Mallika Sherawat Accepts Invitation to Speak at Oxford University

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photo:sholayevents.com

Controversy queen Mallika Sherawat has been invited to the prestigious Oxford University in the UK for a debate on Gender oppression.

The Bollywood diva, who openly expressed her opinion on the treatment of women in India, was accused of depicting India in a negative way. Mallika’s heated argument with a journalist went viral last year and left the actress open to the scrutiny of many. This obviously isn’t going to stop her from speaking her mind and we’re not the only ones who feel she would be a good pick for the debate. A team member, who is part of managing the event, had this to say: “We feel that as a figure who recently was very outspoken about the image of women and women’s rights in a country like India, she would lend an interesting angle to the debate.”

Mallika has confirmed that she’s accepted the invitation and commented,“Yes, I have accepted the invitation. The date is set on Feb 27th. A lot of preparation is required.” Elated over such an opportunity, she further stated, “Its a great honor. I come from a small town so it means a lot to be invited to speak at such a historic venue. I can use the platform to highlight issues like drop in the conviction rate in rape cases across the country.”

Check out this video where Mallika gets into a heated argument with a journalist on the sensitive topic.

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.

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.

Sunny Leone Refused to take off her Top for New Movie!

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photo:indiatoday

Porn star turned actress Sunny Leone is getting demanding!

Reportedly the diva refused to remove her top for her upcoming horror film.  We hear the shot required the actress to bare her breasts, but she demanded she’d be allowed to keep a bikini top on.

Though she was allowed to shoot wearing a top, it was later removed using computer graphics. Her breasts were then digitally superimposed from one of her earlier films.” said a source.

Interestingly enough, Sunny hasn’t been seen in any porn movies since her transition into Bollywood, but the 32-year-old did mention in previous interviews how she will continue to be a part of the industry.

Miss America Nina Davuluri Inspring Bollywood Dance Classes In South Beach

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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.

First Indian to ever be crowned Miss America

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Beauty queen Nina Davuluri made history tonight; as she is the first Indian to ever be crowned Miss America!

Davuluri won the title tonight in Atlantic city in front of the entire nation. This would make Nina the second consecutive contestant from New York to ever win the Miss America beauty pageant.

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For the talent competition, the Indian beauty performed a classical Bollywood dance.  It seems Nina certainly left an impression on the judges.

“Who’s the hottest girl in the world?!”  “A Desi girl,” of course ;)

Congratulations to Nina Davuluri!

Shah Rukh Khan’s Latest, ‘Chennai Express’, Breaking Box Office Records

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photo: indianexpress.com
Of course Deepika and SRK are all smiles after ‘Chennai Express’s monster weekend….

Well, it looks like Shah Rukh Khan has done it again as his latest film , ‘Chennai Express‘, is now the fastest Bollywood movie to join the 100 Crore ( $16.36 million) club and the only one to do so in its first weekend in theaters.  SRK’s co-star Deepika Padukone continues to have a career year as this is her third hit of 2013 along with ‘Race 2‘ and ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani‘.

When responding to critics who say perhaps this just happens to be Deepika’s charmed year in film she said “If people are saying it’s my year, it depends on my films… I think these things are relative. It feels nice to hear or to read about it. But, more importantly, I have been working really hard. I know I have pushed myself and sacrificed a lot of personal and family time. But in the end if the result is like this, you don’t mind. But, yes, I think success is relative.”

And how did SRK himself feel about the film’s impressive numbers?  Well, he said “It’s just a number but I am happy that it’s done well and it’s after a long time I have done a film that all have watched. I have yet to see the film with the audience but it feels great...” when referring to the historically significant 100 crore mark the film raced past in its first weekend of release.

The film also managed to rake in money in foreign markets outside India, debuting at #13 in the U.S. film market with an impressive 18.35 crores ($2.25 million) take.  Director Rohit Shetty has to be considered one of the hottest Bollywood directors going with the success of ‘Chennai Express‘ hot on the heels of also successful ‘Bol Bachchan‘.

What does Salman Khan, who ever since 2008 usually releases a movie on Eid, think about the abdication of his August movie throne to King Khan?  Although he’s stayed mum in public, Salman has had to deal with numerous production problems on his latest film ranging form a co-star being charged with kidnapping to his own legal woes so seeing his rival do so well can’t sit well with the thespian.  We’ll just have to wait until next year to see if Salman’s 2014 film ‘Mental‘, which has been plagued by these delays during shooting, will return him back to the top of the heap….

Pakistani Actress Meesha Shafi Bags Bollywood Debut!

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Meesha Shafi, who most recently starred in Mira Nair‘s Hollywood flick ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist‘, has made major inroads in Bollywood with her debut in the star-studded ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag‘.  The Pakistani singer-model-actress will play Perizaad, the best friend of the film’s subject Milkha Singh.  She will star alongside the likes of Sonam Kapoor, Farhan Aktar, Divya Dutta, and Prakash Raj.

The film itself will focus on the incredible life story of Milka Singh, also known as “The Flying Sikh”, who overcame losing many of his family members during the violence following India and Pakistan’s partition to become the only Indian to win a Gold medal at the Commonwealth games.

Meesha is also a major singer in Pakistan with her song Alif Allah (Jugni) with Arif Lohar being the most watched Pakistani song on Youtube ever with over 12 million views so far.

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When asked about her work in Bollywood, Meesha replied that “Our cultural heritage and stories are so deeply rooted that it is only natural to relate to the cinema being made here. Art is definitely a universal language and just as Bollywood has a huge audience in Pakistan, Pakistani music has a vast listenership in India. Both countries are doing an immense service by bridging gaps and reaching out to the people. In fact I would say that Bollywood and Pakistan have an age-old relationship.”

Let’s hope this Pakistani actress and her art can facilitate a better dialogue between India and Pakistan’s similar cultures and shared national heritages.

‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ will be released on July 12th, here’s a trailer for the film:

Photo of the week: Justin and Selena reunite!

Justin and Selena’s breakup update

So here’s an update on Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber for all you fans. According to sources, Selena wants nothing to do with Justin and is doing everything to get away from him. Thats right, she has went as far as blocking her phone number and text messages. OMG! Justin must’ve caused some serious damage there. Hmm, so maybe the rumors about “another woman” are true. Could it be a Victoria Secret model? He was drooling all over the models backstage at The Victoria Secret show in NYC.

Poor Selena, keep your head up babe…we know relationships can suck.

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