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Abdu Rozik summoned in money laundering case

Bigg Boss 15 fame Abdu Rozik has been summoned by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) in a money laundering case for an alleged connection with drug dealer Ali Asghar Shirazi. Giving this information, ED said that on Tuesday afternoon, Abdu arrived at the ED office in Mumbai to record his…

Charithra Chandran to produce reality show based on ‘Kama Sutra’

Bridgerton star Charithra Chandran is set to produce a reality TV series based on the ancient Sanskrit-language text the Kama Sutra. Confirming the same, the actress said, “I am working on a reality TV show, which is inspired by the ‘Kama Sutra,’ for which I would be just behind the…

From guestlist to 2500 dishes, everything we know about Anant…

One of the world’s richest men, Mukesh Ambani is gearing up for the big fat Indian wedding of his younger son Anant Ambani with Radhika Merchant. The pre-wedding ceremonies are set to start on March 1-3 in Jamnagar, Gujarat, the home of Ambani’s massive oil refineries. Several high-profile personalities from…

British Airways supervisor on the run in India over visa…

British police are working with their Indian counterparts to trace a British Airways supervisor believed to be on the run in India after his role in an alleged £3 million visa scam from over five years came to light, according to a UK media report on Tuesday. ‘The Sun' newspaper…

Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan pay last respects to Pankaj Udhas

Ahead of the funeral of legendary singer Pankaj Udhas, several celebrities arrived at his residence in Mumbai to pay their condolences to the bereaved family. Musicians Shankar Mahadevan and Ustad Zakir Hussain were spotted arriving at the house of the singer, who passed away on February 26 after a period…

Tributes pour in for Ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas

Celebrated ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas, whose velvet smooth voice gave expression to the many colours of love, longing, and heartache in songs such as "Chitthi Ayee Hai" and "Aur Ahista Kijiye Baatein", died on Monday after prolonged illness. He was 72. Udhas, who also made a mark as a playback…

Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas dies at 72

Renowned ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas, best known for "Chitti Ayee Hai" and "Aur Ahista Kijiye Baatein", died in Mumbai on Monday following prolonged illness, his daughter Nayab said. He was 72. Udhas, who also made a mark as a playback singer in many Hindi films, including "Naam", "Saajan" and "Mohra",…

Suresh Wadkar receives Lata Mangeshkar Award

Veteran playback singer Suresh Wadkar has been honoured with the Gansamragini Lata Mangeshkar Award. Wadkar was felicitated with the award at an event in Mumbai on Thursday. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis presented him with special mementos. In 2021, he also became a recipient…

Newlyweds Rakul Preet Singh, Jackky Bhagnani reach Mumbai

After a dreamy wedding in Goa, newlyweds Rakul Preet Singh and Jackky Bhagnani are back to the bay. On Friday, Mr and Mrs Bhagnani were snapped at the Mumbai airport. Rakul looked beautiful in a yellow Anarkali set with a golden dupatta. Jackky, on the other hand, opted for cream-coloured…

To come back to Bollywood with ‘Shaitaan’ is very special,…

Actress Jyotika on Thursday said she is thrilled to have made a comeback to Hindi cinema after over two decades with Shaitaan. The South star made her acting debut with the 1998 Hindi film, Doli Saja Ke Rakhna, and went on to become one of the most loved female actors…

Gopi Hinduja and the Reuben Brothers Continue to Dominate the…

Once again, the UK Rich List has a distinctly Indian feel to it. The Sunday Times newspaper has published their list of the wealthiest people in the UK, with Gopi Hinduja coming out on top with a whopping £35 billion fortune. The 84-year-old oversees the Hinduja Group, an international conglomerate…

Lillete Dubey’s new play portrays love in a time of…

THEATRE veteran Lillete Dubey’s new play is an ode to the human spirit and resilience – with a touch of humour and lots of love, as she puts it, exploring the dynamics of relationships during the Covid-19 lockdown. After receiving rave reviews and standing ovations across India as well as…

Ameen Sayani: The man who romanced the radio, took it…

His was the voice that ruled the airwaves for decades and will forever echo through the winding roads of nostalgia. Ameen Sayani, who invited millions each week to tune into Binaca Geetmala, was India’s radio man for the ages - and will continue to be. Sayani, who died in Mumbai…

Vidya Balan complains of attempts to impersonate her to cheat…

Mumbai police have registered a case after Bollywood actress Vidya Balan complained that someone was impersonating her using a fake Instagram account and email ID and cheating people from the film industry, an official said on Wednesday. According to the first information report (FIR) registered at the Khar police station…

GottaBe! Marketing champions inclusivity with multicultural marketing

TOMASZ DYL was just 17 when he founded GottaBe! Marketing Agency. His vision was clear from the outset; to create a bridge between brands and ethnic minorities, fostering a marketing model that is inclusive and accessible to all. Since its inception as a PR agency focused on the Polish community,…

Iconic radio presenter Ameen Sayani dies at 91

Legendary radio personality Ameen Sayani passed away due to a heart attack late on Tuesday, his son Rajil Sayani confirmed on Wednesday. He was 91. According to Rajil Sayani, the iconic radio presenter suffered a heart attack on Tuesday night, after which he was taken to the HN Reliance Hospital…

Actor Rituraj Singh dies at 59

Noted actor Rituraj Singh, who appeared on Hindi television shows such as Anupamaa as well as several films, including Badrinath Ki Dulhania, passed away at his home in Mumbai early Tuesday following a cardiac arrest, a close friend said. He was 59. “He had been hospitalised due to some stomach…

Riteish Deshmukh to direct and act in a film on…

Actor-director Riteish Deshmukh on Monday announced his next directorial venture titled Raja Shivaji, based on the life of Maratha empire founder Shivaji. The Marathi-Hindi bilingual is set to bring to life the journey of a young Shivaji, who rebelled against the mighty powers and how he eventually went on to…

‘Dange’: John Abraham launches trailer for Harshvardhan Rane’s next

Bollywood star John Abraham on Friday launched the official trailer for the upcoming bilingual film Dange. Helmed by Bejoy Nambiar, the film boasts of an incredible cast, including Harshvardhan Rane, Nikita Dutta, Ehan Bhatt, Sanchana Natarajan, and Kalidas Jayram. The makers first unveiled the trailer at a college festival in…

London mugging spree alarms Indian business community

INDIANS are becoming victims of frequent muggings in London, especially for Rolex watches in Mayfair, with police allegedly doing little to respond to their appeals for help. The traumatic experience of senior lawyer Vijay Goel, founder of the Indo-European Business Forum, as relayed to Eastern Eye, appears to be fairly…

Shekhar Kapur’s cook writes ‘Mr India 2’ script in an…

Celebrated filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has revealed that his ‘11th fail’ cook wrote a script for Mr India 2 in less than an hour with help from an artificial intelligence tool. Shekhar, who has several successful films to his credit, took to his X account and shared a picture of his…

Ed Sheeran to perform in Mumbai

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is set to perform in India once again with singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad. The gig will take place at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Mumbai, on March 16. Excited about the show, Kuhad took to his Instagram Story and wrote, "Excited to join @teddysphotos +-=/ x 2024 Tour! See…

Sikandar Kher reveals he first auditioned for ‘Monkey Man’ 10…

Actor Sikandar Kher, who is currently seen in the third and final season of Disney+ Hotstar’s Aarya, is looking forward to his Hollywood debut with Dev Patel’s much-anticipated film Monkey Man. In a recent interview, Kher opened up about how he landed the film and said that he first auditioned…

Ali Campbell to perform in Delhi on Feb 16

The nostalgia of the '80s and '90s is in the air as Ali Campbell, the lead voice behind the iconic band UB40, is set to perform in Delhi on February 16. The Delhi concert, a joint initiative of Eva Live, Hungama Digital Entertainment, and Ten Events & Entertainment, is a…

India to host Miss World pageant from Feb 18 to…

The much anticipated 71st edition of Miss World will be held in India from February 18 to March 9, the organisers said on Friday. With its latest edition, the coveted international beauty pageant is making a return to the country after nearly three decades. The pageant will commence with "The…

Ali Fazal, Richa Chadha announce pregnancy

Actors Ali Fazal and Richa Chadha are expecting their first child. On Friday, the couple took to Instagram and shared the good news with their fans and followers. They posted an image saying 1 + 1 = 3, confirming the news with a caption that says, "A tiny heartbeat is…

Three killed in India after madrassa demolition triggers religious clashes

THREE people were killed in India and dozens more injured after religious clashes sparked by the destruction of a madrassa, officials said Friday (9), the latest in a spate of demolitions targeting Islamic structures. Hindu nationalist groups have been emboldened in their campaign against Muslim religious structures since prime minister…

‘Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya’ Review: A clean, concise…

Maddock Films’ Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya, starring Shahid Kapoor and Kriti Sanon in lead roles, has hit cinemas. The film invites audiences to think about whether artificial beings can truly experience emotions akin to those of humans. The trailer and the songs received positive responses from the audience,…

Overwhelmed and humbled by outpouring of love: Zakir Hussain

It was a great day for India at the Grammys, says tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, who is overwhelmed by the love that has come his way for his triple win at this year's music awards. The veteran percussionist was India's big winner with three Grammys at the annual ceremony. Hussain,…

Asians rally round King

THE British Asian community, which has long been supported by King Charles from the days he was a young Prince of Wales, is now rallying round the 75-year old monarch following his cancer diagnosis on Monday (5). Since the King is also head of the Commonwealth, just as Queen Elizabeth…

G-Eazy excited about his India tour

Rapper G-Eazy is super excited to perform in India. In a statement, he said, "I can't wait to come and perform for all my amazing Indian fans and take some time off to explore the sights and sounds of a country I have heard so much about! See you soon…

Rishabh Pant feared for his cricket career after bad accident

INDIA wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant revealed he feared the amputation of his right leg after being involved in a horrific car crash 13 months ago. Pant was driving from Delhi to his hometown of Roorkee, in north India, to meet his family when his car crashed into the median divider on…

Labour party aims to boost trade ties with India

Labour party’s shadow foreign secretary David Lammy and shadow business and trade secretary Jonathan Reynolds on Monday (5) began a three-day visit to India to strengthen diplomatic and trade ties. The Labour leaders will visit Delhi and Mumbai to meet senior Indian politicians and business leaders and discuss their party’s…

Modi congratulates Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan for Grammy win

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated musicians Ustad Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, Rakesh Chaurasia, Ganesh Rajagopalan, and Selvaganesh V for their Grammy wins. Taking to X, PM wrote, "Congratulations @ZakirHtabla, @Rakeshflute, @Shankar_Live, @kanjeeraselva, and @violinganesh on your phenomenal success at the #GRAMMYs! Your exceptional talent and dedication to…

Dev Patel set to marry long-time girlfriend Tilda

British actor Dev Patel, who shot to international fame with Danny Boyle’s 2008 drama Slumdog Millionaire, is set to get married to Australian actress, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, according to reports. A Reddit user recently announced that the actor will soon tie the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Tilda Cobham-Hervey. The user…

Marshmello to perform in India in March 2024

Grammy-nominated producer and DJ Marshmello is set to enthrall Indian fans at the Sunburn Holi Tour. As per a statement, Marshmello will begin his India Tour with his first stop in Bengaluru on March 22, followed by his acts in New Delhi on March 23, Mumbai on March 24, and…

Party with links to Mumbai attacks mastermind contests Pakistan polls

A new political party named Pakistan Markazi Muslim League, believed to be a new face of the banned groups of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed, will participate in the February 8 general elections, according to a media report. A BBC Urdu report said some of the candidates…

Mumbai event calls for more films on queer stories

Panellists at an event that seeks to empower LGBTQIA+ storytellers called for more films on queer stories driven by nuanced characters. The event on Friday was part of the culmination of the QueerFrames Screenwriting Lab. Led by The Queer Muslim Project, the Lab supports LGBTQIA+ storytellers with the tools, resources,…

India frees pigeon suspected of spying for China

A pigeon, held for eight months in Indian police custody, was finally released after being cleared of suspicions that it was spying for China. The bird was caught at a port in the financial capital Mumbai with "messages written in a Chinese-like script" on its wings, the Times of India…

Labour launches new initiatives to win back British Indian voters

Amidst concerns of dwindling support from the UK's largest ethnic minority, Keir Starmer’s Labour Party is implementing new strategies to reengage with British Indians. Recent initiatives include recruiting two community outreach volunteers, revitalising the Labour Friends of India group, and arranging a visit to India for senior shadow ministers David…

Global appetite for rice drives Pakistan exports to record high

PAKISTAN’S rice exports are likely to jump to a record high in the year ending in June as India’s decision to curb its own shipments forces buyers to purchase more from Islamabad. The record exports are helping to alleviate tight supplies following the restrictions imposed last year by India, the…

Data collection for Adani-led Dharavi redevelopment scheme this month

A FIRM led by Indian billionaire Gautam Adani will this month start to collect the data and biometrics of up to one million residents as part of the redevelopment of a slum area in Mumbai that is considered one of Asia’s largest. The survey will be crucial in deciding who…

Mumbai religious clashes spark demolition of Muslim shops

AUTHORITIES in Mumbai tore down several Muslim-owned makeshift shopfronts after religious clashes sparked by the inauguration of the Ayodhya Ram temple last week by prime minister Narendra Modi. Minor clashes broke out on January 21 in parts of Mumbai, including one provocative incident where Hindus chanting religious slogans passed through…

One Republic enthralls Mumbai crowd with their debut gig

The second day of the music festival Lollapalooza in Mumbai witnessed some captivating performances from One Republic, Sting, Anoushka Shankar, The Rose, Eric Nam, Keane, and Prabh Deep among others. It was One Republic's debut gig in India. The band members of the American band are Ryan Tedder, Zach Filkins,…

Comment: India v England is a test of sporting brilliance…

NOBODY expected this first India versus England Test match to turn into an all-time cricket classic. Having not set a 4am alarm on the first day, I woke to hear India already taking their sixth English wicket. That first batting collapse came just after lunch in Hyderabad, but well before…

Sting closes Lollapalooza India with energetic performance

Music legend Sting wowed audience members across ages and genders with his electrifying performance at the finale of the two-day Lollapalooza India festival on Sunday in Mumbai. Held at the open area of the Mahalaxmi Racecourse in the heart of South Mumbai, the show was a treat for music aficionados,…

Deepika Padukone: ‘I have been a fighter all along’

In the dazzling world of cinema, one name reigns supreme when it comes to embodying strength, resilience, and sheer brilliance on the silver screen. Yes, we are talking about Deepika Padukone. As the spotlight converges on her latest cinematic venture, Fighter, an adrenaline-fueled action film that promises to redefine the…

Stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui wins ‘Bigg Boss 17’

Popular stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui on Sunday was announced as the winner of the reality show Bigg Boss season 17, beating actor Abhishek Kumar through live voting. Besides Faruqui and Kumar, the other three contestants who were competing for the trophy in the finale were actors Mannara Chopra, Ankita Lokhande,…

Dev Patel drops trailer of his directorial debut ‘Monkey Man’

Actor Dev Patel is set to unleash his desi-John Wick in Monkey Man, the upcoming action thriller set to release in theatres worldwide on April 5. Hollywood studio Universal Pictures unveiled the official trailer, featuring well-choreographed and spectacular fight and chase sequences, of the film, which also marks Patel's directorial…

Asif Kapadia on ‘The Warrior’ Oscars snub

Indo-British filmmaker Asif Kapadia says the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) modified the criteria for the best international feature category after his 2002 Irrfan Khan-starrer The Warrior was ignored at the Oscars. The film, which marked Kapadia's directorial debut, was the UK's official entry for the Oscars'…

Adani to start Dharavi slum redevelopment survey next month

A firm led by Indian billionaire Gautam Adani will start in February to collect the data and biometrics of up to one million poor residents as part of the redevelopment of a slum in Mumbai that is considered one of Asia's largest. The survey will be crucial in deciding who…

Anirban Dasgupta dissects Indian society with sharp wit

IT WAS quite apt that acclaimed Indian stand-up comedian Anirban Dasgupta spoke about strict censorship and the danger of telling jokes in his country at the beginning of his show at Soho Theatre in London earlier this month. That is because the first half of his show was filled with…

Top 30 under 30 to watch in 2024

AN EXCITING young generation of south Asian creative talent is continuing to add new elements to popular culture with a cool approach. While some have already made an impressive mark with a brilliant body of work, others are showing real potential to be future gamechangers. They are all making themselves…

Tata Steel to cut 3,000 jobs in Wales: source

INDIAN-owned Tata Steel is to cut about 3,000 jobs at a plant in Wales, a source said Thursday (18), as the industry struggles to finance greener production of the metal. The company will on Friday (19) confirm the closure of two blast furnaces at the Port Talbot steelworks, resulting in…

Priyanka, Nick visit temple on daughter’s birthday

Celebrity couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas recently celebrated their daughter Malti Marie Chopra Jonas's second birthday. On Wednesday, the actress took to Instagram and shared a string of pictures from her daughter's second birthday celebrations. She captioned the post, "She is our miracle. And she is 2," followed by…

Dhairya Karwa: From a 9-to-5 job to film star

DHAIRYA KARWA was working as a data analyst when the acting bug bit him so hard that he quit his 9-to-5 job and landed up in Mumbai. After a few successful modelling assignments, he notched up his first role in the critically and commercially successful film Uri: The Surgical Strike…

Parveen Babi: Dramatic life of a legend

BOLLYWOOD beauty Parveen Babi has consistently been celebrated as one of the most gorgeous Indian movie icons of all time. Raw sex appeal, striking good looks, stunning style and a fearless approach turned her into a pathbreaker who helped remove the shackles of the Hindi film heroine. Like a dramatic…

Jehan Daruvala: Finding a Formula for electric racing success

INDIAN race driver Jehan Daruvala has said it is the right time for him to move to Formula E, adding he has no regrets about spending a few extra years in the junior series for a shot at an elusive Formula One seat. Daruvala moved to Formula E after spending…

Indian IT giants see revenues decline

INFORMATION technology firms TCS and Infosys, both signalled weak revenue growth in quarterly results last Thursday (11) as a slowdown in client spending deepened a seasonally weak time for the sector. Both companies, the second and fifth-biggest in India by market cap, respectively, earn more than 80 per cent of…

Riar Saab: Rebel without a pause

AN EXCITING new generation of artists, such as the late great singer Sidhu Moose Wala, has pushed Punjabi music across new horizons around the world. Riar Saab falls firmly into that new wave of pathbreakers. Having started off as a member of the successful hip-hop quartet Aavrutti, the singer and…

Winter of despair for Kashmir’s line producers, artists

As snowfall continues to elude the picturesque valley of Kashmir, local line producers and others associated with the Indian film industry are in a state of despair as shooting requests are drying up due to a snowless winter. The mighty mountains of Pir Panjal region, which are draped in a…

Veronica Mehta’s phoenix moment after intense cancer battle

AT THE end of the video for her new song, Gone, British Asian music pioneer Veronica Mehta transforms into a phoenix rising from the ashes – a symbol, she said, of her “second chance at life” after a gruelling battle with cancer. Mehta was riding high in her career after…

Mohit Raina to headline ‘Kan Khajura’

Streaming platform Sony LIV on Wednesday announced its new series Kan Khajura, starring Mohit Raina in the lead role. Joining him on the cast are Roshan Mathew and Sarah Jane Dias. According to the makers, the upcoming show is the Hindi adaptation of the globally acclaimed Israeli crime thriller drama…

Big B buys plot in Ayodhya ahead of Ram Mandir…

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has purchased a plot in a 7-star enclave in Ayodhya, ahead of the opening ceremony of the much-anticipated Ram Mandir in Uttar Pradesh. The 81-year-old has bought the property in The Sarayu, a 7-star mixed-use enclave by Mumbai-based developer The House of Abhinandan Lodha (HoABL), a leading…

Amitabh reveals he underwent hand surgery

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he underwent surgery in his hand but didn't share any other details about the procedure. Bachchan, who is the owner of team Mumbai of the Indian Street Premiere League (ISPL), shared a series of ad stills for the tournament with fellow stars and team owners Akshay…

“I’m an accidental actor”: Konkona Sensharma

In a career spanning over two decades, Konkona Sensharma has enthralled the audience with her wide variety of acting roles. She has also impressed moviegoers with her directorial stints A Death In The Gunj and a segment of Lust Stories 2. However, she never thought of becoming an actor and…

‘Annapoorani’: Netflix drops Tamil-language film post backlash

Tamil-language film Annapoorani: The Goddess of Food, which hit cinemas on December 1 and started streaming on Netflix on December 29, has been removed from the platform after it faced massive backlash and police complaints for some of its alleged ‘anti-Hindu scenes’. Helmed by debutant director Nilesh Krishnaa, the film…

‘Merry Christmas’ Review: A slow-burning thriller led by strong performances

Almost five years after the huge success of Andhadhun (2018), celebrated filmmaker Sriram Raghavan returns to keep the audience on the edge of their seats with his latest directorial Merry Christmas. The film, which faced several delays before finally finding its way to cinemas, stars Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi…

American rapper G-Eazy to perform in India

American rapper G-Eazy has a surprise for his fans in India. The 'Good Life' hitmaker is all set to perform in India in February. As per a statement, G-Eazy will first enthrall the audience of Bengaluru on February 10. After Bengaluru, he will perform in Delhi-NCR on February 11. His…

Complaints of hurting religious sentiments against Nayanthara

Activists of two right-wing outfits have filed separate complaints against actress Nayanthara and others associated with her newly-released film Annapoorani, alleging that certain scenes in it hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus, police said on Thursday. The complaints allege that the film makes controversial remarks about Lord Ram and also…

Need Javed Akhtar back as screenwriter: Mani Ratnam

At a time when movies have become all about box office collections, the Indian cinema needs Javed Akhtar back as a screenwriter, filmmaker Mani Ratnam said on Wednesday. Ratnam's remarks come days after Animal makers on X slammed Akhtar for criticising the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer. Akhtar is a rock-solid man who…

I’m the Indian for all ages: Shah Rukh Khan

Calling himself "the Indian for all ages", superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Wednesday spoke about the personal and professional challenges he faced in the past five years and thanked fans for turning up in hordes to watch his films in 2023. The actor was speaking at the CNN-News18 Indian of…

Gujarat aims to become $500bn economy by 2026-27: Bhupendra Patel

GUJARAT chief minister Bhupendra Patel has said his government has set a target to contribute 10 per cent to India's GDP and become a $500 billion economy by 2026-27. Gujarat contributes 8.3 per cent to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Patel said in an interview ahead of the tenth…

Vijay Sethupathi on finding acceptance in Bollywood

Actor Vijay Sethupathi says he initially thought his career up north would be limited to a couple of films as he wasn't confident about his language skills, but little did the actor know that there was a new audience waiting to welcome him with open arms. The 45-year-old actor, regarded…

Ajay Devgn returns to headline ‘Raid 2’

Well-known Hindi film actor Ajay Devgn is officially returning to headline the sequel to his 2018 hit Raid, the makers announced on Saturday. Titled Raid 2, the movie is being directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, who also helmed the first part that saw Devgn playing the role of IRS officer…

Kavita to kickstart 33rd edition of Lakshminarayana Global Music

Music icons Kavita Krishnamurthy and L. Subramaniam are all set to enthrall the Delhiites with the 33rd edition of Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival (LGMF). The couple will present music enthusiasts with a symphony of world music at the upcoming edition of LGMF, which will kickstart in the national capital on…

Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira marries Nupur Shikhare

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan and producer Reena Dutta’s daughter Ira Khan on Wednesday tied the knot with her long-time partner Nupur Shikhare. Ira, who is the founder and CEO of a mental health support organisation, registered her marriage with Nupur, a celebrity fitness trainer, at a five-star hotel in suburban…

Mumbai exhibits art of sharing great treasures

SOME of the great art treasures of India are on display in the Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai. Like the city itself, which was called Bombay until 1996, the museum was renamed something a lot simpler in 1998 in an upsurge of nationalism – it is now called the…

Kareena and Saif buy Kolkata team in Indian Street Premier…

Popular Bollywood couple Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan joined the Indian Street Premier League (ISPL) on Wednesday as the owners of the final and last team of Kolkata. Kareena took to her Instagram handle to share the exciting news with his followers. “Cricket, a tradition we cherish, a…

India’s top court clears Adani amid short-seller allegations

INDIA's Supreme Court on Wednesday (3) said the Adani Group does not need to face more investigations beyond the current scrutiny of the market regulator, a major relief for the conglomerate hit hard by a US short-seller's allegations of wrongdoing. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has been…

Meiyang Chang: Memorable moments of a self-made star

MEIYANG Chang’s remarkable ascent has led him from a career in dentistry to becoming a popular singer, TV host and actor in India. This included making a mark on Indian Idol, winning the reality TV show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 and becoming runner-up on the equally challenging series Fear Factor:…

New and returning Hindi shows to stream in 2024

Streaming services Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, SonyLIV, and ZEE5 are packing ample programming, including new as well as returning shows to keep audiences entertained throughout 2024. Here are some of the most anticipated shows of the year: Netflix Killer Soup: The first new original series from the streamers stars…

Adani hires global team for Dharavi redevelopment

INDIAN billionaire Gautam Adani's joint venture with Mumbai's slum rehabilitation authority has hired a global team to redevelop Dharavi, a key step in rebuilding one of Asia's biggest slums amid growing opposition to the project. Dharavi, about three quarters the size of New York's Central Park, is a crowded area…

Dua Lipa feels ‘beyond lucky’ to end 2023 in India

Pop singer Dua Lipa, who is on vacation with her family in India, on Sunday, penned a heartwarming note about ending 2023 in the country The Grammy winner, known for songs such as "Levitating" and "Houdini", also thanked the Indian people for extending their love and hospitality to her and…

India police hunt for people smuggling ring after France intervention

Police in India said Friday they were working to track down the kingpins of a people smuggling ring uncovered when French authorities halted a planeload of passengers bound for Nicaragua. The Airbus A340 was detained last week at Vatry airport, east of Paris, where it had stopped for refuelling. It…

TasteAtlas world ranking: Two Indian restaurants make it to top…

A pleasant turn of events has led two famous Indian restaurants, Paragon in Kozhikode and Tunday Kababi in Lucknow, to fly to international recognition that they secured their position in the world's best restaurants by the esteemed TasteAtlas. This accomplishment emphasises the flavours of India's vast and varied culinary heritage…

India probes ‘illegal immigration’ bid after plane returns from France

INDIA'S Gujarat police have formed teams to unearth a suspected illegal immigration network involving "agents" and will coordinate with the passengers of a plane that has landed in Mumbai from France, a senior official said. Many passengers of the plane are from Gujarat, he said. The aircraft, an Airbus A340,…

Suriya buys Chennai team in Indian Street Premier League

National Award winner Suriya on Wednesday said he has joined the Indian Street Premier League (ISPL) as the owner of team Chennai. The ISPL is India's first tennis ball T10 cricket tournament that will be played inside a stadium, according to a press release. The inaugural edition is scheduled to…

Top street food spots in Mumbai

Mumbai, the city of dreams on the west coast of India, is a city that never sleeps and is famous for its vibrant street food culture. The roads of Mumbai offer a culinary experience like no other, with a different flavours and fragrances that enamor local people and visitors. From…

Plane held for days in France on trafficking concerns lands…

A PLANE that had been grounded in France for days over concerns its roughly 300 mostly Indian passengers were part of a human trafficking scheme landed in Mumbai on Tuesday (26). The Airbus A340 initially had been bound for Nicaragua when it was detained last Thursday (21) at Vatry airport,…

Kamaal Khan detained at Mumbai airport in 2016 case

Actor Kamaal R Khan was detained at Mumbai International Airport on Monday in connection with an old case for allegedly posting vulgar text on social media against some female actors and models, police said. He was taken to Versova police station and a notice was served to him before he…

Feel fortunate I can relate to a wide spectrum of…

Moving from a small town to a mega city like Mumbai was challenging but Adarsh Gourav believes it honed him as an actor by giving him a chance to connect with people from different walks of life. The Jamshedpur-born actor made his acting debut as a child star in My…

Indian navy bolsters Arabian Sea forces after attacks

THE Indian navy said it is deploying three warships and reconnaissance aircraft in the Arabian Sea to "maintain a deterrent presence" after a string of recent shipping attacks. Three guided-missile destroyers as well as P8I long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft were being deployed following "the recent spate of attacks in the…

Plane with Indian passengers leaves France for Mumbai

A PLANE with close to 300 Indian passengers detained near Paris over suspicions of human trafficking took off on Monday (25) for Mumbai after being cleared for departure by French police. The Airbus A340 carrying 303 Indians had been bound for Nicaragua when it was detained last Thursday (21) at…

Ram Charan buys Indian Street Premier League’s Hyderabad team

RRR star Ram Charan on Sunday said he has joined the Indian Street Premier League (ISPL) as the owner of team Hyderabad. The ISPL is India's first tennis ball T10 tournament that will be played inside a stadium. The inaugural edition will feature 19 high-intensity matches, boasting a line-up of…

Sonu Nigam receives Mohammed Rafi Award

Singer Sonu Nigam was felicitated with the Mohammed Rafi Award and that too on the 99th birth anniversary of the legendary musician on December 24. On Sunday, a special program was organised to celebrate the remarkable contribution of Mohammed Rafi to the Indian music industry in Mumbai. At the event,…

Arbaaz Khan marries make-up artist Sshura

Actor-producer Arbaaz Khan and make-up artist Sshura Khan on Sunday got married in an intimate ceremony in the presence of family and friends. The nuptials took place at Arbaaz's sister Arpita Khan Sharma's residence in Mumbai. Arbaaz shared the first pictures from the wedding on his official Instagram page early…

Anurag Kashyap to turn short film ‘Incognito’ into feature

The short film Incognito by filmmaker Ravi Muppa is set to be developed into a feature film, which will be produced by Anurag Kashyap. The short, a Hitchcockian thriller narrating the story of a motel receptionist who captures hidden visuals of guests and sells those on the internet to earn…

SRK fans welcome ‘Dunki’ release with dhol, fireworks

Fans just can't keep calm as the much-awaited comedy-drama Dunki, starring Shah Rukh Khan, is finally in theatres. A massive crowd of people kicked off the first day, the first show with 'dhol', 'nagada', and fireworks. Christmas came early for SRK fans as several videos and pictures from this massive…

Anirban Dasgupta: Polite provocation is a fairly good description of…

TRADING in a career as a corporate salesman for stand-up comedy proved to be a smart decision for Anirban Dasgupta. The Indian funnyman has since headlined comedy clubs and festivals, along with writing for leading streaming sites. After several popular YouTube videos, he released his first stand-up special, Take It…

Two men jailed for smuggling illegal drugs worth £29 million

TWO men have been sentenced to a total of 34 years’ imprisonment after a London trial found them guilty of smuggling drugs hidden among farm produce from Africa and South America. Anand Tripathi, 61, and Varun Bhardwaj, 39, were also convicted of evading import duty payable on cigarettes, hidden alongside…

Anger at Adani Group’s plans to redevelop Mumbai slum

THOUSANDS of protesters led by opposition parties marched towards billionaire Gautam Adani’s offices in Mumbai last Saturday (16) to voice their opposition to his conglomerate’s $614 million (£483m) redevelopment plans for one of Asia’s largest slums in the city. Protesters carried flags and banners with slogans such as “Remove Adani…

Big B becomes owner of Mumbai team in Indian Street…

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Monday announced his association with the Indian Street Premier League (ISPL) as the owner of team Mumbai. The ISPL is India's first tennis ball T10 cricket tournament that will be played inside a stadium, according to a press release. The inaugural edition is scheduled to be…

‘I feel privileged’: Adarsh Gourav on working with Zoya

Actor Adarsh Gourav, who is gearing up for his upcoming drama film Kho Gaye Hum Kahan, expressed gratitude to producer Zoya Akhtar. Helmed by debutant director Arjun Varain Singh, Kho Gaye Hum Kahan is a 'coming-of-digital-age' story about three friends in their mid-20s navigating life in the world of social…

Ayush Sharma’s car involved in road accident

Bollywood actor Ayush Sharma's car was hit by another car whose driver was allegedly in an inebriated condition in Mumbai's Khar area, police said on Monday. The actor was not in the car when the incident took place on Saturday. His 31-year-old driver, who was alone in the vehicle at…

Veteran actress Tanuja hospitalised

Veteran actress Tanuja has been hospitalised in Mumbai and is under observation in the ICU. As per a source close to the actress, Tanuja was admitted to Mumbai's Criticare Hospital in Juhu last night (Sunday) after having difficulty breathing. She is in the ICU under the supervision of doctors and…

India’s steel tycoon Sajjan Jindal denies allegation of rape

SAJJAN JINDAL, the chairman of Indian steel-to-power conglomerate JSW Group has denied an allegation of rape, saying he will cooperate with an ongoing investigation. "Mr. Sajjan Jindal denies these false and baseless allegations. He is committed to providing full cooperation throughout the investigation," a representative for Jindal said in a…

Legal battle threatens Indian tycoon Singhania’s fortune

INDIAN tycoon Gautam Singhania, chairman and managing director of the Raymond Group, is facing potential financial turmoil amid a bitter divorce settlement with his wife, Nawaz Modi. The high-profile dispute, involving the publicly listed Raymond Group, could result in Singhania forfeiting 75 per cent of his $1.4 billion (£1.1bn) fortune,…

Hardik Pandya takes helm as Mumbai Indians captain

MUMBAI INDIANS have appointed star all-rounder Hardik Pandya to lead in next year's Indian Premier League season, replacing all-format India captain Rohit Sharma, who led the franchise to five title wins. Pandya, 30, returned to his former franchise Mumbai only last month in a high-profile trade after a successful two-year…

Deepti Sharma’s dominance secures historic victory for India

DEEPTI SHARMA starred with both bat and ball as India thrashed England by 347 runs in their one-off women's Test on Saturday (16) for their first ever win at home against the rivals. Sharma, who made 67 in India's first-innings total of 428, took nine wickets including a red-hot 5-7…

Shreyas Talpade suffers heart attack

Actor Shreyas Talpade suffered a heart attack and is recuperating in a hospital in Mumbai after undergoing an angioplasty, an official of the medical facility said on Friday. The 47-year-old actor's wife, Deepti, released a statement on Instagram on Friday, saying Talpade is in stable condition and will be discharged…

Indian Mission embraces Christmas with carols and millets

The festivity of the Christmas season was brought to life at India House, adorned with radiant decorations and trees. The renowned Choir of King's College orchestrated the carol singing, filling Gandhi Hall with the spirit of the season. The celebration at the Indian High Commission on Tuesday (12) evening, which…

Vir Das: Making a Mind Fool of himself

A PATH-BREAKING journey in live comedy led Vir Das towards winning an International Emmy award in November. That glittering honour for his Netflix special, Vir Das: Landing, added to global acclaim for India’s most popular English-language stand-up star. Instead of basking in that glory, the cool comic has been busy…

Priyanka gives sneak peek into her Christmas preparations

Global icon Priyanka Chopra is already in the Christmas mood. On Tuesday, she took to her Instagram and shared a glimpse of Christmas preparations at her residence. The White Tiger actress shared a picture on her stories which she captioned, "Grateful." She dropped a picture of the fireplace corner decorated…

Archer return in Barbados club match surprises England

ENGLAND were taken aback by fast bowler Jofra Archer's return from injury in a Barbados club match last week, with team chief Rob Key saying unaware of his involvement. Long-term injury absentee Archer joined up with England, currently on a white-ball tour of the West Indies, in Barbados -- the…

Australia’s Sutherland tops Women’s Premier League auction

SOME of the world's top women cricketers netted lucrative deals during Saturday's (9) Women's Premier League auction in India, with Australian all-rounder Annabel Sutherland snapped up for $240,000 by Delhi Capitals. Sutherland, 22, hails from a prominent cricketing family and was the equal most-expensive player at auction alongside Indian all-rounder…

‘Stolen’ to premiere at 28th Int Film Fest of Kerala

After a grand India premiere at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, Stolen starring Abhishek Banerjee is now gearing up for a special premiere at the upcoming 28th International Film Festival of Kerala. Stolen narrates the tale of a five-month-old baby who has been abducted from her mother. The incident…

Greenwich event brings together SS Tilawa tragedy survivors, descendants

Survivors of a sunken ship and their descendants came together for a commemoration at London’s National Maritime Museum in Greenwich last month. It has been 81 years since the passenger-cargo ship, SS Tilawa, sank after it was torpedoed twice by the Imperial Japanese Navy in the Indian ocean during the…

Vir Das hosts party to celebrate Emmy win

Comedian Vir Das, who won the prestigious International Emmy Award for Comedy for his standup special Vir Das: Landing, hosted a celebratory party in Mumbai, which saw several celebrities in attendance. Vir Das with his wife Shivani Mathur hosted the party in Mumbai Thursday night with the couple posing for…

Selection of Samir Shah as new BBC chair brings joy…

THE UK government’s choice of Samir Shah as the next BBC chairman has brought joy in India, his country of birth. "We are proud of him and this is a well-deserved achievement," his cousin Sujata Kango said in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar (formerly Aurangabad) in the Maharashtra state where the media veteran…

Trailer for docuseries ‘James May: Our Man in India’ out

After visiting Japan and Italy, the third season of the Our Man In... series brings James May to India, with the popular presenter touring Mumbai, Rajasthan, Delhi, Agra, Kolkata, Darjeeling, and more scenic and vibrant tourist destinations. Prime Video on Tuesday dropped the trailer for James May: Our Man in…

‘KBC’ contestant on Big B sharing her viral video

Alolika Bhattacharjee Guha entered the set of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) as a homemaker and left as a millionaire who not only won prize money but also hearts with her exuberant personality. Alolika became a viral social media sensation after the quiz show's host, megastar Amitabh Bachchan, shared a clip…

Junior Mehmood passes away

Veteran actor Junior Mehmood, who was battling with stage four cancer passed away in Mumbai on Friday. He was 67. The actor breathed his last in the early hours of Friday. Junior Mehmood's family friend confirmed the news and said, "He passed away last night at 2 am in Mumbai.…

Nalini Jaywant: Rise, romance and tragedy of a movie legend

THE fabulous 1950s delivered more Bollywood movie icons than any other decade is why it’s regarded as the golden age of Hindi cinema. When leading ladies from that era are mentioned, names like Nargis, Meena Kumari, Madbubala, Waheeda Rehman, Geeta Bali and Vyjayanthimala come to mind, but another who made…

Maxwell to play in IPL until he ‘can’t walk anymore’

AUSTRALIA all-rounder Glenn Maxwell says the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been so good to him that he will play in the lucrative T20 competition until he "can't walk anymore". The IPL has been the perfect platform to showcase Maxwell's explosive batting and the 35-year-old is one of four foreign…

‘The Archies’: Bachhans arrive in style at grand premiere

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan could not be happier as his grandson Agastya Nanda is set to enter the cinematic world with the film The Archies. On Tuesday, director Zoya Akhtar hosted a special screening of The Archies in Mumbai, where the who's who of Bollywood marked their presence. Big B, too,…

Aamir Khan rescued from Chennai floods

Actor Aamir Khan was stuck in flood-stricken Chennai. He was later rescued with help from the fire and rescue department of the state government. Tamil actor Vishnu Vishal, who was stranded in Karapakkam, Chennai, shared the update. "Thanks to the fire and rescue department in helping people like us who…

‘Auron Mein Kahan Dum Tha’ to release on April 26

Filmmaker Neeraj Pandey's romantic drama Auron Mein Kahan Dum Tha, starring Ajay Devgn and Tabu, will hit the theatres on April 26, 2024. The film is billed as a unique musical love story and will span across 20 years, set between 2002 and 2023. Golden Globe-winning composer MM Kreem is…

‘CID’ fame Dinesh Phadnis dies

CID fame actor Dinesh Phadnis passed away at midnight at a hospital in Mumbai following health complications, actor-friend Aditya Srivastava said. He was 57. The actor, best known for his appearance as Fredericks in the popular TV show CID, was admitted to Tunga Hospital in suburban Mumbai a few days…

Lilly Singh, Charithra Chandran join hands for new series

YouTuber, television host, comedian, actress, and writer Lilly Singh has joined hands with actress Charithra Chandran, who played one of the leads in Bridgerton 2, for a new series. Singh is developing the series based on the novel Arzu, written by Mumbai-based author Riva Razdan. Writer Geetika Lizardi, whose writing…

Rubicon Drinks founder Naresh Nagrecha dies at 73

Naresh Nagrecha, who founded the exotic soft drinks brand Rubicon four decades ago, died peacefully in London on Tuesday (28), after a courageous battle with illness, the family said. He was 73. Nagrecha has been a pioneer in the exotic food and beverage industry as co-founder of Rubicon Exotic Drinks…

French fashion firm strikes deal with Reliance

FASHION group SMCP, owner of French fashion labels Sandro and Maje, said on Thursday (30) it signed a deal with Reliance to expand into India and will join other high-end European brands opening stores in the Jio World Plaza mall in Mumbai. "There aren't a lot of accessible luxury fashion…

Nita on opening of West End blockbuster ‘Mamma Mia’

Nita Ambani, the founder and chairperson of Reliance Foundation, on Tuesday evening attended the opening show of 'Mamma Mia', a West End musical, which is currently being staged at the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre in Mumbai. Speaking at the opening of the musical, she said when the Nita Mukesh…

Coolie: 40 years of an all time classic

CLASSIC film Coolie captured the attention of Bollywood fans around the world when it was released on December 2, 1983 because an accident on the set had nearly killed lead star Amitabh Bachchan, after a stunt went wrong. The story of a boy separated from his mother, who grows up…

ZEE5 Global fortifies US leadership with aggregation of South Asian…

ZEE5 Global, the world’s largest streaming service for South Asian content, today announced a strategic move to aggregate multiple South Asian streaming platforms within the ZEE5 Global platform with the launch of Add-ons in the US. ZEE5 Global Add-ons will offer subscribers in the US a single window to access…

IPL: Gill to lead Gujarat after Pandya returns to Mumbai

GUJARAT Titans said on Monday (27) that opener Shubman Gill would captain the side in next year's Indian Premier League after they allowed Hardik Pandya to return to Mumbai Indians, his first IPL team. Pandya, who helped Mumbai to four IPL titles between 2015-2021, led Gujarat to the IPL title…

‘Nagin’ filmmaker Rajkumar Kohli dies at 95

Filmmaker Rajkumar Kohli, known for multi-starrer movies such as Nagin, Jaani Dushman, and Naukar Biwi Ka, died on Friday morning at his residence in Mumbai, family friend Vijay Grover said. He was 95. Kohli, one of the popular directors of the 1970s and 1980s, frequently collaborated with the top stars…

Asians grow their wealth, reveals Asian Rich List 2024

ASIAN entrepreneurs in the UK have increased their wealth by a staggering £6.8 billion in the past year, despite worldwide economic challenges, analysis by the Asian Rich List 2024 has found. Published by Eastern Eye, the list profiles the 101 richest Asian people in Britain. It was released on Wednesday…

Is run machine Kohli greatest player ever?

VIRAT KOHLI has long been on the cusp of batting greatness, and at 35, he is making a solid case to be considered the greatest 50-overs player of all time after a run-laden World Cup. A fairy-tale ending of lifting the World Cup on home soil wasn’t meant to be…

Gandhi family’s assets seized in money laundering probe

INDIA’S money laundering investigators on Tuesday (21) said they seized properties worth ₹7.52 billion (£72 million) in a probe linked to a nine-year-old complaint against opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia. The complaint, lodged by an MP from prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)…

‘Was depressed, had two heart attacks trying to make ‘Maximum…

Anurag Kashyap is one of the most sought-after filmmakers in Bollywood. Be it newcomers or established actors, everyone wants to work with him. The filmmaker has delivered several commercially and critically successful projects over the years. After the success of Sacred Games, the filmmaker was working on the adaptation of…

Unicef ambassador Beckham encouraged by India’s changes

DAVID BECKHAM, who was in India last week as a global ambassador for the United Nations children’s charity Unicef, has expressed confidence that positive social change is taking place in India, especially as young girls are demanding greater gender equality. The 48-year-old former football star met children at schools in…

India’s October gold imports surge to 31-month high amid festive…

October witnessed a 60% surge in India's gold imports compared to the previous year, reaching a 31-month peak. The decrease in prices just before an important festival prompted jewellers to increase their purchases, a government source on Monday (20) said. Higher imports by the world's second-biggest bullion consumer could support…

Amitabh retrospective part of France’s Festival des 3 Continents

The 45th edition of France's Festival des 3 Continents has set a film retrospective on Indian screen icon Amitabh Bachchan, the organisers said on Monday. The film gala will run in Nantes from November 24 to December 3. The segment, titled 'Amitabh Bachchan, Big B Forever', will showcase nine films…

David Beckham concludes India trip

English football legend David Beckham concluded his maiden trip to India, thanking superstar Shah Rukh Khan and actor Sonam Kapoor for their gracious hospitality. The football superstar posted photos with Shah Rukh Khan on Instagram after the 58-year-old actor invited him for a dinner party at his Mumbai residence, Mannat…

India eyes fairytale finish in World Cup final

ROHIT SHARMA's undefeated India will look to end a 10-year global title drought in front of 130,000 fans in the World Cup final against five-time champions Australia on Sunday (19). India have racked up 10 straight wins at the tournament as they seek a third World Cup triumph to add…

Starstruck SRK shares pic with David Beckham

Finally, the wait is over! A picture of superstar Shah Rukh Khan with football legend David Beckham is out and undoubtedly it is no less than a feast for the fans' eyes. A while ago, SRK took to Instagram and dropped a priceless picture with Beckham from an intimate dinner…

Starc predicts ‘spectacle of cricket’ in World Cup final against…

AUSTRALIA's Mitchell Starc believes Sunday's (19) World Cup final against India at Ahmedabad's 130,000-capacity stadium will be "loud and a spectacle of cricket". Five-time champions Australia edged out South Africa by three wickets in a tense chase of 213 in Kolkata on Thursday (16) to make their eighth World Cup…

SRK hosts private party for David Beckham at Mannat

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Thursday night hosted a private party at his residence for legendary footballer David Beckham. A video doing the rounds online sees a car arriving quietly at Mannat, with Beckham's staff seated in the front seat, while he sat in the back passenger's seat. David Beckham…

Anoushka Shankar, Jonas Brothers to perform at Lollapalooza India

Music aficionados are in for a treat as legendary singer Sting as well as popular bands Jonas Brothers and OneRepublic are set to perform at Lollapalooza India in 2024. The organisers on Friday unveiled the line-up of renowned artists from around the globe and India for the two-day festival in…

ICC wants India in the final, alleges Vaughan amid ‘pitch…

FORMER England captain Michael Vaughan has alleged that the International Cricket Council (ICC) wanted India in the final of the Cricket World Cup. He claimed that this motivation led to the team being allowed to play on a used pitch. The World Cup semi-final between India and New Zealand in…

Mira Nair to executive produce ‘Against the Tide’

Award-winning filmmaker Mira Nair has come onboard Indian filmmaker Sarvnik Kaur’s documentary Against the Tide as an executive producer. The film from Snooker Club Films and A Little Anarky Films follows Mumbai-based fishermen Rakesh and Ganesh who are inheritors of the great Koli fishing knowledge system — a way to…

Sonam hosts welcome party for David Beckham

Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor and her husband Anand Ahuja hosted a lavish welcome party at their Mumbai home for football icon David Beckham. The Wednesday night bash was attended by well-known faces in the entertainment industry including Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Mira Rajput, Shibani Dandekar, Farhan Akhtar, Karisma…

Anushka calls Virat ‘God’s child’ on his 50th century record

Actress-producer Anushka Sharma on Thursday said she is grateful to watch her husband, ‘God's child’ Virat Kohli grow from strength to strength while being honest to himself and to the sport of cricket. Virat became the first batter in the history of the game to score 50 ODI centuries, going…

Kumar Sanu: A special kind of music romance

MAGNIFICENT songs, multiple awards and amazing musical achievements mean Kumar Sanu needs no introduction. The massively popular music star ranks among the most celebrated Indian playback singers of all time and is the voice behind songs that defined a generation. The once-undisputed ‘king of romance’ is currently judging the 14th…

V Shantaram: Life and times of a cinema giant

THERE is enough compelling evidence to suggest that V Shantaram was perhaps the most important Indian filmmaker of the 20th century. Whether it was technical innovations, pathbreaking work, expanding the horizons of Indian cinema or an incredibly fearless approach, he left behind an impressive body of work and countless magic…

Varun Thakur: ‘Indian stand-up is only getting bigger’

A DEEP desire to put a smile on people’s faces prompted Varun Thakur to pursue stand-up comedy and the adrenaline of being on stage consolidated that career choice. Falling in love with laughter has resulted in many memorable moments, including being a part of a pioneering group that helped to…

Sehwag, De Silva and Edulji in ICC Hall of Fame

INDIA’S Virender Sehwag, Sri Lankan batsman Aravinda de Silva and pioneering Indian women’s captain Diana Edulji have been inducted into cricket’s Hall of Fame, the game’s governing body said on Monday (13). They were honoured at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai during the World Cup semi-final between India and New…

Kohli scores record 50th ODI ton

INDIA's Virat Kohli scored a record 50th one-day international hundred when he reached three figures in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Mumbai on Wednesday (15), hailing the landmark as being "like a dream". Kohli, 35, reached his century -- his third of the tournament -- with a…

India-bound pigeon peas stranded in Mozambique fueling inflation worries

AT LEAST 150,000 metric tons of pigeon peas bound for India are held up at ports in Mozambique awaiting export permission from customs despite multiple requests from sellers over the past few weeks, five industry officials said last Wednesday (8). India, the world’s biggest producer and consumer of pigeon peas,…

Reports: Sonam to host David Beckham at their Mumbai residence

Former England football team captain David Beckham is currently in India as UNICEF's goodwill ambassador and he is likely to meet members of the Indian film fraternity soon. As per a source, couple Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja will host David Beckham at their residence in Mumbai. "David Beckham is…

Rajinikanth attends India vs New Zealand World Cup semifinal

Superstar Rajinikanth on Wednesday attended the first semifinal of the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup being played between India and New Zealand in Mumbai. The Jailer star and his wife, producer Latha were spotted exiting the airport in Mumbai on Tuesday night. The highly anticipated semifinal is underway at the…

A guide to getting the right kind of attention

WHETHER it is in everyday life, when wooing a potential partner, on social media, at work or in any number of other situations, people want to get noticed. With over 12 years of experience working with the biggest movie stars and clients from other fields, in marketing, PR, creative communication,…

1983 winners tell Indian team: Don’t take title for granted

INDIA are the favourites to lift a third World Cup, but a star of the country’s 1983 breakthrough triumph has warned of the threats posed by cricket’s “glorious uncertainties”. Rohit Sharma’s side have cruised into the semi-finals, where they will face New Zealand in Mumbai on Wednesday (15), with nine…

India’s Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy dies at 75

EMBATTLED Sahara conglomerate chief Subrata Roy died on Tuesday (14) due to cardiorespiratory arrest, the company said in a statement. He was 75. Roy was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai on Sunday (12) and died following complications arising from metastatic malignancy, hypertension and diabetes, according to the company. "It…

Charting the roadmap for UK foreign policy in India

DAVID CAMERON has replaced James Cleverly as Britain’s foreign secretary, but just how the job is done at the coal face is explained by Andrew Fleming, who took over last week as the new British deputy high commissioner in Kolkata. Just before leaving for India, Fleming sat in the Page…

India braced for ‘pressure’ semi-final against New Zealand

INDIA may be the outstanding team at the Cricket World Cup but New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has insisted both sides will "start from zero again" when they meet in Wednesday's (15) semi-final in Mumbai. Tournament hosts India head into the knockout match having won all nine of their…

David Michod on Shah Rukh Khan-Brad Pitt’s 2017 meeting

Filmmaker David Michod has vivid memories of his last trip to India but what truly left an impression on him was witnessing the enchanting synergy between Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and his Hollywood counterpart, Brad Pitt. Michod had come to the country with Pitt to promote their Netflix satirical…

India juggernaut faces familiar New Zealand hurdle in semis

A SEEMINGLY unstoppable India stand on the verge of their first World Cup final since the triumphant 2011 campaign on home soil but must face their bogey team in major events to get there, as they take on New Zealand in Wednesday's (15) semi-final in Mumbai. Rohit Sharma's side have…

India’s Sehwag and Edulji go into Cricket Hall of Fame

INDIA's Virender Sehwag, pioneering women's captain Diana Edulji and Sri Lankan batsman Aravinda de Silva have been inducted into cricket's Hall of Fame, the game's governing body announced Monday (13). They will be honoured at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai during the World Cup semi-final between India and New Zealand…

Three Indian cities among world’s 10 most polluted after Diwali

TWO Indian cities joined New Delhi to be among the world's worst 10 for pollution on Monday (13) morning, with smoke heavy in the air a day after revellers let loose with firecrackers for Diwali - the annual Hindu festival of light. The capital New Delhi took, as it often…

Dravid hails Iyer as backbone of middle-order

INDIA coach Rahul Dravid described Shreyas Iyer as the backbone of their middle order after the batsman made an unbeaten 128 in Sunday's (12) World Cup victory over the Netherlands to ensure the hosts won all nine of their group stage games. Iyer followed up his scores of 82 against…

Kohli falls halfway to record 50th ODI ton

VIRAT KOHLI reached his 71st ODI fifty in Sunday's (12) World Cup clash against the Netherlands but was unable to push on for an all-time record 50th century in the format. Kohli surpassed South Africa's Quinton de Kock (591) as the leading batsman of the 2023 tournament with 594 runs…

Oman gaining popularity as preferred destination for Indian weddings

Officials have reported nearly a twofold increase in the number of Indian weddings hosted at star-category properties in Oman this year compared to the same period last year. A representative of the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, Sultanate of Oman said Omani officials began communicating with Indian wedding planners many…

Amitabh Bachchan recalls shooting for ‘Ajooba’

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Saturday recalled shooting for the 1991 action drama Ajooba. Taking to Instagram, Big B shared a still from the film. In the picture, he can be seen striking a stylish pose while preparing for the scene. As soon as he posted, fans chimed in the comment…

First minister announces new Welsh, India economic initiative

WELSH first minister, Mark Drakeford, has announced a new Welsh and India economic initiative during the Indian government Diwali event in Cardiff, according to a statement. The Year of Wales in India 2024 plans to create greater economic and cultural ties between the two countries, the statement added. The official…

Priyanka shares lessons she learned from Rakesh Roshan, Abbas-Mustan

During a masterclass at Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2023, Priyanka Chopra opened up about valuable lessons she learned from working with Bollywood filmmakers Raj Kanwar, Rakesh Roshan, and Abbas-Mustan. The former Miss World began her acting career with Raj Kanwar’s Andaz (2003). Sharing what she learned from him, Chopra…

Oscar Castellino: The Barber of Seville is a must-watch

BRILLIANTLY talented baritone Oscar Castellino has had a beautiful journey that has taken him from working as a software engineer in Mumbai to becoming an acclaimed opera singer. He will add to his impressive stage achievements with a lead role in a new The Barber of Seville adaptation, which will…

Don’t count Afghanistan out yet, says coach Trott

AFGHANISTAN have rebounded from defeat at the World Cup and can do so again, coach Jonathan Trott said after Tuesday's (7) three-wicket loss to Australia in Mumbai. Afghanistan had Australia reeling at 91-7 chasing 292 before Glenn Maxwell's unbeaten 201 snatched a remarkable victory that sealed a semi-final slot for…

Baazigar bad guy that turned Shah Rukh Khan into a…

ALTHOUGH Shah Rukh Khan made his Bollywood debut in 1992, it was his 1993 release Baazigar, which gained him big global attention. His dastardly portrayal of a duplicitous individual, who goes on a murderous revenge mission, kick-started a rapid rise to the very top of Hindi cinema for the actor.…

Amish Tripathi: ‘India becoming more influential’

BESTSELLING author Amish Tripathi has concluded his tenure as Director of the Nehru Centre and Minister for Culture and Education at the High Commission of India in London. Over the course of four years, he actively coordinated numerous India-focused cultural events in the capital. The 49-year-old diplomat oversaw the Nehru…

Maxwell’s heroics take Australia to semi-finals

GLENN MAXWELL'S stunning 201 not out guided Australia into the semi-finals of the World Cup as the five-time champions snatched a sensational three-wicket victory from the jaws of defeat against Afghanistan in Mumbai on Tuesday (7). At 91-7, chasing 292, Australia were all set to join title-holders England, 1996 champions…

Author Amish Tripathi concludes term as director of Nehru Centre

Bestselling author Amish Tripathi has concluded his tenure as Director of the Nehru Centre and Minister for Culture and Education at the High Commission of India in London. Over the course of four years, he actively coordinated numerous India-focused cultural events in the capital. The 49-year-old diplomat oversaw the Nehru…

Remake of cult classic ‘Ek Ruka Hua Faisla’ in the…

Director Darshan Ashwin Trivedi is set to remake veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee's acclaimed 1986 legal drama Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, the makers have announced. According to a press release, the ensemble cast of the upcoming film includes Atul Kulkarni, Suvinder Vikki, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Neeraj Kabi, Divya Dutta, Vineet Kumar, Tannishtha…

Jio MAMI Festival: ‘Against the Tide’ ‘Agra’ win top honours

Against the Tide by Sarvnik Kaur, Bahadur - The Brave by Diwa Shah and filmmaker Kanu Behl’s Agra received top honours at the closing ceremony of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in Mumbai. The 10-day film gala, which returned with its first on-ground edition after a gap of three…

‘I didn’t want to make romcoms with white people’: Mira…

Mira Nair, who is globally known for such notable films as Salaam Bombay, The Namesake, and Monsoon Wedding to name a few, is currently serving as Head of the Jury for the South Asia Competition at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2023. During her masterclass at the festival, Nair…

Here’s how the cast of ‘Laapata Ladies’ trained to meet…

Kiran Rao's Laapataa Ladies is one of the most anticipated films. The recently released teaser left the masses impressed, offering a glimpse into the uproarious comedy adventure of the film's world. Besides this, what piqued the mass's attention was the promising lead cast of the film. Since the teaser for…

India rout Sri Lanka to seal World Cup semi-final spot

MOHAMMED SHAMI took five wickets as India's pacemen produced a devastating display to skittle out Sri Lanka for just 55 as the unbeaten tournament hosts secured a World Cup semi-final place with a colossal 302-run win in Mumbai on Thursday (2). Sri Lanka's woeful innings featured five noughts, with both…

Air pollution in New Delhi turns ‘severe’ days before Diwali

PEOPLE in New Delhi woke up to a thick layer of toxic haze on Friday (3), and some schools were ordered to be shut for two days as the air quality index (AQI) entered the "severe" category in several parts of the Indian capital. A filthy smog forms over Delhi…

Mira Nair reveals she had recommended Irrfan Khan’s name to…

Oscar-winning Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, known for films such as Birdman and The Revenant, was looking for an "Indian everyman" for a project, and filmmaker Mira Nair says she suggested Irrfan Khan's name, but it was not meant to be. According to Nair, Inarritu was looking for an Indian…

ERP for Project Accounting in Manufacturing Industry: The Ultimate Guide

In the manufacturing landscape, projects are crucial for the company's growth and competitiveness. Whether you are thinking of developing new products, expanding the production facilities, or optimizing the existing manufacturing processes, all these projects are vital to achieving organizational goals. Regardless of your manufacturing company's project's nature, effective project accounting…

Boom Shack Apache Indian

AN INCREDIBLE career has seen Apache Indian become a great British music icon. Whether it has been creating a new musical genre, monster hits like Boom Shak-A-Lak, world-class collaborations, trailblazing moments or setting up an academy for new talent, he has had three decades of brilliance. The singer, songwriter and…

Cricket talent search on solid ground in Mumbai

IT IS not yet 7am and the sun has still to rise above a hazy Mumbai sky. But there is already a steady stream of cricketers of various ages heading into the city’s Oval Maidan, a large public park. Some are clad in traditional whites, with the children among them…

Mukesh Ambani receives third threat email demanding £40 million

Mukesh Ambani, the Chairman of Reliance Industries, received a threatening email from an unidentified person demanding Rs 400 crore, equivalent to £40 million, the police said on Tuesday (31). Ambani's company received the email on Monday, marking the third threatening email sent to him within four days, an official said.…

Israel can learn from India’s response to Mumbai attacks: NYT…

THE New York Times opinion writer, Thomas L Friedman, has reminded the Israeli government of former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh’s wise decision not to retaliate when confronted with the horror of the Mumbai massacre in November 2008. Friedman, who joined the paper in 1981, has won three Pulitzer Prizes.…

Alia, Deepika to Katrina Kaif, celebs arrive at Jio World…

Several Bollywood celebs on Tuesday marked their presence at the star-studded launch of the Jio World Plaza in Mumbai. Actor Deepika Padukone graced the event in an off-shoulder grey dress which she paired with black long boots. She kept her make-up heavy and accessorized her look with minimal jewellery. She…

Getting death threats for recreating a movie character: Uorfi Javed

Uorfi Javed, who appeared in the first season of Bigg Boss OTT is known for her unconventional outfits and she is often targeted for the same. Recently, she recreated Rajpal Yadav's look from the movie, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, which got much attention and she ended up getting "death threats." Uorfi received…

Named after Raj Kapoor, Indian restaurant celebrates Uzbekistan’s love for…

In the heart of Tashkent, a city known for its rich history, stands an Indian restaurant celebrating the legacy of legendary Bollywood actor Raj Kapoor and the love of the Uzbeks for him even 35 years after his death. Styled on the Bollywood theme, the 'Raaj Kapur' restaurant which is…

Sculptor Anish Kapoor to debut new collection of Vantablack paintings…

British Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor is set to reveal a fresh collection of Vantablack paintings at New York’s Lisson Gallery. The exhibition, showcased from November 2 to December 16, will represent the New York City debut of Kapoor’s paintings created with Vantablack nano-technology—a substance that absorbs 99.965% of visible light. Alongside…

‘Thalaivar 170’: Rajinikanth and Big B wrap Mumbai schedule

Legendary Indian actors Rajinikanth and Amitabh Bachchan wrapped up the Mumbai schedule of their upcoming film Thalaivar 170. Bankrolled under the banner of Lyca Productions, the film reunites the two after a massive gap of 33 years. They previously shared the screen space in such blockbuster films as Hum, Andhaa…

Feels like collective failure when female-led films don’t do well:…

Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas on Sunday said when a female-led film doesn't work, it feels like a collective failure that takes all women "a few steps back". Priyanka, who has headlined critically acclaimed women-centric Hindi films such as Fashion, Saat Khoon Maaf, and Mary Kom, was in conversation with actor…

Vidhu Vinod Chopra says he didn’t have money, passport to…

Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 1979, for his 1978 documentary short, An Encounter with Faces, said in a recent interview that he had no money to attend the prestigious awards ceremony in the US. He also revealed that he did not have a…

It’s a treat to be working with Kamal Haasan: Mani…

Filmmaker Mani Ratnam on Saturday said working with superstar Kamal Haasan is not only a great collaborative process but also a learning experience. Ratnam and Haasan are reuniting after 36 years for the Tamil star's 234th feature film. They earlier worked together on the 1987 critical hit Nayakan. The ace…

Priyanka, Kamal Haasan attend opening of Jio MAMI Film Festival

The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2023 kick-started with an opening ceremony that was attended by major cine personalities, including Kamal Haasan, Mani Ratnam, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas. The 10-day film gala has returned with its first on-ground edition after a gap of three years. It commenced with the ceremony,…

Bangladeshi actor on working with Shyam Benegal on ‘Mujib’

Bangladeshi actor Arifin Shuvoo says he considers himself fortunate that he got the opportunity to collaborate with Indian cinema veteran Shyam Benegal for the biographical drama Mujib: The Making of a Nation. The India-Bangladesh co-production narrates the life story of the first president of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was…

Westlife singer Nicky Byrne talks about India tour

It will be a couple of hours of letting your hair down, enjoying a night out, and reliving the special memories of teenage years, says Westlife member Nicky Byrne about the Irish band's upcoming three-city tour to India. The global best-selling pop band, comprising Byrne, Kian Egan, Shane Filan, and…

Aberdeen mum and young son die in Mumbai fire

In a tragic incident in Mumbai, India, a mother, and her young son from Aberdeen lost their lives in a fire on Monday (23). Dr Glory Valthaty, 43, and her eight-year-old son, Joshua, were visiting relatives when the building they were staying in (Veena Santoor) became enveloped in fire and…

Kamal Haasan and Mani Ratnam collaborate after 36 years

Veteran actor Kamal Haasan and celebrated filmmaker Mani Ratnam have joined forces after a long gap of 36 years. The duo last collaborated on the 1987 cult gangster drama Nayakan, which turned out to be an instant blockbuster at the box office. The two are now coming together for a…

Harrdy Sandhu announces maiden India tour

Singer-actor Harrdy Sandhu on Friday announced his first ever all-India tour titled In My Feelings. The musical tour, which will kickstart on November 18 and conclude in December, will travel to cities such as Delhi, Indore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Pune, and Bhubaneswar. Sandhu, known for songs such as "Bijlee Bijlee",…

Richa Chadha to receive award from Consul General of France

Actress Richa Chadha will be awarded the title of ‘Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ from the French government for her significant contributions in the field of arts. Jean-Marc Sere-Charlet, the Consul General of France in Mumbai, will present the award to Chadha on October 28 on the…

Hardik Pandya to miss England game: reports

INDIA all-rounder Hardik Pandya will reportedly miss the World Cup match against England in Lucknow on Sunday (29) as he continues to recover from an ankle injury. Pandya, 30, twisted his ankle last Thursday (19) during the game against Bangladesh in Pune and limped off the field in pain. He…

Jim Sarbh soars on Rocket Boys’ wings

A PROLIFIC stage actor who was listed in Forbes India’s 30 under 30 list in 2015 for his contributions to the Mumbai theatre industry, Jim Sarbh, notched up his first cinema role in the acclaimed biographical drama Neerja (2016), as the terrorist, Khalil. The award-winning actor has since then delivered…

Mani Ratnam, Luca Guadagnino to receive Excellence in Cinema Award…

Renowned filmmakers Mani Ratnam and Luca Guadagnino will be honoured with the Excellence in Cinema Award at the 2023 Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, the organisers announced on Wednesday. The award, which honours individuals who have made outstanding, long-lasting contributions to the world of film and cinema, will be bestowed…

Urooj Ashfaq: New crown princess of laughter

WHEN Urooj Ashfaq delivered shows in London followed by a month-long run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, she didn’t expect to create history. The young stand-up talent became the first Indian to win a prestigious best comedy newcomer award at the world famous festival. Her ac - claimed show Oh…

Cricket flaws raise big questions about India’s Olympic ambitions

INDIA’S competence to stage the Olympics, which prime minister Narendra Modi wants to do, has been questioned by Simon Wilde, cricket correspondent of The Times, who has written a blistering article about the alleged mismanagement of the World Cup currently under way. Wilde took the Board of Control for Cricket…

Shane Bond joins Rajasthan Royals

FORMER New Zealand cricketer Shane Bond will be the assistant and fast bowling coach for Rajasthan Royals in the 2024 season, the Indian Premier League franchise announced on Monday (23). Bond, 48, replaces Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga, who returned to Mumbai Indians after serving two seasons as Royals’ fast-bowling coach. The…

Ireland eyes enhanced trade ties with India

WHAT is the most important difference between Ireland and the United Kingdom? The answer is Brexit. Ireland is taking full advantage of its continued membership of the European Union – and seeking to attract new investment from India. This is why Ireland has opened a consulate in Mumbai, India’s commercial…

Biden honours two Indian-American scientists with top scientific awards

US president Joe Biden bestowed the country's highest scientific awards upon two Indian-American scientists, Ashok Gadgil and Subra Suresh, in recognition of their significant contributions to the field of science and technology. Gadgil, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, was honoured with the prestigious…

India rejects Pakistan’s Kashmir mention at UN security council

INDIA has said it will treat a reference by Pakistan to Kashmir during a security council meeting on the Israel-Gaza situation with the contempt it deserves and will not dignify it with a response. The remarks by India’s deputy permanent representative at the UN, Ambassador R Ravindra, came on Tuesday…

De Kock leads batting carnage as South Africa trounce Bangladesh

Quinton de Kock spearheaded South Africa's aggressive batting onslaught, smashing an explosive 174 runs on Tuesday (24). Their stellar performance resulted in a resounding victory over Bangladesh by a massive 149-run margin, keeping them firmly on track for a spot in the semi-finals of the 50-overs World Cup. De Kock…

Brydon Carse to replace injured Topley as England aim for…

PACER Brydon Carse will replace injured Reece Topley in England's World Cup squad, the ICC announced on Monday (23). Topley fractured his left index finger during the defending champions' 229-run loss to South Africa in Mumbai on Saturday (21), their second defeat in a row. Carse, whose last international appearance…

England bowl first on Stokes return

BEN STOKES returned for faltering champions England on Saturday (21) as they made three changes before skipper Jos Buttler opted to field in a crunch World Cup clash against South Africa. The star all-rounder, who made 84 in England's 2019 World Cup final win, is playing his first game of…

Pearl V Puri Interview: ‘I love characters who aren’t very…

Pearl V Puri, a well-known face on Indian television, makes his silver screen debut with this week’s release Yaariyan 2, directed by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru. As the title aptly suggests, the film is a spiritual sequel to the 2014 hit Yaariyan. Easter Eye recently met Pearl at T-Series’…

Bright future for India-UK business

THE outlook is very bright for British Indian businessmen (and women) if a UK-India Free Trade Agreement is signed – as prime ministers Rishi Sunak and Narendra Modi hope to do by the end of 2023 or at the latest by early next year. A senior Indian government source has…

We were clear we wanted newcomers for ‘The Archies’: Zoya…

Director Zoya Akhtar on Thursday said she and writer Reema Kagti didn't want to cast established names for the upcoming film The Archies as stars come with the baggage of their image. The Archies is an Indian live-action musical movie based on the popular American comics of the same name.…

Ed Sheeran sets final gig of new tour in Mumbai…

British pop star Ed Sheeran will be returning to India after six years with his new tour ‘+ - = ÷ x’. The 32-year-old musician will perform at Mumbai's Mahalaxmi Racecourse on March 16, 2024, as part of the Asia and Europe tour, also called The Mathematics tour, the organisers…

Canada withdraws 41 diplomats from India

Canada's foreign affairs minister, Melanie Joly has announced the withdrawal of 41 diplomats and their family members from India. She said the decision was made following India's threat to revoke their diplomatic immunity. The move comes amidst a diplomatic dispute surrounding the killing of a Sikh separatist, escalating tensions between…

Kashmiri singer speaks about his journey to Top 20 on…

What could be more satisfying than attaining your dream? The same thing happened to a young Kashmiri singer Afaq Shafi, who made it to the Top 20 of the singing reality show Indian Idol 14. Hailing from Shalimar, Afaq has longed to perform on the stage of the singing reality…

‘Play on Words’ will celebrate Wodehouse’s legacy in India

PG WODEHOUSE’S step-great-grandson, Hal Cazalet, is going to India at the end of October for a month with a oneman show, Play on Words. Wodehouse’s brand of humour has special appeal for Indians. The show is meant to be “an evening of music, laughter, romance and glamour” to highlight Wodehouse’s…

Israeli Indian woman reveals terror of music festival attack

AT LEAST two Israeli women security officers of Indian origin were killed in the unprecedented attack carried out by the Palestinian militant group Hamas earlier this month, official sources and people from the community confirmed last Sunday (15). Lieutenant Or Moses, 22, a commander in the Home Front Command, from…

BBC impartiality and Israel-Hamas conflict

THE government is pressuring the BBC to refer to Hamas as “terrorists” instead of “militants” or “fighters” in its news reports. But ministers should reflect on the consequences of taking such a stance. The BBC is part of British soft power precisely because it is independent of government. Take, for…

Dutch ready to ‘beat any side’ after win over Proteas

THE Netherlands are confident they "can beat any side" after a shock win over South Africa, with skipper Scott Edwards eyeing a spot in the World Cup semi-finals. The Dutch stunned South Africa by 38 runs in a rain-reduced 43-overs-a-side contest in Dharamsala on Tuesday (17) for their first win…

Kareena’s ‘The Buckingham Murders’ to open Jio MAMI Mumbai Film…

The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival (October 27 to November 5) has announced that this year’s Opening Night film will be The Buckingham Murders, directed by Hansal Mehta, produced by Ektaa R Kapoor, and co-produced by Indian actress and star Kareena Kapoor Khan, who will all attend the film’s red-carpet…

Salman, Rani, Raveena attend Hema Malini’s 75 birthday bash

Actress Hema Malini, fondly known as Bollywood's Dream Girl, turned 75 today. Marking her special day, she hosted a birthday bash for the members of the film industry. And guess what? The who's who of Bollywood arrived at the party to celebrate Hema Malini's birthday. From Rekha, Anupam Kher, and…

Two Indian-origin Israeli security officers killed in Hamas attack

At least two Israeli women security officers of Indian origin were killed in the unprecedented attack orchestrated by the Palestinian militant group Hamas earlier this month, official sources and members of the community confirmed on Sunday (15). Lieutenant Or Moses, 22, a commander in the Home Front Command, from Ashdod,…

IOC decision on 2036 Olympics host not before 2026

THE decision on which city will host the 2036 summer Olympics will be taken in three years’ time at the earliest, the International Olympic Committee said on Sunday (15). India this week declared interest in staging the Olympics in 2036, with prime minister Narendra Modi addressing the IOC leadership at…

‘Sahela’ to have South Asia premiere at Mumbai International Film…

Filmmaker Raghuvir Joshi's feature Sahela is set to have its South Asia premiere at the Jio MAMI Mumbai International Film Festival in the Focus South Asia section. An Australian production, the English-Hindi language film is set within the vibrant Indian community of Western Sydney. Shot in Australia, the movie is…

Cricket moves closer to inclusion in 2028 Olympics

CRICKET'S more than 100-year Olympic exile moved closer to ending after the sport was approved for inclusion at the 2028 Los Angeles Games by the International Olympic Committee's executive board on Friday (13). IOC president Thomas Bach, speaking after the second day of an executive board meeting in Mumbai, said…

Japanese Film Festival India kick starts with ‘We Made a…

The sixth edition of the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) India started in New Delhi with the screening of legendary screenwriter Yuji Sakamoto's upcoming venture We Made a Beautiful Bouquet, directed by Nobuhiro Doi. The four-month-long touring festival, organised in association with PVR INOX, will take place in seven cities across…

Survey reveals 90 per cent Indians prefer to watch movies…

Big-screen cinema magic is still thriving in India, says a new survey by ticketing platform BookMyShow, which spoke to moviegoers in 650 towns and cities across the country to understand their preferred entertainment mode. The report, titled ‘The CineFiles’, was launched yesterday ahead of the National Cinema Day on Friday.…

India vs Pakistan match: Fans throng Ahmedabad hospitals for overnight…

CRICKET fever has gripped Ahmedabad ahead of Saturday's (14) World Cup group stage clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan and a visit to the hospitals near the venue of the match in the western Indian city clearly shows the degree of excitement. Quite a few of the hospitals have seen…

Palak Purswani: Top roles and reality TV

BECOMING an actress and TV personality was never a part of the plan for Palak Purswani. The Nagpur-born beauty had initially arrived in Mumbai to become a stylist, but then got an unexpected TV break on reality TV show MTV Splitsvilla in 2014. She has since forged an impressive acting…

Mira Nair to head jury at Jio MAMI Mumbai Film…

Indian-American filmmaker Mira Nair is welcomed to the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival this year to preside over the jury of the South Asian Competition. Anupama Chopra, Festival Director at Jio MAMI, says, “We are thrilled to welcome Mira as the head of our festival jury. We have collaborated with…

Manoj Bajpayee’s ‘Joram’ to get global theatrical release

Devashish Makhija's survival thriller Joram, which is playing at the Busan International Film Festival, will be released theatrically worldwide by Zee Studios in December, reported Variety. The film, which premiered earlier this year in Rotterdam, is part of Busan's A Window on Asian Cinema strand. Manoj Bajpayee, who previously appeared…

Cricket to feature in 2028 Olympics after more than a…

Cricket could feature in the Olympics for the first time since 1900 after organisers of the 2028 Los Angeles Games on Monday (9) recommended its inclusion. In a statement, LA28 listed the Twenty20 version of cricket as one of the proposed 'new' sports alongside baseball/softball, flag football - a non-contact…

There’s global reckoning when it comes to colonisation: Siddharth Roy…

Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur believes it is the right time to bring author William Dalrymple’s The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company on screen as the world today is evaluating the effect of colonisation. His banner Roy Kapur Films and American studio Wiip officially announced the series…

Nushrratt Bharuccha reaches India from Israel after Hamas attack

Bollywood actress Nushrratt Bharuccha landed in Mumbai on Sunday afternoon after being stranded in Israel following the attack on the country by Hamas militants. The 38-year-old actress exited the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport around 2:30 p.m. Almost teary-eyed, Bharuccha requested the media personnel gathered in huge numbers outside the…

British comedian Jimmy Carr announces his first India tour

Days after Emmy award-winning TV host and comedian Trevor Noah wrapped up his Off The Record Tour in India, now Jimmy Carr is set to perform in the country as part of his upcoming Terribly Funny show world tour. The British comedian has announced his India tour for January next…

Indian actress’ husband to be probed for road homicide over…

Indian actress Gayatri Joshi and her husband Vikas Oberoi were involved in a car accident on Wednesday (4) while travelling in Italy. In a shocking turn of events, Oberoi, the husband of the 'Swades' actress is set to be probed for road homicide that killed two Swiss nationals. He may…

Grammy winner Ricky Kej slams comedian Trevor Noah

Three-time Grammy award-winning musician Ricky Kej on Wednesday slammed Trevor Noah, a few days after the comedian's Off The Record show in Bengaluru got cancelled due to "technical issues" which left his fans disappointed. Taking to X, Kej responded to Noah's farewell post and wrote, “While I do agree that…

Trevor Noah finishes India tour

Popular comedian Trevor Noah on Wednesday concluded his India trip that saw him perform at stand-up shows in Delhi and Mumbai, while his gigs in Bengaluru were cancelled due to "technical issues". Taking to microblogging site X, the South African comedian shared photos of his trip to the iconic Taj…

Victoria & Albert to loan ‘Tiger Claws’ weapon to India

INDIA’S Maharashtra state government on Tuesday (3) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London for the loan of a 17th century ‘Tiger Claws’ weapon for an exhibition in the country. Maharashtra minister for cultural affairs, Sudhir Munganitwar, signed the agreement with V&A…

‘Tora’s Husband’: Rima Das nominated as best director at Asia…

National Award-winning filmmaker Rima Das has been nominated in the best director category for her film Tora's Husband at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) 2023 alongside Past Lives filmmaker Celine Song. Filmmakers Darkhan Tulegenov (Brothers) and Liang Ming (Carefree Days) are also nominated in the segment. Das, known for…

Trevor Noah roasts Bengaluru venue after cancelling shows

Stand-up comedian and TV host Trevor Noah has come down heavily on the organisers of his cancelled Bengaluru event. For the uninitiated, two of his shows scheduled at the Manpho Convention Centre in Bengaluru on September 27 and 28 were called off at the last minute due to a technical…

India ready to raise curtain on World Cup

INDIA target a third World Cup when cricket's global showpiece gets underway on Thursday (5) with the country buoyed by a growing, international self-confidence and with a sport which unites and divides the sub-continent like no other on the verge of joining the Olympic elite. The epic tournament features 10…

Raja Kumari excited to start ‘The Bridge World Tour’ from…

Grammy Award-nominated rapper Raja Kumari is set to kickstart her 'The Bridge World' tour from her ancestral hometown Hyderabad. "I am very excited to start the tour in Hyderabad, my ancestral hometown. The Bridge World Tour is a manifestation straight off my vision board. Paying homage to my roots by…

SRK’s ‘Jawan’ becomes highest grossing Hindi film, surpasses ‘Gadar 2’

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s recently released action thriller Jawan continues to achieve new heights. The film has now emerged as the highest-grossing Hindi film in the country. On Thursday, the film collected an impressive figure, taking its total collection to £50.25 million. With this, SRK’s action thriller has surpassed…

Probe ordered into Tamil actor Vishal’s bribery allegations against censor…

India’s Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Friday said the government has “zero tolerance” for corruption and has initiated an inquiry into the claim by Tamil actor Vishal that he paid a bribe to obtain censor certification of the Hindi version for his film Mark Antony. On Thursday the actor…

Trevor Noah announces cancellation of Bengaluru shows citing ‘technical issues’

Popular comedian Trevor Noah, who is in India for a comedy tour, called off two stand-up shows in Bengaluru due to "technical issues" and apologised to the audience members for the inconvenience. After three gigs in New Delhi last week, the 39-year-old comedian was scheduled to perform at the Manpho…

Siddharth Kara’s ‘Cobalt Red’: Shortlist spot for mining the truth

THE just-announced shortlist for the Financial Times and Schroders Business Book of the Year 2023 includes Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives by Indian-origin author Siddharth Kara. According to the FT, “Cobalt Red is the searing, first-ever exposé of the immense toll taken on the…

‘Fantastic chance’ as India hope to end World Cup drought

ROHIT SHARMA's India face "humongous" expectations from fans in their cricket-crazy nation to end a world title drought by winning the World Cup at home. India's last major title was the 2013 Champions Trophy, which came after Mahendra Singh Dhoni lifted the 2011 World Cup in Mumbai. The 50-over marquee…

Prime Video sets October 6 premiere for ‘Mumbai Diaries’ season…

The second season of the critically acclaimed medical drama Mumbai Diaries will arrive on Prime Video on October 6, the streamer said Wednesday. According to a press release, the new chapter will unfold with the doctors, trainees, and staff of Bombay General Hospital dealing with "the aftermath of the terror…

Canadian lentil sales to India slump amidst diplomatic tensions

CANADIAN lentil sales to India have slowed since prime minister Justin Trudeau said last week he suspected India of involvement in an assassination on Canadian soil, fearing reprisal from New Delhi that could limit trade, industry sources in both countries say. Trudeau said that Canada was "actively pursuing credible allegations"…

NHS pioneer and community leader Dr Oza, 96, passes away

A PIONEERING Asian doctor who served in the NHS for nearly four decades and was a respected community leader passed away last week at the age of 96. Dr Shivkumar Oza MBBS, FRCS (Lon), was the general secretary of the Overseas Doctors Association in Nottingham and was known for supporting…

Indian dressage team wins historic Asian Games gold medal

In a historic achievement, India's dressage team clinched its first-ever Asian Games gold medal, marking only the second victory in this discipline's history. The quartet of Sudipti Hajela, Divyakriti Singh, Vipul Hriday Chheda, and Anush Agarwalla successfully lived up to the high expectations on Tuesday (26) in Hangzhou. The Indian…

Copyright row in India sparks social media storm after Brandon…

A COPYRIGHT infringement case between two Indian photoblogs has caught public attention after Humans of New York founder Brandon Stanton slammed the “profit motive” behind the art of storytelling. Humans of Bombay (HOB), launched in Mumbai in 2014, has sued its rival People of India, claiming infringement of intellectual property…

‘Dev Anand @ 100’ film festival kicks off with ‘Johny…

A film festival celebrating the birth centenary of screen icon Dev Anand opened on Saturday evening with packed shows of the actor's popular films Johny Mera Naam and Guide at PVR Juhu, Mumbai. The two-day event named 'Dev Anand @ 100 - Forever Young', curated by Film Heritage Foundation (FHF),…

Delhi traffic, poor timekeeping and Trump: Trevor Noah hits right…

He came, he saw, he joked. Smiles and laughter filled the jam-packed auditorium of JLN stadium as celebrated stand-up artist Trevor Noah kickstarted the Indian leg of his 'Off The Record' tour in New Delhi. Performing his debut gig in India, Noah, who grew up in South Africa watching Bollywood…

Salman Khan unveils trailer for Punjabi film ‘Maujaan Hi Maujaan’

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan on Thursday unveiled the trailer of Punjabi actor Gippy Grewal’s upcoming film Maujaan Hi Maujaan. Taking to Instagram, Salman shared the trailer which he captioned, “Best wishes for the film Maujaan Hi Maujaan.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Salman Khan…

G7 ban on Russian diamonds to face opposition from India,…

THE European Union and the G7 countries will face opposition from India and South African company De Beers over rival schemes for a ban on Russian diamonds, reported The Times. The EU and the G7 countries are expected to announce an import ban on Russian diamonds in the next 2-3…

3 Idiots’ fame actor Akhil Mishra dies at 67

Actor Akhil Mishra, best known for his role in 3 Idiots, died after a fall at his residence in Mumbai on Wednesday evening, said a publicist for his actor-wife Suzanne Bernert. He was 67. The publicist said Mishra, who had blood pressure issues, succumbed to injuries following the accident in…

Trevor Noah spotted at Delhi Airport, to perform live for…

Global comedian Trevor Noah is in India. Yes, you read it right. The former The Daily Show host was spotted at Delhi Airport on Thursday morning. He is in the national capital for his 'Off The Record- India Tour’. Take a look at pictures of Trevor captured by ANI at…

Sonam Kapoor joins Jio MAMI as brand ambassador for Word…

Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor will return as the brand ambassador for Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival's market initiative ‘Word to Screen’. The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival is back with its on-ground edition after a gap of three years. It will take place from October 27 to November 5 in…

Mahindra’s associate firm in Canada winds up

MAHINDRA & MAHINDRA on Thursday (21) said its Canada-based associate firm Resson Aerospace Corporation has ceased to exist. The Mumbai-based automaker held an 11.18 per cent stake in the firm which had filed for a voluntary winding-up. "Resson has received a Certificate of Dissolution from Corporations Canada dated September 20,…

Feroz Khan: From an Indian extra to a real life…

A FABULOUS career saw Feroz Khan go from playing supporting roles to headlining films as an actor, director and producer. Born on September 25, 1939, he left behind an impressive body of work including all-time classics before passing away on April 27, 2009, aged 69. Eastern Eye decided to mark…

Kareena Kapoor Khan: Daring to have new dreams

AFTER entertaining cinema audiences for 23 years, Kareena Kapoor Khan is now stepping into the streaming world with the new Netflix thriller Jaane Jaan, which had its global premiere on her birthday on Thursday (21). Helmed by Sujoy Ghosh, the acclaimed director of Kahaani (2012) and Badla (2019), the film…

Vivek Ramaswamy says there is no ‘wokeism’ or ‘transgenderism’ in…

VIVEK RAMASWAMY is said to be “rising” in opinion polls in America in his bid to seek the Republican candidacy. In an attempt to appeal to white Christian fundamentalists who are concerned about a brown man not of their faith running for the White House, Ramaswamy has been claiming that…

Sher-Gil’s Indian art ‘The Story Teller’ sets record

AVANT-GARDE artist Amrita Sher-Gil’s oil on canvas The Story Teller has unseated Sayed Haider Raza’s Gestation as the most expensive work of Indian art sold at auction worldwide. The 1937 artwork went for `618 million (£6m) in New Delhi last Saturday (16) at Saffronart’s Evening Sale: Modern Art. Featured in…

Rana Daggubati excited about Jio MAMI Film Festival 2023

Actor Rana Daggubati is extremely excited about the upcoming edition of Jio MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image) Mumbai Film Festival 2023. He believes that film festivals are a great opportunity to showcase new cinematic voices and tell stories that otherwise find it very difficult to find a platform in…

Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal sent to judicial custody

AN INDIAN court has remanded Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal to 14-day judicial custody in a money laundering case. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Goyal on September 1 under under money laundering laws following a long session of questioning. The 74-year-old businessman was produced before a Mumbai court at the…

Tagore’s Santiniketan enters UNESCO World Heritage List

Santiniketan, the renowned location in India’s West Bengal, where poet Rabindranath Tagore established Visva-Bharati more than a century ago, has received UNESCO World Heritage List recognition. The announcement was made by the international organisation via a Twitter post on Sunday (17). "New inscription on the @UNESCO #WorldHeritage List: Santiniketan, #India.…

Deepika on starring in SRK’s ‘Jawan’: Whenever he wants, I…

Actor Deepika Padukone on Friday said she never thought about the length of her role in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Jawan as she has a lot of love for the actor and would always be there for him. Deepika, who made her debut opposite Shah Rukh in Om Shanti Om in…

Top luxury brands lease space in Mukesh Ambani’s Mumbai mall

GUCCI, Cartier and Louis Vuitton are among brands to sign leases for stores in Indian tycoon Mukesh Ambani's new Mumbai mall, as luxury firms and Reliance Industries seek to profit from strong economic growth and a rapid rise in the number of millionaires. The Jio World Plaza, which an industry…

Veteran actor Rio Kapadia dies at 66

Veteran actor Rio Kapadia, best known for films such as Dil Chahta Hai, Chak De! India, and Happy New Year, passed away after a battle with cancer this afternoon, his friend Faisal Malik said. He was 66. "He passed away in the afternoon at around 12:30 pm. He was suffering…

Bohemian Rhapsody as Freddie Mercury auction nets millions

QUEEN frontman and rockstar Freddie Mercury’s Parsi heritage was celebrated more than 30 years after his death, as Sotheby’s in London conducted the first of six auctions of his belongings last Wednesday (6). A 16th-century Indian miniature depicting A Prince on Horseback With His Entourage sold for £266,700, against an…

TOP 10 performances of Rajkummar Rao

PROLIFIC actor Rajkummar Rao has racked up an impressive body of work since making his movie debut in 2010. The acclaimed Indian performer has shown off his versatility in diverse genres that range from comedy to hard-hitting drama. He has added to his acclaimed work with newly released Netflix series…

‘Sholay’ actor Satinder Kumar Khosla passes away

Veteran actor Satinder Kumar Khosla, popularly known as Birbal, has died. He was in his 80s. Khosla breathed his last on Tuesday evening at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Hospital. His friend Jugnu confirmed the news of the demise of the Sholay actor to ANI. Khosla passed away due to cardiac arrest. His…

Pop group Westlife to come to India with ‘The Wild…

Popular Irish music group Westlife is set to enthrall fans in India as the band travels to the country for its much-anticipated "The Wild Dreams" Tour this November. The global bestselling pop band, consisting of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Shane Filan and Mark Feehily, will perform live in Mumbai, Bengaluru,…

Film Heritage Foundation announces two-day festival to celebrate Dev Anand’s…

A film festival celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of screen icon Dev Anand will be held later this month, the Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) announced Monday. Dev Anand, star of films such as Hum Dono, Tere Ghar Ke Samne, CID, and Guide, will be honoured ahead of his birthday on…

SRK’s ‘Jawan’ gets off to rumbustious start with drumbeats and…

With crackers and confetti, dancing and drumbeats, and whistles galore, Shah Rukh Khan’s Jawan got off to an exuberant start on Thursday morning with audiences streaming into theatres across India– all the way from Srinagar to Chennai. The thriller in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu is directed by South filmmaker Atlee,…

Firdaus Hassan: ‘I’m a very positive person, but I lost…

Actor Firdaus Hassan got exposed to the magical world of cinema much later in his life, but once he saw a few films, he knew his calling. After honing his acting skills in theatre in Delhi, he moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in films. The actor can be…

Mahesh Babu gives shout-out to ‘Jawan’, Shah Rukh Khan reacts

Ahead of the release of the much-anticipated Bollywood film Jawan, well-known Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu wished Shah Rukh Khan luck for the film's massive success. Mahesh Babu took to X and wrote, "It's time for #Jawan!!! The frenzy and power of @iamsrk are on full display!! Wishing the team an…

“Looking forward to bringing Miss Universe Crown back to India”:…

Miss Diva Universe 2023 Shweta Sharda is doing her best to bring back the Miss Universe Crown to India. Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu was crowned Miss Universe 2021, and now Shweta wants to emulate this success. As she returned to her hometown Chandigarh, she spoke to the media and said, “A…

‘I’m very proud’: Muttiah Muralitharan as Sachin Tendulkar unveils trailer…

Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan is excited as the trailer for his biopic film titled 800 was launched on Tuesday. Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and former Sri Lankan all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya unveiled the official trailer in Mumbai. “I am very proud because they came (Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya)…

India likely to be renamed as Bharat: reports

INDIA’S government is likely to bring a resolution to rename the country as “Bharat”, media reports have said. President Draupadi Murmu’s invite to G20 heads of state for a dinner later this week came in the name of “President of Bharat” instead of the usual ‘President of India’. This triggered…

Rajveer Deol, Paloma’s debut film ‘Dono’ official trailer unveiled

Makers of the upcoming romantic drama film Dono on Monday unveiled the film’s official trailer. Directed by Avnish S. Barjatya, Dono marks the acting debut of Sunny Deol’s son Rajveer Deol, and actor Poonam Dhillon’s daughter Paloma. Taking to Instagram, Rajshri Productions shared the trailer which they captioned, “Drum Roll!…

Naresh Goyal used Jet Airways funds for ‘personal enrichment’

JET AIRWAYS founder Naresh Goyal used the money borrowed by the now-defunct airline for his “personal gains and enrichment,” India’s economic intelligence agency has said. The Enforcement Directorate arrested Goyal on Friday (1) night following a complaint of a Rs 5.38 billion (£51 million) loan fraud filed by the state-owned…

Sunny Deol-starrer ‘Gadar 2’ enters £50 million club

The craze among the fans for Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel starrer Gadar 2 doesn’t seem to end soon. The film has now achieved another milestone as it has now entered the much-coveted £50 million club at the domestic box office. Taking to Instagram, noted trade analyst and film critic…

India vs Pakistan: Cricketers bonhomie ease the edge

VIRAT KOHLI walked up to Haris Rauf and they hugged each other and exchanged a few words and laughter. Perhaps, they were having a bit of a joke about those two sixes on a starry Melbourne night last year. It wasn't a mere put on. There was a touching genuineness…

Shanmugaratnam joins growing list of Indian-origin global leaders

WITH Tharman Shanmugaratnam winning Singapore's presidential election, he joins a long list of Indian-origin leaders who are dominating politics at important world capitals. Shanmugaratnam, 66, received 70.4 per cent of the votes in the presidential election held on Friday (1). "Singaporeans have chosen Tharman Shanmugaratnam to be our next president…

Prime Video announces premiere date for crime-drama ‘Bambai Meri Jaan’

Prime Video announced the global premiere of its upcoming crime drama, Bambai Meri Jaan. The 10-part Amazon Original series will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in India and across 240 countries and territories on 14 September. Produced by Excel Media and Entertainment’s Ritesh Sidhwani, Kassim Jagmagia, and Farhan Akhtar, with…

Birthday Special: 5 films that prove Rajkummar Rao’s versatility

Rajkummar Rao is a versatile actor known for his ability to tackle a wide range of roles and genres. His success in the film industry can be attributed, in large part, to his wise choice of diverse and flexible stories. As the award-winning actor celebrates his birthday today, we take…

Creative hunger was getting a little lost in TV: Mohit…

He became a household name with Devon Ke Dev - Mahadev but actor Mohit Raina says he took a break from television as he felt his creative hunger was getting lost there. The actor, who is known for his performance across three mediums: TV, films, and streaming such as Devon…

Sadhana: Style icon to Bollywood star

HAVING her career cut short by a medical condition didn’t stop Sadhana from becoming one of the greatest leading ladies in Hindi cinema history. The Bollywood actress went from being a backing dancer to becoming a hugely successful star with one of the greatest hit rates of all time.  This…

Ugandan Asian tale of exile, context and homecoming

LUCY FULFORD, a 34-year-old freelance journalist and filmmaker, has written a personal book, The Exiled: Empire, Immigration and the Ugandan Asian Exodus, about the Asian expulsions from Uganda. What is different about her account is how she has woven her own story and that of her family into the larger…

How Rohit Sharma hopes to win World Cup crown for…

ROHIT SHARMA understands the pressure that a home World Cup brings, but the Indian captain said he wanted to “insulate” himself from outside chatter as he embarks on a tough journey to win the country’s first ICC trophy in a decade. Shouldering more than a billion hopes, Sharma, 36, is…

Asian eateries turn to fusion cuisine as recipe for success

VARIETY is the spice of life, as the saying goes, and the restaurant sector is embracing this with new fusion cuisines and combinations. Palmito, an Ecuadorean-Indian restaurant in Brighton, Sussex, is among the businesses earning rave reviews with dishes such as grilled squid in a Keralan roast style sauce, and…

Asians Ahir Shah and Urooj Ashfaq win top prizes at…

BRITISH Asian stand-up Ahir Shah won the best show award at the 2023 Edinburgh Comedy Awards for his show Ends. Shah, who was previously nominated for the top comedy prize at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2017 and 2018, dedicated the prize to his wife-tobe, and to his late director…

Netflix sets December 7 premiere for ‘The Archies’

The Archies, director Zoya Akhtar's live-action musical movie based on the popular American comics of the same name, will debut on Netflix on December 7. The Archies marks the acting debut of superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan; Sridevi and film producer Boney Kapoor’s daughter Khushi…

Leander Paes says India will take time to produce singles…

Indian tennis legend Leander Paes has said it will take time for the country to produce a singles champion despite the progress in the game. Paes, who has a total of 18 grand slam titles in men's doubles and mixed doubles, said India will have to be realistic with its…

Miss World beauty contest to be held in India’s Kashmir

THE Miss World beauty contest will be held in Indian Kashmir as part of a month-long series of events across India, organisers have said. Miss World Organization chair Julia Morley said India will host a month-long series of events for the annual international beauty pageant from November to December, with…

Ahir Shah, Urooj Ashfaq win top honours at Edinburgh Comedy…

British Asian stand-up Ahir Shah has won the Best Show award at the 2023 Edinburgh Comedy Awards for his show Ends. Shah, who had previously been nominated for the top comedy prize at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2017 and 2018, dedicated the prize to his wife-to-be, and to his…

Veteran Bollywood lyricist Dev Kohli passes away at 80

Veteran Hindi film lyricist Dev Kohli passed away in Mumbai on Saturday, He was 80. Kohli is famed for his songs in over 100 films including Maine Pyar Kiya, Baazigar, Judwaa 2, Musafir, Shoot Out At Lokhandwala, and Taxi No. 9211. He has collaborated with music directors like Anu Malik,…

Good cinema gets acknowledged: Bhansali as ‘Gangubai…’ wins 5 National…

Good cinema gets acknowledged and a pat on the back from a respectful jury always brings joy, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali said on Thursday after his lavishly-mounted period biopic Gangubai Kathiawadi won five National Film Awards, including Best Actress honour for Alia Bhatt. Bhansali won two awards -- for best…

Badenoch launches campaign to double trade with India by 2030

Business and trade secretary, Kemi Badenoch, introduced the "Alive with Opportunity" campaign on Thursday (24). The aim of the campaign is to facilitate the augmentation of trade with India by 2030, employing a range of focused trade missions tailored for UK enterprises operating within rapidly expanding industries. The cabinet minister,…

Veteran actor Seema Deo dies at 81

Veteran actor Seema Deo, remembered for her roles in Anand and Kora Kagaz, died in Mumbai on Thursday morning due to age-related ailments, her filmmaker son Abhinay Deo said. She was 81. The actor, who acted in over 80 Hindi and Marathi films, passed away at her Bandra home. She…

10 reasons to get excited about Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Jawan’

THE next big Bollywood blockbuster release is action entertainer Jawan. Shah Rukh Khan headlines the unique looking film and will be hoping to carry on the momentum generated by his super hit thriller Pathaan earlier this year. The September 7 release has been shrouded in secrecy since it went into…

Seven Instagram dancing accounts worth following

PERFORMANCE-BASED reels being massively popular online has led towards rising stars from different dance disciplines showing off their skills. The social media stars of all ages, from young children to the elderly, regularly produce eye-catching reels that reach millions around the world. Eastern Eye decided to celebrate some of these…

Praful Patel: Pioneer paved the way for Ugandan Asians

PRAFUL PATEL, who has died in Mumbai, aged 84, made a startling claim about the Ugandan Asian crisis in his last interview with Eastern Eye. He revealed that the British government was aware that Idi Amin was planning to expel Uganda’s entire Asian population before the African dictator made his…

Tragic railway bridge collapse claims 17 lives in India’s Mizoram

AT LEAST labourers working on a railway bridge being built across a ravine in India's eastern Mizoram state were killed when it collapsed on Wednesday (23), officials said, with others reported missing. Video footage posted by Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga showed a metal frame that had toppled off towering columns…

Anuvab Pal and department of clever comedy

A STAND-OUT show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe is The Department of Britishness. The latest offering from acclaimed Indian stand-up comedian Anuvab Pal is a laughter-filled look at embracing Britishness and continues his strong run of live UK performances.  It also adds to an impressive body of work that has…

Special screenings at Indian schools to watch moon landing

EXCITEMENT rose in India on Tuesday (22) on the eve of a much-anticipated moon landing, with prayers held for its success, schools marshalling students to watch a live telecast of the event and space enthusiasts organising parties to celebrate. The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft was scheduled to…

Campaign to showcase India as premier wedding destination

INDIA’S Ministry of Tourism last Saturday (19) launched a campaign to showcase the country as a premier wedding destination. Officials said the drive will also aim to unlock the potential of India's huge wedding industry. Federal Minister for Tourism, G Kishan Reddy, said at the launch, “Today marks the beginning…

US court stays extradition of Tahawwur Rana

A US court has ordered a stay on the extradition of Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana to India where he faces a trial for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Rana, 62, faces charges for his role in the Mumbai attacks and is known to be associated with…

Shekhar Kapur confirms casting Shabana Azmi in ‘Masoom’ sequel

Celebrated filmmaker Shekhar Kapur is presently busy with pre-production work of his next directorial venture Masoom: The Next Generation. As the title aptly suggests, the film is a sequel to his 1983 film Masoom, which featured Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi in lead roles along with Tanuja, Supriya Pathak, and…

India’s anticipation grows as moon landing nears

Excitement rose in India on Tuesday (22) on the eve of a much-anticipated moon landing, with prayers held for its success, schools marshalling students to watch a live telecast of the event and space enthusiasts organising parties to celebrate. The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft is scheduled to…

Gujarati businessman embarks on sentimental car journey from India to…

AN Ahmedabad-based businessman has embarked on a special journey in a cherished UK-made vintage car to mark 76 years of India's independence as well as a personal family milestone. Daman Thakore, 50, will be accompanied by his 75-year-old father, 21-year-old daughter, and a close-knit group of friends and family as…

Radhika Madan becomes jury member at Emmy Awards 2023

Actress Radhika Madan is on cloud nine as she became a part of the jury panel at the International Emmy Awards 2023. Radhika took to Instagram on Sunday and shared her excitement with her fans and gave them a glimpse of the semi-final round of the judging session. In the…

The captivating fashion of ‘Made in Heaven’ Season 2

The highly anticipated second season of "Made in Heaven" debuted on Prime Video on August 10. Developed by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, the series centres around Tara Khanna (Sobhita Dhulipala) and Karan Mehra (Arjun Mathur), close friends turned wedding planners who organise extravagant Indian weddings. The lead actress Shobitha's…

‘Kennedy’ brings down the curtain on IFFM 2023

Anurag Kashyap's Mumbai-set police noir Kennedy on Sunday closed the 14th edition of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), an event which was also attended by the film's lead stars Rahul Bhatt and Sunny Leone. The annual film gala kicked off on August 11, with R Balki's sports drama…

India imposes 40 per cent export duty on onions

INDIA will impose with immediate effect a 40 per cent export duty on onions up to December 31 in an attempt to improve domestic availability of the vegetable, the ministry of finance said in a notification on Saturday (19). The duty imposed by the world's biggest exporter of onions will…

Music festival Lollapalooza set for India return

Lollapalooza, one of the biggest music festivals in the world, is returning to India. After the Asia-first edition in Mumbai earlier this year, Lollapalooza will be back in India in January 2024. If you want to attend this multi-genre music festival, then make sure you mark January 27 and January…

Kriti Sanon, Kajol start shooting for Kanika Dhillon’s ‘Do Patti’

The shooting for actresses Kriti Sanon and Kajol starrer upcoming film Do Patti has now begun. Makers began the filming of the film in Mumbai today. The film is set to take viewers on a thrilling suspense-filled ride like never before and transport audiences to the mesmerizing hills of North…

US court rejects Tahawwur Rana’s appeal against extradition to India

A US court has denied the writ of habeas corpus filed by Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, paving the way for secretary of state Antony Blinken to issue a certification for him to be extradited to India where he is sought for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.…

Covid-19 pushed Malayalam industry to make bigger films, says Dulquer…

Covid-19 pushed Malayalam industry to make bigger films, says Dulquer Salmaan Superstar Dulquer Salmaan on Thursday said the coronavirus pandemic and the streaming boom has pushed the Malayalam industry to make big scale spectacle films. The actor, who stars as an alcoholic gangster in the upcoming period drama King of…

Badminton star Chirag Shetty aims for a ‘room full of…

STAR Indian doubles player Chirag Shetty wants to retire with a room full of medals from big tournaments and his mantra is to play “best badminton” which would take care of the results. Chirag and his partner Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who won the Commonwealth Games gold medal last year, have been…

India’s G20 presidency empowers global South’s voice, says High Commissioner…

Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Vikram Doraiswami has said, the Group of 20 (G20) stands as the foremost platform globally for fostering inclusive growth. He remarked that India's current presidency of the G20 has played a pivotal role in amplifying the perspectives of the Global South, contributing to the…

SRK to Salman: Check out how Bollywood celebs celebrated Independence…

On the 77th Independence Day on Tuesday, Bollywood actors wished citizens a Happy Independence Day, saluted leaders and bravehearts and hoped for prosperity in the country. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan hoisted the national flag at his residence in Mumbai on the occasion of the 77th Independence Day. Taking to Instagram,…

Esha Deol gives shout-out to half-brother Sunny Deol over ‘Gadar…

With the release of Gadar 2, actor Sunny Deol has been getting attention worldwide. From fans to his family members and friends from the industry, Sunny's well-wishers are going gaga over his action-packed performance as Tara Singh in the sequel to the hit 2001 film. His sister Esha Deol also…

Injury lay-offs a worry for India ahead of World Cup

SHREYAS IYER'S lower back injury has left India without a settled number four batter in the one-day squad ahead of this year's home World Cup, skipper Rohit Sharma said. Since all-rounder Yuvraj Singh's retirement in 2017, India have tried a dozen players at that spot with only Iyer and stumper-batsman…

Prithvi Shaw slams sixth-highest one-day score

INDIA'S Prithvi Shaw struck the sixth highest individual one-day score on Wednesday (9) when he blasted an extraordinary 244 for Northamptonshire in their English county One-Day Cup match at home to Somerset. The 23-year-old, opening the batting, faced just 153 balls, including 28 fours and 11 sixes as Northamptonshire piled…

‘Modi is a very big influence on my life’: Grammy-award-winning…

Three-time Grammy-award-winning musician Ricky Kej, who is set to come up with his own interpretation of the Indian National Anthem along with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the eve of Independence Day, spoke about how Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been a ‘big influence’ on his music career. Speaking…

MPs call for direct Heathrow-Gujarat flights

THE Labour MP for Harrow West, Gareth Thomas, who is also the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Gujaratis (APPG), joined other parliamentary representatives as they called on airports and airlines for more direct flights to Gujarat from Heathrow. The group met Heathrow airport policy lead Richard…

Nikita Kanda, Adam Thomas confirmed for ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ 2023

Radio host and TV presenter Nikita Kanda and actor and TV presenter Adam Thomas have been confirmed as celebrity participants in the much-anticipated 21st season of Strictly Come Dancing. The critically acclaimed entertainment show, created by BBC Studios, is scheduled to return in the autumn on both BBC One and…

US lawmakers to attend Modi’s Red Fort address

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers will travel to India to take part in the Red Fort address of prime minister Narendra Modi on the country’s Independence Day on August 15, according to an official statement. The bipartisan Congressional delegation is led by Indian-American congressman Ro Khanna and congressman Michael…

Nicholas Pooran guides West Indies to 2nd T20I win against…

A BRILLIANT 67 from Nicholas Pooran eclipsed a maiden international half-cnetury from Tilak Varma as the West Indies edged their way to a dramatic two-wicket win over India in the second T20I in Guyana on Sunday (6). India struggled to 152-7 after winning the toss and batting first and, in…

Pakistan clears team for World Cup in India

PAKISTAN'S government on Sunday (6) said the country's cricket team will be allowed to play in the World Cup in India later this year, but expressed "deep concerns" over security. "Pakistan has deep concerns about the security of its cricket team. We are conveying these concerns to the International Cricket…

‘We have lost someone who was very talented’: Aamir Khan…

Actor Aamir Khan, who paid his last respect to veteran art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai on Friday expressed his grief. Today, Desai’s mortal remains were brought to the ND Art World Studio Pvt Ltd studio in Karjat, Maharashtra. A host of celebrities visited ND studio to pay their last respects…

Art director Nitin Desai cremated at ND Studios

The last rites of the National Award-winning art director Nitin Desai were held on Friday at his studio in Karjat, Maharashtra, in the presence of family members and colleagues. The 57-year-old, known for designing the sets of films such as Lagaan, Jodhaa Akbar, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, and the…

West Indies stun India by four runs in first T20…

THE WEST INDIES stunned India by four runs to capture the opening Twenty20 International on Thursday (3) as the tourists flopped in pursuit of a modest 150-run target. Well-placed at 77-3 in the 11th over thanks to debutant Tilak Varma's top score of 39 and 21 from Suryakumar Yadav, India…

Majid Majidi hopes to shoot another film in India

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi on Thursday said he hopes to shoot another film in India after 2017's Beyond The Clouds because he values Indian culture and cinema. The director, known for movies such as the Oscar-nominated Children of Heaven and The Color of Paradise, said he hopes the two…

Final goodbye to art director Nitin Desai

Bollywood is mourning the demise of four-time national award-winning art director Nitin Desai, who was found dead in his studio in Maharashtra’s Raigad district. According to police Desai’s body was found hanging in his ND Studio in Karjat, some 80 km outside Mumbai. From Akshay Kumar and Neil Nitin Mukesh…

Fought the impulse to do something harmful to myself after…

Paying tribute to art director Nitin Desai, filmmaker Hansal Mehta recalled the low phase in his career when he fought the impulse to harm himself as he went through a “cycle of debt” after the failure of his films Omerta and Simran. Desai, known for creating lavish sets of movies…

Lata Mangeshkar magic at London Proms show

LATA MANGESHKAR, the “Nightingale of India”, died in February last year, aged 92, but her songs definitely live on. This became apparent when a 31-yearold singer from Mumbai, Palak Muchhal, and her brother, Palash Muchhal, three years younger, sang many of her golden oldies at a proms concert at the…

Mumbai Indians New York win US Twenty20 title

MUMBAI Indians New York won the inaugural edition of Major League Cricket, the US T20 league, beating Seattle Orcas by seven wickets. Six teams representing major US cities participated in the tournament that started on July 13. In the final, Seattle Orcas scored 183 for loss of nine wickets in…

Industry colleagues condole demise of noted art director Nitin Desai

Indian film personalities such as Riteish Deshmukh, Siddhartha Basu, and Neil Nitin Mukesh on Wednesday paid tributes to renowned art director Nitin Desai, calling him a "genius" and a "positive soul". Desai, a four-time National Award winner, was found hanging on Wednesday at his studio in Maharashtra's Raigad district neighbouring…

Have criticised toxic masculinity from the beginning: Ayushmann Khurrana

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana on Tuesday said he has challenged the idea of "toxic masculinity" right from the beginning of his career and is confident his upcoming film Dream Girl 2 will take the discourse to another level. At the trailer launch of Dream Girl 2, the actor was asked to…

ICICI Bank: Timings and holidays

Like other institutes, banks also have certain working hours for various services. From visiting the bank to making online transactions to calling customer care services, it is important to know the timings to avoid unnecessary long hours of wait. Almost all the banks in India have the same working hours…

Tragic crane collapse claims 17 lives in India’s Maharashtra

AT LEAST 17 workers were crushed to death in western India on Tuesday (1) when a crane collapsed above an under-construction expressway outside the financial capital Mumbai, disaster response officials said. The crane toppled onto large concrete slabs during the night, with debris then smashing down as labourers worked on…

India Couture Week: Top Hindi movie stars turn showstoppers

Organised by the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the 19th edition of India Couture Week (ICW) 2023 commenced in New Delhi on July 25, with Falguni Shane Peacock presenting the opening show and setting the tone for the glamorous event. Renowned designers like Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, Tarun…

Birthday Special: Top 5 soulful songs of Sonu Nigam

One of the most popular Indian playback singers, Sonu Nigam celebrated his 50th birthday on Sunday with much fanfare. The talented singer, who was born on 30 July 1973, hosted a lavish birthday party in Mumbai on Saturday, which saw the presence of who’s who of the entertainment industry. As…

India railway constable shoots dead four on Jaipur-Mumbai train

In a tragic incident on a train travelling from Jaipur to Mumbai, a constable with India's Railway Protection Force (RPF) has been arrested for shooting dead four people the BBC reported. The accused, identified as Chetan Kumar Choudhary, first targeted Tikaram Meena, an assistant sub-inspector with the RPF, and then…

Bhumi Pednekar joins Jio MAMI as brand ambassador for short…

Actress Bhumi Pednekar has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Dimensions Mumbai, a short film competition based on the theme of Mumbai City, by Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. The category was introduced in 2009 by Jaya Bachchan as an ode to Mumbai. The competition is applicable for young…

Sanjay Dutt joins cast of ‘Double iSmart’

Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt will feature alongside Telugu actor Ram Pothineni in filmmaker Puri Jagannadh's upcoming film Double iSmart, the makers announced Saturday. The film, backed by the filmmaker and Charmme Kaur's banner Puri Connects, is a sequel to Pothineni and Jagannadh's 2019 sci-fi action film iSmart Shankar, about an…

Anurag Thakur to inaugurate 11th Jagran Film Festival

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur will inaugurate the 11th edition of Jagran Film Festival in Delhi, the organisers announced Friday. The four-day film gala will be held in the national capital from August 3 to August 6 at Siri Fort Auditorium. It will screen over 55 films…

Hit Broadway musical ‘West Side Story’ will come to India…

After the successful run of its first musical The Sound of Music, the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre (NMACC) on Thursday (27) announced that it will present another Broadway musical, West Side Story, to Indian audiences. This modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, directed by Broadway luminary Lonny Price,…

‘Gadar 2’: Everything you need to know about Sunny Deol…

Actors Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel are set to come up with their much-awaited action-drama film Gadar 2. Recently, Sunny Deol shared the trailer on Instagram. With amazing performances and powerful dialogues, and the iconic hand pump, the three-minute-long trailer showcases Tara Singh and Sakeena's legacy, set amidst the tumultuous…

Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Kennedy’ to close Indian Film Festival of Melbourne…

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap's Kennedy, a Mumbai-set police noir, will serve as the closing film at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2023, the organisers announced Thursday. Kashyap and the film's lead cast Rahul Bhat and Sunny Leone will be present for the film's screening on the festival's final day…

Jaguar Land Rover sales lift profits for Tata Motors

INDIA'S Tata Motors on Tuesday (25) reported its third-straight quarter of profits, on the back of a strong showing by its British luxury subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover. The Mumbai-headquartered automaker posted a net profit of Rs 32.03 billion (£303 million) for the three months to June 30, after recording a…

Alia Bhatt: Ultimate movie countdown of Bollywood’s crown princess

THERE is enough evidence to back up the theory that Alia Bhatt is the number one leading lady in Bollywood right now. She headlines this week’s big Bollywood release Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani and then makes her Hollywood debut in action thriller Heart of Stone, which has a…

Indian businessman Ravi Ruia buys mansion in central London

THE family office of Ravi Ruia, a co-owner of the Mumbai-headquartered Essar Group, has acquired a sprawling mansion estimated to be worth around £113 million in the heart of London as an “attractive investment” in the UK property market. Hanover Lodge, originally designed by British architect John Nash around 1827,…

Trevor Noah to visit India in September with comedy tour

Popular comedian Trevor Noah will embark on a comedy tour in India for the first time in September. The 39-year-old comedian and former TV host is travelling to the country as part of his "Off The Record Tour". "After a lifetime of loving India's culture, I’m so excited to finally…

Reliance’s profits hit by oil business slump

INDIA's Reliance Industries reported weaker-than-expected quarterly profits Friday (21), weighed down by its oil-to-chemicals arm even as its consumer-facing divisions posted healthy profits. Reliance, owned by Asia's richest man Mukesh Ambani, reported a 10.8 per cent fall in net profit to Rs 160.1 billion (£1.5bn) in the three months to…

Gautam Adani plans to convert Mumbai slum into modern city

INDIAN billionaire Gautam Adani on Thursday (20) said he plans to convert India's largest slum in Mumbai, Dharavi, into a modern city hub, a huge challenge which would require the rehousing of around one million people. Believed to be the largest slum in Asia, Dharavi is a crowded area that…

Jet Airways founder raided over money laundering allegations

INDIA’S economic intelligence agency conducted searches against Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal on Wednesday as part of a fresh money-laundering investigation against him and others, officials said. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided several premises in Mumbai and other locations. The money-laundering case stems from a recent first information report (FIR)…

Asia Cup schedule out: India vs Pakistan match on this…

FIERCE rivals Pakistan and India will meet in Sri Lanka on September 2 for their first one-day international clash in four years, according to the Asia Cup schedule announced Wednesday (19). The six-nation tournament starts on August 30 with four matches in Pakistan and the remaining nine in Sri Lanka…

Urooj Ashfaq: Watching really good comedy makes me want to…

TALENTED young Indian stand-up comedian Urooj Ashfaq has been entertaining audiences with her unique brand of humour and getting a great reputation on the live circuit. UK audiences will get a chance to experience that stage mastery with her new show Oh No! at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe throughout August,…

Revealed: Rabindranath Tagore’s muse who is buried in Edinburgh

EDINBURGH has many links with India, but the latest, most significant discovery is the exact location of the grave of Annapurna Turkhud, a Marathi woman who developed an affectionate relationship with the Bengali poet and Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore, when she was 20 and he was 17. Some scholars…

Music has brought me to the world and the world…

"Music has brought me to the world and the world to me," says Ustad Zakir Hussain. The maestro credits his "mate" tabla for motivating him to wake up and say hello to the world every morning. Son of legendary musician Alla Rakha, Hussain said his father believed every instrument has…

India, UK to connect their space clusters

BRITAIN and India will connect their space clusters, starting with Leicester space park, the UK’s science, research and innovation minister George Freeman has said. He said in Mumbai that the two countries are also discussing how they can better harness low earth orbit satellite communications. According to Freeman, the UK…

Major League Cricket makes big hitting start in US

THE Major League Cricket got underway in Texas on Thursday (13), and the most serious attempt yet to establish a domestic competition in the US provided all the ingredients of a modern Twenty20 league. Fans at the purpose built cricket stadium, just a 15-minute drive from Dallas Fort Worth airport,…

Rushdie opens up about troubling ‘crazy dreams’ linked to New…

Author Salman Rushdie has for the first time revealed his personal experiences in relation to the knife attack on him in New York, which resulted in the loss of vision in one eye. Rushdie has shared that he has been having "crazy dreams" about the incident and has sought assistance…

Major League Cricket aims for US breakthrough

THE most ambitious attempt yet to establish professional cricket in the US started on Wednesday (12) when wickets will be pitched for the start of the inaugural season of Major League Cricket. With backing from four franchises in the Indian Premier League, including the league's most successful teams the Mumbai…

Foxconn targets India’s chip scheme after split with Vedanta

FOXCONN said it intends to apply for incentives under India's semiconductor production plan, a day after the Taiwanese firm split with Vedanta on a $19.5 billion chipmaking joint venture. Foxconn withdrew from the JV with the Indian metals-to-oil conglomerate on Monday (10), in a setback to prime minister Narendra Modi's…

Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor’s ‘Stree 2’ begins filming

Bollywood actors Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor, on Tuesday began the shooting for their next film, the horror comedy sequel Stree 2. Taking to Instagram, actor Rajkummar Rao shared a special video and announced the news. The video hints that the sequel might be having two ghosts this time as…

Onus on India batters to compensate for depleted pace attack…

INDIA will need significant contributions from their batters to compensate for a lack of firepower in their depleted pace attack in the first test against the West Indies, which begins in Roseau on Wednesday (12). The two-test series is being viewed as the starting point of a transition period for…

50 Cent to tour India in November

Popular rapper 50 Cent on Monday said he will hold a concert here on November 25 as part of 'The Final Lap Tour'. The American recording artiste, known for hit songs such as "Candy Shop" and "In da Club", last performed in Mumbai in 2007. 50 Cent, whose real name…

Have no interest in playing Ajay Devgn’s mother: Madhoo

Actress Madhoo says she decided to leave the film industry at the peak of her career in the 90s because she was unhappy with the roles she was getting and "meaty roles" are difficult for women of a certain age even now. The actor, who made a mark with her…

US wants court to dismiss Tahawwur Rana’s extradition appeal to…

The court in California has received a strong plea from the Biden administration, urging the denial of the writ of habeas corpus submitted by Tahawwur Rana, a Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman. The administration reiterated its stance that Rana should be extradited to India, where he is wanted for his alleged involvement…

Rahul Mishra presents Indian artisans’ work at Haute Couture Week…

Delhi-based fashion designer Rahul Mishra shines at Haute Couture Week in Paris highlighting Indian artisans' work on the ramp. On Monday, he showcased his "WE, THE PEOPLE" collection on Day 1 of the Haute Couture Week in Paris. The collection is about the artisans at the atelier that Mishra, in…

‘I’ll always be indebted to Ram Gopal Verma,’ says Manoj…

Ram Gopal Verma’s Satya, which hit cinemas exactly 25 years ago, turned out to be a game-changer for actor Manoj Bajpayee. The actor received an overwhelming response for playing the character of Bhiku Matre. As the iconic film completes 25 years of its theatrical release on Monday, the National Film…

Singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan receives major university honour

The globally acclaimed singer, composer and actor Shankar Mahadevan has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University (BCU) in recognition of his outstanding services to music and the arts. Mahadevan, who has been described as one of the greatest ever Bollywood vocalists, was given the award at a…

Tragic bus crash kills 25 in western India

AT LEAST 25 people, including three children, were killed and eight others injured in western India when a bus crashed and caught fire on an expressway early Saturday (1). The bus was travelling to Pune when it hit a pole and overturned after midnight, causing its diesel tank to catch…

Hinduja firm’s bid for Reliance Capital gets lenders’ nod

RELIANCE CAPTAIL’S lenders have overwhelmingly approved a proposal from Hinduja Group to acquire the bankrupt financial services company once led by Indian tycoon Anil Ambani.IndusInd International Holdings Ltd (IIHL), the investment arm of the London-based Hinduja family business empire, offered Rs 96.61 billion (£930 million) for Reliance Capital in the…

Ayush Mehra Interview: ‘I never knew I would become an…

Having a great presence and millions of followers on social media unquestionably has many perks. It could open doors of opportunities for you to make your way into the acting profession and be the next big film or TV star. This is exactly what has happened to internet sensation Ayush…

‘Ishqiya’ was the movie I was waiting for: Vidya Balan

Actress Vidya Balan on Wednesday said a lot of her earlier films emerged as box office hits but she wasn't satisfied by playing the romantic interest opposite the male lead, a situation that changed for her when she was offered Ishqiya. Balan made her Hindi film debut with Parineeta in…

Majority of leads, co-leads in Hindi box office hits are…

Seventy two per cent characters in Hindi cinema are played by cis-males with 26 per cent parts going to cis-females, says a new study on gender dynamics in the Mumbai-based film industry. A meager 2 per cent space in Hindi movies is allotted to queer characters with only 0.5 per…

We will definitely kill Salman Khan: Gangster Goldy Brar

In an exclusive interview with India Today, Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar issued an open death threat to Bollywood superstar Salman Khan. Brar, who is a part of the notorious Lawrence Bishnoi gang and is the prime accused and the mastermind behind the assassination of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala, said…

Mukesh Ambani, Isha Ambani bring renowned British restaurant chain Pret…

Reliance, led by Mukesh Ambani and his daughter Isha Ambani Piramal, has introduced the renowned British restaurant chain, Pret A Manger, to India, aiming to compete with Starbucks India, led by Ratan Tata. Through a multi-crore deal, Reliance has secured an exclusive partnership with Pret A Manger, the well-known UK-based…

Man arrested for urinating and defecating on floor of Air…

A man was held in New Delhi for allegedly defecating and urinating on the floor of a Mumbai-Delhi Air India flight mid-air, police said. According to police, the incident took place onboard flight AIC 866 on June 24. Ram Singh, a passenger on seat number 17F, defecated, urinated, and spat…

Cricket World Cup to begin on October 5

THE Cricket World Cup will begin on October 5 with England facing New Zealand in Ahmedabad with the same venue hosting the final on November 19, organisers said on Tuesday (27), with the schedule for the showpiece event in India also confirming Pakistan's participation. The fixtures were revealed by the…

Pakistan rebuffs Modi-Biden statement on terror

PAKISTAN'S foreign ministry on Monday (26) summoned the US embassy's deputy chief of mission to express concern over a statement last week by US president Joe Biden and India’s prime minister Narendra Modi that called on Pakistan to ensure its territory was not used as a base for militant attacks.…

Priyanka Chopra dresses up daughter Malti for her first Ascot

Actress Priyanka Chopra on Friday treated fans to adorable pictures of her daughter Malti Marie. In one of the images, Priyanka and her husband Nick Jonas are seen making their daughter try her first fascinator for attending the Royal Ascot. "First fascinator. Ready for Ascot MM?" Priyanka captioned the post.…

Biden and Modi urge Pakistan to act against extremist attacks

US president Joe Biden and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi called on Pakistan to act to ensure that its territory is not used to launch extremist attacks, the White House said in a joint statement. "They strongly condemned cross-border terrorism, the use of terrorist proxies and called on Pakistan to…

Modi’s US visit may encourage more American firms to invest…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United States may encourage more American companies to consider investing in the South Asian country as they look to reduce their reliance on China for manufacturing-related activities. The United States is the third largest source of foreign investment for India, with over…

RD Burman: Life, love and legacy

MANY of the greatest songs in the history of Hindi cinema were composed by RD Burman. The late great music maestro had a remarkable career filled with timeless classics that have entertained different generations and helped define Bollywood. He also had great partnerships with singers, lyricists, and lead stars, who…

‘Woh Saat Din’: Anil Kapoor’s first as leading man still…

THIS week marks the 40th anniversary of classic Bollywood film Woh Saat Din, which was released in cinemas on June 23, 1983, to great acclaim. It is also 40 years since Anil Kapoor made his debut as a leading man in that film and kickstarted a remarkable career that would…

Indian drugmaker Curis ‘challenges Nigeria’s claim of toxic paracetamol syrup’

AN INDIAN maker of a paracetamol syrup that Nigerian authorities have found toxic told Reuters on Tuesday (20) that tests by a private Indian laboratory found them of “standard quality”, as Indian authorities launch their own investigation. Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said in…

Complaint against producer of ‘Taarak Mehta…’ over sexual harassment allegation

The Mumbai Police have registered an FIR against TV show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah producer Asit Kumarr Modi and two others following a complaint of sexual harassment by a woman actor, a police official said on Tuesday. The FIR was lodged at Powai police station on Monday evening under…

Manoj Muntashir gets police protection amid ‘Adipurush’ backlash

After facing backlash for the dialogues in Adipurush, writer Manoj Muntashir has requested protection, citing a threat to his life. Mumbai Police has provided him security and said that they are investigating the matter. Earlier, Manoj along with the directors and producers of the film decided to make specific changes…

Modi joins Grammy-winning singer Falu for a special song

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has collaborated with Grammy Award-winning Indian-American singer Falu for a special song to promote the benefits of millets and their potential to alleviate world hunger. The ‘Abundance in Millets' song, performed by Mumbai-born singer-songwriter Falguni Shah known more by her stage name Falu and her…

NGO lodges complaint against producer-director of ‘Adipurush’

A written complaint was lodged against the producer-director of the film Adipurush at the Andheri police station in Mumbai by the president of NGO Sangharsh, Prithviraj Maske. The complainant has demanded the registration of a case against the producer-director of the film. Portions of the movie allegedly offended Hindu feelings…

Kangana Ranaut opens up about her marriage plans

Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut, who is currently busy promoting her upcoming production Tiku Weds Sheru talked about her marriage plans. Talking exclusively to ANI on Wednesday, Kangana said, "There's a time for everything and if that time has to come in my life then it will come. I do want…

Emraan Hashmi to make south debut with ‘OG’

Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi is set to make his south cinema debut with OG" starring Pawan Kalyan, the makers said Thursday. The Telugu film will see Hashmi, the star of Hindi films such as Murder, Jannat, and Aashiq Banaya Aapne, play the antagonist opposite Kalyan. Written and directed by Sujeeth,…

Theatre owners, trade experts predict bumper opening for ‘Adipurush’

Prabhas-starrer Adipurush, a retelling of the epic Ramayana, is eying a bumper opening at the box office with trade experts predicting the film could do a business of more than £8 million on its opening day and comparing its pre-release buzz to Pathaan. The big-budget multilingual film, reportedly made on…

‘Adipurush’ records good advance booking for opening day

Adipurush, starring Prabhas, Kriti Sanon, and Saif Ali Khan in principal roles, is the most-anticipated mythological film of 2023. Helmed by Om Raut, the mega-budgeted film has generated humongous buzz among film enthusiasts and if we take a look at its advance booking, the film is set to open with…

‘Sangam’: A trendsetting love triangle in Bollywood

When romantic drama Sangam was released on June 18, 1964, it became a huge blockbuster success. The love triangle, regularly listed as one of the greatest Bollywood movies ever made, had iconic moments, and influenced many filmmakers in subsequent decades. The movie also had unforgettable songs, eyecatching international locations, and…

Pakistan vlogger’s bike tour of India sparks positive reactions

Pakistani vlogger Abrar Hassan recently completed a 30-day motorbike tour of India, covering a distance of 7,000 kilometres. Despite the strained relationship between the two countries, he received a warm welcome throughout his journey. Hassan started his journey on April 3 and taking to social media he wrote, "Welcome to…

Nikesh Shukla: I wrote a Spider-Man

British author and screenwriter Nikesh Shukla, who is best known for editing the essay compilation The Good Immigrant, on Wednesday took to Twitter to drop a photo from a store where he is seen holding his four-issue miniseries Spider-Man: India, which debuted on June 1, 2023— a day before Pavitr…

Irrfan and I were supposed to do ‘Tiku Weds Sheru’:…

Actress Kangana Ranaut on Wednesday said she and Irrfan Khan were initially supposed to star in the upcoming comedy-drama Tiku Weds Sheru. Ranaut, who is producing the movie via her Manikarnika Films, said the project was previously titled Divine Lovers. "This is very special. This film was launched before. Initially,…

Adivi Sesh announces action love story

Actor Adivi Sesh is set to essay a never seen avatar as he will explore romance on screen. Taking to Twitter, Adivi shared the exciting news with his fans. He tweeted, "Next one (other than G2) will be a Love Story. Will Announce in the coming months." As fans eagerly…

Visiting ‘amazing India’ on a diet not helpful: Miss World…

From chicken tikka masala to "colourful" Bollywood movies, reigning Miss World Karolina Bielawska has a list of things that she loves about India and would like to explore during the month-long competition for the 71st Miss World to be hosted here later this year. The Polish model, who calls herself…

Rights groups to screen BBC Modi documentary in Washington

Two human rights groups have invited policy makers, journalists and analysts to a screening in Washington of a BBC documentary on Narendra Modi that questioned the Indian prime minister's leadership during the 2002 Gujarat riots, ahead of his state visit to the White House. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International…

Seven dead as India steps up evacuations ahead of cyclone…

FOUR boys drowned after venturing into rough seas in Mumbai as Indian authorities began evacuating people from western coastal areas on Tuesday (13), two days before a powerful cyclone approaches Gujarat state and neighbouring southern Pakistan. Classified as a very severe cyclonic storm, Biparjoy is expected to make landfall around…

Vyom Yadav Interview: ‘It’s crazy how things work out sometimes’

Tigmanshu Dhulia’s political drama Garmi on SonyLIV has turned out to be a great success. In addition to delft direction and taut writing, what stands out most in the 9-episode series is splendid performances from the entire cast, especially debutant Vyom Yadav, who has won raves for his intense act…

Zomato takes down ‘casteist’ commercial following backlash

APOLOGISING for unintentionally hurting sentiments, restaurant aggregator Zomato withdrew an ad after it came under fire for depicting the actor who played the Dalit character Kachra in the film Lagaan as items made of recycled waste. The ad, which draws a link between the character Kachra with ‘kachra’, the Hindi…

Wamiqa Gabbi on her weight loss post ‘Jubilee’

Actress Wamiqa Gabbi, who had to gain extra pounds for her role in Jubilee, is working hard on her fitness. "Going on a weight-loss journey was, of course, a conscious decision and the focus was on being fit. For Jubilee, I had to put on some amount to look the…

We need to make more films for theatres: Manoj Bajpayee

Actor Manoj Bajpayee, whose Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai is trending on ZEE5 Global, believes there is a need to make more movies for the theatrical format. The 54-year-old Padma Shri recipient told PTI over phone from Mumbai on Thursday that while people can enjoy a film on a streaming…

US lawmakers call on Biden administration to address visa wait…

Prominent US lawmakers have called on the Biden administration to prioritise the resolution of the visa wait time issue in the country. Senator Bob Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Congressman Michael Waltz, Co-Chair of the House India Caucus, have emphasised the significance of the people-to-people relationship…

World Brain Tumour Day: All you need to know about…

World Brain Tumour Day, observed annually on June 8, aims to raise awareness and educate the public about brain tumours. The condition involves the uncontrolled growth of abnormal tissue in the brain, which can be either benign or malignant, The Hindustan Times reported. Malignant tumours tend to grow faster than…

Big B shares reason behind greeting fans at Jalsa barefoot

Indian cinema thespian Amitabh Bachchan has been greeting his fans outside his residence in Mumbai, Jalsa, every Sunday for several years now. He always greets his fans with bare feet and finally, he has revealed the reason behind this. He also shared a picture on his Instagram handle. Taking to…

Rasika Dugal begins filming new web series in Udaipur

It's "lights, camera, action" time for actor Rasika Dugal in Udaipur. The Mirzapur star is currently in the City of Lakes for the shoot of her new web series. As per a statement shared by the actor's team, Rasika flew to Udaipur in the first week of June to begin…

How Britain is helping India with UN goals

Many childhood memories for me are filled with yearly trips to see family in Bangalore and Mumbai, spending time with relatives and accompanying my mum to go shopping so we could bring back Indian treats to the UK. But the visit I made to India earlier this year was different.…

Royal Academy’s exhibition celebrates human connections

Eastern Eye readers who  missed out on the Chelsea Flower Show have a chance of catching up on something else that heralds the start of summer (although we haven’t exactly had a heat wave in the past few days). This is the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. Out of 15,000 submissions,…

Vaseem Khan and the art of writing crime novels

Author Vaseem Khan has told Eastern Eye of his ambition to attract a more diverse membership as he agreed to take on the chairmanship of the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA). As the first non-white person occupying the top post of the 70-year-old organisation, Vaseem spoke of his hope that taking…

BBC admits to under-reporting income in India: reports

THE BBC has “informally” admitted to having under-reported its income in India and paid less tax than its actual obligation, media reports said on Tuesday (6). Tax authorities had surveyed the corporation’s offices in New Delhi and Mumbai in February, weeks after the broadcaster aired a documentary on Prime Minister…

Prabhas prays at Tirumala temple ahead of ‘Adipurush’ event

Indian superstar Prabhas, who is gearing up for his upcoming mythological drama Adipurush, paid a special visit to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams on Tuesday along with the team to seek the blessings of Lord Venkateswara ahead of the event in Tirupati. Pictures from his visit went viral on social media. In…

Theatre director-actor Aamir Raza Husain dies at 66

Veteran theatre director-actor Aamir Raza Husain, known for his larger-than-life outdoor stage productions, died in New Delhi at the age of 66. Husain was suffering from a heart-related ailment and passed away on Saturday, his son said. "He was hospitalised for two days and had undergone heart surgery, but wasn't…

Gufi Paintal of ‘Mahabharat’ fame dies at 79

Actor Gufi Paintal, best known for playing 'Shakuni' in the epic TV serial Mahabharat, died on Monday at a hospital in Mumbai due to age-related issues, his nephew Hiten Paintal said. He was 79. The veteran actor was admitted to a hospital in suburban Andheri. "Unfortunately, he is no more.…

Tom Holland on India visit: ‘It was the trip of…

Tom Holland and Zendaya made several heads turn when the couple landed in India on March 31 to be a part of the inauguration ceremony of the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre in Mumbai. The Spider-Man actor recently opened up about his India visit and his wish to return to…

Karishma Tanna believes she manifested ‘Scoop’

Actress Karishma Tanna says she always wanted to work with filmmaker Hansal Mehta, a wish that came true with the Netflix series Scoop. Tanna believes she manifested the role for herself and recalled the message that she sent to the filmmaker after she watched his critically-acclaimed series Scam 1992. "I…

Birthday Special: 5 widely popular Mani Ratman films to watch

Veteran filmmaker Mani Ratnam is celebrating his 67th birthday today. He is presently riding high on the thunderous success of his latest directorial Ponniyin Selvan. However, Ratnam has several blockbuster films to his credit. Let’s look at his top 5 widely popular films that one can watch several times. Roja…

Tahawwur Rana petitions US court against extradition to India

Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana has filed a writ of habeas corpus challenging a recent US court order that paved the way for his extradition to India where he is facing trial for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Last month, the US district court central district of…

Dhoni doing ‘well’ after knee surgery: Chennai Super Kings

M S DHONI is doing well after knee surgery, IPL champions Chennai Super Kings said Friday (2), as the skipper weighs up whether to play on. The 41-year-old former India captain played the just-concluded Indian Premier League season with his left knee heavily strapped. "The surgery has been done in…

Meet the teen powerlifting duo taking on the world

Two young teenage girls with astounding strength can likely lift more than you. Kasha Sachdev, 15, started powerlifting at the age of eight and 13-year-old Noa Eappen was inspired to join her when she was 10. The firm friends, trained by Sachdev’s professional power lifter and body builder father Nicholai…

India’s big problem: Urban unemployment of youth

On a hot summer afternoon, 23-year old Nizamudin Abdul Rahim Khan is playing cricket on a muddy, unpaved road in the Rafiq Nagar slum in India’s financial capital, Mumbai. Here, there is scant evidence of India’s fast-growing economy. Bordering what was once Asia largest garbage dumping ground, Rafiq Nagar and…

Onir unveils first look of his next Pine Cone

Filmmaker Onir on Tuesday released the first look of his upcoming movie Pine Cone, which is set to receive its world premiere at the 14th edition of the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival in Mumbai. The film will be screened on June 7, the opening day of the gala,…

IPL 2023: Chennai clinch fifth title in last-ball thriller

Ravindra Jadeja hit a six and four off the last two balls as Chennai Super Kings edged out Gujarat Titans to win a record-equalling fifth IPL title and send superstar MS Dhoni out with a bang in his likely swansong. Chennai chased down their revised target of 171 in 15…

IPL 2023: Chennai opt to bowl against Gujarat in delayed…

Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl first against holders Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League final on Monday (29). Play was washed out on Sunday (28) without a ball being bowled after rain and thunderstorms hit the western city of Ahmedabad, disappointing…

Priyanka drops a pic from picnic date with daughter and…

Actress Priyanka Chopra had a fun Sunday with her husband Nick Jonas and daughter Malti Marie. The trio went on a picnic date. Taking to Instagram, Priyanka Chopra posted a super sweet picture in which she is seen sitting next to her daughter and hubby in a park. Malti looked…

IPL 2023: Rain forces final match into reserve day

Heavy rain and thunderstorms in Ahmedabad on Sunday (28) forced the Indian Premier League (IPL) final between holders Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings into a reserve day for the first time. Rain began 35 minutes before the toss and went on for over two hours and 40 minutes before…

Chennai stand between Gujarat and IPL history

REVENGE will fuel Gujarat Titans' title defence when they clash with four-time winners Chennai Super Kings in Sunday's (28) Indian Premier League (IPL) final in Ahmedabad. Gujarat, who won the title in their debut season last year, topped the group stage this season but went down to Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led…

‘Visionary titan’ SP Hinduja mourned

What was Srichand Parmanand Hinduja – “SP” to everyone – really like? I will miss our walks in St James’s Park, which were invariably at dawn. He walked briskly, much faster than someone half his age. More than 10 years ago, he decided to tell me his life story. At…

Akash Madhwal: Tennis-ball cricketer who entered IPL record books

Akash Madhwal was working as an engineer and playing tennis-ball cricket just a few years ago, now he is in the Indian Premier League (IPL) record books. The 29-year-old fast bowler returned stunning figures of 5-5 in the playoffs to lead five-time champions Mumbai Indians to victory over Lucknow Super…

Remembering SP Hinduja: When SP took Raj Kapoor to Teheran

When Srichand Hinduja first told me that the Indian filmmaker and star, Raj Kapoor, had been a special friend, I was initially a little dubious, but I should have known better, writes Amit Roy. SP’s staff in Bombay (now Mumbai) dug up a black and white photograph of the legendary…

Australia’s prime minister Albanese reveals plans for consulate in Bengaluru

Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese revealed on Wednesday (24) that Australia will establish a new Consul-General in Bengaluru this month. This announcement follows Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's statement that India will open a consulate in Brisbane, demonstrating the efforts of both countries to strengthen their bilateral relations. After discussions…

Celebrating Amar Akbar Anthony

Cult classic Amar Akbar Anthony is always included in the lists of greatest Bollywood films of all time. The highest-grossing Hindi movie of 1977 had a star-studded cast, memorable music, magical moments, and a legendary story of three brothers, brought up in different faiths after being separated as children. The…

Sonakshi Sinha: Arresting on-screen presence

She may have starred in blockbuster cop films Rowdy Rathore and the Dabangg franchise, but Sonakshi Sinha never got to put on the police uniform. That has all changed with newly released Amazon Prime series Dahaad. The crime mystery thriller created by filmmakers Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar sees her…

Exclusive: Sunak must do more business with Modi, say business…

Britain must “up its game” when it comes to trading with India, the co-founder and chair of Cobra Beer, Lord Karan Bilimoria has told Eastern Eye. The peer has written to Rishi Sunak, urging him to lead the first cross-party UK prime ministerial delegation to Delhi, Mumbai and other major…

Sunny Leone: India’s only real deal at Cannes 2023

The first week of the 76th Cannes Film Festival saw a steady stream of Mumbai actors sashay up the steps of the Grand Lumiere at the gala but without a film of their own in the official selection. On Wednesday night, Sunny Leone is set to change that. Leone, one…

IPL 2023: Ravindra Jadeja leads Chennai Super Kings to final

Ravindra Jadeja starred with bat and ball as Chennai Super Kings beat holders Gujarat Titans by 15 runs on Tuesday (23) to enter the IPL final that could be skipper MS Dhoni's farewell. Four-time winners Chennai posted 172-7, a total their bowlers defended as they bowled out Gujarat for 157…

Angad Bedi to headline legal drama series A Legal Affair

Actor Angad Bedi is set to feature in A Legal Affair, the official adaptation of the popular Korean series Suspicious Partner, which starred Ji Chang-wook and Nam Ji-hyun. Bedi has been paired opposite actor Barkha Singh in the Hindi version, produced by Jio Studios, a press release stated. The show…

India’s latest currency note exchange less disruptive than 2016

In anticipation of a series of significant state elections, India is preparing for its second currency note exchange programme within a span of fewer than seven years. This time, the focus is on withdrawing the 2,000 rupees note from circulation. Unlike the disruptive 2016 demonetisation move, which abruptly invalidated 86%…

Indian court issues summons to BBC over Modi documentary

An Indian court issued a summons to British broadcaster BBC on Monday (22) in a defamation case over its documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi that questioned his leadership during the 2002 Gujarat riots, according to reports in local media. The defamation suit states the documentary "India: the Modi question"…

Fearless producers are making all the difference, says Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap, whose neo-noir thriller Kennedy is set to premiere at midnight on Wednesday at the 76th Cannes Film Festival, believes that the current upswing in independent cinema on the subcontinent is being fuelled by fearless young producers willing to put their money where their mouth is. "It is a new…

IPL 2023: Shubman Gill ton trumps Kohli’s 101 to knock…

Shubman Gill hit an unbeaten 104 to trump Virat Kohli's record century as holders Gujarat Titans knocked Royal Challengers Bangalore out of the IPL with a six-wicket victory on Sunday (21). The result allowed five-time winners Mumbai Indians to fill the fourth and final play-off spot after they hammered Sunrisers…

IPL 2023: Lucknow qualify for play-offs, top-two finish for Chennai

Lucknow Super Kings survived an unbeaten blitz of 67 by Rinku Singh to edge Kolkata Knight Riders by one run and qualify for the Indian Premier League play-offs on Saturday (20). Nicholas Pooran's 58 guided Lucknow to 176-8, a total that was threatened by Rinku, a left-hand batsman, who smashed…

Modi, Sunak agree to deepen cooperation in trade, investment and…

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (21) held productive talks with his British counterpart Rishi Sunak during which they reviewed bilateral strategic partnership, including progress in India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations. The two leaders also agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation across a wide range of areas such as…

ZEE5 Global unveils a line-up of 111 titles

Celebrating five glorious years of creating exclusive streaming content, ZEE5 Global at a star-studded event in Mumbai, titled Hooked to 5, revealed an expansive line-up of titles featuring originals in Hindi and regional languages, sequels to cult-favourite series, big-ticket direct-to-digital releases, blockbuster post-theatrical launches, and intriguing docu-series. For the slate,…

Amazon to invest £10.5 billion in India by 2030

Amazon's cloud computing unit will invest $13 billion (£10.5bn) in India by the end of this decade, doubling down on its past investments to cater to the growing demand for such services in one of Asia's fastest-growing economies. This comes on top of its $6.5bn (£5.2bn) investment in e-commerce in…

IPL 2023: Bangalore crush Hyderabad in a ‘record breaking’ match

Former India captain Virat Kohli smashed a masterful century as his Royal Challengers Bangalore thumped Sunrisers Hyderabad, for whom South Africa's Heinrich Klaasen hit a ton of his own, by eight wickets in the IPL on Thursday (18). The win leaves Bangalore in control of their own destiny in the…

Nikhil Advani: Crossing new creative horizons

Emmay Entertainment has established itself with hard-hitting films like D-Day, Airlift, Satyamev Jayate, and Batla House, along with notable streaming shows such as Mumbai Diaries 26/11, Rocket Boys, and The Empire. The latest offering from the leading production house, which was founded by Nikkhil Advani, Monisha Advani, and Madhu Bhojwani…

Nick Jonas on being called ‘jiju’ in India

American singer Nick Jonas has acknowledged that a lot of people in India call him 'Jiju' post his marriage to Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra. Nick, 30, recently made an appearance on a BBC chat show, where the host asked him about being called 'jiju', the Hindi term for brother-in-law. "A…

Sheetal Pandya: I am grateful to do a job that…

New theatre play Patel’s Millions has been delighting audiences since commencing a UK tour. The comedy-drama about a struggling shopkeeper becoming rich beyond his wildest dreams and facing problems has a talented cast that includes actress Sheetal Pandya. She follows up winning performances on Indian TV, by playing a Goddess…

Rushdie says ‘struggle continues’ in first public appearance since attack

British-American novelist Salman Rushdie attended a New York gala on Thursday (18) night in his first public appearance since a knife attack that nearly took his life last year. The Mumbai-born writer, a naturalised American who has lived in New York for 20 years, lost sight in one eye after…

US court approves extradition of Tahawwur Rana accused in Mumbai…

A US court has approved the extradition of Tahawwur Rana, a Canadian businessman of Pakistani descent, to India where he is sought for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Rana was arrested in the US on an extradition request by India for his role in these attacks in…

IPL 2023: Punjab Kings’ play-off hopes fade

Delhi Capitals survived a blazing 94 by Liam Livingstone for a consolation 15-run win to push Punjab Kings to the brink of IPL elimination on Wednesday (17). South Africa's Rilee Rossouw smashed an unbeaten 82 to guide Delhi to 213-2, a total that was threatened by Livingstone's 48-ball blitz in…

Hinduja Group chairman SP Hinduja dies in London

Srichand Parmanand Hinduja, the eldest of the four Hinduja brothers and chairman of Hinduja Group, died in London on Wednesday (17). He was unwell for some time. He was 87. "Gopichand, Prakash, Ashok and the whole Hinduja family with a heavy heart regret to announce the passing away of our…

IPL 2023: Mumbai Indians on shaky ground in play-off race

The IPL is hotting up with seven teams still in the hunt for play-off spots after five-time champions Mumbai Indians suffered a shock loss to Lucknow. Defending champions Gujarat Titans are the only franchise to have booked one of the four play-off places, with the Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad…

Cannes 2023: Sara and Manushi set to make their debut

If reports are to be believed, Bollywood actresses Sara Ali Khan and Manushi Chhillar are to make their mark on the red carpets of the Cannes Festival, 2023 alongside Anushka Sharma. The two beauties of the tinsel town are spotted at Mumbai airports on Monday night. They are reportedly flying…

Here’s what to expect from MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2023

Get ready to witness an array of films at the upcoming edition of MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image). MAMI has confirmed that the Film Festival is returning as a physical event this October. The festival is dedicated to showcasing the best of South Asian, South Asian Diaspora, and international…

Jyotika teams up with Ajay for a supernatural thriller film

Well-known south star Jyotika has been roped in to play a pivotal role in filmmaker Vikas Bahl's supernatural thriller movie, which stars Ajay Devgn in the lead role. According to a press note issued by the makers, the project will mark Jyotika's return to Hindi films after 25 years. The…

Priyanka stuns in ruffled saree at sister Parineeti’s engagement

Fans were as eager to watch Parineeti Chopra's engagement pictures as they had been waiting with bated breath to have a glimpse of Parineeti's 'Mimi' didi's style statement! While leaving the Kapurthala house after the engagement ceremony of Parineeti Chopra and Raghav Chadha, Priyanka posed for the shutterbugs waiting outside…

R Madhavan joins Ajay Devgn in Vikas Bahl’s next

Actor R Madhavan is set to star alongside superstar Ajay Devgn in filmmaker Vikas Bahl's upcoming supernatural thriller film, the makers announced Saturday. The yet-untitled movie will be produced by Devgn, Kumar Mangat Pathak, and Abhishek Pathak under the banner Ajay Devgn Ffilm and Panorama Studios. The film marks the…

Priyanka reaches Delhi to attend Parineeti’s engagement

Preparations are in full swing for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Raghav Chadha and actress Parineeti Chopra's engagement ceremony on Saturday. The ceremony, to be held at the Kapurthala House, will be attended by around 150 guests, including family and close friends, a party source said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind…

Know everything about Parineeti Chopra’s engagement

Bollywood actress Parineeeti Chopra and AAP leader Raghav Chadha are all set to get engaged after being rumoured about dating for a long time. Here is everything you need to know about the event. When and Where? The engagement vows will be taking place at the Kapurthala House in New…

Ajay Devgn onboards Vikas Bahl’s supernatural thriller film

Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn is set to star in director Vikas Bahl's next supernatural thriller film. The yet-to-be-titled film will go on floors in June 2023 and will be extensively shot in Mumbai, Mussoorie, and London. Taking to Instagram, trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared announced the news and wrote. AJAY…

Tata Motors’ profit soars on Jaguar Land Rover sales

India's Tata Motors reported better-than-expected profits for the first three months of the year on Friday (12), boosted by a strong performance at its British subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover and sales in the domestic market. The Mumbai-headquartered automaker posted a net profit of Rs 54.08 billion (£525.65 million), compared to…

Taarak Mehta actress accuses producer, 2 others of sexual harassment

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah actress Jennifer Mistry Bansiwal on Thursday accused producer Asit Kumarr Modi and two others of sexual harassment, a charge they denied, claiming she was let go from the show due to misbehaviour. Modi also said that he will take legal action against the actress for…

Parineeti Chopra’s home lit up as engagement rumours swirl

Bollywood actress Parineeeti Chopra and AAP leader Raghav Chadha are all set to get engaged after being rumoured to date for a long time. Adding up to the suggested date of May 13 set for the engagement, the actress' house in Bandra is all decked up with beautiful lights. On…

Amitabh Bachchan retrospective, Kennedy, Joram part of Sydney Film Festival…

A retrospective on screen icon Amitabh Bachchan, Anurag Kashyap's detective drama Kennedy, and Joram starring Manoj Bajpayee are some of the Indian films that are heading to the 70th Sydney Film Festival. In total the festival, which will be held in Sydney from June 7 to June 18, will play 90…

‘Entire trial was a mockery of judiciary system’: Jiah Khan’s…

Days after actor Sooraj Pancholi was acquitted of abatement charges in Jiah Khan's death case by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Mumbai, Jiah's mother Rabia Khan reacted to the decision, describing the entire trial as a "mockery of the judiciary system." Rabia Khan in a statement…

Indian consumers’ growing appetite drives up UK export of this…

India's love of British chocolate has rocketed in recent years, according to UK government figures. Demand for brands – including Cadbury – has hit the sweet spot and led to UK exports of confectionery to the country rising from £700,000 in 2018 to £3.8 million in 2022. That is an…

Cambridge college names building after Cipla chief Yusuf Hamied

A new residential building named after Dr Yusuf Hamied has opened at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where the head of the Indian pharma giant, Cipla, was an undergraduate and then PhD chemistry student between 1954 and 1960. In more than 800 years that Cambridge University has been in existence, this is…

New Indian visa rules: more time to travel to these…

The Indian government has changed the rules for obtaining the Indian visa. The aim is to support the tourism industry in the country. Tourists will be able to spend more time in India and discover new attractions, like for instance the filming locations of some of the most famous Bollywood…

Trailer for Prabhas and Kriti Sanon’s Adipurush out

The trailer of Adipurush released on Tuesday afternoon. Actor Prabhas treated fans to the trailer of the upcoming mythological pan-India film and shared the poster of his look as Lord Rama. He captioned the post, "Hari Anant, Hari Katha Ananta. Jai Shri Ram. #AdipurushTrailer out now! #Adipurush in cinemas worldwide…

‘Jewish Trail’ aims to boost cultural exchange between India and…

The "Jewish Trail" in Mumbai, India will be officially launched by Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen during his visit to New Delhi from May 9 to 11. This trail aims to highlight significant Jewish landmarks in Mumbai and Maharashtra, which will be accessible to tourists worldwide. Maharashtra has been home…

Jofra Archer doubtful for Ashes after injury during IPL

England fast bowler Jofra Archer was ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League on Tuesday (9) in a fresh injury blow ahead of the Ashes. His franchise the Mumbai Indians said the 28-year-old will be replaced by England team-mate Chris Jordan. Archer only returned to international cricket in January…

Salman Khan death threat: Mumbai Police issues lookout notice against…

Mumbai Police has issued a lookout circular (LOC) against a man accused of sending threatening email to actor Salman Khan. As per the officials, the man allegedly emailed threatening messages to the Dabangg star in the name of gangster Goldy Brar in March. Salman, who has been receiving death threats…

Modern Love Chennai to be out on this date

And the wait is over. 'Modern Love Chennai has got a release date. Modern Love Chennai, an upcoming anthology, is the third Indian adaptation of an internationally acclaimed original anthology helmed by John Carney. Following Modern Love Mumbai and Modern Love Hyderabad, the makers announced that Modern Love Chennai will…