Bollywood Legend’s Son Trying his Hand at Hollywood Producing!

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Uday Chopra, son of legendary Bollywood director Yash Chopra, has begun producing a string of Hollywood movies with big-name talent involved. Uday has opened a branch of his father’s Yash Raj Films right here in Los Angeles and has wasted no time in lining up heavy-hitter Hollywood actors for his films.

Beginning with Nicole Kidman (with whom Uday appeared beside at this year’s Cannes Film Festival) starring in the Grace Kelly biopic “Grace of Monaco”, continuing with the upcoming Jason Bateman romantic comedy “The Longest Week”, and perhaps culminating in the project “The Seducing of Ingrid Bergman” Uday has an ambitious slate lined up for release. Perhaps the Hollywood ingenue has a thing for classic Hollywood blondes as the Ingrid Bergman script coupled with the Grace Kelly biopic point out an interesting affinity for icy blondes, but he’s set out to make his mark in a town where shattered dreams are almost as plentiful as stars on the Walk of Fame.

Uday pointed out that “People in the West think ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is a Bollywood film and they have that one image of India — dirty and crazy…” but he notes that he’s here to make Hollywood films on a Bollywood budget while changing America’s perception of India. After overcoming the notion that he was just another rich Indian tycoon who had come along to “throw money at them and they can go ahead and make their movie” or “they think you are this Indian guy coming to Hollywood to throw big parties, make some statements and then never return”, Uday has accomplished something many Hollywood hopefuls never do by actually making movies.

It seems that while his brother Aditya Chopra has followed in his father’s footsteps by directing in Bollywood, Uday has decided to stay out of the director’s chair and focus on feature film development stateside. Uday summed up his aim as this; “I wanted to do something challenging and be a part of filmmaking because that is all I know“.

In a town that seems pretty white-washed both on the big screen and in the board room at times, we hope that Uday finds a niche and continues bringing the worlds of Hollywood and Bollywood closer together.

 

Did a Bollywood Actress Cause the Banderas/Griffith Split???

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Did a Bollywood actress, who is known for stirring up controversy in B-town, take her drama to Hollywood?

Mallika Sherawat is the target of a scandalous rumor that may have rocked the foundation of one of Hollywood’s longest running power couples. It seems the diva is being accused of having extramarital relations with actor Antonio Banderas and some are saying she’s the reason for his split with actress Melanie Griffith earlier this month. The Hollywood couple had been together for a good 18 years when rumors started flying after Mallika was seen dancing with Banderas in a recorded video taken a couple of years ago in Cannes. Was this merely an innocent twirl between friends or did this signal the beginning of an illicit relationship that has carried on for years?

Mallika tells E! news that she has nothing to do with the couple’s break up and that Antonio was simply an “acquaintance” to her. “Antonio Banderas is a wonderful man, a great dancer and an acquaintance of mine. I did not go on any vacation with him, and I’m sorry he’s going through a divorce.”

Either way, you know what they say, there’s no such thing as bad publicity! ;)

Freida Pinto Strips down for Bruno Mars “Gorilla”

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The Hollywood starlet takes it off for Bruno Mars latest single, Gorilla.

The Indian beauty plays a stripper in the video named Isabella who strips down to her undies.  She later makes out with the singer and sets a guitar on fire.  Could this be a tactic to break the “good girl” image attached to the actress?  If so, we think she did a pretty good job. 

The 28-year-old is certainly switching it up and showing everyone she can be sexy.

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Photo of the week: Angelina Jolie at the ‘World War Z’ Premiere in Germany

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Angelina Jolie attends ‘World War Z’ premiere at Sony Centre in Berlin, Germany on June 4, 2013.

Freida Pinto is all about Girl Empowerment in Ethiopia

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The global ambassador of the ‘Because I am A Girl Campaign’ (BIAAG), Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto, visited Ethiopia for the first time as part of her role to support Plan International’s projects.

BIAAG is Plan’s global initiative which launched Oct 11th last year. It’s very purpose is to create sustainable projects in developing countries to give girls access to clean water, food, health care, education and protection from violence and exploitation.

If we educate and empower girls, they will reach their fullest potential, pulling themselves and their families out of every problem they might possibly face” said Pinto.

I am truly inspired by the determination and courage of the girls I have met in the places I have visited in Ethiopia,” she added.

The actress stayed in Ethiopia for three days and visited the projects that have been undertaken in different areas, including Addis Ababa as well as in Shebedino District, Leko City of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR).

Freida was impressed by Plan Ethiopia’s efforts in bringing a lasting change to the lives of children in the country.

The 28-year old wants to start a gender sensitization program in Ethiopia to introduce ways of protecting girls through knowledge and skills and to have safe and quality learning environments for all children. She believes gender sensitization programs should start at home so it makes it easier to create awareness.

Amanuel Teferi, the head at Plan Ethiopia said, “She is committed to support Plan Ethiopia by fundraising and by globally announcing its achievements.”

Plan, which was established in 1937, is a children development organization which currently works in 69 countries.

Keep up the good work Freida!

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: Cracks U.S. Top 10 and Breaks Box Office Records in India!

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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ did great business worldwide and cracked the U.S. top ten at #9 this weekend with $1.3 million at the U.S. Box Office. The Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starrer also did great business in India where it made 19.45 Crore ( roughly $3.5 million in U.S. dollars…) in it’s first weekend with audiences no doubt flocking to screens to see the onscreen chemistry between the two former paragons.

This is the highest showing for a Bollywood film in the U.S. since last year’s ‘Jab Tak Hai‘ cracked the U.S. top ten by debuting at #8 in November 2012.  That movie was the swan song for legendary Bollywood director Yash Chopra, the so-called “King of Romance.”

Getting back to ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani‘, the film barely missed breaking Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg 2‘ record of 21.1 Crore (or $3.73 million dollars) but is this year’s box office champ so far in India.  The impressive showing of the film in America once again underscored the ever increasing appetite of American audiences for Bollywood fare in the U.S. Indian films in the U.S. often crack the top 20 in their debuts, but an Indian film cracking the top ten is a rarity that seems to be becoming more and more commonplace.

Hooray for Bollywood indeed!

Big Winners at Cannes Film Festival: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

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Cannes Film Festival has come and gone and the Coen Brother’s latest film, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ is emerging as the big winner from this years festival as the Grand Prix (runner up) choice from the Steven Spielberg led jury.  Oscar buzz is already building about this 1960’s fictional look at a folk singer struggling to make it in ’60’s New York.  Although the movie won’t be released until fall, prime Oscar season, critics have been praising the movie and even mentioning a possible Best Actor nod for Oscar Isaac in the titular role.  Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, and Carey Mulligan round out the latest from the helmers of ‘No Country for Old Men’ and ‘True Grit’ in a movie sure to be heavy on Dylan in the soundtrack.

Here’s a look at the compelling trailer:

 

If you pay attention you’ll notice a period appropriate Justin Timberlake in the film, which dovetails nicely with his recent retro album release and music.

The Palme d’Or went to ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’, although expectations for audience reception of this film should be tempered by the film’s three hour running time and controversial, highly eroticized lesbian romance subject matter.

Another movie making waves at Cannes was Nicolas Winding Refn‘s followup to ‘Drive’ called ‘Only God Forgives’ once again starring Ryan Gosling‘Only God Forgives’ is even more violent than Refn’s previous film, but let’s hope the auteur continues to push the cinematic envelope with his realistic/sickening displays of violence in his films.

Here’s a trailer for ‘Only God Forgives’ to wet your appetities:

 

Kristen Scott Thomas is receiving rave reviews for her turn as Gosling’s unabashedly Machievellian mother.

The flick is set for a July 19th release date in the U.S.

Paris Hilton:”I can’t wait to have little Parises.”

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The socialite may be tying the knot very soon. According to sources, the 32-year old is extremely happy with 21-year old boyfriend River Viiperi, whom she’s been dating for 8 months.

Femalefirst.co.uk reports, Paris is keen on starting a family with River and says “It could happen soon. I trust him with my life and that means the world to me more than anything.” 

“I can’t wait to have little Parises,” she said.

Like her former bff Kim Kardashian, we wonder if Paris will be jumping on the mommy train any time soon.

‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ Set to Open on May 31st!

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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is set to open on May 31st after a slight delay from its original opening date of March 2013.  The Bollywood Romantic film stars Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone as the leads, Adita Roy Kapur and Kalki Koechlin in supporting roles, and a special guest appearance by Madhuri Dixit in the dance numbers.  This is Ranbir Kapoor’s second time with director Ayan Mukerji following their initial pairing in the 2008 hit Bachna Ae Haseeno. Multi-talented director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, television host, actor Karan Johar limited himself to producing this time out.

Deepika Padukone is especially keen on the movie being a smash hit after having beat out Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma for the lead female role, declaring “I need to topple my previous best with Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.” Deepika is Ranbir’s ex-girlfriend so they should have onscreen chemistry by the boatload!  Although Ranbir and Deepika are the leads, seemingly timeless Madhuri Dixit may have stolen the show!!!

Let’s take a look at a the song ‘Ghagra’ featuring both Dixit and Kapoor:

 

Madhuri Dixit definitely adds a touch of classic Bollywood allure to the number and still has moves that would shame a woman half her age…. Not bad for someone who just turned 46!!

The soundtrack was composed by Pritam with lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya and the film itself was shot in exotic locales including Udaipur, Rajistan, Paris, and Kashmir.

The film itself centers around the travels of a group of friends and the fun adventure they encounter along the way.

Let’s hope the film is half as fun as the trailer promises…..

What is World SannaKhan and what do we do?

Simply put, World SannaKhan is the online intersection where Bollywood Meets Hollywood.  As the world increasingly becomes interconnected through technology and the mass-dissemination of information it is inevitable that cultures will interact as never before.  Bollywood, not Hollywood, is in actuality the world’s largest film industry in film output and it’s worldwide influence is growing every year.  For instance, did you know that India’s Reliance Entertainment has been an equal partner in Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios since 2009?

Bollywood can be loosely defined as the Indian film industry and is based in Mumbai, India.  Both Bollywood and Hollywood have their own firmament of stars, and we here at World SannaKhan intend to cover them both. We keep you informed with daily news, interviews, event coverage and other cultural movers and shakers that interest you most.

It all started when former Radio DesiBeat Radio Jockey, Sanna Khan AKA Sunny D, noticed that Hollywood and Bollywood’s worlds were increasingly intermingling with Indian/Pakistani actors appearing more and more in American productions and vice versa. Mainstream Hollywood stars such as Tom Cruise, John Hamm, and others have voiced their interest in appearing in Bollywood movies and Bollywood has increasingly drawn on Hollywood talent, onscreen and otherwise, to produce films.  Seizing on this unique moment in the history of both Bollywood and Hollywood, Sanna Khan decided to create a site dedicated to the coverage of both industries and thus, World SannaKhan was born!

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