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 ;)

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….

Photo of the week: Bollywood Meets Hollywood!

 

photo:Twitter

photo:Twitter

Priyanka Chopra and Britney Spears posed for a photo together in Las Vegas recently. Priyanka attended Spears’s ‘Piece of Me’ stage show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Opening Night of The 2014 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

World SannaKhan had the opportunity to attend the 2014 Indian film festival of Los Angeles, from April 8-13. We are pleased to bring to you red carpet interviews from some of the fabulous attendees this year!

Check out Part 1 of  the opening night on April 8, 2014:

 

Stay tuned for more interviews from IFFLA 2014….

John Travolta to be Honored at the IIFA 2014 awards!

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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

 

Photo of the week: Sanna Khan in a Hollywood-Bollywood themed photoshoot

photo:DayneFarley

photo:DayneFarley

I had the honor of posing in this beautiful golden, long sequin gown by BARACCI.  Much thanks to the talented Dayne Farley for making me look and feel simply gorgeous.

photo:DayneFarley

photo:DayneFarley

 

photo:DayneFarley

photo:DayneFarley

Here I am in a blue and silver georgette sari, doing it “Bollywood style” ;)

photo:DayneFarley

photo:DayneFarley

 

photo:DayneFarley

photo:DayneFarley

photo:DayneFarley

photo:DayneFarley

Feeling like a million bucks in this sexy, green and gold BARACCI cocktail dress!

photo:DayneFarley

photo:DayneFarley

VisitBritain Launched a “Bollywood in Britain” app to help Indian Tourists

photo:darpanmagazine.com

photo:darpanmagazine.com

Just recently, VisitBritain, a national tourism agency launched an app which enables users to experience Britain, Bollywood style. They intend on helping Indian tourist by offering them a simple to use app for their mobile devices, which will not only help guide them through Britain, but will also provide them with Bollywood entertainment along the way!

Actresses such as, Kangana Ranaut, Tara Sharma and actor Abhay Deol are already on board. VisitBritian is calling it the “Bollywood in Britian” (BiB) app. They plan on helping tourist find their way around the country by offering features such as a travel guide map, destination search, flip tour (which shares celebrity stories and destination recommendations,) while throwing out some fun B-town trivia related to specific destinations.

The app will also help you track Bollywood celebrities favorite spots to visit in Britain. Very cool!

The Bollywood in Britain (BiB) app is available on Google Play Store.

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!

‘Krrish 3’ Breaks ‘Chennai Express’ Box-Office Record

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Photo: patlumotu.in

It looks like Hrithik Roshan has overtaken Shah Rukh Khan in one important category, the all-time Indian domestic box-office record as his latest film continues to topple box-office records. ‘Krrish 3‘ has passed SRK’s latest film ‘Chennai Express‘ with a robust $36.3 million domestic box-office take compared to the $36.1 million that ‘Chennai Express‘ generated.

The third installment in Hrithik’s super-hero franchise was once again directed by his father Rakesh Roshan and featured Priyanka Chopra and Vivek Oberoi, among others. Despite the success of the film, ‘Chennai Express‘ still made more money overall as it made $19 million overseas compared to the $6.2 million that ‘Krrish 3‘ took in. If you’re looking for the most successful Bollywood movie of all-time, however, you’ll have to look past dashing superheroes or SRK’s action capers to a comedy. That’s right, Aamir Khan‘s 2009 film ‘3 Idiots‘ still holds the title as the most successful Bollywood movie of all time with over $60 million in box-office receipts.

Look to Aamir Khan to try and break his own record with his latest film (and the third installment of another trilogy) ‘Dhoom 3‘, which is set to be released on December 20th. Aamir plays alongside Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan, and Uday Chopra in the action-thriller that is set in Chicago this time around.  ‘Dhoom 3‘ is the first Indian film to by played in the IMAX format and hits theaters around the Christmas holiday season.