Katee and Joshua performed the first ever Bollywood number on “So You Think You Can Dance” to “Dhoom Taana” from “Om Shanti Om” last night and KILLED it. I absolutely loved this number and the choreographer, Nakul Dev Mahajan, did an amazing job teaching these two the specifics of proper bhangra and classical dance technique.
Back in 2004, I watched this video from Badmash a thousand times. If you haven’t seen it already, take a quick trip back to that election and then watch the latest from the Badmash boys: Dishoom2008, which clearly shows Amitabh Bachchan is poised to become the next Prime Minister of the United States.
If you weren’t already enticed by Priya’s teaser below, run, don’t walk, to watch Dishoom2008. And don’t forget to visit the AmitabhBlog, which promises “Change We Can Borrow.” Dishoom!
The video of M.I.A.’s Jimmy was leaked by the director and has landed on YouTube. The song itself samples the song Jimmy from the 1983 movie Disco Dancer. The video boasts shots of a golden M.I.A. as a multi-armed goddess spliced with a dancing blonde M.I.A. (with a hot haircut, may I add.) in a metallic vaguely Pucci-esque dress against a white backdrop.
Watch both versions after the jump and then tell me, dear readers… Do you like the original version or M.I.A.’s? Leave me a comment! Read the rest of this entry »
**SHILPA SHETTY is opening a chain of “curry houses” across the UK.
“The flagship restaurant will be in central London,” Shetty’s agent Farhath Hussain told reporters last week.
The chain is to be called “Shilpa Shetty Dining Hall”—thereby winning the award for dullest restaurant name in the history of the universe.
**SHETTY’S love-fest with Richard Gere continues to make headlines. The city of Jaipur has now issued a “non bailable arrest warrant” against him for “indulging in an obscene act.” If convicted, the actor could face up to three months behind bars and/or a hefty fine.
Gere told Jon Stewart that he’s not very concerned about the charge, saying that only a “very small right-wing, very conservative” group objected to his make-out session (watch The Daily Show clip here).
**YASH RAJ’S new film Ta Ra Rum Pum opened nation-wide yesterday. Starring Rani Mukerji and Saif Ali Khan, the fill-im takes place entirely in New York and is about the “best, best, best racer in the world.” In an uncharacteristic (but welcome) move, The New York Times leaves behind the art cinema house long enough to review Bollywood’s latest. Read what they have to say here.
**JUDE Law has a new girlfriend.
Kim Hersov, an editor for Britain’s Harper’s Bazaar, and Law have jetted off to India for a little romance, R & R. The two were spotted taking in the historic sites of Rajasthan.
**DELHI’S street food vendors head indoors, as a new court order threatens the legality of outdoor cooking. Somini Sengupta of the New York Times goes on assignment, hitting up some good chaat joints and describing just what these new laws would mean for the city (an end to Delhi-belly?).
The Columbia University-grad was accused of having sex with two underaged students (one 12, the other 14) ten years ago. Sinha’s family owns three Montessori schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
On Hersov and Law’s budding romance
Nice day for a Bachchan wedding
Actress Jahnavi Kapoor shows up at the shaadi, alleges that Bachchan had promised to marry her, tries to kill herself (Bollywood film plot, much?)
“Mighty Mike” (Tyson) is known both for his antics in the boxing ring (the Holyfield ear fiasco of 1997) and for what he does in his down time (oh, you know, facing convictions of rape, spending time in prison).
But now, prepare to see a new, more tender side of Tyson, as he gets ready to shoot a Bollywood dance sequence in India.
The routine is for the upcoming film Fool and Final, a comedy thriller due to be released in theaters this June.
“We thought Mike Tyson would be the perfect choice for this promotional video because the film does have an element of boxing in it. Also all the stars of the film including Sunny Deol are huge fans of the boxer,” said Nisha Chattani, a media consultant for the movie. “The video will primarily be released as a promotional item, but it could be included in the film as well,” she said.
Fool and Final is being directed by Ahmed Khan and stars Vivek Oberoi, Sunny Deol and Sameera Reddy.
Mike Tyson is expected to arrive in Mumbai this Friday.
Mike Tyson fan site
It’s the wedding event of the year.
Ash and Abhi are set to tie the knot this Friday at the Bachchan residence.
According to a BBC Asian Network-radio report, invitations have been extended to 400 close friends and family. Among those rumored to have been invited: Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Pakistan’s current President Pervez Musharraf.
Also receiving an invitation: Lord Venkateswara (Amitabh Bachchan was spotted in a Tirupati temple yesterday, leaving the envelope at his feet).
The sangeet will be held on Wednesday evening, at the Bachchan’s bungalow in Juhu. Air-conditioned, sound-proof tents are currently being erected on the property, where guests will be entertained. The henna ceremony is scheduled for the following night.
The actress can next be seen in the Jag Mundhra movie Provoked. Check out the May issue of Nirali for a feature on the film (and be on the look-out for our wedding issue, coming this summer).
Shilpa Shetty is front-page news again, this time for being on the receiving end of some serious lovin’.
Shetty joined Richard Gere at Seena Taan Ke yesterday, an AIDS awareness event in Delhi. The stars, speaking to members of India’s truckdriver community, dispelled the myth that HIV can be transmitted through the act of kissing. Gere, who looked “dizzy” according to some reports, made his point by, er, smothering the Celebrity Big Brother star.
Shetty was visibly uncomfortable and told the audience so (“Yeh thoda zyaada ho gaya,” she said: “This was a bit much”).
Watch the video here.
Aishwarya Rai is in London this week, promoting her latest film, Provoked—a true story based on the life of Kiran Ahluwalia, a Punjabi British victim of domestic violence who killed her husband in 1989.
Rai plays the lead role.
Open to the public through April 21 (at Sitaaray), the exhibit features the work of Gautam Rajadhyaksha, the famed photographer who has captured the spirit of screen-legends like Devika Rani and Rekha, Shabana Azmi, Pooja Bhatt—and, of course, Ash herself.
“I do not shoot politicians or religious heads, simply because I am not interested in them,” Rajadhyaksha tells India’s Sunday Tribune. “My original belief is to capture and present the side of famous personalities not known to the public.”
In addition to Provoked, Rai has most recently appeared in the Mani Ratnam film Guru. Listen to “Tere Bina,” from the soundtrack, below—and be sure to check out next month’s issue of Nirali for an exclusive on Provoked.
Ready to transform your…impression of Ash?
Toronto gets Junior Mints out for Junior B
Ash and Abi altar-bound
Provoked screening on May 11th in the Bay Area will raise money for local non-profit Narika.
You knew he was cool, but Global Cool?
Amitabh Bachchan has joined Factory Girl Sienna Miler in raising awareness for the International Indian Film Academy/Global Cool climate change campaign.
At an IIFA breakfast event yesterday, Bachchan stressed the importance of taking small steps toward leading a more eco-efficient life. The Global Cool campaign will work to equip people with the “tools and knowledge to actively decrease CO2 emissions” and will target the half-a-billion Bollywood fans worldwide.
“IIFA is committed to using the power of Indian cinema to build bridges and bring people together on global issues,” Bachchan told reporters. “We aim to carry this message to a constituency of people who may otherwise be unaware of the serious impact of global warming.”
“Climate Change is an issue that is going to affect us all unless we act now and I truly believe Global Cool’s approach of encouraging individuals to reduce their energy use will go a long way to solving the problem,” added Miller.
Carbon dioxide emissions in India have been increasing at a steady and alarming rate over the past two decades.
Here in the US, we are each responsible for producing 40,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year. Go here to figure out exactly how much you emit.