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

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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. 

What’s up with John Abraham’s New Look??

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Why is John Abraham looking so scruffy?   John borrows Tom Hanks classic look from Cast away for his new flick, Madras Cafe.

We hear director Shoojit Sircar wanted Abraham to support the Oscar-winners look in Cast Away.  John tells a source, it took him a few months to get the look down. “I had to lose weight because the character required it. I had to look lean instead of beefy or muscular. Shoojit told me I had to look like an intelligence officer and not John Abraham. And we stuck to that character. It was more important than John Abraham.”

Kinda similiar to Ranbir’s new look in Besharam. Which actor’s unruly look do you prefer?

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Ranbir Kapoor Can’t Wait to See Audience Reaction for ‘Besharam’ Trailer!

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photo: intoday.com

Bollywood‘s hottest young star Ranbir Kapoor is extremely excited to gauge audience reaction to the trailer for his latest film ‘Besharam‘, if sources are to be believed.   Reports have Ranbir calling the film’s director Abhinav Singh Kashyap every 30 minutes to find out if people like what they see.  Perhaps he’s also excited because the film has him sharing screen time with his parents Rishi and Neetu Kapoor for the first time in his career.  Or maybe Ranbir just wants to continue riding the wave of success he’s enjoyed after ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani‘ and prove he doesn’t need Deepika Padukone to have a smash hit.  Either way, Ranbir seems to be all in on this project.

The film revolves around the exploits of a typical, uneducated middle class guy played by Ranbir.  ‘Besharam‘ also marks the Bollywood debut for Indo-Austrailian actress Pallavi Sharda who we’re guessing plays Ranbir’s romantic interest in the film . The movie’s tagline can roughly be translated to ‘No desire for respect, no fear of disrepect‘ as besharam is a word that is typically used in a negative connotation to describe someone as shameless.

photo: bollywood-dhamaal.com Newcomer Pallavi Sharda

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Bollywood Newcomer Pallavi Sharda

Director Sing Kashyap is seeking to play with the loaded meaning of the word besharam and has said of his unusual title  “When I was making `Dabangg` as well, people used to ask me that why am I naming my film`Dabangg`as it is a negative word. Even`Besharam` is a villainous word. I want to tell people the right meaning of the word. I want to show that `Besharam` can be positive. This will be the quality of my hero. He is a poor guy but has a nice heart.”

Let’s take a look at that trailer:

The movie is scheduled for a October 2, 2013 release, we’ll see if audiences are ready to embrace Ranbir the Rascal….

So what do you think people, will audiences embrace Ranbir’s new persona in ‘Besharam‘?

Katrina Kaif on Shortlist for SRK’s ‘Happy New Year’

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photo: indiaonlinereview.com

Sources have put Katrina Kaif on the top of a list that includes Ankita Lokhande, Jennifer Winget, and Simran Kaur Mundi to star in Shah Rukh Khan‘s next film ‘Happy New Year‘.  The actress has had some extra time on her hands with co-star Hrithik Roshan‘s brain surgery pushing their film ‘Krrish 3‘ back to later in the year.  She has been spotted with her alleged boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor vacationing in Sri Lanka while he’s preparing for his next film ‘Bombay Velvet‘.  Kapoor’s co-star on that film will be Anushka Sharma.  Word has it that Katrina will sign on as soon as she returns to Mumbai from vacation.

Going back to ‘Happy New Year‘, it seems the film will commence a 40-day shoot on September 5 with ‘Om Shanti Om‘ director Farah Khan on board.  The film features SRK as an over the top kind of lover, something the always passionate Khan first played in 1995’s ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge‘.   ‘Happy New Year‘s plot revolves around a group of male friends who have to enter a dance competition for some reason.  Abhishek Bachchan and Boman Irani round out the cast as SRK’s friends.

This has been an eventful year for SRK following controversy around the birth of his son AbRam and the alleged use of a surrogate mother, a shoulder injury on set that required surgery, and the difficulties he’s encountered in finding a leading lady for ‘Happy New Year‘ but it all seems to finally coming together for the megastar.  He’s even invited his fans in Dubai for an iftar at Arabian Center for the release of his movie ‘Chennai Express‘ on August 1.  Co-star Deepika Padukone and director Rohit Shetty will also be on hand for the fan event, but no word on if they’ll be fasting as well.

photo: stuffkit.com SRK and family

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SRK and family

Chennai Express‘ is set to be released on August 8 to coincide with the Eid festival.

‘Exotic’ Singer and Bollywood Star Priyanka Chopra Celebrates Birthday!

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In what must truly be a bittersweet birthday following the recent passing of her beloved father, Priyanka Chopra turned 31 today.  The ‘Exotic‘ singer and ‘Andaaz‘/’Barfi‘ actress seems to be enjoying a subdued birthday this year and has asked family and friends not to throw her a party or give her any presents given the recent events following the culmination of her father’s long battle with cancer.

Chopra should be celebrating the success of her collaboration with Pitbull on the single ‘Exotic‘ and her soon to be released Disney film ‘Planes‘ that will mark her debut to American audiences.  Indian audiences can next expect the busy star in ‘Zanjeer‘ with Tollywood star Ram Charan on September 6, 2013 and in the superhero film ‘Krish 3‘ with Hrithik Roshan on November 4, 2013.

Is there a special someone whom the statuesque beauty and former Miss World is spending time with these days?  The aspiring singer has been linked to everyone from Gerard Butler, Akshay Kumar, Harman Baweja, Shahid Kapoor, the very married Shah Rukh Khan, to Ranbir Kapoor.  These days some in the press have once again linked her to Shahid Kapoor, but the notoriously private Priyanka isn’t making any journalist’s life easier by telling.

Let’s hope she has a wonderful birthday and continues her great run in Bollywood!

Here’s a little video of Priyanka’s 2012 IIFA Tribute to Legendary Actress Rekha to remind us of the multi-hyphenate actress/singer’s talent:

We here at World SannaKhan wish Priyanka a Happy Birthday and Many Great Returns!

Ranbir Kapoor Wowed by ‘Ship of Theseus’

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Newcomer Anand Gandhi can count Ranbir Kapoor among his fans as the director’s debut film, ‘Ship of Theseus‘, impressed many of Bollywood’s brightest stars at a special screening on July 16th.  Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao helped organize the screening and Katrina Kaif, Rani Mukerji, Priyanka Chopra, Ayushmann Khurrana, and Rajkumar Hirani were among those who attended.

When asked about his impressions concerning the film Ranbir didn’t mince his praise, saying “It was a very wonderful film, very powerful. I don’t think any other film has moved me so much as ‘Ship Of Theseus‘ .”

3 Idiots‘ director Rajkumar Hirani was even more effusive in his praise for the film saying  “This is a film that kind of shakes you from the soul. The film has been made so realistically that I just don’t have words … people have to watch the film to see how it can shake you up. Now it feels that the kind of cinema that we have been making so far is so inconsequential and small.”

According to director Ghandi the film explores “questions of identity, justice, beauty, meaning and death through the stories of an experimental photographer, an ailing monk and an enterprising stockbroker.” The film’s name comes from an age old paradox first posed by Plutarch that asks whether an object that has all it’s parts replaced remains fundamentally the same object.

The film is scheduled for release in India July 19th, here’s a trailer:

Tampa Bay Picked to Host 2014 “Indian Oscars”!

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It’s official, Tampa Bay has been chosen to host the 2014 International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA)!  President of Visit Tampa Bay noted how big of a coupe this was for the coastal Florida city by saying via email that “For Tampa Bay to be selected as the first U.S. city to these awards is incredible…. And coupled with the unprecedented amount of international attention, it’s priceless.”

The 2013 IIFA’s have just concluded wrapping up in exotic Asian gambling destination Macau, with romantic comedy ‘Barfi‘ taking home a multitude of awards including Best Actor for Ranbir Kapoor.  IIFA’s worldwide viewership is 800 million people according to the event organizers.

Tampa Bay seems to be jumping onto the Bollywood Bandwagon at the right time as Bollywood Films are estimated to grow to $5 billion in revenue by 2015.  The IIFA event itself will consist of film premieres, workshops, fashion shows, and of course the prerequisite red carpet event followed by an awards show.

Past host cities for the IIFA Awards including such exotic international destinations as London, Singapore, Toronto, and Dubai.

So what do you think readers, is Tampa Bay ready for the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and all the other stars in the Bollywood firmament?

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: Cracks U.S. Top 10 and Breaks Box Office Records in India!

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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ did great business worldwide and cracked the U.S. top ten at #9 this weekend with $1.3 million at the U.S. Box Office. The Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starrer also did great business in India where it made 19.45 Crore ( roughly $3.5 million in U.S. dollars…) in it’s first weekend with audiences no doubt flocking to screens to see the onscreen chemistry between the two former paragons.

This is the highest showing for a Bollywood film in the U.S. since last year’s ‘Jab Tak Hai‘ cracked the U.S. top ten by debuting at #8 in November 2012.  That movie was the swan song for legendary Bollywood director Yash Chopra, the so-called “King of Romance.”

Getting back to ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani‘, the film barely missed breaking Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg 2‘ record of 21.1 Crore (or $3.73 million dollars) but is this year’s box office champ so far in India.  The impressive showing of the film in America once again underscored the ever increasing appetite of American audiences for Bollywood fare in the U.S. Indian films in the U.S. often crack the top 20 in their debuts, but an Indian film cracking the top ten is a rarity that seems to be becoming more and more commonplace.

Hooray for Bollywood indeed!

Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani: All Set to Release in Israel

No Bollywood film has hit the theaters in Israel since the 2002 film Devdas, but that’s about to change with the Eros International film ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ on Friday.

For those wondering, yes, the film will be subtitled in Hebrew for the audiences in Israel. Kumar Ahuja, the president of Eros International said “there was no solid distributor until now and getting prints of the movie is an expensive process”. So it wasn’t a piece of cake breaking into the international market.

Israeli distributors, Shai Motion Pictures has invested in a portable projector which gives them the mobility to showcase movies at different locations at a lesser cost, says Ahuja.

“There is a huge demand for these movies since Israelis and the local Indian population over there are fond of Indian content,” he said in a statement.

The foreign distributors are excited about the film which stars Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur in a romantic thriller.

Shai Solomon of Shai Motion Pictures said “We are looking forward to it. It is after a long gap, after Devdas, that any Indian movie will release here. This itself calls for celebration and we are anticipating good numbers.”

Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani also opens in India on May 31st.

‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ Set to Open on May 31st!

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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is set to open on May 31st after a slight delay from its original opening date of March 2013.  The Bollywood Romantic film stars Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone as the leads, Adita Roy Kapur and Kalki Koechlin in supporting roles, and a special guest appearance by Madhuri Dixit in the dance numbers.  This is Ranbir Kapoor’s second time with director Ayan Mukerji following their initial pairing in the 2008 hit Bachna Ae Haseeno. Multi-talented director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, television host, actor Karan Johar limited himself to producing this time out.

Deepika Padukone is especially keen on the movie being a smash hit after having beat out Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma for the lead female role, declaring “I need to topple my previous best with Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.” Deepika is Ranbir’s ex-girlfriend so they should have onscreen chemistry by the boatload!  Although Ranbir and Deepika are the leads, seemingly timeless Madhuri Dixit may have stolen the show!!!

Let’s take a look at a the song ‘Ghagra’ featuring both Dixit and Kapoor:

 

Madhuri Dixit definitely adds a touch of classic Bollywood allure to the number and still has moves that would shame a woman half her age…. Not bad for someone who just turned 46!!

The soundtrack was composed by Pritam with lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya and the film itself was shot in exotic locales including Udaipur, Rajistan, Paris, and Kashmir.

The film itself centers around the travels of a group of friends and the fun adventure they encounter along the way.

Let’s hope the film is half as fun as the trailer promises…..

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