Photo of the week: Bollywood arrives at IIFA 2014!

photo:india.com

photo:india.com

Bollywood’s biggest stars have arrived in Tampa, Florida for the IIFA awards 2014! And it looks like they’re all pumped up to deliver high-energy Bollywood performances for their fans!

photo:indiatoday

photo:indiatoday

This year’s attendees include, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Bipasha Basu to name a few..

Let’s not forget Bollywood starlet Priyanka Chopra. She looked great in her casual but chic attire for the IIFA kick off!

photo:Indianexpress

photo:Indianexpress

 

John Travolta to be Honored at the IIFA 2014 awards!

photo:justmoviez.com

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

 

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!!

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.

Salman Khan to Marry Romanian TV actress Iulia Vantur?

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Reportedly, Bollywood actor Salman Khan and rumored gf Iulia Vantur took a trip to the actors parents home.

We know what everyone is thinking. Sallu never settles down and he’s even admitted in interviews that he’s a terrible boyfriend. With that said, we still hope to see the bachelor tie the knot sometime and judging by the rumors, Ms Vantur could be the one.

According to sources, Iulia doesn’t know anyone in India, therefore, Salman decided it was a good idea to take her to his parents house, where we hear Iulia is staying. Which of course led to marriage speculations and all that good stuff. When asked, Salman’s father Salim Khan, denied any wedding rumors tied to his son and the Romanian beauty.

Is the most bankable Bollywood actor finally settling down? Could Iulia just be a really good friend? Hmm….we will have to wait and find out!

Iulia Vantur is a Romanian TV actress and host. The two met a couple years ago when Salman was on a trip abroad and have kept in touch since then. The couple has been spotted everywhere together and have been rumored to be seriously dating for a while.

‘Race 2’ a hit overseas

Although the movie had the usual Bollywood explosions, twisted love story, and betrayal, it did pretty well in the overseas market, collecting $3.5 million in just one week!

race2

Photo:Indiatoday

Race 2, the sequel to Race, collected $1,000,000 in the Gulf market as well as in Britain. Amrita Pandey, who is the executive director at Disney UTV said,”The box office in markets like Australia, UK, North America has seen a significant jump on Saturday and Sunday.”

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Did we mention the sexy cast? Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham and Ameesha Patel did a fantastic job looking yummy for their fans. Their acting is another story..

Deepika too tall for Saif in Race 2

Tall girls everywhere would agree, it sucks being the tall one in the relationship. That goes for on camera relationships as well! Deepika Padukone who is 5’9,  had an issue while shooting Race 2 with co-star Saif Ali Khan. Sources tell us she was asked to remove her heels every time they did a scene together because Saif is only 5’10. However, in solo shots and scenes involving other actors — like John Abraham and Anil Kapoor — Deepika insisted that her designer provide her with really high heels. A source says, “Deepika loves her heels and hated the fact that she had to wear flats to romance Saif.”

I know the feeling too well Deepika!

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Race 2 is set to release on January 25th.

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