Deepika Padukone in Hot Water Over Controversial Campaign

photo:moviegalleri.net

photo:moviegalleri.net

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!

Bollywood Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

It looks like B-town celebrities are joining their Hollywood brethren in the ongoing Ice Bucket Challenge trend!  Check out Bipasha Basu as she takes a tiny silver bucket and dumps it on herself. Superstar Abhishek Bachchan proudly accepted the challenge from friend Riteish Deshmukh and took the icy plunge in a bathtub. He also challenged his father, Megastar Amithabh Bachchan, along with the entire Happy New Year film team.

Bipasha tweeted “Accepted my best friend suzie’s ! i am nominating RockyS and Raj Kundra!” yesterday. Supposedly, it was athlete Sania Mirza who initiated the craze in India after it started in the U.S. in support of ALS research. ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. There is no treatment or cure for the disease.

Actors Akshay Kumar, Siddharth Malhotra, Pulkit Samrat and Ashish Chowdhry were also dared to take the challenge through actor Riteish Deshmukh, but no word on if they’re up to the challenge.

We’ll just have to wait and see if they accept!

 

Lara Dutta Can’t Wait to Return to the Silver Screen!

photo:itimes.com

photo:itimes.com

Former Miss Universe Lara Dutta says she’s definitely doing films again! The beauty had taken sometime off after giving birth to her baby in 2012, with husband Tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi. Now, Lara says she’s eager to get back to work!

We think that’s a terrific idea! And we’re not just saying that because she’s one of the most beautiful Bollywood actresses in the industry ;)

Lara Dutta made a statement during a recent interview saying, “Right now I am focusing only on doing films. I am definitely going to be back in films, you will see me soon. I am shooting this year, the release is not in my hands. I can’t talk about which films I am doing. Everyone knows that we are doing a sequel to ‘Chalo Delhi’, that is in pre-production stage. I am quite excited about it. Besides this, there are films that I am doing outside my production house.

The beauty was crowned Miss Universe in 2000, which led to her Bollywood debut in 2003 with the film Andaaz. She married Tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi in 2010.

New York Welcomes IIFA with a Bang!

photo:dawn.com

photo:dawn.com

With the IIFA awards just days away, some parts of the country have already begun the celebration!

New York was hit with a bit of “Bollywood style” as a group of dancers wearing yellow t-shirts performed to hot Bollywood tracks, to welcome the International Indian Film Academy to the US.

Watch this video as the dancers take over Times Square:

Deepika Padukone Highest Earning Bollywood Actress of 2013!

Photo: fansshare.com

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!

Indian Director Bringing Show About Russian Mystic to American Cable?

Photo: philhopkins.co.uk

Photo: philhopkins.co.uk

Confused yet? In some exciting news on the television front, critically acclaimed writer/director/actor/producer (talented, huh?) Shekhar Kapur is teaming up with ‘Prison Break‘ creator Paul Scheuring to put together a series on cable network FX based on the infamous mystic/charlatan Grigori Rasputin as we near the 400th anniversary of the Russian Romanov Dynasty. The series will be based on the upcoming book ‘Rasputin: Dark Forces And The Fall of The Romanovs‘ by novelist Douglas Smith.

This isn’t Shekhar’s first brush with history as he first broke through to international prominence with his 1994 Hindi-language film ‘Bandit Queen‘ about the exploits of robber turned politician Phoolan Devi. He followed that up by directing Cate Blanchett to her first Oscar as Queen Elizabeth I in the historical drama ‘Elizabeth‘, which garnered 7 Oscar nominations total.

It’s clear what drew Shekhar to the enigmatic character of Rasputin . The peasant turned faith healer was very influential in the tragic last years of the Romanov dynasty as the Russian aristocracy was increasingly fascinated by mysticism in the early 1900’s. Rasputin could supposedly cure people with prayer, but his most impressive trick may have been his will to live as he almost survived a slew of assassination attempts (including being poisoned, shot three times, and clubbed all in one one night!) before meeting his doom in the frosty Malaya Nevka River.

Photo: npr.org Rasputin

Photo: npr.org
Rasputin

Shekhar is keeping himself busy with Indian projects as well and is currently acting in Tamil spy thriller ‘Visharoopam 2‘ as well as setting up the 2015 sci-fi thriller ‘Paani‘ starring Sushant Singh Rajput with Aditya Chopra and ‘Slumdog Millionarie‘s Danny Boyle producing and A.R. Rahman providing the soundtrack.

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