Photo of the Day: Bollywood Star Signs Talent Deal with ABC

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photo:ndtv.com

Priyanka Chopra is taking over Hollywood after all! The former Miss World signed a talent holding deal recently with ABC studios for one year, where she will be developed or cast in existing projects for Fall 2015. Chopra’s manager Anjula Acharia-Bath feels Priyanka will thrive because of the growing diversity of leading women in shows today.

Priyanka may just be the first Bollywood female star to actually crossover….everyone else can go back to Bollywood now ;)

Jacqueline Fernandez all set for her British-Canadian Film Debut!

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It looks as though the rumors circulating around Bollywood bombshell Jacqueline Fernandez are true after all! The Sri Lankan babe is set to star in the upcoming Canadian-British thriller ‘Definition of Fear’, directed by filmmaker James Simpson. 

James Simpson has worked with some of Hollywood’s brightest stars, such as Al Pacino and Penelope Cruz. The film is reportedly going to be shot in Canada and Jacqueline will head over once she wraps up her current project in Malaysia. This project marks James Simpson’s directorial debut and features a script that the nascent helmer also wrote. 

The story surrounds four girlfriends who take a weekend trip for the holidays to a cabin and discover they are not alone.

Oooh, we wonder how long Jacqueline’s character will survive in this hot horror mess!?!

Salman Khan looks to ‘Kick” SRK out of Top Spot on Eid!

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Looks like Salman Khan is trying to regain his spot on top of the Bollywood mountain as his new movie ‘Kick‘ has opened to stellar box office returns already since its July 25 release. Many Bollywood movies look to capitalize on the traditionally strong release date of Eid, a festival that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and Shah Rukh Khan was no different last year with his box office hit ‘Chennai Express‘. Salman probably felt a bit slighted as his films usually ruled the Bollywood screens on Eid, with his past films ‘Wanted‘, ‘Dabaang‘, and the 4th highest grossing Bollywood film ‘Ek Tha Tiger‘ representing his recent stranglehold on the holiday. Well, ‘Kick’ is off to a good start as it has already made 86 crore (roughly $14.5 million) in its opening weekend. 

 ‘Kick‘ is an action-romance hybrid in which Salman plays a character named Devil who seeks to truly seize the moment everyday, resulting in action packed scenes that even have Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan taking notice. Amitabh was so impressed with ‘Kick’s chase sequence, supposedly the longest ever in a Bollywood film, that he took a shot at Hollywood when he stated “Did you see the trailer of ‘KICK’..baaadooom !! Compares with anything that the other ‘wood’ brings out from their high end films ! See for yourself” and linked to a trailer of ‘Kick’. 

 Here’s that trailer of ‘Kick’, which also features co-star Jacquline Fernandez….

 

 
Well, what do you think folks? Will Salman take down Shah Rukh on Eid in this battle for Bollywood supremacy? Will ‘Kick‘ put ‘Chennai Express’ on a slow train to nowhere? I guess you’ll just have to stay tuned….

Sanjay Gupta Approached to Co-Produce Hollywood Movie

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photo: topnews.com

Hollywood has approached the busy director with a remake project for a popular foreign film. Gupta who was already working on movies, ‘Mumbai Saga‘ and ‘Khotey Sikkey‘ has to now make time for a third project.

“I am contractually bound to not reveal the details.” “All I can tell you is that it is a thriller like many of my previous films. But while the others were male-centric, this one has a woman protagonist and two important male characters. These guys approached me after seeing my body of work,” says Sanjay.

When asked who he will cast for the films, Sanjay says he may approach Bollywood actors John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan for the job. Maybe even Shahid Kapoor? He isn’t too sure about who he will cast for the female role but we’re sure the co-producer will reveal more as they move closer to production.

It’ll be a star but not the ones you are expecting. I’ll spring a big surprise,” said the 44-year-old. “I’ll finish it in one 35-60 day schedule. The city is important, we can easily film it in Mumbai. In fact, after struggling with the Mumbai of the 80s and 90s in ‘Mumbai Saga’, I would be happy to shoot the city as it is today,” he continued.

It is a universal theme with a taut screenplay that can be easily adapted to the Indian scenario. It won’t take me long to write it. I just need to work on the dialogue. It’s such a thrill to be finally doing a woman centric subject in Hollywood. Wow!

We agree with Mr. Gupta! Bollywood could use a little refresh ;)

Anil Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra will Tour the USA to Spread IIFA Buzz

photo:indiatvnews.com

photo:indiatvnews.com

Just recently it was announced that Priyanka Chopra will be co-hosting the 59th Filmfare awards with actor Ranbir Kapoor on January 24. Well, it seems the former Miss World beauty is keeping busy in the new year because her and actor Anil Kapoor will be doing a 3-day tour in the US with IIFA (International Indian Film Festival) as well.

The duo will be hitting up New York, Los Angeles and of course Tampa, Florida. Their intentions are to spread the news of the upcoming award show, which will make it’s first time appearance in the US beginning April 24. Both Priyanka and Anil are recognized for their international success. Priyanka with her budding music career and Mr. Kapoor with his hit TV show 24 and Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, the two artists are making waves on a global level.

We are very excited to bring IIFA to Tampa Bay. With the support of representatives of Visit Tampa, we have been able to conceptualize and actualize an incredible event. There will be music, dance and a whole lot of spice. We’re looking forward to giving our fans and new audiences the experience of a lifetime,” said Priyanka.

Both are delighted to be a part of the big debut and can’t wait for the world to witness Indian culture and cinema like never before…Bollywood style ;)

IIFA Awards 2014 Are Coming To Tampa!

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For the first time ever, IIFA (The International Indian Film Academy)  AKA “The Indian Oscars” will be holding their 15th annual award show along with other industry related events beginning April 24, 2014 in Tampa, Florida USA.

IIFA, an organization which supports indian cinema worldwide will be bringing Bollywood to the USA this spring. This long-awaited event has many South asians across the country jumping out of their seats and making their way to Florida. Director of Wizcraft & IIFA, Andre Timmins had this to say,”We are thrilled to be making our debut into the United States of America next year and preparations for this very special IIFA weekend are well underway. The Tampa Bay Area is a fantastic destination and will be a great host for a spectacular IIFA Weekend. We have been overwhelmed by the kind of enthusiasm and support that we have received from across the region. The unprecedented demand for IIFA has been tremendous and has created the need to take IIFA Awards to the largest possible venue in the city and bring forward the dates for the IIFA Weekend.”

IIFA has made a global impact by having travelled through Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Canada in the last 14 years. Making its first appearance in the US has gotten Bollywood fans all riled up to see their favorite stars grace the stage at such a prestigious event in indian cinema history.

President and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, Santiago Corrada said, ‘We are extremely excited to join Wizcraft/IIFA in announcing the official dates, venues and the launch of ticket sales. Our teams have worked together diligently over the past six months to ensure a successful production in Tampa Bay. Our entire region is enthusiastically preparing to welcome tens of thousands of visitors to our destination, and we look forward to serving as great hosts to the biggest and best International Indian Film Academy awards in history.’

Who’s going?

Brits Holding Auction to Honor 100 Years of Indian Cinema

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Photo: balconybeats.com

London will be honoring Bollywood by holding it’s very first rare memorabilia auction in London. In celebration of 100 years of Indian Cinema, a British auction house is selling items with the proceeds going to a great charity. The proceeds from 2 of the 150 items, along with a percentage of all sales, will be going towards British charity Pratham UK that aims to up the literacy level of India’s millions of impoverished children.

The auction will take place on Friday at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair and reflects increased British, as well as global, interest in Bollywood and Indian cinema in general. 2013 is shaping up as a banner year both in domestic and global box office receipts with records seemingly shattered whenever a new film is released. University of London senior lecturer Anna Morcom noted “Since the 1990s, Bollywood has gone global on a new level, embraced enthusiastically by the Indian diaspora and through them has gained a presence in the mainstream of U.S. and U.K. culture.”

Even Saif Ali Khan has chimed in on the rise of Indian cinema globally, saying “My best investment is to join Bollywood. It’s such a good investment. The business is doubling. When we started, things were not the same. It’s a great time now for the filmmakers and actors.” Saif’s first appeared in a Bollywood movie back in 1992’s film ‘Parampara‘ and has gone on to become one of the many Khans that dominate the industry, the other three being icons Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. Bollywood’s most successful film to date is ‘3 Idiots‘, which grossed $60 million total worldwide, but that mark is sure to fall soon with production values, story lines, and distribution continuing to increase along with foreign investment in Indian films.

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The 3 Khans: Aamir, Salman, and Shah Rukh Khan
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Valuable items include posters from such seminal Bollywood films as 1960’s ‘Mughal-e-Azam‘ and 1975 Amitabh Bachchan action starrer ‘Sholay‘, among other items. Conferro Auctions director Sharan Seth voiced the attitudes of many Brits when saying ‘With Bollywood such an ingrained part of our cultural identity and the timely centenary of Indian cinema, our first auction reflects India’s rich and vibrant history and artistic practices.’

Hooray for Bollywood!!

Deepika Padukone Highest Earning Bollywood Actress of 2013!

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Photo: fansshare.com

It’s a Happy Thanksgiving indeed for Bollywood star Deepika Padukone as she has topped the list as the highest earning Bollywood actress of 2013. With films like ‘Race 2′, ‘Chennai Express‘, and most recently ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela‘ becoming mega-hits at the box-office, 2013 has been the best year to date for Deepika. The actress made her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in 2007 hit ‘Om Shanti Om‘ and hasn’t looked back since! With this kind of success she has been able to command one of the highest salaries for an actress in Bollywood and recently made over $1.6 million for ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, co-starring Ranveer Singh, alone.

Rounding out the list are Katrina Kaif at #2, Priyanka Chopra at #3, Kareena Kapoor Khan at #4, and Bipasha Basu at #5. 2014 should be an interested year, especially as Priyanka Chopra is attempting to make inroads into the American market through musical ventures and as the face of Guess Jeans. Will Deepika be able to retain her crown as the highest paid actress on the Bollywood in 2014 or will someone on this list steal her throne? Only time will tell, but with each of these actresses has many projects line up for the next year so 2014 will surely shape up to be one of the best years for Bollywood ever!

Saif Ali Khan:”I would not like to kiss onscreen because I think it’s not required”

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photo:desimartini.com

Actor Saif Ali Khan has expressed his disinterest in kissing scenes in Bollywood movies.

The 43-year-old who has locked-lips on-screen in films “Hum Tum” and “Salaam Namaste,” says that Indian films can do without love scenes because it doesn’t “suit” them.  He made this statement during an interview when asked about his views on a comment Kareena Kapoor had made before their marriage. The actress had said that the couple had made a commitment not to do on-screen kissing scenes anymore. When asked, the actor responded: “No. I wouldn’t even say that’s in place. I don’t think it’s a function of being in a relationship. I have done films like ‘Salaam Namaste’ a long time ago. In India, it is not required in our films to have kissing scenes. I don’t think it’s required to be overly sexual. It doesn’t suit us.”

He continued to say that his current wife Kareena has also smooched in a few movies and that “it doesn’t work on-screen.”
Nobody looks comfortable doing it. And slowly, slowly reports filter through that when somebody has tried to be a little risque, that people don’t seem to like it. I think the kind of cinema we have, we are a hypocritical culture. You can talk about things, you can see Hollywood movies, but if a kiss or a lovemaking scene is presented in a way that doesn’t make you uncomfortable, it’s much easier for everybody to watch,” the actor told TV host Anupama Chopra.

Saif feels really strongly about no on-screen kissing.  Could it be that he doesn’t want Kareena making out with other male actors? Is this some possessive behavior leaking through the superstar facade?  Guess we will have to wait and see if the newly weds live up to their promise.

Hugh Jackman is the New Face of Indian Mobile Company ‘Micromax’

photo:Indiatoday.com

photo:Indiatoday.com

Surprise! Hugh Jackman was chosen to be the brand ambassador of Micromax, an Indian mobile handset company.

The Hollywood star has openly expressed his love for India.  He supports Indian brands and is delighted to be the face behind Micromax.

I am extremely thrilled and honoured to be part of the Micromax family. I am a huge lover of India as it is one of the most exciting countries in the world and we also share our love for cricket,” said the 45-year-old actor.

Born in Sydney to English parents, Hugh Jackman is better known for his roles in:  X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine and Les Miserables, to name a few. 

The actor is super supportive of the brand. “Phones are genuinely time saving devices that can help you live a better life while juggling around with different situations. The new Canvas phone from Micromax is a leap in innovation with great sense of fun and amazing features that helps me balance my work with all the different roles that I play in my everyday life,”  Jackman said in a statement. 

We hear he beat out a Bollywood star for this position.  That’s huge, considering it’s an Indian brand.  Reportedly, the Micromax family truly believes Hugh Jackman “embodies the aspirational, reinventing and fearless persona of the brand”.

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