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?

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!

‘Krrish 3’ Breaks ‘Chennai Express’ Box-Office Record

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Photo: patlumotu.in

It looks like Hrithik Roshan has overtaken Shah Rukh Khan in one important category, the all-time Indian domestic box-office record as his latest film continues to topple box-office records. ‘Krrish 3‘ has passed SRK’s latest film ‘Chennai Express‘ with a robust $36.3 million domestic box-office take compared to the $36.1 million that ‘Chennai Express‘ generated.

The third installment in Hrithik’s super-hero franchise was once again directed by his father Rakesh Roshan and featured Priyanka Chopra and Vivek Oberoi, among others. Despite the success of the film, ‘Chennai Express‘ still made more money overall as it made $19 million overseas compared to the $6.2 million that ‘Krrish 3‘ took in. If you’re looking for the most successful Bollywood movie of all-time, however, you’ll have to look past dashing superheroes or SRK’s action capers to a comedy. That’s right, Aamir Khan‘s 2009 film ‘3 Idiots‘ still holds the title as the most successful Bollywood movie of all time with over $60 million in box-office receipts.

Look to Aamir Khan to try and break his own record with his latest film (and the third installment of another trilogy) ‘Dhoom 3‘, which is set to be released on December 20th. Aamir plays alongside Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan, and Uday Chopra in the action-thriller that is set in Chicago this time around.  ‘Dhoom 3‘ is the first Indian film to by played in the IMAX format and hits theaters around the Christmas holiday season.

Bollywood’s King Khan Accused of Plagiarism?

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The Bad shah of Bollywood just can’t seem to keep away from controversy.  The Bollywood King is in hot water again,  but this time he’s being accused of plagiarism.

Recently Shah Rukh Khan attended the AIMA ( All India Management Assocication) where he gave a lengthy speech in which he discussed the various issues facing society.  The 47-year-old is being accused of plagiarizing British author JK Rowling’s speech, which she made at Harvard back in 2008.

Reportedly, SRK had a ghostwriter and resorted to different sources for the speech. The allegations claim he copied Rowlings speech, and did not appropriately credit anyone.   Tsk tsk..

Coincidence?

Deepika Padukone turns Fashion Designer for Van Heusen

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photo:youthtimes.in

Another Bollywood diva takes her talents to a whole new level.

Actress Deepika Padukone is taking her simple, yet chic fashion sense and collaborating with Van Heusen on it’s Woman’s “Limited Edition” collection.  The co-creation will be about monochromatic shades.  Think old Hollywood glam with a touch of modern chic with lots of rosy pinks and cobalt blues.  It is reported that the actress has been pitching ideas for the brand.

We’ll I’m hardly a designer. I think I am someone who has ideas but I’m not very good at executing. But I’m very open to seeing new things and sharing my ideas and then of course I need people to help me put it all together, It’s a little bit of what I already have and what I would like to see myself wearing. The collection is really about wearing your own personality. That’s something I’ve always believed in. It’s important to not forget who you are.” said the actress in a statement.

When asked, the Brand head at Van Heusen, Vinay Bhopatkar had this to stay: “We are absolutely delighted to co-create a line with Deepika Padukone exclusively for Van Heusen. These dresses are an ultimate combination of style, class, modernity and substance. Women fashion followers have been quite influenced by Deepika’s overall charisma and this creation sparkles with her elegant style.”

It is reported that the campaign was shot in Milan.

Go Deepika!

Shah Rukh Khan Heading to New Zealand to Wow Kiwis!

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photo: rediff.com

Aleady arguably Bollywood’s biggest star isn’t resting on his laurels as Shah Rukh Khan is heading to New Zealand to wow crowds with a one night show!  SRK is set to star in a one night production of his ‘Temptation‘ show with a cast of 110.  Don’t think that tickets will come cheap for this spectacle as they range from $199 all the way up to $650!

SRK has been in the news lately for his latest hit ‘Chennai Express‘ with Deepika Padukone and his ongoing legal troubles seemingly ending. SRK has been cleared by a Mumbai court in charges that he performed a sex-determination test on his latest progeny Abram.

The show will happen on October 4th in Auckland and has fellow Bollywood stars Madhuri Dixit, Rani Mukerjee, and former Miss Sri Lanka turned actress Jacqueline Fernandez. The show will also be making stops in Sydney and Perth, Australia later on.

Deepika Padukone Joining ‘Fast and Furious 7’?!?

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photo: hdwallpapersgallery.com
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I think you’ve found your Bollywood woman for ‘Fast & Furious 7’ Universal….

Sources say that Bollywood star Deepika Padukone may be joining the highly successful Hollywood action franchise ‘The Fast and the Furious‘ as she has already auditioned for its casting director Andrew Webster.  Webster is reportedly looking for a Bollywood sexpot to join the cast as a science and technology expert. Other Bollywood beauties Webster has reached out to include Rekha Rana, Chitrangada Singh, and Kangna Ranaut.

The latest installment in the film series, ‘Fast and Furious 6‘, was also the franchise’s most successful at the box office where it grossed $786.6 million worldwide.  Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Jordanna Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, and Michelle Rodriguez were all in on the car chase scene fun once again in the franchise’s latest incarnation.

Deepika is having a career year as she has starred in Bollywood mega-hits including ‘Chennai Express‘, ‘Race 2‘, and ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Dewwani‘ recently. The 27-year old former model may not have the international name recognition of say a Pryianka Chopra yet, but casting directors looking for hot Bollywood commodities would be foolish not to consider the reigning Bollywood box-office queen.

Deepika may have a tough time fitting another film into her already loaded schedule as she has two films currently in post-production and is shooting another, but we’re sure that she would make time for a Hollywood film franchise that has grossed over $2.3 billion as of August 1, 2013 and is Universal Picture’s biggest franchise of all time.

Fast and the Furious 7‘ already has British action star Jason Statham attached to play the villain and all of the main characters from ‘Fast and the Furious 6‘ will be back in on the action along with Thai martial artist/movie star Tony Jaa and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey added to the fray.  Shooting is set to begin this month with a July 6, 2014 release date on tap.

Let’s hope that Universal gets this one right and introduces Deepika to American audiences on the ever lucrative blockbuster July 4, 2014 weekend in ‘Fast and the Furious 7‘!

As always, we here at World Sanna Khan will let you know if she got the part!! (don’t worry, we’ve got our fingers crossed for you Deepika….)

Bollywood Star Shah Rukh Khan Denied Entrance to 2 Multiplex Cinemas!

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Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was recently refused permission to promote his latest flick, Chennai Express at Mumbai mall multiplex cinemas.

It’s barely been 2 weeks since the release of Chennai Express, and the movie continues to break records at the box-office.  While the actor is busy promoting his film all over Mumbai, he ran into a little trouble at Mumbai mall multiplex cinemas. Reportedly, Shah Rukh declared that he was denied entry at not one, but TWO multiplex theaters in the city on Thursday.

According to sources, the theaters had tighten their rules to avoid large crowds which can potentially lead to chaos and put the public in danger. The theaters are putting the publics safety first and will not allow any promotions outside or inside the theaters.  Khan tweeted “Have been refrained by authorities from visiting PVR Phoenix Kurla and PVR Phoenix Lower Parel..Will see you at the other enlisted theaters.” Have to avoid visiting PVR Phoenix Kurla and PVR Phoenix Lower Parel. Independence day rush etc. Will see you at rest of the enlisted theaters.” he added

We hear the 47-year-old had approached the owners of the theaters for permission to promote his new film but was later denied access.   A source said,  “SRK had been granted the permission by the multiplexes and it was duly advertised. But at the last minute, the mall owners reversed their decision. The reason provided by them for making a U-turn was that SRK’s presence would bring in huge crowds of people and that at the last minute, they hadn’t been able to arrange for adequate man power to control the swelling crowds. On national holidays, the footfall nearly doubles. But if he still decided to come, we are ready to welcome him.”

The last time when a big star had come for a visit, it had resulted in a lot of property damage amounting to huge losses for the owners. This time they want to play safe,” added a mall employee.

Maybe next time he should bring his co-star Deepika Padukone along with him…no?

‘Krrish 3’ Trailer Breaks Record for Views!

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photo: fingertipszone.com

In a summer full of broken records by Bollywood films, yet another benchmark has fallen by the wayside as the newly released trailer for ‘Krrish 3‘ has been viewed by more people than any other Bollywood movie.  The trailer received 2.3 million views on its first day on Youtube.com, thus surpassing the old record of 1 million views in one day held by ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan‘, and is up to 12.2 million views in 10 days!

The 3rd installment of the Indian superhero franchise will yet again have Hrithik Roshan playing titular superhero Krishna Mehra along with Priyanka Chopra, Vivek Oberoi, Shaurya Chauhan, and Kangna Ranaut.

Let’s take a look at the trailer and see what all the fuss is about, shall we?

Not bad, you half expect Dr. Octupus and Spiderman to jump on screen and join the battles! The movie’s release date is set for Diwali 2013 (Sunday, November 3) but the movie has faced some unexpected delays including Hrithik’s brain surgery from a stunt accident and Shaurya Chauhan’s injury from an unrelated accident on set.

Shah Rukh Khan’s Latest, ‘Chennai Express’, Breaking Box Office Records

photo: indianexpress.com

photo: indianexpress.com
Of course Deepika and SRK are all smiles after ‘Chennai Express’s monster weekend….

Well, it looks like Shah Rukh Khan has done it again as his latest film , ‘Chennai Express‘, is now the fastest Bollywood movie to join the 100 Crore ( $16.36 million) club and the only one to do so in its first weekend in theaters.  SRK’s co-star Deepika Padukone continues to have a career year as this is her third hit of 2013 along with ‘Race 2‘ and ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani‘.

When responding to critics who say perhaps this just happens to be Deepika’s charmed year in film she said “If people are saying it’s my year, it depends on my films… I think these things are relative. It feels nice to hear or to read about it. But, more importantly, I have been working really hard. I know I have pushed myself and sacrificed a lot of personal and family time. But in the end if the result is like this, you don’t mind. But, yes, I think success is relative.”

And how did SRK himself feel about the film’s impressive numbers?  Well, he said “It’s just a number but I am happy that it’s done well and it’s after a long time I have done a film that all have watched. I have yet to see the film with the audience but it feels great...” when referring to the historically significant 100 crore mark the film raced past in its first weekend of release.

The film also managed to rake in money in foreign markets outside India, debuting at #13 in the U.S. film market with an impressive 18.35 crores ($2.25 million) take.  Director Rohit Shetty has to be considered one of the hottest Bollywood directors going with the success of ‘Chennai Express‘ hot on the heels of also successful ‘Bol Bachchan‘.

What does Salman Khan, who ever since 2008 usually releases a movie on Eid, think about the abdication of his August movie throne to King Khan?  Although he’s stayed mum in public, Salman has had to deal with numerous production problems on his latest film ranging form a co-star being charged with kidnapping to his own legal woes so seeing his rival do so well can’t sit well with the thespian.  We’ll just have to wait until next year to see if Salman’s 2014 film ‘Mental‘, which has been plagued by these delays during shooting, will return him back to the top of the heap….

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