Shah Rukh Khan and actress Deepika Padukone in London
By Zoha Tapia
Crowds went into a frenzy as Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone visited London to promote their latest film Chennai Express, out today.
Khan and Padukone were almost mobbed by excited fans at Cineworld Feltham on July 31, even though the stars arrived 45 minutes late.
Khan said: ""I am very glad the film is getting such a big release here. UK audiences are fantastic. I don't believe that actors have regional appeal but I have to accept that some of my star value is largely.......
Art community’s shock at Bhattacharjee’s death
PAUL Bhattacharjee, who was last seen leaving the Royal Court following rehearsals for his new play, was a regular at the prestigious central London venue. His first appearance there was in 1988, at a Young Writer’s Festival curated by international director Elysee Dodgson.
Tributes for actor, Paul Bhattacharjee from the UK theatre community
Sudha Bhuchar, actor and artistic director, Tamasha Theatre Company
London singer on life in the us and changing his musical style
SUPERSTAR Jay Sean says he has returned to his r’n’b roots because he believes pop music has become “generic
M Night Shyamalan is back with science fiction thriller After Earth.
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
Stars: Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Sophie Okonedo.
M Night Shyamalan is back with science fiction thriller After Earth.
It may not hit the heights of Sixth Sense but it's not like.......
Entertainment and enlightenment in Cannes
Sailesh Ram takes a look at the mainstream movies that he saw alongside the Indian ones at the Cannes Film Festival this year…
SO India made a splash at Cannes in more ways than one this year and not just because the festival marked a 100 years of Indian cinema.
There were four films (Bombay Talkies, Monsoon Shootout, Ugly and The Lunchbox, see www.easterneye) that hit Cannes in one form or another, but none were in the official main selection.
In the prestigious competition section Blue is the Warmest Colour was presented with the.......
A Dhol and Bhangra group based in Birmingham are featuring in the Bollywood film 'Yamla Pagla Deewana 2'
Dreaming and believing - the Indian films at Cannes
Were the Indian films showing at the Cannes Film Festival original enough or too predictable, asks Sailesh Ram...
Discard every notion you have of it all being a tedious song and dance tamasha (frolicking).
Meet the new Indian cinema.
Bold, dynamic, original (in Indian terms) and ready to communicate in the universal language of cinema.
That much was evident at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, which comes to a close on Sunday (26) with the presentation of the Palme D’Or and other awards accolades.
India and Cannes: An enduring relationship
INDIA is the ‘guest country’ at this year’s Cannes Film Festival which runs from May 15-26, as the country marks 100 years of feature film production.
Interestingly, it was the French, who introduced moving picture to India, when the frères Lumiere made an appearance at the Watsons Hotel, Bombay (Mumbai) on July 7, 1896 and displayed their ‘marvel of the century’ to the local elite.
The Indians took to this invention like a duck to water, and have been producing features films since the first one, Raja Harishchandra by DadaSaheb Phalke.......
What do Indian women want? Film on culture clash
IN the current febrile state that India has lathered itself into over this subject, that’s no easy question.
The simple answer is freedom, but as with anything of this nature, what should be the terms of this freedom? It’s not like women can do just anything they want. What would the world come to, say those who fear women’s right to choose.
Canadian filmmaker Nisha Pahuja has made an arresting film, called The World Before Her, about precisely this subject and has done so by showing almost two very ‘extreme’ options open to.......
How much does love cost? An author's take...
PUT aside the slightly jokey and ironic title, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and instead give yourself to the author as a voice of reason and knowledge.
This is pretty much what anyone does when they read a manual or a textbook – after all, it is something to be learnt and ingested without reflection or thought.
Of course, Mohsin Hamid’s new novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, wants the reader to engage at a different level altogether – it is still a novel, a work.......
What price has love in Asia...
ACCLAIMED author Mohsin Hamid reveals what themes drove him to write his latest book, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.
Speaking to BBC arts correspondent, Razia Iqbal, on Wednesday (3) he covered a multitude of subjects and agreed the book has a vision of love that is precipitated by something much larger than the idea of possession and want.
Hamid was appearing at the first pre-festival event at the Asia House Festival of Asian Literature.
The Festival takes place at Asia House in London 7-22 May 2013 with well-known authors, TV personalities, travellers, historians.......
Singer explains Birdman's secret to success
Jay Sean explains how Cash Money Records, which is home to four of last years top hip-hop earners including Drake, Birdman, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj has helped them find success with their hands off management style.
Bryan “Birdman” Williams along with his brother Ronald “Slim” Williams funded Cash Money Records in 1991 and seven years later scored a distribution deal with Universal Music.
The boy band are set to be the new Kardashians
Boy band The Wanted are set to become the new Kardashians with their brand new series – The Wanted Life.
Irish member Siva Kaneswaran and his band mates in an attempt to get into the US market landed a lucrative reality TBV deal with E!.
The executive producer of Keeping Up With the Kardashians – Ryan Seacrest will act as their executive producer.......
Zayn Malik's sister has deleted her merchandise webpage after breaking the band's copyright rules
POPSTAR Zayn Malik's sister has deleted her merchandise webpage as she didn't having permission to use the band's copyrighted design.
Psychology student Doniya was making extra cash selling handmade One Direction merchandise she had decorated with the band’s logo.
Boy band shuns booze for tea The One Direction boys have demanded a plentiful tea in their dressing rooms to boost their performance at their sell-out Manchester gigs. Though Higher Living has....
After a taste of peppermint tea at last months Brits – the low maintenance lads have shunned booze and organic tea blenders Higher Living have been brought in to create a special tea dispensing device in case of an emergency.
Boy band shuns booze for tea
The One Direction boys have demanded a plentiful tea in their dressing rooms to boost their performance at their sell-out Manchester gigs.
Though Higher Living has.......
Coronation Street character Sunita Alahan will die in a fire at Rovers Return
CORONATION Street star Shobna Gulati is about to leave the TV series as the life of her character, Sunita Alahan, will be endangered in the episode on March 18 on ITV.
The soap's story line is about a fire at Rovers Return, the series' famous pub, where Sunita will die.
Smashing a light on dark practices
HE is nothing if not fearless and a champion of all those in India who don’t have a voice.
Award-winning and feted around the world, Anand Patwardhan is that rare breed of filmmaker - at least for India – as his work covers the dark underbelly of a nation basking in its spotlight as a country on the make.
The British Film Institute at the National Film Theatre on the South Bank in London, paid tribute to his documentary work with a weekend of films and talks last week which ended on.......
Jay Sean's fourth album is called Neon and will be released within the next month
BRITISH Asian singer Jay Sean is ready to release his fourth album called Neon which is the follow-up to All or Nothing from 2009.
The first British Asian daily soap
WHEN Trinidad boy Valmike Rampersad came to London, little did he know he would one day become a part of one of the UK’s biggest Asian TV shows.
Playing Ajay Shah in the Cloud 9 daily series on Zing channel not only gave Rampersad a chance to work with renowned director Gunjan Hazarika, but also an opportunity to get closer to his fans.
Released last month, Cloud 9 is the first British Asian daily soap to be produced in the UK and features characters of different ethnicities.
Rampersad plays a student.......