Photo of the week: Priyanka Chopra Attends VIP Dinner at the London Edition Hotel

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photo:entertainmentwise.com

Bollywood starlet Priyanka Chopra turned heads in this stunning figure-hugging pink dress at the London Edition Hotel Monday evening, where she celebrated being announced as the new face of GUESS. 

Photo of the week: Vanessa Hudgens Goes Bollywood for Sister’s Birthday Bash!

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Vanessa Hudgens looked exotic in a Bollywood/gypsy inspired getup at her sister’s 18th Bollywood-themed birthday party.

Photo of the week: Beyonce Photobombs Girls photo!

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What could be better than having your favorite artist photobomb your selfie?  Here we see Beyonce jump in to this 15-year-old girl’s candid photo during her concert in Australia.

photo:huffingtonpost

photo:huffingtonpost

“i dont even know it was such a blur i just remember her bending down to me and my friend and i just turned for the photo and wowoowow it was the best moment ever like she posed its crazy i wasnt even expecting her to look at my phone or notice me in the crowd.” said the lucky girl.

Nice going Bey!

Akshay Kumar: Pakistani Contributions to Bollywood Valuable and Memorable

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Photo: desimartini.com

At a time when Pakistani/Indian relations are tense and a Pakistani film named ‘Waar‘ is setting box-office records in Pakistan, it’s nice to see actor Akshay Kumar reaching out to give Pakistani contributors to Bollywood their due.  Recently Akshay had the following to say regarding Pakistani additions to Bollywood: “From their powerful dialogue delivery to incredible music talent, Pakistanis have made valuable contribution to Bollywood. Some of the most memorable songs of Bollywood have been sung by Pakistani artists and the opportunities to work together will be endless.”

Akshay’s latest film ‘Boss‘ hit theaters last week and has already collected 45.55 million Rupees (or $732,183) in India’s domestic box-office. In stark opposition to Indian production ‘Boss‘ is Pakistan’s ‘Waar‘, which has done record business in Pakistan by earning 42.6 million Rupees (or $693,000 roughly) in it’s first three days of release. The controversial film, which some believe was funded in part by the Pakistani government, beat out Kumar’s ‘Boss‘ 10 million mark it’s first three days of release in Pakistan.  ‘Waar‘, starring Shaan Shahid, seems to place the blame for Pakistan’s terrorist woes squarely on Indian shoulders, especially India’s RAW (India’s version of the C.I.A., it stands for Research and Analysis Wing).  Political murders, kidnappings, and other malfeasance are conducted by two Indian RAW agents in the film.

Although the film has done well in it’s first weekend, it remains to be seen if ‘Waar‘ can recoup its high 250 million Rupee (roughly $4 million) budget despite the record returns early on. Even with the film’s controversial subject matter and story line, let’s be optimistic that ‘Waar‘, which means “to strike” in Urdu, signals a renaissance in Lollywood and the beginnings of a new Pakistani national arts platform. Some art is better than no art, we hope.

Miss America Nina Davuluri Inspring Bollywood Dance Classes In South Beach

photo: vanityfair.com

photo: vanityfair.com

America’s first Indian-born Miss America Nina Davuluri’s performance in the Miss America pageant has inspired people as far away as South Beach to try their hand at a little Bollywood glamour. The multi-talented pageant queen’s influence has led to a demand for Bollywood-fusion inspired dance classes from the hip denizens of South Beach.

The New York beauty used these same dance moves to help her win the Miss America pageant and dance instructors now show them to their mixed-race classes to women ranging in age from their teens to their 70’s.

Although some of the members of these Bollywood fusion dance classes are Indian-Americans looking to rediscover their Indian roots, many of the class members are not Indian American and half of them are Latinas who appreciate the sexy moves Ms. Davuluri displayed during the pageant.

Here’s a look at her dance routine during the pageant:

Miss Davuluri seems set on attending med-school, but maybe her mind will change if Bollywood comes calling.

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.

Sylvester Stallone refuses Bollywood offer

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photo:timescolonist.com

It is reported that Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone has refused an offer in a Bollywood production.

The Rocky star first made his Bollywood debut in the film Kambakkht Ishq back in 2009 starring Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor.  We are told the reason behind his rejection was because it clashed with his current shooting schedule for the movie, Escape Plan.

The thriller will also be starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and is set to release on October 25th.

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!

Photo of the week: Madonna’s New Grill in Rome

photo:digitalspy.co.uk

photo:digitalspy.co.uk

Here is a photo of Madonna all grilled up, while visiting Hard Candy Fitness Club in Rome. Talk about making a fashion statement! The material girl stunned the crowds on Thursday, when she revealed her gold grill.

Amanda Seyfried: “The first thing you think about is that it could ruin my career”

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Actress Amanda Seyfried admits she was a little worried doing nude scenes in Lovelace, where she portrayed a real life porn actress.

The producers of “Deep Throat” (an iconic porn movie,)  cast Amanda Seyfried to play in the biopic of porn actress, Linda Lovelace.

The 27-year old  Hollywood starlet says she was afraid it might hurt her career in the long run.  “The first thing you think about is that it could ruin my career,” said Amanda.   She later admit it wasn’t a big deal stripping for the cameras. “It’s funny, because I felt liberated when I was doing it. I’m sure people that are very protective of me wouldn’t feel very comfortable with that, but it’s like, what’s the big deal?,” she added.

Check out the trailer below.

We wonder if Hollywood will join the latest Bollywood craze, and start casting real life porn stars in movies  ;)

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