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Bollywood's experiment with multiple stories in one film continues with 'Dus Kahaniyan' Print E-mail

December 10, 2007

Bollywood's experiment with multiple stories in one film continues with 'Dus Kahaniyan'Dus Kahaniyaan, which released on friday across the country has ten stories as the title of the film suggests, and takes forward the latest trend of multiple stories in a single film that was recently showcased in films like Salaam-e-Ishq, Darna Zaroori Hain and Darna Mana Hain.

‘Dus Kahaniyaan’ is a celluloid mosaic of 10 short films scripted by 12 writers and has an ensemble cast of 25 actors. The star cast of the film includes veterans like Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah who will be seen together on the silver screen after two decades. Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Nana Patekar, Dino Morea, Aftab Shivdasani, Neha Dhupia, Tanushree Dutta and Mandira Bedi are also in the films different stories.

The directors list for the film includes Sanjay Gupta along with others like Hansal Mehta, Meghna Gulzar, Apoorva Lakhia, and Jasmeet Dhodhi. Rohit Roy, an actor, makes his debut as a director in this film.The film is a Sanjay Dutt presentation in association with Eros International and White Feather Films.The producer and director Sanjay Gupta known for his earlier films like Kaanta, Zinda, Khauff and Musaffir to name a few is very upbeat about this film.

Mantra Beats Presents DJ Akash: Top Ranked Bollywood/Bhangra DJ from India Print E-mail

December 03, 2007

by News Desk 

 Mantra Beats Presents DJ Akash: Top Ranked Bollywood/Bhangra DJ from India

Uttar Pradesh lifts ban on 'Aaja Nachle' after Yash Chopra apology Print E-mail
December 01, 2007
Uttar Pradesh lifts ban on 'Aaja Nachle' after Yash Chopra apologyFilm maker Yash Chopra’s apology today to the Government of Uttar Pradesh in connection with the lyrics of one of the songs in the film `Aaja Nachle’ paved the way for the lifting of a state ban. Yash Raj Films, which has produced `Aaja Nachle’, said the offending parts of the song have been taken out from prints across the country.

“It was not our intention to hurt the feelings of any individual or community of our great nation. If we have inadvertently hurt the sentiments of anybody we apologise. We have taken immediate remedial action by deleting the lines from prints of Aaja Nachle all over the country, ” a statement from the organisation, said

Earlier in the day, the Punjab government had also imposed a ban on the film’s screening a day after its release. Mayawati had imposed a ban on the film’s audio and video CDs and had also written to the Prime Minister asking for a nationwide ban on the film.
Mira Nair to be honored in New York with Gotham Award Print E-mail

November 23, 2007

by Amrit Pal 

Mira Nair to be honored in New York with Gotham AwardIndian American filmmaker Mira Nair who produced movies such as Salaam Bombay, Mississippi Masala, Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair and The Namesake will be honored at the 17th annual Gotham Awards next month for her contributions to independent cinema. She will receive a Gotham Awards Tribute on November 27 at Brooklyn's Steiner Studios.

Salaam Bombay, which won several awards, is considered a classic which is often discussed in classrooms where young students are trained in the art of film making. It was nominated for Oscar in the foreign film category.

Besides making movies on themes which most commercial filmmakers shun, the citation notes, Nair founded in 2003 a film laboratory Maisha dedicated to support visionary screen writers and directors in East and South East Asia. Nair's company, Mirabai Films, is currently producing a series of four films to raise awareness about AIDS epidemic in India. Among her other successful movies are Mississippi Masala that profiles a family of Ugandan Indians living in the United States and 'Monsoon Wedding' which shows the chaotic Punjabi marriage. Her latest film The Namesake has also brought her honors.

SRK starrer 'Om Shanti Om' opens to rave reviews Print E-mail
SRK starrer 'Om Shanti Om' opens to rave reviewsNew Delhi/Mumbai/Kolkata, Nov 9 (ANI)
Shahrukh Khan starrer "Om Shanti Om" received a rave response as it was released in theatres across the country on Friday. The Farah Khan magnum opus also marks the debut of model turned actress Deepika Padukone. The film is set in the 70's, which is, described as the romantic era in the history of Bollywood. Fans of Shahrukh Khan are talking widely about the actor's performance in the movie.
"Far above my expectations. It was a good movie and I think it is going to do well," said Swati, a viewer. Meanwhile 'King Khan' Shahrukh is upbeat about the prospects of the movie and feels that the audience will love it. "If a lot of people love the offering of love that my company has made then that is achievement, money and all will keep happening later," said Shahrukh Khan, actor and producer of "Om Shanti Om".
Bollywood's Diwali showdown: SRK's abs vs Ranbir's boyish charm Print E-mail
New Delhi/Mumbai, Nov 7 (ANI):

Kaun Jeetega: Saawariya ya Om Shanti Om?Bollywood is all set for Diwali clash on Friday with the release of two movies belonging to two big personalities of the film industry- numero uno actor Shahrukh Khan and the most respected director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Shahrukh starrer 'Om Shanti Om' had created the buzz, much before its music was launched, when director of the movie decided to give audiences a peek-a-boo of Shahrukh's or SRK's new toned body with 'six packs abs'.

With mystery shrouding the production of Bhansali's Saawariya, the film had already hit the headlines the day it was launched, since it is the first Hindi film co-produced by a Hollywood Studio, Sony Columbia Tristar.

However, when promos of the flick made to the tubes, the boyish charm of debutante Ranbir Kapoor, son of star couple Rishi and Nitu Kapoor, floored the people and his popularity soared, especially among the girls.    

"I don't think we will even think of coming with Shahrukh Khan. He is too big a star. He has been in the industry for so many years we can't even think of going head to head with him. If he is the biggest actor in the industry we have the biggest director in the country," says Ranbir.

The last time a Diwali clash of the Bollywood titans happened was way back in 1998. Then SRK starrer film of debutante director Karan Johar, Kuch Kuch Hota Hain competed against David Dhawan's comical flick Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, starring Govinda and Amitabh Bachchan.
Bombay to Bangkok to be released on 14th December 2007 Print E-mail
November 03, 2007
by Satya Adhar

Bombay to BangkokIndiaFM reports that Mukta Arts' Bombay to Bangkok directed by Nagesh Kukunoor is set to release on 14th December 07. It claims that it is a true romantic comedy, Bombay to Bangkok is a breezy cross cultural story of a boy meets girl and then follows their discoveries about love and life on a rollicking ride.

Bombay to Bangkok is a story of Shankar (Shreyas Talpade), a petty thief somehow reaches Bangkok. In Bangkok, he faces the omnipresent problem. He meets the girl of his dreams but she is all Thai and he can't converse with her at all!

Well, what follows is a potpourri of fun, adventure, cross- cultural dilemma and of course India Thai romance. Although the film is a Hindi movie, it remains to be seen if it can be dubbed into Thai at some latter stage. This might well be the beginning of Indian movies being appreciated by Thais.

Bombay to Bangkok is written and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. Others include Music by Salim-Suleman, Cinematography by Sudeep Chatterjee, Art Direction by Sunil Babu & sound recordist Vipin Bhati.
Related News: Nagesh Kukoonoor announces Bombay to Bangkok
Kingfisher Airlines names Deepika as brand ambassador Print E-mail
Nov 01, 2007
ANI/Business Wire India

Kingfisher Airlines names Deepika as brand ambassadorKingfisher Airlines has signed talented Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone as its brand ambassador.

Sharing the motivation behind the introduction of this initiative and giving insights into how Deepika is a perfect fit for the brand, Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman and CEO, Kingfisher Airlines Limited, said, "Kingfisher Airlines in the short span of 29 months, has firmly established itself as a market leader while setting new service benchmarks. Deepika Padukone, the Kingfisher Airlines brand ambassador, personifies the brand values of Kingfisher Airlines and what it stands for."

Thanks to her huge fan following and the connect that Deepika enjoys with the youth, she will quite naturally mirror the hopes, aspirations and lifestyle needs of the new and young generation of Indians who are now literally taking to the skies.

Not merely a passive brand ambassador, the move to sign on Deepika is conceived as an initiative that aims to serve guests better and to pro-actively offer them the best experience in the world, Kingfisher Airlines has carved out a very specific persona for the Kingfisher Airlines brand ambassador.
The Kingfisher Airlines brand ambassador is a young, dedicated and extremely committed individual who aspires to be the best and typically personifies excellence in the chosen field in terms of high standards of work and who has demonstrated unmatched potential to emerge a leader in the chosen field.
Hollywood to join hands with Bollywood against piracy Print E-mail
New Delhi, Oct 29 (ANI):

The biggest competitor faced by both Hollywood and Bollywood in India is piracy, said Dan Glickman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) at a CII meeting here on Monday.

“The film industry needs strong laws to support copyright, strong enforcement of those laws, stiff sentences for people who violate those laws and most important, an understanding by ordinary citizens, the people who love movies, that buying pirated movies hurts the industry and makes it difficult for movie makers to make new films,” Glickman said, adding that in India, the MPA has been actively fighting piracy for last ten years.

Appreciating the effort by Indian counterpart, he said that Hyderabad Film Chambers worked with the Andhra Pradesh Government to create India’s first dedicated court to oversee film piracy cases. Modulated enforcement, technology, delivery of exciting new services and public education are the essential elements of a graduated approach to fight intellectual property theft, he said.

Aish @ The Last Legion: Now Playing at a Theater Near You Print E-mail

October 19, 2007

by Satya Adhar 

The Last LegionYou have seen her sing, you have seen her dance...Now see her fight and that too in a Hollywood style fantasy action-adventure world. Yes, Aishwarya Rai is showing her talent in Hollywood movie The Last Legion. The movie is being screened in Bangkok right now. The Last Legion is a 2007 movie directed by Doug Lefler. It is based on a 2003 Italian novel of the same name written by Valerio Massimo Manfredi. It stars Colin Firth along with Sir Ben Kingsley and Aishwarya Rai, and premiered in Abu Dhabi on April 6, 2007.

Apparently, Aishwarya plays an Indian warrior named Mira and more interestingly her weapon is called Katar.
The movie is set against the fall of Rome and its last emperor, 12 year-old Romulus Augustus. The young Romulus is destined to rule for a day before losing all that he loved: his family, his home, and an empire that once stood for truth and honor. Romulus escapes from being imprisoned on the island-fortress of Carpri. Then he discovers "excaliburnus" the legendary sword of Julius Caesar, and realizes that he must save Rome. Accompanied by his friends and a mysterious envoy from Constantinople, Romulus travels to Britannia in search of the last Roman Legion – the fabled Dragon Legion. He will fight alongside his allies to make his last stand for Rome and take his first steps to become the king who would father a legend.

The movie has received mixed reviews from the critics.
Gen-Next of Bollywood's first family carries legacy forward Print E-mail

October 18, 2007


Saawariya MovieMemories were stirred and nostalgia ran high when first Bollywood family got together to herald the entry of fourth generation heir Ranbir Kapoor to the celluloid world legacy.

Ranbir is making his cinematic debut in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 'Saawariya’, which is being touted as one of the most eagerly, awaited films of 2007. Ranbir said he was honoured to have debuted in 'Saawariya'.

"The honour and respect is awesome. I promise you that I will strive to work harder so that you can always say I was worthy of this debut," he said. Speaking about his son's debut, Rishi Kapoor said, "I am very happy that I am associated with a family that has stayed connected to the Indian film industry for the past 80 years. I am very grateful to the fans for their sustained support and would like to introduce the newest member of the family. It is my son Ranbir. I hope he makes a mark with his debut appearance on the silver screen."

"I am very happy and proud that another member of our family is making his mark in the film industry
. I pray to God and also appeal to the audience that they accept him and give him their love and support. I hope he carves a niche through hard work and dedication," said his uncle, Rajeev Kapoor.

'Laaga Chunari Mein Daag', 'Bhool Bhulaiya' open to mixed response Print E-mail
New Delhi, Oct 12 (ANI): It was a day of reckoning for two major Bollywood flicks--"Laaga Chunari Mein Daag " and "Bhool Bhulaiya" -- that hit theatres across the country today. Pradeep Sarkar's "Laaga Chunari Mein Daag " is a story about the journey of a young woman from a small town to Mumbai, where she becomes a high society prostitute to support her family.
Fans usher in Amitabh Bachchan's birthday with prayers Print E-mail
Allahabad, Oct 11

Fans usher in Amitabh Bachchan's  birthday with prayersFans of Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan celebrated the superstar's 65th birthday here today by offering prayers for his good health and happiness.

Scores of people gathered on the banks of the confluence of three holy rivers in the city, performing religious rituals and chanting hymns.

"Today is Amitabh Bachchan's birthday. On this auspicious occasion we are conducting rituals. And like the sun shines with all its intensity, we hope that Bachchan does too all the time," said Vijay Kumar Tripathi, a fan.

Dozens of other fans lit firecrackers and danced on streets alongside Bachchan's posters to wish their hero a happy birthday. A man operating a horse drawn carriage in the city decorated his horse as well as the carriage with flowers and photographs of Bachchan. His effort was to imitate a character played by the actor in a film called "Mard" in the 1980s.

Bachchan was a rage of Indian cine goers in the 1970s and 1980s and is still amongst the most popular in the country.
Ash considering two more international projects for next spring Print E-mail
London, Oct 7, 2007

Aishwarya RaiBollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai is widening her global horizons with two more international projects. The former Miss World, who recently signed Sir Ben Kingsley’s film on Taj Mahal, and is currently filming Pink Panther 2, is reportedly considering two other international films.
"She is considering two other [international] films for next spring,” BBC quoted Rai's foreign agent Simone Sheffield, as saying. "She is special because she can play different ages and ethnicities. Because of this, many producers and directors think of her in a wide range of roles," she added.

Meanwhile Aishwarya will play Mumtaz Mahal in Sir Ben Kingsley's planned magnum opus on the Taj Mahal which will feature him as Shah Jahan.

The as yet untitled film will be produced by Sir Ben and is scheduled to be shot in India in 2008. The director of the film has not yet been chosen and the script has yet to be completed.

The film will also feature former model and Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu, who will portray the role of Shah Jahan's daughter, Jahanara. (ANI)
Friday Night specials on Bangkok Bollywood Radio Show Print E-mail

September 20, 2007

By News Desk 

Friday Night specials on Bangkok Bollywood Radio ShowBangkok Bollywood’s Friday Night Specials are FUN, FACTUAL AND FANTASTIC! Every Friday night, Sonia highlights a different side of the Indian community and lifestyle here in Bangkok- be it a restaurant, an event or a personality for that matter!

More over, Friday nights are also dedicated to YOUR DEDICATIONS- making it a perfect way for you to get yourself ON AIR! So go ahead and make someone’s day with a personalized message on Bangkok Bollywood! Choose from a few ways to dedicate a song…

Through SKYPE:

1.Download the free SKYPE program at
2.Add our contact: “rbkk-bkkbolly
3.Leave us a Voicemail and don’t forget to include your name, where you’re from, what you do and of course a special message for a special someone!

Through EMAIL:

1. Email your dedication message to Sonia at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it , don’t forget to include all your details as well as contact information!


1. Click on the “CONTACT US ” link on the homepage. Fill out the form and don’t forget to include your message as well as all your details!


1. Click here to submit your "DEDICATION" now! launches Bangkok Bollywood Radio Show on Print E-mail

September 20, 2007

By News Desk 

Now Get in touch with the latest trend in music i.e. music straight from Bollywood whilst getting yourselves updated on the best Indian wining and dining around town, the great places to hang out and of course the most exciting events to partake in!

Join Sonia in her journey as she takes you through the small street corners of Little India here in Bangkok, feeding you the best info on where the get the finest “Samosas” to where to shop for the latest in Indian fashion and accessories! launches Bangkok Bollywood Radio Show on
If you’re looking for a chance to get yourselves heard on air- Bangkok Bollywood’s Friday Night Specials are perfect for you to deliver that special message to a special someone!

For those of you interested in Indian Cinema, get ready to indulge yourselves in the “pick of the week” every Friday night as Sonia presents you with an entertaining and exciting flick straight from Bollywood- be it drama, romance, comedy or good ole action- it’s got it all!

Tune in to the show on or on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 9pm BKK Time.

Belated Birthday wishes to Akshay Kumar Print E-mail

September 17, 2007

By Satya Adhar 

Belated Birthday wishes to Akshay Kumar On 9th September 2007, the Khiladi Akshay Kumar turned 40 and great these years have been for him. When he came to the industry almost fifteen years back he was dismissed as an youngster who could not act well. The trade pundits talked of the demise of his film career very soon. However, he has defied all odds and emerged stronger every time. Now he is "Apna Akshay" who rules Bollywood.

His first film was Saugandh in 1991 which was unnoticed. His first major hit was the 1992 thriller film Khiladi. 1993 saw a drop as many of his films failed to do well. However, 1994 proved to be a good year for him as he followed up his success with Khiladi with the action thriller Main Khiladi Tu Anari and the action hit Mohra which was one of the highest grossing films of the year. After that there was no looking back.

Now that he is a phenomenon, everyone loves him but there are some facts about him which we would like to know. In his biography he mentions about his days in Thailand.

Big B receives Best Actor Award for Black Print E-mail

September 17, 2007

By Satya Adhar 

Big B receives Best Actor Award for BlackIn the 53rd National Film Awards function on Saturday 15th September, Bollywood Megastar Amitabh Bachchan received the Best Actor Award for his role in “Black” for his dramatic rendition of reformed alchoholic who struggles to give a physically handicapped child a new life.

The legendary film director Shyam Benegal received the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2005.
Instituted in 1969, the Dada Saheb Phalke Award is given every year to a film personality for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema. The Award consists of a Swarna Kamal, a Shawl and cash prize of Rs two lakhs. 

Are you Ready for the Bollywood World Tour in Bangkok? Print E-mail

August 19, 2007

By Amrit Pal 

The Unforgettable TourYeah, that's right. The Unforgettable Tour, a 18-country series of stage shows by Bollywood's hottest superstars, will be launched in the summer of 2008 and shall travel to Bangkok among other cities. (Economic Times )

The tour will start from Toronto and shall bring the magic of Indian cinema to the world stage, the international promoters of the show, Wizcraft International Entertainment and Canada's Ethnic Guru, told a press conference on Friday.

Among those who will be performing in the show are Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta, Bipasha Basu and Ritesh Deshmukh.

The buzz is that "The Bachchans" are putting their weight behind the tour and the entire concept is Big B's brainchild. Well that explains King Khan not being a part of the show!

This massive world tour will have scintillating joint performances by an array of Indian superstars and for the first time all three Bachchans will come together for a world tour, promising to bring alive the magic of Indian cinema as they descend on stage with electrifying performances. The groovy acts will be choreographed by Shaimak Davar and the music will be rendered by renowned music composer Viju Shah. ‘The Unforgettable’ world tour will commence in April 2008 and will take centre stage in mainstream international venues,promoted in conjunction with international partners. 

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