Allah bless him. Dinner time at the Asian Awards.”

Awww…..brotherly love!

Deepika Padukone in Hot Water Over Controversial Campaign

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Here’s the beautiful Deepika Padukone at the launch of her controversial short film called My Choice. The campaign was started by Vogue India to help promote women’s equality. However, the diva recently received some harsh reviews from her fellow Bollywood stars, among others who feel the film doesn’t encourage female empowerment but contradicts it instead.

Check out the video and feel free to leave comments below!

Photo of the Day: Aamir Khan left starstruck after meeting the Terminator

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Aamir Khan was left starstruck after meeting one of his favorite Hollywood stars Arnold Schwarzenegger at a summit in Delhi a few days ago. Aamir tweeted “It was a bizzare feeling! I looked up when the door opened and I see THE TERMINATOR walking into my room!.” He wasn’t shy about his feelings towards the Hollywood star and continued to show his admiration for the actor in a series of tweets. Awwww!

 

Photo of the week: Sanna Khan in a Hollywood-Bollywood themed photoshoot

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I had the honor of posing in this beautiful golden, long sequin gown by BARACCI.  Much thanks to the talented Dayne Farley for making me look and feel simply gorgeous.

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photo:DayneFarley

 

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Here I am in a blue and silver georgette sari, doing it “Bollywood style” ;)

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photo:DayneFarley

 

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Feeling like a million bucks in this sexy, green and gold BARACCI cocktail dress!

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photo:DayneFarley

Beyond Bollywood: A special tribute to Indian Americans

The Smithsonian will be giving a special tribute to Indian Americans by displaying a “Beyond Bollywood” exhibit this weekend.

This eye-opening exhibit will put the spotlight on Indian Americans and their many contributions within the United States, from the early 1900s to present day. The main purpose of this exhibit is to dispel the stereotypes which society has developed over time about Indian Americans. They plan on achieving this by showcasing the lives of the early Indian immigrants and their part in helping to shape the US. The exhibit will showcase artifacts, music, photographs and much more. It will be presented by the Asian Pacific American Center at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, DC, on February 27th.

The title “Beyond Bollywood” was chosen to capture the attention of people who want to learn about the 3 million Indian Americans, who reside in the US today. The focus will be set on Indian heritage and the numerous accomplishments which Indian Americans have made throughout the years, that go beyond entertainment.

“Beyond Bollywood” is the first major national exhibition to focus on Indians in America. Despite the fact that Indians have been here since 1790 and now number more than 3 million, we’ve been largely left out of this country’s history. Beyond Bollywood marks a significant step toward not only documenting the history of Indians in America but also imprinting this history onto the collective conscience of this country.” said Curator Dr. Masum Momaya.

Very cool! The exhibit is said to be up for the remainder of the year.

Grammy Awards 2014: Winner List

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The red carpet was full of beautiful gowns and tremendous talent. Daft Punk dominated last night’s 56th annual Grammy awards show by taking home not one, but FOUR awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. 

Check out the Grammy winners below, courtesy of Grammy.com.

1. Album of the Year: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk
2. Record of the Year: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
3. Song of the Year: “Royals,” Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
4. Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
5. Best Pop Solo Performance: “Royals,” Lorde
6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
7. Best Pop Instrumental Album: “Steppin’ Out,” Herb Alpert
8. Best Pop Vocal Album: “Unorthodox Jukebox,” Bruno Mars
9. Best Dance Recording: “Clarity,” Zedd Featuring Foxes
10. Best Dance/Electronica Album: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk
11. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “To Be Loved,” Michael Buble
12. Best Rock Performance: “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
13. Best Metal Performance: “God Is Dead?” Black Sabbath
14. Best Rock Song: “Cut Me Some Slack,” Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)
15. Best Rock Album: “Celebration Day,” Led Zeppelin
16. Best Alternative Music Album: “Modern Vampires Of The City,” Vampire Weekend
17. Best R&B Performance: “Something,” Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway
18. Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Please Come Home,” Gary Clark Jr.
19. Best R&B Song: “Pusher Love Girl,” James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)
20. Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Unapologetic,” Rihanna
21. Best R&B Album: “Girl On Fire,” Alicia Keys
22. Best Rap Performance: “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz
23. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “Holy Grail,” Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
24. Best Rap Song: “Thrift Shop,” Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)
25. Best Rap Album: “The Heist,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
26. Best Country Solo Performance: “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker
27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “From This Valley,” The Civil Wars
28. Best Country Song: “Merry Go ‘Round,” Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
29. Best Country Album: “Same Trailer Different Park,” Kacey Musgraves
30. Best New Age Album: “Love’s River,” Laura Sullivan
31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Orbits,” Wayne Shorter, soloist
32. Best Jazz Vocal Album: “Liquid Spirit,” Gregory Porter
33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album: “Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue,” Terri Lyne Carrington
34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble: “Night In Calisia,” Randy Brecker, Włodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic
35. Best Latin Jazz Album: “Song For Maura,” Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente
36. Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance: “Break Every Chain [Live],” Tasha Cobbs
37. Best Gospel Song: “If He Did It Before… Same God [Live],” Tye Tribbett, songwriter (Tye Tribbett)
38. Best Contemporary Christian Music Song: “Overcomer,” David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)
39. Best Gospel Album: “Greater Than [Live],” Tye Tribbett
40. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: “Overcomer,” Mandisa
41. Best Latin Pop Album: “Vida,” Draco Rosa
42. Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: “Treinta Días,” La Santa Cecilia
43. Best Regional Mexican Music Album: “A Mi Manera,” Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
44. Best Tropical Latin Album: “Pacific Mambo Orchestra,” Pacific Mambo Orchestra
45. Best American Roots Song: “Love Has Come For You,” Edie Brickell & Steve Martin, songwriters (Steve Martin & Edie Brickell)
46. Best Americana Album: “Old Yellow Moon,” Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
47. Best Bluegrass Album: “The Streets Of Baltimore,” Del McCoury Band
48. Best Blues Album: “Get Up!” Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite
49. Best Folk Album: “My Favorite Picture Of You,” Guy Clark
50. Best Regional Roots Music Album: “Dockside Sessions,” Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
51. Best Reggae Album: “Ziggy Marley In Concert,” Ziggy Marley
52. Best World Music Album: (TIE) “Savor Flamenco,” Gipsy Kings / “Live: Singing For Peace Around The World,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo
53. Best Children’s Album: “Throw A Penny In The Wishing Well,” Jennifer Gasoi
54. Best Spoken-Word Album: “America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t,” Stephen Colbert
55. Best Comedy Album: “Calm Down Gurrl,” Kathy Griffin
56. Best Musical Theater Album: “Kinky Boots”
57. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: “Sound City: Real To Reel,” Butch Vig, compilation producer
58. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: “Skyfall,” Thomas Newman, composer
59. Best Song Written For Visual Media: “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)
60. Best Instrumental Composition: “Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra,” Clare Fischer, composer (The Clare Fischer Orchestra)
61. Best Instrumental Arrangement: “On Green Dolphin Street,” Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)
62. Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): “Swing Low,” Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)
63. Best Recording Package: “Long Night Moon,” Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
64. Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: “Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition),” Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney And Wings)
65. Best Album Notes: “Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded),” Neil Tesser, album notes writer (John Coltrane)
66. Best Historical Album: (TIE) “Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965,” “The Complete Sussex And Columbia Albums”
67. Best Engineered Album: “Random Access Memories,” Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner, engineers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert, Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers (Daft Punk)
68. Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Pharrell
69. Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix),” Cedric Gervais, remixer (Lana Del Rey)
70. Best Surround Sound Album: “Live Kisses,” Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; Tommy LiPuma, surround producer (Paul McCartney)
71. Best Engineered Album, Classical: “Winter Morning Walks,” David Frost, Brian Losch & Tim Martyn, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
72. Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost
73. Best Orchestral Performance: “Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4,” Osmo Vänskä, conductor (MinnesotaOrchestra)
74. Best Opera Recording: “Adès: The Tempest,” Thomas Adès, conductor; Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna & Alan Oke; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
75. Best Choral Performance: “Pärt: Adam’s Lament,” Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor (Tui Hirv & Rainer Vilu; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Sinfonietta Riga & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Latvian Radio Choir & Vox Clamantis)
76. Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: “Roomful Of Teeth,” Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth
77. Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Corigliano: Conjurer – Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra,” Evelyn Glennie; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)
78. Best Classical Vocal Solo: “Winter Morning Walks,” Dawn Upshaw (Maria Schneider; Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough & Scott Robinson; Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
79. Best Classical Compendium: “Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik,” Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
80. Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks,” Maria Schneider, composer (Dawn Upshaw, Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough, Scott Robinson & Australian Chamber Orchestra)
81. Best Music Video: “Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z
82. Best Music Film: “Live Kisses,” Paul McCartney

Visit: www.Grammy.com for recaps from last night’s show.

Grammy Awards Red Carpet Arrivals! Who’s your pick for Best Dressed?

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IIFA Awards 2014 Are Coming To Tampa!

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For the first time ever, IIFA (The International Indian Film Academy)  AKA “The Indian Oscars” will be holding their 15th annual award show along with other industry related events beginning April 24, 2014 in Tampa, Florida USA.

IIFA, an organization which supports indian cinema worldwide will be bringing Bollywood to the USA this spring. This long-awaited event has many South asians across the country jumping out of their seats and making their way to Florida. Director of Wizcraft & IIFA, Andre Timmins had this to say,”We are thrilled to be making our debut into the United States of America next year and preparations for this very special IIFA weekend are well underway. The Tampa Bay Area is a fantastic destination and will be a great host for a spectacular IIFA Weekend. We have been overwhelmed by the kind of enthusiasm and support that we have received from across the region. The unprecedented demand for IIFA has been tremendous and has created the need to take IIFA Awards to the largest possible venue in the city and bring forward the dates for the IIFA Weekend.”

IIFA has made a global impact by having travelled through Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Canada in the last 14 years. Making its first appearance in the US has gotten Bollywood fans all riled up to see their favorite stars grace the stage at such a prestigious event in indian cinema history.

President and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, Santiago Corrada 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. 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.’

Who’s going?

Brits Holding Auction to Honor 100 Years of Indian Cinema

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London will be honoring Bollywood by holding it’s very first rare memorabilia auction in London. In celebration of 100 years of Indian Cinema, a British auction house is selling items with the proceeds going to a great charity. The proceeds from 2 of the 150 items, along with a percentage of all sales, will be going towards British charity Pratham UK that aims to up the literacy level of India’s millions of impoverished children.

The auction will take place on Friday at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair and reflects increased British, as well as global, interest in Bollywood and Indian cinema in general. 2013 is shaping up as a banner year both in domestic and global box office receipts with records seemingly shattered whenever a new film is released. University of London senior lecturer Anna Morcom noted “Since the 1990s, Bollywood has gone global on a new level, embraced enthusiastically by the Indian diaspora and through them has gained a presence in the mainstream of U.S. and U.K. culture.”

Even Saif Ali Khan has chimed in on the rise of Indian cinema globally, saying “My best investment is to join Bollywood. It’s such a good investment. The business is doubling. When we started, things were not the same. It’s a great time now for the filmmakers and actors.” Saif’s first appeared in a Bollywood movie back in 1992’s film ‘Parampara‘ and has gone on to become one of the many Khans that dominate the industry, the other three being icons Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. Bollywood’s most successful film to date is ‘3 Idiots‘, which grossed $60 million total worldwide, but that mark is sure to fall soon with production values, story lines, and distribution continuing to increase along with foreign investment in Indian films.

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The 3 Khans: Aamir, Salman, and Shah Rukh Khan
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Valuable items include posters from such seminal Bollywood films as 1960’s ‘Mughal-e-Azam‘ and 1975 Amitabh Bachchan action starrer ‘Sholay‘, among other items. Conferro Auctions director Sharan Seth voiced the attitudes of many Brits when saying ‘With Bollywood such an ingrained part of our cultural identity and the timely centenary of Indian cinema, our first auction reflects India’s rich and vibrant history and artistic practices.’

Hooray for Bollywood!!