Anil Kapoor talks IIFA 2014 and Priyanka Discusses her Third Single!

NDTV had the opportunity to speak with superstar Anil Kapoor on his experience with the IIFA festivities this weekend in Tampa. Watch as the actor gracefully speaks of his admiration for the IIFA awards and making it big in one of the hardest industries known to man.

Priyanka Chopra talks to NDTV about her IIFA weekend and the release of her third single,”I can’t make you love me.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mallika Sherawat Accepts Invitation to Speak at Oxford University

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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.

IIFA Awards 2014 Are Coming To Tampa!

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photo:webjazba.com

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?

Deepika Padukone Highest Earning Bollywood Actress of 2013!

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Photo: fansshare.com

It’s a Happy Thanksgiving indeed for Bollywood star Deepika Padukone as she has topped the list as the highest earning Bollywood actress of 2013. With films like ‘Race 2′, ‘Chennai Express‘, and most recently ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela‘ becoming mega-hits at the box-office, 2013 has been the best year to date for Deepika. The actress made her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in 2007 hit ‘Om Shanti Om‘ and hasn’t looked back since! With this kind of success she has been able to command one of the highest salaries for an actress in Bollywood and recently made over $1.6 million for ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, co-starring Ranveer Singh, alone.

Rounding out the list are Katrina Kaif at #2, Priyanka Chopra at #3, Kareena Kapoor Khan at #4, and Bipasha Basu at #5. 2014 should be an interested year, especially as Priyanka Chopra is attempting to make inroads into the American market through musical ventures and as the face of Guess Jeans. Will Deepika be able to retain her crown as the highest paid actress on the Bollywood in 2014 or will someone on this list steal her throne? Only time will tell, but with each of these actresses has many projects line up for the next year so 2014 will surely shape up to be one of the best years for Bollywood ever!

MBC Group launches Bollywood Channel

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photo:mbcgroup

MBC Group, a satellite broadcasting company based out of Dubai, has announced it’s launch of a new Bollywood channel. Making it the 14th channel to be added on to the stations menu.

MBC Bollywood will offer a variety of shows from stage performances, international film festivals, movies and interviews taking you into the lives of some of the hottest Bollywood stars. Considering its regional demographic, the channel will mostly be dubbed in Arabic.

MBC Group’s official spokesperson, Mazen Hayek says “MBC Bollywood promises to dazzle the hearts of every Arab family through its wide and rich array of the biggest Asian and Indian Cinematic and TV productions which will be subtitled and dubbed into Arabic.”   He continued saying, “Through the extensive and rich content that MBC Bollywood will offer, we are hoping to cater to the needs of all our young and vibrant audience, while also offering the best in Bollywood entertainment to the entire Arab family in general.”

The show featured a sizzling performance by one of India’s top actresses, Kareena Kapoor.  Setting the stage on fire, Kareena dazzled in a rich cultural dance number leaving the audience wanting more.

Pakistani Actress says Intimate Scenes with Ex-boyfriend “Tough”

photo:indiatoday

photo:indiatoday

Pakistani Bollywood actress, Veena Malik and then boyfriend Ashmit Patel were on the radar for getting hot and heavy in the season 4 of Big Boss, but when it comes to intimate scenes in the movies, the diva says “it’s very tough.”

The bombshell parted with ex-boyfriend Ashmit Patel in 2011, and was reunited with him in the erotic thriller,  ‘Super Model,’ directed by Navin Batra.  Audiences everywhere were eager to see the on-screen chemistry between the two, but Veena tells sources it wasn’t an easy task working with her former flame. “It was very tough to shoot intimate scenes together… I have never been through such trauma. A person you talk to everyday, is so close and then you are not even looking at each other. During the shoot of the movie we weren’t even talking to each other, we had a cold war going on,” Veena told sources.

The ex-couple is okay with having a “work relationship” and will not allow their personal issues to interfere with their professional lives.

 “We have come to a point where we will keep bumping into each other, we have to live in the same industry so it is important to make peace. I have great regard for Ashmit. He has been a strong support for me and after ‘Supermodel’ I realized that we can work together. I would love to do more films with him.” Veena said in a statement.

‘Super model’ was released on September 27 of this year.

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