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

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photo:twitter

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!

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of the week: Bollywood arrives at IIFA 2014!

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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!

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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!

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photo:Indianexpress

 

John Travolta to be Honored at the IIFA 2014 awards!

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photo:justmoviez.com

Looks like Hollywood royalty will also be attending the 15th Annual International Indian Film Academy awards on April 23rd, in Tampa Florida.

John Travolta, who has won 2 Golden Globe awards and has been nominated for the Academy awards twice, will be honored at IIFA for being the “Most popular All time star in India.” According to many people, Travolta’s appearance at the award ceremony “marks a very special time in history, when two of the worlds biggest industries come together.”

The public is really excited to see such star power under one roof. We hear Kevin Spacey will also be joining in on the IIFA festivities on April 26th!

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photo:variety.com

 

Bollywood Stars are Selling Chinese Smartphones

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Today’s Bollywood stars are making international waves like never before and they’re doing it with style,”Bollywood style” that is.

Oppo, a Chinese brand has launched their latest 13 mega-pixel smartphone called the N1, in India. They plan on dominating the fast growing smartphone industry and expanding their brand in the country, by bringing some of Bollywood’s biggest stars on board for their latest campaign. Just recently, Oppo featured super stars Hrithik Roshan and Sonam Kapoor in their latest TV ad. The two are seen canoodling one another, much like in a Bollywood movie.

This isn’t the first time China has used star power to promote their brand. Leonardo DiCaprio was also seen in a Oppo smartphone TV commercial in the past. Oppo, being fairly new in the market, first began manufacturing Mp3 and Blu-Ray players in 2005. It released its first smartphone in China, back in 2011. They are now hitting up foreign markets like India, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Oppo India’s chief executive, Tom Lu, had this to say, “We see lots of growth opportunities in India. The country is the world’s third largest smartphone market but its smartphone penetration rate is only around 30%, much lower than the U.S and China.” Oppo plans on hitting up 12 cities in India in the next few months.

The brand is sure the ultra sleek phone will have a mass appeal, especially to the youth in India. What better way to grab their attention than with their favorite stars, right?

Check out the TV ad below and feel free to comment.

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?

Priyanka Chopra Continues American Push on ‘Nightline’

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Priyanka Chopra is continuing her push to take over America as she appeared in an interview for a segment of ‘Nightline’. The CAA-repped actress (the first Bollywood star to ever be represented by mega-agency American agency CAA…) first began the push with her foray into the music world. She had collaborations with Pitbull on the single ‘Exotic’, previously released the single ‘In My City’ with will.i.am, and has even appeared on the opener for Thursday Night Football.

Priyanka has recently been announced as the face of Guess over the holidays and is getting ready to drop yet another single on American audiences. But is it working? She tells the British interviewer during the segment that America is the ‘Land of Dreams’ and a multicultural melting pot so making it in America is still a possibility.

In an interesting segment surely meant to demonstrate her ‘All-American Appeal’, Indian Chopra squeals with delight when she says American burger chain Jack in the Box and is then shown with a burger in hand. Has her play for American appeal gone too far? Will she alienate her Indian and international followers with this grab for American popularity? It remains to be seen, but her handlers are certainly pushing her crossover appeal pretty hard.

If you want to see exactly what Priyanka has to say regarding her American push, the ‘Nightline’ segment can be seen here.

Hugh Jackman is the New Face of Indian Mobile Company ‘Micromax’

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photo:Indiatoday.com

Surprise! Hugh Jackman was chosen to be the brand ambassador of Micromax, an Indian mobile handset company.

The Hollywood star has openly expressed his love for India.  He supports Indian brands and is delighted to be the face behind Micromax.

I am extremely thrilled and honoured to be part of the Micromax family. I am a huge lover of India as it is one of the most exciting countries in the world and we also share our love for cricket,” said the 45-year-old actor.

Born in Sydney to English parents, Hugh Jackman is better known for his roles in:  X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine and Les Miserables, to name a few. 

The actor is super supportive of the brand. “Phones are genuinely time saving devices that can help you live a better life while juggling around with different situations. The new Canvas phone from Micromax is a leap in innovation with great sense of fun and amazing features that helps me balance my work with all the different roles that I play in my everyday life,”  Jackman said in a statement. 

We hear he beat out a Bollywood star for this position.  That’s huge, considering it’s an Indian brand.  Reportedly, the Micromax family truly believes Hugh Jackman “embodies the aspirational, reinventing and fearless persona of the brand”.