Sridevi Masters English Vinglish
Nov09

Sridevi Masters English Vinglish

Like cheese and wine, some things just get better with time. At age 49, Indian actress Sridevi (a one-name wonder like Madonna) is returning to the big screen after a 15-year hiatus. She’ll be staring as a Pune-based housewife bent on learning English in Gauri Shinde’s directorial debut English Vinglish According to the Hindustan Times, this whimsical drama, which opens October 5th, has already scored rave critical reviews. And while...

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Death of the Unsung Varsha Bhosle
Oct17

Death of the Unsung Varsha Bhosle

There was some sad news in Bollywood this week. Varsha Bhosle, the 56-year old daughter of songstress Asha Bhosle has died from a gunshot wound to the head in what’s believed to be a suicide. For those unfamiliar with Asha, for nearly six decades, she was the voice behind thousands of Bollywood musicals. Famously called the nightingale of India, when those dusky, nubile actresses crooned to their beaus of undying love, it was Asha’s...

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Joins Fight Against AIDS
Oct08

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Joins Fight Against AIDS

It’s time to talk about the A-world. Relax, it’s not what you think. The last big news about AIDS in India was that it was the third largest population suffering from the pandemic. Now, as part of the latest initiative to tackle the disease, the United Nations AIDS Agency has named Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan its newest Goodwill Ambassador. The 1994 Miss World will be tasked with raising awareness in India and 21 countries...

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Salman Pays the The Price of Success
Sep28

Salman Pays the The Price of Success

Long before Team Edward Vs. Team Jacob, in India, it was Team Shah Rukh Vs Team Salman. Now, Salman supporters may have a beguiling new argument in their battle for the title of King Khan. After a run of highly successful movies, the bodylicious 46-year old star has been named the highest taxpayer in Bollywood. According to The Times of India, Salman was asked to fork over a whopping 8 Rs Crore (about $1.7 million) to the government...

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Barfi! Gives Disabled Voice
Sep14

Barfi! Gives Disabled Voice

Film is often used to explore serious social problems. From the haunting condemnation of racism in To Kill a Mockingbird to the humorous exploration of bullying in the much more contemporary Mean Girls, movies allow for the exploration or critique of behaviors while accessing the masses through the guise of entertainment. Likewise, Anurag’s Basu’s heartwarming new film Barfi! explores India’s attitudes towards disabled people. The...

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