Entertainment News with Bollywood actress Riya Ray

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?!?

Hollywood Meets Bollywood in Tampa for IIFA Awards!

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Hollywood icons John Travolta and Kevin Spacey took part in all the fun this past weekend as Tampa welcomed the first ever IIFA Awards held in the United States to town. Festivities kicked off with Travolta and Spacey joining Bollywood megastars Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshone, and Anil Kapoor, among others, on stage for many song and dance routines that reflected Travolta’s musical film past along with Bollywood’s affinity for musicals both past, present, and future.

A lucky 20,000 people caught this year’s IIFA Awards show, which is slated for release on worldwide television in June, and IIFA said it expects 800 million people to ultimately watch the awards show as Bollywood continues to increase its global footprint.

Travolta was presented with an award for his contribution to international film and gushed afterwards about the proceedings. “The first musical number, it was, wow, that was amazing,” Travolta opined on Saturday. “I find Indian films very original in energy and life. Every time I’ve had an opportunity to sing or dance in a movie, it’s been glorious … I think we’re simpatico. I would love for the Bollywood influence to actually infiltrate and give Hollywood more confidence in musicals and dance. Musicals in Hollywood are sporadic.”

Travolta had an impromptu chance to relive his ‘Saturday Night Fever’ days with star Hrithik Roshone as the latter presented him with his career achievement award.

Kevin Spacey also wowed the crowd with his dance with the big winner of the night Deepika Padukone to the tune of the ‘Lungi Dance’ and even donned the song’s signature wrap around over his tux for the show-stealing performance at the star-studded event. The Oscar-winning star of classics such as ‘American Beauty’ and ‘The Usual Suspects’ seems to have enjoyed himself as he said ‘It is great to be here and see the performances at IIFA.’

Bollywood stole the selfie trend from Hollywood as Anupam Kher tweeted a selfie with Spacey, Priyanka Chopra, Arshad Warsi, Aftab Shivdasani, Ritesh Deshmukh and Rajiv Kapoor where everyone seems to be having a great time from IIFA!

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Interview with Hollywood Actor Faran Tahir

Kangana Ranaut’s QUEEN headed to The Busan International Film Festival

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Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut’s latest film, Queen, will premiere at the 18th Busan International Film Festival, in South Korea.

The film tells a tale about a girl from Delhi who travels across the world for the first time.  It is reported the film was shot in 147 different locations.  Director Vikas Bahl is excited to showcase the film on an international level.  “We are quite happy to have a World Premiere at the prestigious Busan Film Festival. I am very excited that a film about a simple girl from Delhi is being recognized and appreciated internationally. It’s good to know that a human story always finds a universal audience. The team is getting ready to go to Busan…”, said the director.

His earlier project, Chillar Party won multiple National Awards and he’s hoping Queen will deliver similar results.

Queen, which is produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Phantom Films, will have three screenings under the “Window of Asian Cinema” category.  The Busan International Film festival has increasingly grown over the past years,  and serves as a great outlet for filmmakers to gain international exposure.

The film is set to release on February 28th 2014.

Amitabh Bachchan Receives ‘Global Diversity Award’

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71 year-old Megastar, Amitabh Bachchan was honored with the Global Diversity Award 2013, at the State Room of Britain’s House of Commons.

Rt Hon John Bercow MP,  the Speaker of the House of Commons, presented the prestigious award to the Bollywood Godfather.  He called  him “a Bollywood icon and the most famous Indian film star of all time.”

He continued to describe the actor as a role model, saying: “You have been a role model and Amitabh you deserve the award.” British actor Hugh Grant was also present at the award ceremony.  Adding, “It is truly a great pleasure meeting Amitabh Bachchan. He is a gigantic actor, super star who is hugely popular. He is also like a saint in some way because of his charity and animal welfare work. If ever anyone who deserves the Global Diversity Award, it is Amitabh Bachchan. Congratulations.”

The ceremony recognized Amitabh as one of the most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. He’s been seen in over 180 films in the last four decades and continues to make an impact even today.  “He is a Global patron for the diabetes charity Silver Star and last year was presented with a Mobile Diabetes Unit for his home city Mumbai named ‘Amitabh’ in his honor,” the citation said.

Mr Bachchan was filled with gratitude when receiving the “extremely historic award.” He continued to say:  “I have been extremely overwhelmed by the love and affection of the people of Great Britain,” and thanked his parents and family for their support in achieving what he did. He said when Keith Vaz introduced him to the Diabetes awareness campaign, “It has been a great privilege and honor to visit various cities in helping people to tackle diabetes.”

“My father taught English in Allahabad University and in 1952 he was the first Indian to get a Doctorate in English Language at the Cambridge. He completed his Doctorate in two years instead of the normal 4 years.” “There are very few institutions which can boast of such unity as the Film industry.” he added, referring to Bollywood of course.

When Mr Bachchan was asked about his forthcoming plans, he responded by saying “I just did a film called Satyagraha which dealt with socio-political issues. There are several other films in the pipeline including Bhootnath 2. I am also currently busy with the latest Hindi version of Who wants to become a Millionaire.

Congrats to Mr Amitabh Bachchan!

Interview with Bollywood Actor/Comedian Omi Vaidya

 

A fun chat with the star of 3 idiots. Omi Vaidya tells us about his big break and overnight success.

Actor believes Bollywood films will get an Oscar

Even though Barfi didn’t make it past the nomination stage for an Academy award, Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor remains optimistic and hopeful. The hottie believes more Bollywood movies will be up for the Oscars very soon.

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We hear co-star Priyanka Chopra reacted like a child when she found out about their movie Barfi not doing so well. Ranbir on the other hand, didn’t let the failure affect him. He’s extremely confident and believes Bollywood will have 5 movies running up for nominations in the near future.

That’s the spirit Ranbir! Never give up *wink*

Nonetheless–Barfi was still a fantastic movie.

Bollywood actor Anupam Kher hangs with Leo at Oscar Pre-party

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The two stars had a photo snapped at a Oscar pre-party in LA saturday night. According to a source, Anupam was seen mingling with Hillary Swank, Jamie Foxx, Bruce Willis and Quentin Tarantino. After the main event on Sunday night, he headed over to Elton John’s Oscar party where he partied it up with more hollywood stars.

Who took home an Oscar?

From Adele’s magnificent performance, to Jennifer Lawrence’s embarrassing fall, to Ben Affleck’s emotional speech, it was a night full of events at the Oscars.

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Check out the list of winners from last night.

Best Picture

Argo–WINNER

Best Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln–WINNER

Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook–WINNER

Best Director

Ang Lee, Life of Pi–WINNER

Best Original Screenplay

Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino–WINNER

Best Original Song

“Skyfall” from Skyfall, music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth–WINNER

Best Original Score

Life of Pi, Mychael Danna–WINNER

Best Production Design

Lincoln, Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson–WINNER

Best Film Editing

Argo, William Goldenberg–WINNER

Best Supporting Actress

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables–WINNER

Best Foreign Language Film

Amour, Austria–WINNER
Best Documentary Feature

Searching for Sugar Man–WINNER

Best Documentary Short

Inocente–WINNER

Best Live Action Short

Curfew–WINNER

Best Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained––WINNER

Best Cinematography

Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda–WINNER
Best Costume Design

Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran–WINNER

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Les Misérables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell–WINNER