Saturday, June 27, 2009

British Actresses Turning to Bollywood

It seems a bit strange that British actresses and actors are now moving to Mumbai looking for a bright career in Bollywood. Reports have it in the media that there are now about 1000 British actors, actresses and dancers working in Bollywood. The biggest advantage of the British actresses in Bollywood is their white-screen which is considered as a requirement to be beauty among the Bollywood fans.

Moreover, the British actresses do not face any cultural binding in showing body on the screen, and thus, getting ahead of India’s conservative actresses. Naturally, the competition is much more less for the British actresses like Hazel in Bollywood than it si in Britain. Payment structure for the British actresses with white-screen is pretty much attractive. An actress hailing from Britain can earn £1,000 a day working in a Bollywood movie. Mumbai is much-more comfortable than London when it comes to everyday-life expenses.

So, the trend of moving to Bollywood is increasing among the British models and actresses now. I think, these migrated actresses are becoming a threat for the local actresses in Bollywood. Well, it is for sure that British actresses can not replace the front line actresses, but the supporting actresses and dancers of Bollywood have a lot to worry about these British actresses who are increasing in number day by day.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bollywood: No Sign of a Come Back

Following a two-month standoff between producer-director and multiplex owners, it was expected that Bollywood movie industry would make a quick come back with a series of movies staking up for release. However, none of recent releases got off to a good start in the box office. In fact, the last two weeks saw a number of box office flops including Subhash Ghai-produced Paying Guests.

No doubt, Paying Guests was expected to be successful in the box office, but the movie fared poorly in almost all parts of India. There is little hope left for the movie as two big releases: New York and Kambakkht Ishq are lining up to get released next week.

Some other movies that failed to make some quick cash in are Let's Dance and Kal Kissne Dekha, which features two debutants in the lead roles. Overall, Bollywood has not got its much-awaited big hit yet, but it is expected that New York and Kambakkht Ishq could live up to the expectation of Bollywood fans.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Ramesh Sippy: Chandni Chowk to China was a Mistake

Famous Bollywood filmmaker Ramesh Sippy has recently said that his recent production Chandni Chowk to China starring Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone was a mistake as the movie shows an Indian hero fighting against Chinese villains. Mr. Sippy thinks that it was a mistake to show an Indian fighting against a group of Chinese for his life. He has also said that he would have made a movie featuring friendship between Indians and Chinese people, had he been given a second chance.

Ramesh Sippy, who is famous for his 1975 blockbuster Sholay which is one of the most successful box office hits in Bollywood history, has revealed his expression regarding the movie following a forum during the ongoing IIFA weekend which is being taken place in Macau, China.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Kal Kissne Dekha Launches two Debutants in Bollywood

Following a stand-off between producers, directors and multiplex owners, Bollywood has now started to get back its normal life as a number of movies have been staked up for release in the coming weeks. Tomorrow (Friday) will see the release of a romantic thriller Kal Kissne Dekha which features two debutants in the lead roles: Jackky Bhagnani and Vaishali Desai.

Both Jackky and Vaishali have Bollywood background. Jackky is the son of producer Vashu Bhagnani who is also the producer of Kal Kissne Dekha. Vaishali Desai finished third runner-up in the 2005 Miss India contest, and thus, becoming Miss India International. However, the model failed to win the Miss International contest. Vaishali Desai also has a huge link with Bollywood. In fact, she is the grandniece of famous Bollywood director Manmohan Desai.

Both the debutants are now nervous as well as excited as their first Bollywood movie is ready to hit the screen. Now, let us see how Bollywood fans receive the two more newcomers in the B-town.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone star in Love Aaj Kal

The stand-off between movie producers and multiplex owners are over in Bollywood which means there are lots of movies coming your way. First, there is Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor starrer Kambakkht Ishq. Then there is Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone’s Love Aaj Kal. Recently, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone attended the press meet of Love Aaj Kal at the PVR cinemas. The movie is directed by Imtiaz Ali who also directed Jab We Met. Kareena Kapoor is Saif Ali Khan’s girlfriend but instead of taking her into the movie, Deepika Padukone was chosen for the role. Director Imtiaz Ali said that the since the role suits Deepika Padukone, they cast her for the movie.

Love Aaj Kal is a romantic movie jointly produced by Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan. Saif Ali Khan’s production house is called Illuminati Films and this is his first movie as a producer. Love Aaj Kal shows two different love stories of two generations Saif Ali Khan plays Sardar Veer Singh who falls in love with Harleen Kaur in 1965. Another character is Jai who falls in love with Meera in recent times. The movie also brings the famous Bollywood couple Neetu Singh and Rishi Kapoor together on the screen after a long time.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Bollywood Movies to Get Released in a Flurry

Following the end of two-month stand off between Bollywood producers, distributors and multiplex owners, it is now time for many big releases in Bollywood. No doubt, it has been a big concern for the Bollywood producers who are ready to release their movies, but struggling to find a suitable date. There are about 50 films which will hit the screen in a very tight schedule. Next week, there will be Paying Guests, directed by Subhash Ghai on the big screen, while June 26 will see Yashraj Film’s New York getting released. There will be some other big movies including Kambakkht Ishq , Love Aaj Kal , Blue , Jashnn , Wanted , Kaminey , Main Aur Mrs Khanna , Luck , Agyaat and Aladin.

Now, it is to see if the producers can bring the money back from the box office. It is pretty much certain that it would be a hard task to make good revenue because there will be many movies at the same time and moviegoers will be puzzled to choose from many. I think, some producers should wait a bit more to release their movies.

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Marrying Soon?

There was a rumor out in the media last February suggesting a secret marriage between Bollywood love birds Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor. However, both the stars denied the rumors, but Saif Ali Khan indicated that the marriage could take place very soon. Rumors also had it in the media few weeks back that Kareena and Saif were going to cut up their love relationship as Saif became too much possessive of the actress.

So, you can see that there was varying news regarding their off-screen relationship. Now, the question is that when they will marry and if they had any plan to marry soon. They also kept it mysterious. Kareena Kapoor recently said that she had no plan to marry in the next three years. Saif Ali Khan, on the other hand, said that he was ready to marry right away and indicated that he would marry Kareena very soon. Now, let us see when the mystery regarding their marriage unfolds.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Bollywood Workers will not Work in Australia

You already know that Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan has refused to take a honorary doctorate degree from an Australian university to protest against the attack on Indian students in Australia recently. Now, it seems that the whole Bollywood is in its way to go against Australia over the attack which is thought to have been motivated by racism.

Now, reports have it in the media that Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), the biggest labor union of Bollywood, has refused to work in Australia now. Two Bollywood movies were supposed to be shot in Australia this month, but the labor union made it clear that none of their members will work in Australia before the racism issue is properly resolved. The union, which has 250,000 workers including actors and other technicians, has recently issued a notice to the producers of Bollywood on this regard.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle will make another movie in Mumbai

Danny Boyle, the Slumdog Millionaire director, returned to Mumbai to over see the trust fund he and producer Christian Colson created for the child actors of Slumdog Millionaire, Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail. In an interview with Times of India, Boyle said that he is very happy to return to Mumbai once again. He missed the city very much. Danny Boyle said that he has plans to make another movie in Mumbai but the work of the project will start in 2010. Times of India reports:

Another film apart, what brings you to Mumbai, Danny?
What we’ve come here for is to hand over ... things ... to the Trust (created for the Slumdog Millionaire kids). I know the newspapers want to write stuff like , ‘Danny Rides To Their Rescue’. The truth about what we’re doing is far less glamorous and far more professional.

Slumdog Millionaire won eight Oscars last year. The child actors of the movie Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Mohammed became celebrities overnight. However, the children underwent immense mental pressure as they were constantly under the watch of the media. When the dwellings of Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail were destroyed, the news appeared on all the major newspapers around the world. The Congress Party of Maharashtra then offered them two apartments in Western Mumbai.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Anushka Sharma to Appear in Western Look Opposite Shahid Kapoor in her Next Film

Anushka Sharma, the leading actress of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, is now going to give a Western look in her upcoming film opposite Shahid Kapoor. No doubt, the Bollywood lass have the age to follow the footstep of Katrina Kaif and Bipasha Basu. Anushka Sharma was seen playing a homely young girl in her debut Bollywood film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi opposite much older Shah Rukh Khan. Anushka Sharma’s performance was pretty much satisfactory. Now, it is to see if the actress can do the same in her next film with a Western look. The film will be directed by Parmeet Sethi.

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