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.

 

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

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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.

King Khan Richer Than Tom Cruise!!!

 

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In some surprising news, Bollywood’s biggest star topped anything Hollywood has to offer as the latest figures show that Shah Rukh Khan earned $48 million dollars last year alone on his way to a personal net worth estimated at $600 million. SRK earned this mostly from endorsement deals as King Khan earned $5 million for last year’s hit ‘Chennai Express’. 

Tom Cruise, in comparison, comes in at an almost paltry by comparison $400 million. As for others on the list hailing from Bollywood, Salman Khan is second with an estimated $200 million and Amir Khan is not far behind with $180 million.
 
Bollywood finds itself in good company in the global wealth race as Shah Rukh Khan is topped only by comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s $820 million fortune and tied by Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor’s $600 million fortune. 
 
Others on the list include Mel Gibson at $425 million, Jack Nicholson at $400 million, Johnny Depp at $350 million, Keanu Reeves at $350 million, and Tom Hanks at $350 million.
 
How does King Khan feel about being more than halfway to a billion dollars in a country where 11.8% of the population falls below the international poverty level of $1.25 of income daily? Shah Rukh says he overcame humble beginnings to become the financial behemoth he is today and was accused of borrowing from author J.K. Rowling when he told an audience “Let me tell you, poverty is not an ennobling experience at all. Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes, depression. I’ve seen my parents go through it many times — it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships.”
 
Well, we’re sure Shah Rukh has made sure that neither he nor his family will ever experience those hardships again with 600 million reasons why! Hooray for Bollywood?!?

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!

photo:variety.com

photo:variety.com

 

Photo of the week: Sanna Khan in a Hollywood-Bollywood themed photoshoot

photo:DayneFarley

photo:DayneFarley

I had the honor of posing in this beautiful golden, long sequin gown by BARACCI.  Much thanks to the talented Dayne Farley for making me look and feel simply gorgeous.

photo:DayneFarley

photo:DayneFarley

 

photo:DayneFarley

photo:DayneFarley

Here I am in a blue and silver georgette sari, doing it “Bollywood style” ;)

photo:DayneFarley

photo:DayneFarley

 

photo:DayneFarley

photo:DayneFarley

photo:DayneFarley

photo:DayneFarley

Feeling like a million bucks in this sexy, green and gold BARACCI cocktail dress!

photo:DayneFarley

photo:DayneFarley

Bollywood’s Sonakshi Sinha will lend her voice to Hollywood

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photo:oneindia.in

That’s right! Bollywood’s Sonakshi Sinha will be lending her voice to the Hollywood flick, Rio 2. The English version of the film will be released on April 11th and we hear Imran Khan will also be joining the actress for the project.

Fox’s Rio 2 in 3D, is said to be dubbed in multiple languages. Although Bollywood has lent their voices to Hollywood in the past, this will be on a much greater scale, according to reports. The movie will feature the return of Blu, Jewel and their three kids, who leave their boring life searching for adventure in the Amazon rainforest.
photo:indianexpress.com

photo:indianexpress.com

The beautiful actress is thrilled and had this to say, “I enjoyed dubbing for Rio 2 because its such a fun film, and I felt like Imran and myself were perfect for the characters of Blu and Jewel! There’s a scene where Jewel is dancing and singing so they made me sing a few lines as well! It was such a new experience, I would have even loved to sing more, but unfortunately I am only a bathroom singer.
Other information has not been released but we’re eagerly anticipating the release!

Photo of the week: Our Favorite Oscars Couple!

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photo:nj.com

Our favorite couple on the red carpet at the 86th Academy awards was Matthew McConaughey, in a white jacket by Dolce & Gabbana and wife Camila Alves, who wore a remarkable Gabriela Cadena pink caped gown.

Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Highway’ Premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival

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photo:newindianexpress.com

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali has expressed his feelings about the premiere of his latest film at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, held on February 13th.

Ali says he was “overwhelmed” when he announced the Alia bhatt and Randeep Hooda starrer, in the Panorama section of the film festival on Thursday.

This is the first time that a movie of mine is at a film festival. I couldn’t have asked for a better one. It was overwhelming to stand on stage at the Zoo Palast and announce the first show of Highway,” said the director.

Highway, produced by Window Seat Films and Sajid Nadiadwala, is set for worldwide release on February 21st.

Check out the movie trailer below.

Mallika Sherawat Accepts Invitation to Speak at Oxford University

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photo:sholayevents.com

Controversy queen Mallika Sherawat has been invited to the prestigious Oxford University in the UK for a debate on Gender oppression.

The Bollywood diva, who openly expressed her opinion on the treatment of women in India, was accused of depicting India in a negative way. Mallika’s heated argument with a journalist went viral last year and left the actress open to the scrutiny of many. This obviously isn’t going to stop her from speaking her mind and we’re not the only ones who feel she would be a good pick for the debate. A team member, who is part of managing the event, had this to say: “We feel that as a figure who recently was very outspoken about the image of women and women’s rights in a country like India, she would lend an interesting angle to the debate.”

Mallika has confirmed that she’s accepted the invitation and commented,“Yes, I have accepted the invitation. The date is set on Feb 27th. A lot of preparation is required.” Elated over such an opportunity, she further stated, “Its a great honor. I come from a small town so it means a lot to be invited to speak at such a historic venue. I can use the platform to highlight issues like drop in the conviction rate in rape cases across the country.”

Check out this video where Mallika gets into a heated argument with a journalist on the sensitive topic.

Interview with Hollywood Actor Faran Tahir

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