Terminator going to Chennai for ‘Ai’ Opening Experience

The film that has everyone in Bollywood hyped up is now attracting Hollywood as well. Venu Ravinchandran’s film ‘Ai’ has pulled in Hollywood/Hong Kong stunt master Yuen Woo-ping, the stunt guy for critically acclaimed films such as ‘Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon‘ and ‘The Matrix‘. 

We hear Arnold Schwarzenegger is also flying out to India for the film’s audio launch in Chennai. The Hollywood icon is quoted as saying “I want to congratulate a great director Mr Shankar for making such a spectacular film, ‘Ai’ with great visual effects so I will be in Chennai to celebrate the grand audio launch of the movie. I am sure the event will be fantastic and I look forward to attending it,” in a short clip he shared with fans on YouTube. We hear the movie was originally shot in Telagu, and is now being dubbed in Hindi. It was originally called ‘Manoharudu’.

The film, which was said to be shot mostly in China over a period of 2 years and 8 months, is directed by S. Shankar and stars Tamil actor, Vikram and British actress Amy Jackson, while also featuring music by the one and only A.R Rahman. Other talent included in the film are Suresh Gopi, Upen Patel and Santhanam, to name a few. The film is said to be an “action thriller” with an hint of romance, of course. It also has a reported $30 million budget and is said to heavily feature special effects and extended action sequences. Let’s see if Bollywood can impress Hollywood as much as it has the Terminator! The film is set to be released around the Diwali festival. 

Bollywood Glamour Lures Chinese Muslims to India?!?!

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photo: wikipedia.com

Well, this is a first.  It seems that Indian security forces recently picked up a trio of knife-wielding Chinese Muslims who had crossed the border from Kargalilik, in Western Xianjang province in China, into India.  What lured these men into India and  almost unwittingly causing an international incident? Espionage?  Some fiendish plot?  Sightseeing???  Why, the answer is much more simple.  Hrithik Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan made them do it!  Er, well, at least the allure of Bollywood made them venture into India.

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“Come on over to India, the land of milk and honey!! Er, or lassi and ras malai! Don’t you agree Shah Rukh?”

In a plot straight out of a movie (take note Bollywood producers, hint, hint…) the men, who only spoke Uighur, were given the impression that India was a land of prosperity thanks to the Bollywood movies they had seen.  So ,like any men hailing from an impoverished area of China, they decided to seek their fame and fortune in India.  Well, Kashmir to be exact as that’s where they were reportedly headed.  Unluckily, they were intercepted by Indian forces who were perplexed by what Chinese Muslims armed with only swords and knives were doing in India.  A translator later, the men’s true aim was discovered.  They just wanted to be where every shy girl turns out to be gorgeous and everything is done with a song and dance routine!

Hooray for Bollywood, I guess?

NBA’s Chris Bosh Taking Talents To Juhu Beach

Miami Heat's Bosh gestures after returning to position at the end of a timeout against the Boston Celtics in in Miami

photo: wallcapture.com

He just won his second title with the Miami Heat so for a victory lap Chris Bosh is helping the NBA spread it’s brand by going to Mumbai, India from July 16-19.  He will be taking the Larry O’Brien trophy along with him to give Indian fans a chance to pose with it and him, conducting coaching clinics, and just generally acting as a goodwill ambassador to spread the NBA’s brand of basketball.

Bosh said “I am excited for the chance to visit India and help build interest in the game I love. The NBA is a global game and I hear that basketball is becoming pretty popular over there so I am looking forward to teaching kids that may end up in our league one day…..” when asked about his impending trip to India.

The NBA is already very popular in China, the Philippines, and other Asian countries along with India.   This NBA finals featured 10 international players on the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat rosters.  A record 215 countries using 47 different languages watched the Miami Heat‘s Big Three of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh defend their title against Tim Duncan‘s San Antonio Spurs.

Jackie Chan Hoping to Star in Bollywood Film

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Photo: beyondhollywood.com

Jackie Chan said he would like to see more co-operation between the Indo-Chinese film communities and is looking for a role to feature him in a Bollywood film.  The martial arts expert and action star is currently in Delhi for the China Film festival. He even mentioned that he was “looking for a good script” and that he was looking for collaborations for a role “for my acting and not my action. I am a pretty good actor.”

What’s Mr. Chan’s favorite Bollywood movie?  Why, ‘3 Idiots‘ of course!  The 59-year old star added that he would love to use Indian choreography, but sorry fans, he says he can’t dance.

Chan is currently in India touring and promoting his musical film ‘My Life in Action‘ and is in talks to perhaps star in Sylvester Stallone’s ‘The Expendables 3‘.  Let’s hope Mr. Chan gets a chance to bring China to Bollywood!

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