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!

Salman Khan looks to ‘Kick” SRK out of Top Spot on Eid!

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Looks like Salman Khan is trying to regain his spot on top of the Bollywood mountain as his new movie ‘Kick‘ has opened to stellar box office returns already since its July 25 release. Many Bollywood movies look to capitalize on the traditionally strong release date of Eid, a festival that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and Shah Rukh Khan was no different last year with his box office hit ‘Chennai Express‘. Salman probably felt a bit slighted as his films usually ruled the Bollywood screens on Eid, with his past films ‘Wanted‘, ‘Dabaang‘, and the 4th highest grossing Bollywood film ‘Ek Tha Tiger‘ representing his recent stranglehold on the holiday. Well, ‘Kick’ is off to a good start as it has already made 86 crore (roughly $14.5 million) in its opening weekend. 

 ‘Kick‘ is an action-romance hybrid in which Salman plays a character named Devil who seeks to truly seize the moment everyday, resulting in action packed scenes that even have Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan taking notice. Amitabh was so impressed with ‘Kick’s chase sequence, supposedly the longest ever in a Bollywood film, that he took a shot at Hollywood when he stated “Did you see the trailer of ‘KICK’..baaadooom !! Compares with anything that the other ‘wood’ brings out from their high end films ! See for yourself” and linked to a trailer of ‘Kick’. 

 Here’s that trailer of ‘Kick’, which also features co-star Jacquline Fernandez….

 

 
Well, what do you think folks? Will Salman take down Shah Rukh on Eid in this battle for Bollywood supremacy? Will ‘Kick‘ put ‘Chennai Express’ on a slow train to nowhere? I guess you’ll just have to stay tuned….

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!!

Ranbir Kapoor Gets Starstruck by Robert De Niro

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photo:Ranbir Kapoor’s Facebook

It seems even the biggest names in Bollywood get starstruck when placed in front of Hollywood’s A-listers.

A dazed Ranbir Kapoor greeted Robert De Niro by touching his feet (traditional Indian greeting) when he was visiting Goa along with his daughter for the THiNK 2013 summit. He then followed it by kissing his knee while the 70-year-old sat in a chair.

Not quite sure about De Niro’s reaction to the warm welcome, but we’re pretty sure Ranbir had a “moment.” After all, it’s not every day you meet the “Raging Bull” himself and everyone can relate to being starstruck, especially when running into a silver screen icon of De Niro’s caliber.

Photo of the week: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at a ‘Lux’ event in Delhi

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Ashwariya Rai Bachchan looked beautiful at the Lux event in Delhi.

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Amitabh Bachchan Signs with Hollywood Talent Agency!

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The angry young man of Bollywood turned elder statesman can now add another hyphenate to his stellar career, Hollywood actor with top-tier representation!  In a great piece of news, Amitabh Bachchan has signed with hot, new Hollywood agency Resolution.  No doubt that Anil Kapoor had a hand in bringing Amitabh over to stateside representation as Anil is represented by mega-agent David Unger at Resolution.

It’s likely that Resolution is seeking to build on Amitabh’s great cameo as Jewish gangster Meyer Wolfsheim in ‘The Great Gatsby‘.  He more than held his own in pivotal scenes with Hollywood mega-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire in the Baz Luhrman directed vehicle. The film was based on the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel of the same name and went on to gross over $330 million worldwide.

No word on any upcoming Hollywood projects to Amitabh yet, but he’s currently filming Bollywood film ‘Welcome Back‘ with stars Anil Kapoor and John Abraham.  We’ll keep you posted on any of Amitabh’s future films, both Hollywood and Bollywood, and we’re sure there will be many more Hollywood projects in his future with such strong representation.

‘Ram Leela’ Official Movie Trailer Is Here! Starring Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone

 

Here it is! The official trailer for the much anticipated movie ‘Ram Leela,’ starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.

The Eros International & Bhansali Productions film, is set to release on November 15, 2013, in theaters everywhere.

Amitabh Bachchan Receives ‘Global Diversity Award’

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71 year-old Megastar, Amitabh Bachchan was honored with the Global Diversity Award 2013, at the State Room of Britain’s House of Commons.

Rt Hon John Bercow MP,  the Speaker of the House of Commons, presented the prestigious award to the Bollywood Godfather.  He called  him “a Bollywood icon and the most famous Indian film star of all time.”

He continued to describe the actor as a role model, saying: “You have been a role model and Amitabh you deserve the award.” British actor Hugh Grant was also present at the award ceremony.  Adding, “It is truly a great pleasure meeting Amitabh Bachchan. He is a gigantic actor, super star who is hugely popular. He is also like a saint in some way because of his charity and animal welfare work. If ever anyone who deserves the Global Diversity Award, it is Amitabh Bachchan. Congratulations.”

The ceremony recognized Amitabh as one of the most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. He’s been seen in over 180 films in the last four decades and continues to make an impact even today.  “He is a Global patron for the diabetes charity Silver Star and last year was presented with a Mobile Diabetes Unit for his home city Mumbai named ‘Amitabh’ in his honor,” the citation said.

Mr Bachchan was filled with gratitude when receiving the “extremely historic award.” He continued to say:  “I have been extremely overwhelmed by the love and affection of the people of Great Britain,” and thanked his parents and family for their support in achieving what he did. He said when Keith Vaz introduced him to the Diabetes awareness campaign, “It has been a great privilege and honor to visit various cities in helping people to tackle diabetes.”

“My father taught English in Allahabad University and in 1952 he was the first Indian to get a Doctorate in English Language at the Cambridge. He completed his Doctorate in two years instead of the normal 4 years.” “There are very few institutions which can boast of such unity as the Film industry.” he added, referring to Bollywood of course.

When Mr Bachchan was asked about his forthcoming plans, he responded by saying “I just did a film called Satyagraha which dealt with socio-political issues. There are several other films in the pipeline including Bhootnath 2. I am also currently busy with the latest Hindi version of Who wants to become a Millionaire.

Congrats to Mr Amitabh Bachchan!

Photo of the week: Aishwariya Rai Turns head in Gold and Teal

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photo:ndtv.com

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was photographed at Kalyan Jewellers showroom, on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.  The 39-year old Actress is the brand ambassador for the jewelry brand. She looked lovely in a teal outfit with gold embroidery; along with a gorgeous bib style necklace and long chandelier earrings.