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‘Everybody in West trying to reach out to Rajamouli. He’s…

Director SS Rajamouli has taken Indian cinema to new global heights with his film RRR (2022). Fronted by Jr NTR and Ram Charan, the film has been creating waves across the globe ever since it hit the marquee in March last year. After doing thunderous business at the ticket window…

Top 30 under 30 Asians from the world of entertainment

THE future in the world of arts belonging to the young is perfectly illustrated by a new generation of south Asians who stood out in diverse fields. These exciting talents are breaking boundaries, expanding horizons, shattering glass ceilings, and delighting audiences with their amazing performances. They are inspiring other youngsters…

Leon Ung: ‘There are not enough roles for people like…

BEING of mixed race means benefiting from the richness of multiple cultures, but it sometimes is a hindrance when it comes to landing lead roles, child actor Leon Ung has said. After winning hearts in short film The Long Goodbye and currently seen in Netflix’s Matilda the Musical, the 12-year-old…

Beauty tips and trends to help you look your best

WHETHER it is sustainability, surprises or stepping out of your comfort zone, the beauty trends this year will offer something for everyone. Eastern Eye asked Dimps Sanghani, celebrity hair and beauty expert, entrepreneur and owner of the Tiara Organic salon in the heart of Chelsea, London, to give her 20…

RRR star Jr NTR meets top Marvel Studios executive at…

Telugu-language Indian film RRR (2022), S.S. Rajamouli’s saga about two Indian revolutionary heroes, Komaram Bheem and Alluri Sitarama Raju who join forces against British colonial rule, has become a global success. The popularity of the film has made its leading actors – Ram Charan and Jr. NTR – global stars.…

Jameela Jamil wishes to play a villain in Star Wars:…

Popular actress and activist Jameela Jamil is eyeing a villainous role in Star Wars. She has already impressed the audience with her villainous turns in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC, and Star Trek. The actress, who most recently voiced Ensign Asencia in the animated television series Star Trek: Prodigy, received…

Action set-pieces from Pathaan compared to Fast & Furious, Mission…

After a long wait, the trailer of Shah Rukh Khan’s much-awaited film Pathaan finally came out on Tuesday. Helmed by Siddharth Anand, the upcoming action entertainer stars Khan alongside Deepika Padukone, with John Abraham seen as the antagonist. While fans are on cloud nine after watching the trailer, there are…

Indian businessman Anand Mahindra lauds ISRO after UK space mission’s…

India's Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra on Tuesday (10) hailed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) after the launch failure of UK space organisation. "I recognise that this was a very different type of orbital launch but it stills tells me how much more we should appreciate and admire the…

Barry Gardiner MP urges to frame policies to achieve climate…

British MP Barry Gardiner has said that though it is important to set climate targets, more emphasis should be given to create polices to attain these goals. Gardiner also admitted that the current funding by the UK to other countries to enable them to achieve climate targets is 'critically insufficient',…

EYE SPY: Predicting entertainment highs and lows in 2023

LIKE every year, 2023 will likely be a rollercoaster ride for the entertainment industry, filled with highs, lows, excitement and unexpected twists. There will be artistic excellence, celebrity surprises, path-breaking moments, bad times, things that shouldn’t happen and so much more. With that in mind, Eastern Eye looked ahead to…

Asian cinema gems that sparkled last year

LAST year may have been a bad one for Bollywood, but that didn’t stop it from being an interesting 12 months for films with a strong south Asian connection. There were marvellous movies made across different languages and genres, which delighted audiences on multiple platforms, from streaming sites to cinemas…

My Top 10-Danial Afzal Khan

DASHING Pakistani actor Danial Afzal Khan has shown off his impressive range as a performer in projects including drama serials that have entertained global audiences. The popular star has never shied away from acting challenges and is looking forward to expanding his horizons further. Eastern Eye found out more about…

Anil Kapoor wishes ‘speedy recovery’ to Rennervations co-star Jeremy Renner

Bollywood star Anil Kapoor on Monday said he is praying for the swift recovery of Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner, who met with an accident over the weekend. A spokesperson for Renner on Sunday said the "Hawkeye" star is in a "critical but stable condition" after he injured himself while ploughing…

Confirmed: Fawad Khan’s Pakistani blockbuster The Legend of Maula Jatt…

Pakistani film The Legend of Maula Jatt, starring Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan, is likely to be released on the big screen in India this Friday, an INOX official said. This will perhaps be the first film from Pakistan in over a decade to get a theatrical release here. “It…

What Bollywood stars revealed in 2022

THE box-office figures may have been cold, but that didn’t stop it from being another year of hot revelations in Bollywood. From future hopes and inspirations to dreams and secrets, there was a lot of things that popular stars shared about themselves. With that in mind, Eastern Eye put together…

EYE SPY: The best of 2022

THE world of performing arts quickly moved on from Covid-19 with an amazing array of wonderful work. Whether it was films, songs, live performances, web serials, stage shows and everything else, top talents made up for lost time and entertained audiences with boundary-breaking projects that offered something new and cool…

Dev Patel in talks to headline Fantastic Four reboot

According to reports, Dev Patel is presently in talks to play the lead role in the much-talked-about Fantastic Four reboot. The Slumdog Millionaire (2008) actor has reportedly been approached for the role of Mister Fantastic in the film. The Fantastic Four reboot is a part of MCU’s Phase 6 and…

Top 50 Asian stars of 2022

A GROUND-BREAKING year saw glass ceilings being shattered, greater heights reached, horizons expanded, and new paths created globally. There was also fresh creative work, international crossovers and exciting new artists announcing their arrival. Top south Asian talent from diverse fields were at the forefront of the moves being made and…

JR NTR AND RAM CHARAN TOP GLOBAL ASIAN CELEBRITY LIST…

Popular actors Jr NTR and Ram Charan have jointly topped the 2022 list of the Top 50 Asian Celebrities In The World. The Pan-Indian stars beat off tough global competition to top the latest edition of the list, published annually by UK based Eastern Eye newspaper. The Telugu cinema icons…

Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Filmmaker with a golden touch

COUNTDOWN OF ACE PRODUCER-DIRECTOR SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI’S BOLLYWOOD FILMS A great body of work has turned Sanjay Leela Bhansali into one of the most successful filmmakers of the modern era. The multi-talented moviemaking genius recently commenced a BAFTA nomination campaign for his 2022 crime drama Gangubai Kathiawadi. This included a…

The seven deadly sins and their close connection to Bollywood

HOW HINDI CINEMA HAS HARMED ITSELF BY COMMITTING THE CAPITAL VICES This year has been one of the worst in Bollywood history in terms of film quality, box office success, and negative attention. That dramatic decline has been acc­o­mpanied by problems like a boycott movement, lack of new talent, ageing…

My playlist – Akhil Sahni

Great music continues to be produced by talented independent artists like Akhil Sahni. The singer, songwriter, and musician based between London and New Delhi recently released his fabulous fourth single Let Us Be Apart. The soulful song about trying to stay away from someone that isn’t good for you mixes…

Ms Marvel actor Mohan Kapur accused of sexually harassing a…

Actor Mohan Kapur, who was most recently seen in the well-received Disney+ series Ms Marvel as Yusuf Khan, father of Kamala AKA Ms Marvel, has been accused of sexually harassing a 15-year-old girl. The victim took to social media to share her distressing experience with Kapur. She also revealed that…

Gurinder Chadha to direct Disney’s original musical film

"Bend It Like Beckham" filmmaker Gurinder Chadha is set to direct a Disney musical feature, inspired by a dynamic princess from Indian history. According to entertainment news outlet Deadline, the filmmaker will co-write the script with Paul Mayeda, who earlier worked with Chadha on her 2017 directorial "Viceroy's House". The…

Jameela Jamil expresses interest in joining Star Wars and John…

Jameela Jamil has proven her acting prowess time and again and the past few years have especially been terrific for her as she got to play pivotal parts in several big-ticket ventures, including Marvel Studios’ hit Disney+ series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. The actress made her MCU debut as the…

SS Rajamouli reveals if he has been approached by Kevin…

It has been more than half a year since its release, but filmmaker SS Rajamouli’s RRR (2022) still continues to dominate headlines. In addition to doing terrific business on home turf, the film has done exceedingly well overseas. Over the past few months, a number of artists from Hollywood have…

Neelu Kohli: Acting is my blood, passion and oxygen

Actress talks about her interesting journey A distinguished acting career has seen Neelu Kohli make an impressive mark on television with impactful roles in popular drama serials that include Ghar Set Hai, Yeh Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar, Choti Sarrdaarni, Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon and Na Bole Tum Na…

Freida Pinto: ‘I may not have done anything in Bollywood,…

Freida Pinto has received an overwhelming response for playing Selina Dalton in filmmaker Emma Holly Jones’ period drama Mr. Malcolm's List, which hit theatres in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2023. The actress recently appeared in an interview with The Guardian where she talked about the film and her…

All about actor Kartik Aaryan

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW BIRTHDAY SPECIAL ON THE RED HOT BOLLYWOOD STAR Brilliantly talented actor Kartik Aaryan has risen from humble beginning to become a bankable Bollywood star with a big following. His relatability and charm in successful films has enabled him to make a strong connection with cross-generational…

Shocking decline of Bollywood music

HOW HORRIBLE SONGS HAVE BADLY HARMED HINDI CINEMA Bollywood being built on a bedrock of magnificent music not only gave it a unique identity but also enabled it to stand tall internationally. While other movie industries around the world were crushed by the Hollywood juggernaut, Hindi cinema withstood the pressure…

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to star in Marvel’s ‘Wonder Man’ series

Actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been roped in to play the titular hero in Marvel Studios' upcoming Disney Plus series Wonder Man. According to Variety, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton is developing the series with Andrew Guest as the head writer. Cretton, who…

She-Hulk star Jameela Jamil wants Titania’s Doctor Doom Backstory in…

The first season of the Disney+ series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law concluded earlier this month with no word yet on whether it will return to our screens with a season 2. The show revolved around the life of Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) as she tries to strike a balance between…

Cooking up a feast of culinary traditions

SANJANA MODHA ON GOOD FOOD AND HER CROWDFUNDED BOOK Social media has become a special space to share great recipes, cooking ideas and healthy eating advice. A popular online British expert providing top tips to prepare sumptuous meals is Sanjana Modha. She has gone from writing an unknown food blog…

My top 10 songs – Nikitaa

Independent artist Nikitaa has made a name for herself with marvellous music releases like her 12-track album High Priestess and recently released an Amaal Mallik remix of her Hindi-English song Bad Trip (Sitam). The singer-songwriter based between Mumbai and Los Angeles has used diverse influences on songs like Clutch, Goddess,…

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy to direct new Star Wars movie

Ms Marvel director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has been tapped to helm a new Star Wars film with Damon Lindelof attached as co-writer. According to entertainment website Deadline, the Lucasfilm project is currently under scripting stage. The movie is being touted as a first major big screen release for Lucasfilm after 2019's…

Mother India: Story behind a classic

65TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL ABOUT THE MAKING OF AN ICONIC MOVIE AND ITS AMAZING ACHIEVEMENTS When Mother India released on October 25, 1957, it had the kind of impact that no other Bollywood film ever made before. The beautifully made classic about a woman fighting against the odds to raise her…

Robert Downey Jr. rumored to be returning as Iron Man…

Rumours are doing the rounds in the tinsel town of Hollywood that Robert Downey Jr. will make his MCU return in the much-awaited Avengers: Secret Wars. The actor, who plays Tony Stark aka Iron Man in the franchise, bid farewell to MCU in Avengers: Endgame where he sacrificed his life…

Harrison Ford to play Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross in Marvel’s Captain…

Veteran American actor Harrison Ford is the latest star to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as he has replaced William Hurt and will be playing the role of Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross in Anthony Mackie starrer 'Captain America: New World Order'. According to Variety, it does not appear, however, that Ford…

Black Panther 2: Marvel producer addresses the controversy surrounding the…

Marvel Studios' much-anticipated film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is the sequel to Black Panther, is just a couple of weeks away from opening in theatres. The film, which also pays tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman who starred in the MCU as T'Challa for six years, closes out the…

Robert Downey Jr. done with Iron Man: ‘Starting up again…

Robert Downey Jr. mesmerised a whole generation of the audience with his immensely popular character of Iron Man. However, he has no plans of sliding into the skin of the same character again. Yes, you read that absolutely right! During his appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast The Joe Rogan Experience,…

Marvellous Mimmi and music with a meaning

SINGER RITVIZ DISCUSSES HIS RAPID RISE AND DEBUT ALBUM There is impressive momentum behind multi-talented music star Ritviz. He has followed up having the songs Sage, Thandi Hawa and Aavegi featured on globally successful Disney serial Ms Marvel with his newly released debut album Mimmi, which is a gripping nine-track…

My top 10 wardrobe essentials – Vardah Aziz

WINTER is coming, but top brands are already unveiling their Spring/ Summer collections and forward-thinking fashionistas are a step ahead. Others are dreaming of getaways to hot climates, and some are enjoying the last semblance of warmer days. Rising Pakistani star Vardah Aziz is still basking in the glow of…

DJ Lady G’s musical heroes

Whether it is delivering dynamic DJ sets, putting together winning playlists, or hosting her popular weekly show on Solar Radio, Gurpreet Mudhar is constantly surrounded by great music. Her show, The Midnight Mix, is quite popular on the long running UK soul music station. With that in mind, Eastern Eye…

Release dates of Deadpool 3, Avengers: Secret Wars, Fantastic Four,…

Disney has decided to delay the releases of 'Blade', 'Deadpool 3', 'Fantastic Four' and other major Marvel properties. As per Variety, 'Blade' has moved from November 3, 2023, to September 6, 2024, which created a ripple on the rest of the MCU. 'Deadpool 3' has relocated from September 6, 2024,…

Action-adventure series ‘Limitless with Chris Hemsworth’ trailer out now

Makers of the upcoming adventures series on Thursday unveiled the trailer of 'Limitless with Chris Hemsworth'. Taking to Instagram, Chris Hemsworth shared the trailer which he captioned, "The best way to live a longer and healthier life is apparently to risk it many times for the purpose of entertainment. Join…

Michael Waldron set to write Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Secret Wars

After the success of 'Loki' and 'Doctor Strange 2', writer Michael Waldron seems to be in demand for high-profile Marvel projects as he is set to write 'Avengers: Secret Wars'. According to Deadline, sources have confirmed this update. Recently, the outlet reported that Jeff Loveness was on board to write…

Elizabeth Olsen speaks about experiencing panic attacks on New York…

Hollywood star Elizabeth Olsen has revealed that she "didn't understand" feelings of panic until she reached a certain age while living in New York. According to E! News, in an interview with Variety, the 'WandaVision' actor got candid about how she experienced panic attacks in New York at age 21,…

Ryan Coogler almost quit filmmaking after Black Panther star Chadwick…

Ryan Coogler, the writer and director behind Black Panther films, says he almost walked away from the entertainment business following the death of his lead star Chadwick Boseman. Boseman, who played the title role in the 2018 Marvel Studios blockbuster movie Black Panther, died in August 2020 following a secret…

Ryan Reynolds talks about breaking the internet with announcement of…

As fans continue to rejoice at the news, Hollywood superstar Ryan Reynolds has talked about the rush of excitement he felt when he announced the return of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in the much-anticipated Deadpool 3. The third installment of the much-loved franchise comes following the Disney-Fox merger and is…

Wakanda Forever trailer introduces new Black Panther to MCU after…

The first official trailer of the long-awaited Marvel film 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' has finally been released on Monday and it provides a better look at the mysterious new Black Panther. The almost 2-minute-long trailer gives viewers a closer glimpse at a new underwater nation, which is being led by…

Marvel Studios greenlights Deadpool 4 two years before the release…

Ryan Reynolds recently took the internet by storm with a surprise announcement. He did not only announce the official release date of the much-anticipated Deadpool 3 but also revealed that Hugh Jackman could team up for the continued adventures of the Merc With a Mouth in the upcoming installment. Reynolds…

Marvel’s Don Cheadle-starrer Armor Wars series now being made as…

Marvel's 'Armor Wars' project has gone through a major change as now what would have been a series for Disney Plus will be redeveloped as a feature film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this move essentially pushes back the title further down the development slate. The outlet has reported that…

Hugh Jackman to be seen in his iconic Wolverine character…

After saying again and again that he would never play Wolverine after the 2017 film Logan, Hugh Jackman announced this week that he would be putting on the adamantium claws once more for the much-anticipated Deadpool 3. Even Ryan Reynolds, who headlines Deadpool 3, confirmed the same when he announced…

Elizabeth Olsen shares thoughts on Hugh Jackman’s return as Wolverine,…

Hollywood actor Elizabeth Olsen, who plays the role of Scarlet Witch in the MCU, has shared her thoughts on Hugh Jackman's return as Wolverine. Olsen got the news about Jackman's return at Variety's Power of Women, where she expressed shock over the revelation. "Oh really?" Olsen asked when she heard…

Master-D’s Top10 musical moments

WHETHER it has been as a solo artist, as part of acclaimed music act The Bilz & Kashif, or through ground-breaking collaborations, Master-D has helped take Bangla music worldwide. The talented singer, songwriter, and musician continues that impressive musical mastery with his new EP Jibon, which is garnering a great…

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige says it was ‘much too soon’…

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is one of the most-awaited Hollywood films of 2022. However, it won’t centre around the main character of T’Challa like the first installment of the film, but rather his legacy in the MCU. Fans are still coming to terms with the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman,…

Bassam Tariq exits Marvel’s Blade movie as director

Filmmaker Bassam Tariq will not be serving as the director on Marvel Studios much-anticipated Blade movie. The Pakistani-American filmmaker, who joined the Blade team last year, will still be attached as an executive producer on the project. “It’s been an honour working with the wonderful folks at Marvel. We were…

Hugh Jackman to return as Wolverine for Deadpool 3

'Deadpool' actor Ryan Reynolds on Wednesday announced Hollywood star Hugh Jackman's return as fan-favourite Wolverine in the third film in the franchise. In a video uploaded on his social media platforms, Reynolds revealed that the 'Deadpool 3' will hit the theatres in 2024. Hey everyone, we're extremely sad to have…

Brad Pitt in talks to make his MCU debut with…

If reports are to be believed, Brad Pitt might join the cast of Deadpool 3. It is being reported that the Bullet Train actor is presently in talks to star in the third installment of the successful Deadpool franchise, which is currently in the works at Marvel Studios. The film…

Anthony Mackie reveals the one thing he wants in Captain…

Hollywood actor Anthony Mackie has revealed his biggest hope when he takes over the role of Captain America in Marvel's 2024 film 'Captain America: New World Order'. According to E! News, in an exclusive interview with the outlet, Mackie, who knows he has some big shoes to fill and an…

How Divian Ladwa is breaking ground for British Asian talent

Versatile actor discusses his new film, inclusive casting and inspirations British actor Divian Ladwa has balanced acclaimed roles on television, radio, and theatre with eye-catching performances in international films such as Ant-Man and the Wasp, The Personal History of David Copperfield and the recently released Mr Malcolm’s List. He has…

James Gunn talks about Guardians of the Galaxy jokes involving…

It is no secret that Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is one of the most-awaited films of 2023. It is set to debut in theatres on May 5, 2023. The film brings back not just filmmaker James Gunn but also Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and the voices…

Spider-Man named the most popular superhero in the US, find…

A report by Wisevoter has come up with some interesting findings about who is the most favourite superhero in the United States. A survey was conducted in all 50 states of the country and half of those states chose Spider-Man as their favourite superhero. The caped crusader Batman came in…

Gran Turismo video game adaptation casts Stranger Things fame David…

Hollywood actor David Harbour of 'Stranger Things' fame is all set to star in Sony and PlayStation Productions' upcoming video game adaptation of 'Gran Turismo'. According to Variety, the adaptation, set to release on August 11, 2023, will be directed by Neill Blomkamp, the filmmaker behind sci-fi hits like 'District…

Kit Harington opens up about the truth about his MCU…

Kit Harington has addressed his future in the MCU. While appearing on one recent interview, the actor said he hoped to rejoin the MCU sooner rather than later. Harington played Dane Whitman in Eternals, the love interest of Gemma Chan's Serai, employed at London’s Natural History Museum. “I don’t know…

The return of Aashiqui star Anu Aggarwal

ACTRESS ON ABANDONING FAME, HER HORRIFIC CRASH AND SPIRITUAL REBIRTH Successful model-turned-actress Anu Aggarwal became an overnight star with her hit Bollywood debut Aashiqui (1990). Instead of getting swallowed up in the stardom bubble generated by the smash-hit musical romance, she did the unthinkable and walked away from the lucrative…

The top 10 Mahesh Bhatt films

Legendary Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt will turn a year older this week and celebrate his 74th birthday on September 20. The writer, director, and producer has masterminded popular movies, which have entertained cross-generational audiences across the decades. He has also introduced new talent and kick-started franchises. The movie maverick will…

Brie Larson reveals why she is unsure about her MCU…

Hollywood star Brie Larson, who portrays the role of Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has revealed that she's unsure about her future in the superhero franchise, referencing the internet trolls not wanting to see her return. According to E! News, during Disney's D23 Expo, Larson seemed unsure when…

There isn’t an organization like the Avengers in the MCU…

At D23 Expo on Saturday, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige revealed that there is no active Avengers team or organization in the Marvel Cinematic Universe anymore. “Just because there is not an organization like the Avengers anymore, but we now have the Thunderbolts,” Feige said, confirming that the Avengers…

Here’s what thwarted Marvel Studios’ plans to bring Jesus Christ…

It might surprise a lot of MCU fans but Marvel Studios once considered bringing Jesus Christ into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, you read that absolutely right. However, the studio had no intention of getting religious or pushing forward a major religious experience for the audience, but it did plan…

Director Julius Onah has THIS to say to those criticising…

Nigerian American filmmaker Julius Onah, who is best known for his 2018 thriller The Cloverfield Paradox, is set to helm the much-awaited fourth installment of the Captain America series for Marvel Studios. Actor Anthony Mackie is toplining the high-profile Captain America: New World Order, where he reprises his longtime character…

Actor Letitia Wright says she felt Chadwick Boseman’s presence while…

Hollywood actor Letitia Wright, who became a Marvel breakout with her performance in 'Black Panther' as T'Challa's sister Shuri, has revealed that she felt her late costar Chadwick Boseman's presence while making the highly anticipated sequel. Wright is set to reprise her role in 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever', which was…

Our role is to constantly surprise and refresh: Ben Kingsley…

Hollywood star Ben Kingsley, who made a cameo appearance in last year's 'Shang-Chi' as Trevor Slattery, is set to return in a new Disney+ series titled 'Wonder Man'. Kingsley's Trevor, a washed-up actor, first made his MCU appearance in 'Iron Man 3', where he had been recruited to pose as…

Reports: Henry Cavill set to feature as Superman in several…

When Dwayne Johnson, who is presently waiting for the release of his much-anticipated film Black Adam, earlier hinted at Henry Cavill’s return as Superman to the DCEU, fans’ joy knew no bounds. Recent reports suggested fans may get to see Cavill once again in the costume of arguably the most…

Chadwick Boseman, ‘Frozen’ stars, Ellen Pompeo honoured with Disney Legends…

“Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, “Frozen” team — Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad — as well as “Grey’s Anatomy” actors Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey were honoured with the Disney Legends Award at D23 Expo. Disney’s D23 Expo kick-started on Friday. The Disney Legends Award is…

Will Brahmastra crack the Bollywood superhero code?

CURIOUS HISTORY OF A HIGH-FLYING MOVIE GENRE THAT FAILED TO TAKE OFF IN HINDI CINEMA The superhero genre may be the most profitable in the world right now, but Bollywood has mostly taken missteps over the years. That is why most can’t name any film beyond Mr India or Krrish…

Nicolas Cage in advanced talks to return as Ghost Rider…

According to reports, Nicolas Cage is in talks to return as Ghost Rider in the much-anticipated multiverse epic Avengers Secret Wars. The character has appeared in two of his own movies with Cage playing the titular role. His version of the character first debuted in the 2007 film Ghost Rider,…

15 Things to Do This Summer in Dubai

Are you dying for an exciting getaway this summer? If yes, then your search ends here because it doesn’t get any more exciting than in Dubai. This luxurious city is teeming with fun summer activities for you to indulge in. Plus you can dine at the finest restaurants and shop…

Gulf states warn Netflix over content that ‘contradicts’ Islam

Gulf countries Tuesday threatened Netflix with legal action for broadcasting content that "contradicts" Islam, and Saudi state media indicated that the offending material centred on shows depicting sexual minorities. A statement issued jointly by the Saudi media regulator and the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, headquartered in the Saudi capital Riyadh,…

Henry Cavill, Daisy Edgar-Jones & 5 other Hollywood A-listers set…

Ahead of the launch of the much-anticipated D23 Expo next week, a number of rumours are swirling around in the tinsel town of Hollywood. A Twitter account has speculated Marvel is planning to introduce 7 new Hollywood A-listers to the world as brand-new faces of the MCU. Yes, you read…

Anj Chauhan: Always and Forever tribute to great Bollywood music…

Marvellous British music collective Kaykay & Co regularly deliver memorable live performances and a key element is magnificent singer Anj Chauhan. The versatile music group will headline the Always & Forever charity concert at Harrow Arts Centre on September 10, which pays tribute to legendary Bollywood singers Mohammed Rafi and…

Ben Kingsley to reprise Trevor Slattery’s role for Marvel Studio’s…

Hollywood star Sir Ben Kingsley is marking his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe by reprising the role of Trevor Slattery in Marvel's upcoming series, 'Wonder Man'. According to Variety, in June, it was originally announced that the programme was in production. The main subject will be Simon Williams, a.k.a.…

‘I was yelled at by one producer for questioning something…

Actor Zawe Ashton, who is known for her roles in the comedy series Fresh Meat and period drama Mr. Malcolm’s List, alongside film roles in The Marvels and Velvet Buzzsaw, recently opened up about suffering incidents of “bullying, demeaning and gaslighting” throughout her career. “There was just this weird resistance…

Warner Bros. to organise funeral screening for shelved Batgirl

At the beginning of this month, Warner Bros. decided to scrap a number of high-profile projects, including the much-awaited Batgirl. While fans are still busy requesting the studio to reconsider its decision, a leading publication reports that funeral screenings of Batgirl will be taking place soon for a select group…

Ranbir Kapoor: Chequered career of a charismatic actor

COUNTDOWN OF THE BOLLYWOOD STAR’S FILMS AHEAD OF HIS BIG RELEASE Big budget Bollywood film Brahmastra will be released globally on September 9. The superhero film, eight years in the making, boasts state-of-the-art special effects and has an impressive cast that includes Amitabh Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Nagarjuna, and surprise cameos…

Top Gun star Glen Powell responds to rumours of his…

Rumours have been doing the rounds lately that actor Glen Powell, who delivered a power-packed performance in Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick, has been approached to play Cyclops in an upcoming X-Men film for Marvel Studios. Speaking with Variety, Powell shut down the rumours regarding his casting in the MCU…

Never Forget You: Multi-layered book depicts history through unique perspectives

Acclaimed author Jamila Gavin has quite comprehensively shown that she can write stories featuring younger protagonists well during a distinguished writing career and co­ntinues that trend with her latest bo­ok, set during the second world war. The author takes inspiration from real life people in history, most notably spy princess…

Daniel Kaluuya reacts to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer

Hollywood actor Daniel Kaluuya confirmed that he would not be returning for the sequel of Marvel's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever', but it seems the actor is quite excited for the upcoming sequel as a fan. The 'Get Out' actor was recently spotted at the premiere of his film Honk for…

Top Gun: Maverick producer explains why Tom Cruise-starrer outshone MCU…

Headlined by Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise, Top Gun: Maverick hit theatres on May 27 and turned out to be a massive success within days of its release. In its journey to become one of the highest-grossing films ever made, the action drama outperformed MCU and DC biggies at the box…

Dwayne Johnson hopes for DC vs. Marvel crossover; says ‘I…

Dwayne Johnson, who headlines the upcoming DC film Black Adam, has said that he is ‘optimistic’ about a crossover with the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point in the future. Speaking with Total Film for its cover story on Black Adam this month, Johnson said he is hoping for multiple…

Tatiana Maslany wants her She-Hulk character to go on a…

Tatiana Maslany, who first rose to prominence with her power-packed performance in the successful Canadian series Orphan Black, is currently winning raves for her title role in Marvel Studios’ latest show She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, set at Disney +. The show introduces the female Hulk. In a press conference for…

Marvel ‘scolded’ Owen Wilson ‘multiple times’ for sharing deets on…

Hollywood star Owen Wilson claimed that Marvel 'scolded' him 'multiple times' for sharing information on his 'Loki' role. According to Fox News, Wilson shared that the studio is "kind of uptight" when it came to the actor sharing details about the "Loki" series. "Yeah, we're doing that. Yeah, Tom [Hiddleston]…

Mark Ruffalo confirms next Avengers film won’t happen without She-Hulk

Mark Ruffalo, one of the biggest MCU stars who plays Mr. Bruce Banner in the insanely popular film franchise, claims that a new Avengers film is not possible if She-Hulk does not play a part in it. For the uninitiated, Tatiana Maslany plays the female version of The Hulk in…

‘People can have a real visceral response to having a…

Actor Tatiana Maslany, who plays the eponymous character in the upcoming series "She-Hulk", says she is looking forward to the response of the show which will give the fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) a new woman superhero. The debut of Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk in the MCU comes…

Mark Ruffalo comes out in defense of Marvel Productions; calls…

Successful Hollywood star Mark Ruffalo, who will next reprise his popular role as the Hulk/Bruce Banner in the much-anticipated Disney+ series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, has defended the Marvel Cinematic Universe which has been criticised for churning out endless content lately. For the uninitiated, his show She-Hulk: Attorney at Law…

‘Never Have I Ever’ star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan appears on Jimmy…

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan looked like a million bucks as she posed for pictures on the sets of 'Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon'. Maitreyi is one of the guests on one of the most popular American late-night talk shows - 'The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon'. She will be seen promoting her upcoming…

Jamila Gavin: Human stories and heroes rooted in history

Author discusses her writing journey, classic book and new novel A distinguished writing career has seen Jamila Gavin combine gripping st­o­rylines, deep meaning and teaching the reader something new in her novels. The important literary voice has part­i­cularly connected with younger readers through acclaimed books such as Coram Boy, which…

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ filmmaker Taika Waititi ties the knot…

'Thor: Love and Thunder' filmmaker Taika Waititi and Rita Ora have taken their relationship to the next level about a year after the two first sparked romance rumours. The news of the duo's marriage has been confirmed by E! News. Fans have had their focus on the couple ever since…

Idris Elba teases he is heading back to DC for…

Idris Elba, who made his DCEU debut last year with James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, which served as a standalone sequel to David Ayer’s 2016 film, is reportedly in talks to headline yet another high-profile DC superhero project. Yes, you read that right! During the promotions of his new film…

Top Gun: Maverick surpasses Titanic at the box office; becomes…

Tom Cruise’s latest action flick Top Gun: Maverick has been smashing one record after another ever since hitting the marquee. The film has now overtaken an iconic film in the list of the highest-grossing Hollywood films of all time. The film, which released in May, has now claimed the 7th…

Chris Hemsworth says CWG gold medallist Mirabai Chanu is worthy…

Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth, who is popular for portraying the Norse god of thunder, Thor, has showered praise on Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, stating that "she is worthy" of his MCU character's hammer. The praise comes after Chanu recently clinched India's first gold medal in the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022…

Warner Bros to restructure DC superhero franchise in the Wake…

Disappointed by the poor box office reception of their latest film, Justice League, Warner Bros chiefs are reportedly considering a restructure of their DC Films division and the implementation of a 10-year plan. As per reports, the overhaul of DC Films is expected to happen by January and the main…

Niyati Fatnani: The art of never saying never

WHY THE CHANNA MEREYA LEAD STAR LOVES NEW CHALLENGES Talented actress Niyati Fatnani made an accomplished debut in TV drama D4 – Get Up and Dance in 2016, and then shot to fame playing Piya Rathod in popular supernatural 2018 serial Nazar, which ran for more than 400 episodes across…

Warner bros. shelves ‘Batgirl’, will not release in theatres or…

Warner bros. and DC comics have now officially shelved 'Batgirl' after the film reached its post-production stage and will not premiere in theatres or on any other digital platforms including HBO Max. According to Variety, Helmed by the 'Ms Marvel' and 'Bad Boys for Life' directors Adil El Arbi and…

Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney wants to become ‘the first trans…

Yasmin Finney, known for her well-received performance in Netflix’s coming-of-age LGBTQ-themed series Heartstopper, says that she hopes to become the first ever trans Bond girl after expressing her love for the spy franchise. “I love James Bond films. Every film I’ve seen, I’ve always thought, ‘I’d love to be that…

Henry Cavill in talks to make his MCU debut; here’s…

Hollywood superstar Henry Cavill, who is best known for playing the role of Superman in the DCEU, is reportedly in advanced talks to make his thunderous Marvel Cinematic Universe debut. Yes, you read that absolutely right! The MCU is set to continue expanding into Phases Four and Five. There are…

Here’s what MCU star Tessa Thompson thinks about exploring a…

The recent MCU film Thor: Love and Thunder, which hit screens on July 8, put up a great show at the box office. Actress Tessa Thompson, who plays the character of Valkyrie in the superhero flick, recently said that she is open to exploring the possibility of a romantic relationship…

‘I’m setting the record straight’: James Gunn responds to rumours…

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 writer and director James Gunn has commented on Harry Styles’ Starfox appearing in the upcoming film. Gunn at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 was asked about rumours surrounding a possible appearance from Styles in Guardians 3. Responding to the question, he said, “Nope! I am…

Marvel’s Luke Cage creator thinks Ram Charan will be suitable…

Ever since British actor Daniel Craig's stint as the iconic James Bond came to an end with last year's 'No Time to Die', the search for a new 007 has been up, and now 'Luke Cage' creator Cheo Hodari Coker has suggested South star Ram Charan's name for the role.…

Kevin Feige shares interesting details on Fantastic Four Reboot: ‘We’ve…

A Fantastic Four film is all set to join the stable of the MCU and fans are quite excited to know that the film is coming sooner than they may have expected. Yes, you read that absolutely right! At San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, it was revealed that Fantastic Four…

Jameela Jamil agrees with fans over criticism of her appearance…

It has been just a couple of days since the first pictures of Jameela Jamil as Titania in Marvel Studios’ much-anticipated show She-Hulk: Attorney at Law emerged on social media. While some liked the pictures, many criticised the actress’ appearance. A lot of it had to do with the character's…

Farhan Akhtar: I felt like it was going to be…

Actor Farhan Akhtar reveals what drew him to his Ms Marvel role He may have made a name for himself in Bollywood as a writer, director, producer, singer, and actor during a distinguished 21-year career, but Farhan Akhtar is now getting global recognition with a new audience for his impactful…

Marvel Studio taps Destin Daniel Cretton to direct Avengers: The…

Destin Daniel Cretton, who helmed last year’s Marvel hit Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been roped in by the studio to direct Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. The announcement comes days after studio head Kevin Feige announced two new Avengers films, the other being Secret Wars, at…

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer receives thunderous response; garners 172…

The ongoing San Diego Comic-Con seems to have innumerable surprises for the diehard fans of MCU. Aside from raising the curtain on Phase 5, Marvel Studios is also revealing details about Phase 6. The team has also released a new trailer for Marvel Studios’ much-awaited streaming series She-Hulk: Attorney at…

Kevin Feige responds to Ryan Gosling’s wish to play Ghost…

Hollywood star Ryan Gosling is presently basking in the worldwide success of his latest film The Gray Man, directed by the Russo Brothers for the streaming media giant Netflix. While promoting the film earlier this month, Gosling told Happy Sad Confused podcast host Josh Horowitz that he would like to…

‘Marvel making a series with a Pakistani Muslim girl at…

Filmmaker-sibling duo Russo Brothers were recently in India to promote their much-talked-about film The Gray Man, starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Dhanush, and Ana de Armas in prominent roles. During their short visit, the two also met actor-producer Farhan Akhtar and his business partner Ritesh Sidhwani and revealed that they…

Marvel reveals every upcoming film and show, including 2 new…

Marvel Studios has done what fans all over the world have been waiting for with bated breath. From raising the curtain on the much-anticipated trailer of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to announcing Phase 5 and 6 called The Multiverse Saga, the leading moviemaking studio absolutely won this year’s San Diego…

Marvel debuts exorbitantly priced real-life infinity stones collection

Marvel and East Continental Gems announced the “official Infinity Collection of Gemstones” on Saturday at Comic-Con. The collection, comprised of actual precious gems, is being called “one of the rarest collectibles” to debut at Comic-Con and was revealed by a self-made millionaire, Daymond John. “The Infinity Collection of Gemstones consists…

‘Long tradition of storytelling in India, not being able to…

The Indian film industry churns out the maximum number of films in the world. These films are made in several popular Indian languages spoken throughout the country. There are several successful film-producing industries within the Indian film industry, including Bollywood, Tollywood, Kollywood, and Mollywood. Together these industries produce over 2000…

UK parents urged to help their kids get active over…

PARENTS of primary school children across England are being encouraged to get their kids active over the summer holidays, as the government relaunches its 10 Minute Shake Up campaign. The campaign – delivered by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) and supported by Disney ­– returns in full…

‘Marvel is extremely actor friendly, but not director friendly’, says…

Hollywood actor Ethan Hawke, recently shared his experience of working in a 'Marvel' web series, stating that "Marvel is extremely actor friendly, but might not be director friendly". Hawke,51, recently joined 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' in the Disney+ Hotstar action series 'Moon Knight', where he portrayed the role of an antagonist…

‘Felt I had a responsibility now that the West is…

Dhanush is one of the most-loved actors in India. He has several notable films to his credit. Apart from delivering a series of blockbusters in Tamil cinema, he has worked in some Bollywood films as well, including Raanjhanaa and Atrangi Re. The actor, who previously made his Hollywood debut with…

Birthday Special: Check out 7 facts you never knew about…

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who turned 46 on Tuesday, is known for his portrayals of intelligent, often upper-crust characters, his deep resonant voice, and his distinctive name. Along with gaining widespread popularity for playing a modern Sherlock Holmes in the television series 'Sherlock', the actor has also brought to life…

Marvel Studios’ VFX artists call out company for exhausting working…

Marvel Studios, one of the biggest filmmaking studios in the world, is known for delivering dozens of blockbusters that are watched by billions of people all across the globe. While we enjoy every minute of VFX-heavy Marvel movies, the condition of VFX artists working on those films for months on…

Confirmed: Daniel Kaluuya to not return for Black Panther: Wakanda…

It has been confirmed that the Hollywood actor, Daniel Kaluuya, will not be part of Marvel Comics' upcoming action flick Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. According to variety, the Widows actor was asked to be part of the second installment of the film but had already committed to star in Jordan…

Asim Riaz: A self-made icon who achieved the ‘impossible’

FANS CELEBRATE THE MULTI-TALENTED PERSONALITY AS HE TURNS A YEAR OLDER Self-made star Asim Riaz has had an incredible rise in recent years and gained himself a rapidly growing fan base that follow his every move. The multi-talented model turned television personality, actor and rapper has become an icon for…

Gingger Shankar: Marvellous journey of a maestro

GINGGER SHANKAR DISCUSSES HER MUSIC AND GREAT FAMILY LEGACY Being the daughter of master violinist L Subramaniam and great singer Viji Shankar, along with having legendary classical Indian vocalist Lakshmi Shankar as a grandmother, meant that Gingger Shankar was introduced to music from a young age. This connection evolved into…

Here’s how Thor: Love and Thunder star Chris Hemsworth hammered…

Chris Hemsworth, one of the world’s highest-paid actors who featured in Marvel’s latest release Thor: Love and Thunder, is reported to have struggled with his mental health and spoke about the same in 2019, reports the Express. The 38-year-old actor is quoted as saying, “When you’re constantly self-analysing, it’s ultimately…

Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on how Ms Marvel is a ‘moment…

The superhero series Ms Marvel from the house of Marvel Studios has emerged as a global success on Disney+. Earlier, the show was in news for starring Iman Vellani as Marvel Studios’ first Muslim superhero. Later, the show also arrested viewers’ attention for Indian star Farhan Akhtar’s cameo and Pakistani…

Thor: Love and Thunder: Director Taika Waititi comes under fire…

Thor: Love and Thunder writer-director Taika Waititi has come under fire as he jokingly poked fun at his own film’s VFX. As a result, netizens are not happy with him treating the hard-working VFX team as the punchline for his own project. The new Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film, which…

She-Hulk star Jameela Jamil responds to criticism over her look…

The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil does not have any problem with people reacting negatively to her character's look for the much-awaited Disney+ series, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. After an image of her She-Hulk villain, Titania was shared on social media, Jamil took to Twitter to respond to posts that…

Chris Evans comes out in defense of Anthony Mackie playing…

Hollywood actor Chris Evans has come out in defense of Anthony Mackie playing 'Captain America' in the upcoming Marvel installments of the franchise and said "Sam Wilson is Captain America." According to The Hollywood Reporter, after it was revealed that Captain America 4 is in the works, the outlet announced…

Russo Brothers to visit India to attend Indian premiere of…

Director duo Joe and Anthony Russo will be in India for the premiere of their upcoming Netflix film The Gray Man, the streamer said earlier today. The filmmakers, known for Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, will join Dhanush at the event to be held here. The Russo…

No director’s cut for Thor: ‘I watch director’s cuts of…

Taika Waititi, the director of the much-talked-about Hollywood film Thor: Love and Thunder, the fourth film in the Marvel series, which debuted this weekend to a franchise-high USD143 million, told NME in a recent interview that he doesn’t like lengthier versions of films that include stuff that was removed for…

Natalie Portman’s trainer reveals the secret behind the actress’s bulked-up…

Many actors make severe body transformations and change their bodies for the characters they play on-screen. Oscar-winner Natalie Portman is one such star who is reported to have gone beyond the call of duty to do justice to her role as the Mighty Thor in Marvel's Thor: Love and Thunder…

Anthony Mackie onboards Captain America 4; Julius Onah set to…

Julius Onah, director of The Cloverfield Paradox and Luce, is set to helm the fourth Captain America movie, starring Anthony Mackie and building on the events from the 2021 Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. According to Variety, the screenplay is being written by staff writer Dalan Musson…

Chris Hemsworth reveals younger brother Liam was almost cast as…

Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth has revealed that his younger brother Liam Hemsworth was almost cast as Marvel's Thor instead of him. According to E! News, while promoting the latest installment of the franchise, Thor: Love and Thunder, the 38-year-old revealed just how close Liam was to playing the Mjolnir swinging…

Fawad Khan sends internet into a meltdown as he makes…

And the wait is finally over! Pakistani superstar Fawad Khan has made a grand entry in the first episode of Ms. Marvel. Fawad essays the role of a freedom fighter in the British Raj who falls in love with Aisha, a woman from another dimension who is attempting to return…

‘I want to be a part of Avengers and play…

Bollywood star Taapsee Pannu, who was last seen in the Telugu language film Mishan Impossible, is presently busy promoting her upcoming Hindi film, Shabaash Mithu. Based on the life of former Test and ODI captain of the India women's national cricket team, Mithali Raj, the Srijit Mukherji directorial is slated…

Nikhita Gandhi: Magic voice mesmerising music fans

HOW SINGER NIKHITA GANDHI CAST A SPELL WITH HIT SONGS Being able to effortlessly take on any genre has turned Nikhita Gandhi into an in-demand singer with impressive momentum behind her. The versatile Indian star’s sparkling voice lighting up songs in languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali, has established…

Chris Evans joins Emily Blunt to headline Netflix’s Pain Hustlers

Hollywood star Chris Evans is all set to join Emily Blunt in Netflix’s Pain Hustlers. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Evans is best known for playing Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, but he is expanding his career in Hollywood now that…

No legal contracts can block Andrew Garfield’s return to Amazing…

If you wished to see actor Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man yet again, here is a great piece of news for you! Former Disney and Marvel Studios attorney Paul Sarker has said that if the actor wants, he can reprise Peter Parker in the Amazing Spider-Man 3 without any legal roadblocks.…

Chris Pratt hints at bidding adieu to MCU and Guardians…

Chris Pratt has played a variety of characters ever since he first started, but a majority of the audience still associates him with Peter Quill, also known as his alias Star Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Hollywood star has headlined the two Guardians of the Galaxy movies as…

‘Ms Marvel song ‘Aye Khuda’ is a composition I did…

Music composer Atif Afzal believes every song has its own journey and something similar happened with “Aye Khuda”, one of his two tracks for the Disney+ series “Ms Marvel” which was originally supposed to be part of a film starring Salman Khan. Ten years ago, Mumbai-born Afzal almost got his…

Deadpool 3 writers promise to mock almost every Marvel film…

After the humongous success of Deadpool and Deadpool 2, now all eyes are set on Deadpool 3, the third installment of the franchise. What makes the third part even more interesting is the fact that when it hits the marquee in 2023, it will be a part of the Marvel…

Taron Egerton confirms being in talks with Kevin Feige to…

Taron Egerton has confirmed that he has met Kevin Feige and other executives at Marvel Studios about joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which could be for the role of the new Wolverine. The British actor told The New York Times about his desire to pick up the baton from Hugh…

Farhan Akhtar reveals he agreed to appear in Ms Marvel…

Farhan Akhtar, who is mostly in news for his high-profile films or streaming shows that he produces under Excel Entertainment, is presently in the spotlight for his appearance in Marvel Studios’ streaming show Ms Marvel, which recently debuted on Disney+ Hotstar. The show marked the debut of a Muslim superhero…

Lena Headey slapped with a lawsuit for $1.5 million by…

Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey has been sued for $1.5 million by her former U.K. agency Troika over unpaid commission fees. These fees include Thor: Love and Thunder, a film Headey was cast in ultimately had her scenes cut from the film. Troika, which has now been branded as…

Tom Hiddleston and Marvel star Zawe Ashton expecting first baby…

Hollywood star couple, Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton are expecting their first child together. Zawe, who recently attended a special screening of the period drama Mr Malcom's List on Wednesday, in New York City, showed up with her baby bump. According to People magazine, the 37-year-old actor looked stunning, as…

Ms. Marvel: Is Fawad Khan a part of Episode 5?…

It was confirmed a long time back that Pakistani actor, Fawad Khan, is going to be a part of the Hollywood web series 'Ms. Marvel' which is currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar, a glimpse from the latest episode swamped the social media with fans' predictions that the actor might be…

Chris Hemsworth reveals his kids to make cameos in Thor:…

Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth has revealed that two of his three kids would be featured in the upcoming Thor: Love & Thunder movie. In an interview with a journalist, Hemsworth shared the information that two of his kids would be seen in the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,…

‘It’s been luxury working with different directors and different cast,’…

Eight films and over a decade later, Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth says from being an “obvious” comic book superhero, Thor has evolved into a character that embodies a lot of his personality traits. Since 2011’s origin story Thor, the Australian actor has appeared as the Marvel superhero in The Avengers,…

What’s so fun about this film is that it holds…

Oscar-winner Natalie Portman credits Marvel Studios for casting a five-foot-three frame actor like her in the towering role of Mighty Thor in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, an opportunity the star says changed the way she perceived superhero films. Portman returns as Thor’s ex-girlfriend and astrophysicist Jane Foster in…

Emma Roberts joins the cast of Sony Pictures-Marvel Studios superhero…

American Horror Story star Emma Roberts is the latest addition to the cast of the upcoming superhero film Madame Web, headlined by Dakota Johnson. The film hails from Sony Pictures which is developing multiple projects to expand its Spider-Man universe, billed as the Sony Universe of Marvel Characters. According to…

The Suicide Squad: Did James Gunn just tease the return…

Speculations are rife that Lady Gaga could be playing Harley Quinn opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Joker 2, but fans aren't quite ready to say goodbye to Margot Robbie's take on the character. The Oscar-nominated actor first played the role in the 2016 film Suicide Squad and went on to star…

Showing my butt was kind of a dream of mine:…

HOLLYWOOD star Chris Hemsworth, recently attended the grand premiere of his film 'Thor: Love and Thunder' at the El Captain Theatre in Los Angeles, where in an interview the actor said, "Showing my butt was kind of a dream of mine". According to Variety, Chirs Hemsworth, in a personal interaction…

‘Absolutely amazing’ claim first reactions for Chris Hemsworth’s Thor: Love…

Marvel fans are just two weeks away from the release of the latest MCU installment Thor: Love and Thunder, but the much anticipated has now had its premiere in Los Angeles, and the first reactions are out now. Returning director Taika Waititi essentially reinvented the Thor franchise with his 2017…

‘The character is fascinating:’ Chris Hemsworth on Christian Bale’s Gorr…

Marvel stars Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman are in absolute awe of Oscar winner Christian Bale’s terrifying turn as Gorr the God Butcher in the latest MCU film Thor: Love and Thunder. In the movie, Hemsworth returns as the titular superhero, a role that he previously played in three solo…

Celebrating 30 years of King Khan

FROM AWARDS TO ZERO AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN, WHY SHAH RUKH HAS RULED BOLLYWOOD THIS week marks the 30th film anniversary of Shah Rukh Khan. Hindi cinema’s biggest global star of the modern era made his big screen debut on June 25, 1992, in hit romantic drama Deewana. He went…

Nikhil Parmar: I see a lot of myself in my…

NEW theatre production Invisible, written and performed by Nikhil Parmar, is a dark comedy about a man’s desperate struggle to be seen as the hero of his own narrative. The challenging one-man play, which runs at Bush Theatre in London, sees the acclaimed actor adds to his already impressive body…

‘I really relished people seeing me as big:’ Natalie Portman…

Revealing the professional secret of her 'increased height' in the upcoming movie 'Thor: Love and Thunder' Hollywood actor Natalie Portman said that to attain nine inches she bulked up her body and walked on a special 'deck' for the film. According to Variety, Portman trained with a professional for about…

Chris Evans more interested in returning to MCU as Human…

Hollywood actor Chris Evans has recently revealed that he'd be more interested in returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Johnny Storm (Human Torch) rather than as Steve Rogers (Captain America). Evans has played the latter role for a decade in various MCU tentpoles prior to which he had starred…

Ms Marvel dances to Kajol’s iconic song ‘Mere Khwabon Mein,’…

Iman Vellani is presently basking in the success of her Marvel Studios’ series Ms Marvel wherein she plays the character of Kamala Khan. The show that premiered earlier this month has been garnering good response from various quarters. Besides its engrossing content, the show has been making the headline for…

Guy Ritchie set to helm live-action remake of Hercules; Russo…

Guy Ritchie, who directed Disney's Aladdin, is set to direct the upcoming live-action adaptation of the 1997 classic Hercules. According to a publication, Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo's AGBO is producing the project, which has enlisted action specialist Dave Callaham to write the first script. Additional writers are…

‘I couldn’t be more grateful for an amazing cast and…

Priyanka Chopra's debut streaming show Citadel, which has been the talk of the town for quite some time, is set for release soon, according to information the actor recently shared. Priyanka took to Instagram to share the news that work on her web project has “almost” wrapped up. Sharing a…

Tom Hardy updates fans on Vemon 3; shares script cover

Hollywood actor-writer Tom Hardy shared a script cover page of his upcoming movie, Vemon 3, on Thursday. The post shared by Tom doesn't reveal the name of the Venom sequel. Though the picture confirms that Tom will be working again with Kelly Marcel on the story of the Venom sequel.…

Ten most stunningly popular songs of singing star Jubin Nautiyal…

THE last few years have been truly incredible for Jubin Nautiyal. The Indian sensation has become one of the most popular south Asian singers globally by mixing up monster solo hits with huge Bollywood numbers and sell-out live performances. This month the popular star embarks on his hotly anticipated debut…

Game of Thrones spin-off series in the works with Kit…

HBO is developing a Game of Thrones spin-off series based around popular character Jon Snow with actor Kit Harrington set to reprise his fan-favourite role. According to a publication, the live-action show would take place after the events of Game of Thrones. In the final season of Game of Thrones,…

Karan Johar is a ‘proud parent’ as trailer of Ayan…

As the trailer of Brahmastra opened to a thunderous response, filmmaker Karan Johar gave a shout-out to Ayan Mukerji who has given his everything to make the film, which stars Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles. Taking to Instagram, Karan shared an adorable picture with Ayan.…

Jr NTR, Ram Charan’s RRR gets shoutout from Captain America…

The craze for Jr NTR and Ram Charan-starrer RRR among people is not ending anytime soon. After Doctor Strange's screenwriter C Robert Cargill, the writer of DC's Batman Beyond, MARVEL Comics' Captain America and Kang, Jackson Lanzing, is the latest one to shower praise on the film RRR. On Tuesday,…

Brahmastra trailer: Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt starrer is a visual extravaganza…

After a long wait, the makers of Brahmastra finally raised the curtain on the trailer of the hotly anticipated film, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in lead roles. Brahmastra Part One: Shiva marks Ranbir and Alia’s first film together. The Ayan Mukerji directorial also features megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna,…

‘There’s no one better to do it:’ Chris Evans on…

Hollywood superstar Chris Evans recently responded to Anthony Mackie replacing him in the role of iconic Marvel superhero Captain America. The actor, who officially retired from the role of Captain America in Avengers: End Game after playing the role in 10 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, is more than thrilled to…

‘Why would I want to do that to the Pakistani…

Marvel Studios’ latest superhero offering Ms. Marvel started streaming on Disney+ Hotstar last week and has been receiving a positive response from the audience. What has grabbed everyone’s attention is the fact how brilliantly the entire cast has pulled off their characters. Iman Vellani essays the character of the first…

Jake Schreier onboard to direct Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts

Thunderbolts, a film based on a team of supervillains in the Marvel comics, is in early development at Marvel Studios. According to Deadline, Paper Towns helmer Jake Schreier is attached to direct the movie. Black Widow writer Eric Pearson will pen the film, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige attached…

‘Representation matters,’ says Priyanka Chopra as she wishes ‘luck and…

Global icon Priyanka Chopra took to Instagram Stories to give Marvel Cinematic Universe’s new streaming show Ms Marvel a big shout-out. The Disney+ Hotstar series, which premiered on June 8, stars Iman Vellani as MCU’s newest superhero. Bollywood actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, who has collaborated with Chopra on multiple projects, features…

Farhan Akhtar a fascinating person: Ms Marvel star Iman Vellani

Describing her co-actor Farhan Akhtar as someone who has a lot of "stories to share", Ms Marvel star Iman Vellani says working with the Indian actor on the Disney+ series was an amazing experience. Debutante Vellani headlines Ms Marvel, Marvel Studios' series on the titular Pakistani-American teen superhero, which started…

London mayor Sadiq Khan welcomes guests and celebrates the rich…

Last night Disney+ and Marvel Studios held a special screening of Ms Marvel to celebrate stories and storytellers who reflect the rich diversity of our world. The screening was attended and introduced by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and hosted by Deana Hassanein ahead of its debut on Disney+ from…

Marvel-lous way to ‘change how Muslims are viewed in real…

WITH great power comes great responsibility,’ are words etched in Marvel folklore, thanks to Spiderman. But now, these words are just as important to Iman Vellani, Marvel’s first-ever Muslim superhero. The 19-year-old plays Kamala Khan, aka Ms Marvel, in the new Disney+ series of the same name. “We’re really shifting…

A musical interpretation of love by singing star Shaan

VERSATILE ARTIST DISCUSSES HIS FORTHCOMING ROMANCE-FILLED UK TOUR A MARVELLOUS music career has seen Shaan mix up magnificent movie songs with melodious pop hits that have delighted multi-cultural audiences across different generations and languages. Although he is superb in the studio, the versatile singing sensation is at his best performing…

‘I knew Brahmastra will be a difficult film to make:’…

After facing a series of delays, a pandemic, and two lockdowns later, one of Indian cinema’s most ambitious films, Brahmastra: Part One Shiva, is finally set to arrive in cinemas in September. Director Ayan Mukerji, known for Wake Up Sid (2009) and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), says he is…

Kartik Aaryan says he would love to play Spider-Man

Given a choice to play a superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Bollywood star Kartik Aaryan on Tuesday said he would love to suit up as Spider-Man. English actor Tom Holland currently plays the beloved webslinger Spider-Man in Marvel films. Aaryan, who is currently basking in the success of his…

Farhan Akhtar pens note for Ms Marvel team; praises show…

Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar on Tuesday said he is proud to be associated with Ms Marvel, the upcoming Disney+ series which he described as a "celebration of diversity" Ahead of the series premiere on Disney+ Hotstar on Wednesday, Akhtar penned a note of appreciation for the makers of Ms Marvel congratulating…

Wait, what? Ranbir Kapoor just compared Brahmastra to Marvel?

It has been four long years since Ranbir Kapoor has not been seen in any film. His last release was Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju (2018), which broke several records before wrapping up its box office run. Kapoor is presently awaiting the release of Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra, co-starring his wife Alia Bhatt,…

‘Just on hearing their names, audience goes to buy tickets:’…

Plenty of surprises are in store for South Asian fans of Marvel as the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going a little desi. Ms Marvel, the upcoming streaming show from the home of Marvel Studios, is introducing its first-ever Pakistani female superhero- Kamala Khan, played by Pakistani-Canadian actor Iman Vellani. In…

‘If Shah Rukh Khan wants to be in this show,…

Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding as one more title is set to be a part of the franchise. Ms Marvel, the seventh television series in the MCU, is slated to stream on Disney+ Hotstar from next week. Ahead of the much-anticipated premiere of Ms Marvel, the team of the high-profile…

“Tough times don’t last, tough people do…”: Celebrities react as…

It is undoubtedly the time for celebration at Mannat as Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan’s eldest son Aaryan Khan got a clean chit by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the drug-on-cruise case, seven months after he was granted bail. The 24-year-old was arrested from a cruise in Mumbai…

Marvel newest superhero, Ms Marvel, is a bona fide fan…

The first reactions to Ms Marvel, the upcoming Disney+ series, are in and social media users are over the moon to find out that Marvel Studio's newest superhero is a bona fide fan of Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Critics from select international publications were given access to the first…

We’re having fun and dancing: Simu Liu on filming Greta…

After impressing audiences as Shang-Chi in the 2021 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu is set to captivate us with Greta Gerwig’s upcoming film Barbie, which also features Margot Robbie as the blonde plastic icon and Ryan Gosling…

Series on Marvel superhero Daredevil in development at Disney Plus

According to reports, Disney Plus is developing a new series based on Marvel superhero Daredevil. A leading international publication reports that Covert Affairs co-creators Matt Corman and Chris Ord are already on board to write and executive produce the show. Speculations had always been rife about the Daredevil series making…

Mujib: Trailer of biopic on Bangladesh founder unveiled at Cannes…

Cannes Film Festival has always been the most sought-after platform to launch new projects. Making the most of the opportunity, India and Bangladesh on Thursday jointly launched the trailer of their co-production Mujib – the Making of a Nation on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival in France.   Co-produced…

Shang-Chi star Simu Liu grooves to bhangra beats – watch…

Shang-Chi star Simu Liu proved that even Marvel superheroes are not immune to the charm of bhangra as the actor joined Indian-Canadian rapper Tesher for a high-octane performance on "Jalebi Baby" at an event in Toronto.    Liu, who attained global popularity following the success of Marvel Studios' Shang-Chi and the…

Top 10 Mrinal Sen films

THIS week marks the birth anniversary of legendary Indian movie director Mrinal Sen. The pioneering filmmaker, born on May 14, 1923, received global acclaim for his work during an incredible creative journey that left a lasting impact. The Bengali maestro won government honours, an incredible 18 National Awards, international accolades,…

Farhan Akhtar to appear in Marvel Studios’ first Muslim superhero…

Well-known Bollywood actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar will be making an appearance in Ms Marvel, the first Muslim superhero series from Marvel Studios.   According to Deadline, the details of his character have been kept under wraps, even though it is said to be a guest appearance. The Disney+ show will be the…

Benedict Cumberbatch: Doctor Strange 2 goes beyond thrills and spills…

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch says it is important to go beyond the “thrills and spills” of the superhero genre and shine a light on real-life concerns like mental health, something that his upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness delves into beautifully.   The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is…

Prince Charles praises pharmacy sector’s work during pandemic

PRINCE CHARLES has praised the “dedication and professionalism of pharmacy staff” at an event held in London to celebrate the work of community pharmacists during the Covid-19 pandemic.Some 200 pharmacists, pharmacy staff and other health service representatives were invited to attend a special reception hosted by His Royal Highness at…

Hania Aamir: ‘Talking about a taboo subject is not wrong’

SHE may be one of Pakistan’s most popular actresses, but Hania Aamir is super selective about the work she takes on and this has resulted in a series of winning turns in quality projects, since she made her acting debut in acclaimed 2016 film Janaan. She has marvellously mixed-up roles…

Benedict Cumberbatch on rumours about Tom Cruise being part of…

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the former surgeon-turned-superhero in Sam Raimi’s film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. One of the many fan theories that have been doing the around is that Tom Cruise will be a part of the film as the Superior Iron Man. When an Indian…

Benedict Cumberbatch: Would love to come back to India to…

Benedict Cumberbatch's connection with India goes back to his teenage years and the Doctor Strange star says he hopes to return one day to interact with the country's "first superhero".    The British actor, who took a gap year after his school to travel to Darjeeling to teach English at…

Falguni Shah: Music-filled world of Grammy greatness

A MARVELLOUS musical achievement of 2022 has been Falguni Shah magnificently winning a Grammy award for her second children’s album A Colorful World. It follows on from her debut album Falu’s Bazaar getting a Grammy nomination in 2019 and adds to an impressive song-filled journey that took her from India…

Manoj Bajpayee: Memorable movies of a magnificent star

MAGNIFICENT movie star Manoj Bajpayee is widely regarded as one of the most marvellously talented actors working in India today and this is backed up with many memorable moments across his magical career. So, the perfect way to mark the actor turning a year older on April 23 and celebrate…

The Top 10 Dev Patel moments

ACTOR Dev Patel turns a year older on April 23 and celebrates his 32nd birthday. Despite being relatively young, the internationally acclaimed star has got himself an impressive list of projects in diverse genres that have resulted in him gifting audiences many great memories. To mark the British star turning…

Nimrat Kaur: Pulling off a political act

GROWING up in different places perhaps prepared Nimrat Kaur for her great global acting career that has seen her skilfully balance work in India with high-profile international projects. That versatility has given her a diverse body of work, which ranges from super-hit Indian films like The Lunchbox and Airlift to…

Baluji Shrivastav: Music binds me to the world and gives…

BEING blinded as a baby hasn’t stopped the brilliantly talented Baluji Shrivastav OBE from becoming a globally acclaimed musician and one of the very best live performers. The multi-instrumental marvel has had many magical moments and set up Inner Vision, which is a path-breaking orchestra comprising of blind and partially…

“I’d love to see more crew who’re black and brown,”…

Charithra Chandran is currently in news for essaying Edwina Sharma in the second season of the much-loved Netflix period drama Bridgerton. After enthralling audiences with season one and amassing a record-breaking viewership, season two of the hit show is set to premiere on the streaming media platform on March 25.…

‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ Trailer: First look at Naomi Scott’s…

The makers of Anatomy of a Scandal have unveiled the trailer of the much-anticipated Netflix limited series based on the international bestseller by Sarah Vaughan, which teases a series of twists, turns, and dramatic legal battles. The psychological thriller and gripping courtroom drama, which is created, written, and executive produced…

Dev Patel to bankroll an international film, titled KNOT

The Slumdog Millionaire (2008) actor Dev Patel is set to produce an upcoming international project, titled KNOT. The film has been written by Atika Chohan, who is best known for writing Chhapaak (2020), Guilty (2020), and Margarita with A Straw (2014). It is expected to go before cameras in the…

MCU’s first Muslim superhero: Iman Vellani stars in Ms. Marvel

Marvel Studios’ series Ms Marvel is set to hit Disney+ Hotstar in June. Marvel Studio's first Muslim superhero series will arrive on streamer Disney+ Hotstar on June 8.   The new series from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) will be available in India in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam languages,…

‘Ukraine’s refugee crisis replays the journeys of Ugandan Asians’

FACED with a bombed-out House of Commons after the Second World War, Winston Churchill could have had the heavily damaged, long-outgrown Victorian-era chamber rebuilt to accommodate the correct number of MPs. Instead, it remained the same size – seating just 420 out of 650 to retain the cosy atmosphere. I…

Jaguar Land Rover ‘pauses’ Russia deliveries, ArcelorMittal ‘slows’ in Ukraine

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Shilpa Rao: For the pure love of music

With an impressive number of hits to her credit, Shilpa Rao has had a superbly successful singing career across diverse genres and languages. The magically voiced star has mixed up marvellous movie songs like Khuda Jaane (Bachna Ae Haseeno), Ishq Shava (Jab Tak Hai Jaan), Malang (Dhoom 3), Kalank title…

Bappi Lahiri: Disco King who embodied his own brand of…

If ever there was a persona perfectly in tune with his songs, it must be Bappi Lahiri, the man who introduced disco to Hindi films, his young-at-heart, popular music as unmindful of disapproving purists as he may have been of those who raised eyebrows at his gold chains and dark…

Shang-Chi star Simu Liu announces family memoir We Were Dreamers

We Were Dreamers will hit the bookshelves on May 3.   Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu, best known for headlining Marvel Studios’ martial arts superhero film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), on Tuesday, announced his book We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story. The 32-year-old star, who…

Shining bright: Top 30 under 30 global Asian stars

OUTSTANDING YOUNG TALENTS FROM VARIOUS FIELDS WHO ARE ACCOMPLISHING GREAT THINGS AND INSPIRING A NEW GENERATION WITH THEIR IMPRESSIVE WORK A NEW wave of young south Asian talent is lighting up different areas of popular culture globally and showing us all how bright the future looks. They are at different…

My top 10 travel destinations – Sonali Raut

WHEN model and actress Sonali Raut is not working, she enjoys travelling and exploring new places. With that in mind, the multi-talented beauty selected her top travel destinations. She said: “I love to travel and connect with new cultures around the world. I have been fortunate to visit some amazing…

Musical blessing: Shai Guy lists the 10 sacred commandments for…

WHETHER it’s for parties, weddings or diverse events, DJs will entertain audiences with superb songs, marvellous mixes, and unforgettable live sets throughout 2022. That will certainly be the case for the in-demand DJ Shai Guy. The Bombay Funkadelic resident DJ has made a name for himself with brilliant Bollywood sets…

22 things to look forward to in 2022

EXPECT AN ACTION-PACKED YEAR FILLED WITH ENTERTAINMENT AND TALENT THE world slowly opening back up again after the awful pandemic means there will be plenty to look forward to this year. From great live events and delayed movies finally releasing to emerging talent, boundary breaking artists and unexpected surprises, it…

The top 10 Hrithik Roshan performances

MASSIVELY popular movie star Hrithik Roshan turns a year older on January 10 and celebrates the 22nd anniversary of his stunning debut film Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai on January 14. Eastern Eye decided to mark the actor’s 48th birthday and his record-breaking first step into Bollywood by preparing a watchlist…

The best of 2021

THIS YEAR’S MEMORABLE MOMENTS INCLUDING ON FILM, TV, MUSIC, ONLINE AND THE LIVE ARENA  THE last few years have seen creative boundaries being expanded around the world and south Asians crossing new frontiers. This has resulted in interesting work right across the board and offered beautiful  rays of light during the…

Allu Arjun opens up on his film Pushpa clashing with…

Telugu-cinema Superstar Allu Arjun on Thursday said though his latest Pushpa: The Rise will face off with the Hollywood biggie Spider-Man: No Way Home, he is looking forward to the audience flocking back to theatres, a culture he believes is currently on the decline.  The first part of Arjun's multilingual…

Medicine, music and multi-tasking

HOW SINGING STAR DIXI BALANCES HER TWO PASSIONS SHE may have made a name for herself as a versatile singer, but Dixi is also a dedicated doctor, who worked on the frontline during the Covid-19 outbreak and has a successful career as a paediatrician. By balancing music with a medical…

Saira Banu remembers Dilip Kumar on his 99th birthday

For veteran actor Saira Banu, the 99th birthday of legendary star and her late husband Dilip Kumar will be a day of quietly remembering the “lively and vibrant” man she was married to for 55 years. Kumar, who would have turned 99 on Saturday, passed away on July 7 due…

Riz Ahmed’s Sound of Metal wins big at HPA Awards

Riz Ahmed’s critically acclaimed film Sound of Metal (2019) continued its winning streak by bagging a prestigious award at Hollywood Professional Association’s annual HPA Award. The Hollywood Professional Association revealed the winners of the HPA Award for outstanding achievements in postproduction on Thursday. The award ceremony took place at the…

My top 10 books – Mona Dash

VERSATILE London-based author Mona Dash has tackled diverse themes in her books A Roll of the Dice: a story of loss, love and genetics, Let Us Look Elsewhere, A Certain Way, Untamed Heart and Dawn-drops. When Eastern Eye asked her to select 10 books she loves, she said: “It is…

Hollywood success stories of south Asian stars

THE movie everyone has been talking about is November’s biggest blockbuster release The Eternals, and a major highlight is the presence of Kumail Nanjiani playing a path-breaking superhero. This is another major step forward for south Asians in Hollywood, after almost exclusively appearing as stereotypical caricatures, including ones where a…

Jameela Jamil: The internet is so much harsher on women

British-Indian-Pakistani actress and activist Jameela Jamil has added another feather to her cap. The Good Place (2016) actress has been credited as the director of the music video for her boyfriend British singer James Blake’s latest single “Famous Last Words” from his new album, Friends That Break Your Heart. Shortly…

Kumail Nanjiani calls Eternals co-star Harish Patel “the real hero…

Well-known Hollywood actor Kumail Nanjiani praised veteran Bollywood actor Harish Patel in his latest tweet. The two play significant characters in Marvel Studios’ superhero film Eternals (2021) which is based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name. Marvel Studios released a new poster from the film, featuring Patel…

Disability not a challenge for Arun Patel

DESPITE being afflicted with polio from a young age, Arun Patel was undeterred by the disability; rather, he chose to take life head on. In his new book, In Out of My Way, Polio! - Patel narrates his life story, which was full of challenges, starting from meeting the expectations…

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan to be honoured at 2021 Unforgettable Awards Gala

Never Have I Ever breakout star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, along with Simu Liu and Sandra Oh, will be honoured at the 19th Annual Unforgettable Gala. Unforgettable is the biggest awards show in the U.S. recognizing Asian Pacific Islander talent and tastemakers who represent the community through their work and causes. While…

When medicine met music in lockdown

DJ Bodalia explains why he started #NHSessions THERE have been many inspiring stories throughout the pandemic that have offered glimmers of hope, and one of the most unique revolves around a DJing doctor. Kishan Bodalia gained a following after launching #NHSessions, which saw him perform DJ sets from his kitchen…

Riz Ahmed reveals his role in Venom made him realise…

British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed, who received an Oscar nomination this year for his role in Darius Marder’s 2019 film Sound Of Metal, has revealed that his role in Marvel spin-off Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) made him realise that he did not yet have a “skill set” for blockbusters.…

Anshuman Jha training under Avengers’ trainer Tsahi Shemesh for his…

Actor Anshuman Jha, who was last seen in Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele (2021), is undergoing intense training sessions as part of his preparation for his next film Lakadbaggha. The actor will be seen performing some elaborate stunts in the hand-to-hand combat action film and to do complete justice…

Jameela Jamil and Beanie Feldstein onboard the adaptation of Scarlett…

Jameela Jamil and Beanie Feldstein are set to join the stellar cast of the television adaptation of Feminists Don't Wear Pink (And Other Lies). Titled Girls Can't Shoot (And Other Lies), the series already stars singer-actor Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Kat Dennings, and Lolly Adefope in important characters. Irish actor Saoirse…

New book revisits each work of filmmaker Satyajit Ray

A new book focusing on the seminal works of eminent Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray revisits each one of his 39 feature films, shorts and documentaries to investigate their cinematic and social context. Titled The Cinema of Satyajit Ray, the book is written by author Bhaskar Chattopadhyay and published by Westland.…

Vicky Kaushal on the impact of stepping into the shoes…

HE MAY have become a major movie star, but Vicky Kaushal now has an even bigger reputation as one of the most versatile actors in Bollywood today. That chameleon-like ability to morph himself into any character has already resulted in an impressive body of work and turned him into the…

Jameela Jamil hits out at critics questioning her production credits…

Jameela Jamil has responded to criticism she received after being credited on partner James Blake’s latest album, Friends That Break Your Heart. Blake’s fifth studio album, which was released on Friday October 8, credits The Good Place (2016) actor and activist as a producer on nine of the 12 tracks.…

My Playlist – Saum G

MULTI-TALENTED artist Saum G has made a name for himself with an unmistakable sound anchored in electronic dance music that is masterfully fused with his cello. The American born music producer, cellist, and vocalist has also made a name for himself as a marvellous live performer, at home on the…

The top 10 Asha Parekh films

LEGENDARY Bollywood actress Asha Parekh will receive warm wishes from around the world when she celebrates her 79th birthday on October 2. One of the greatest leading ladies of all time was nicknamed the hit girl because she appeared in many blockbusters. To mark the marvellous movie icon turning a…

Chris Hemsworth, Sam Hargrave and the Russo Brothers return for…

The fans of the global blockbuster Extraction (2020) have all the reasons to rejoice as Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) has officially been extracted from the jaws of death. Yes, Hemsworth is set to be back for Extraction 2, the actor confirmed by unveiling a teaser for the sequel during Netflix’s…

Jameela Jamil opens up about dealing with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Apart from being a popular actress who has several notable acting credits to her name, Jameela Jamil is also an activist. She is the founder of the community I Weigh, which is dedicated to radical inclusivity. Not many people may not know it, but the actress has herself been dealing…

Pavitra Rishta 2 receives priceless audience praise

NEW WEB VERSION OF ICONIC INDIAN SHOW WINS HEARTS GLOBALLY IT WAS always going to be a huge risk revisiting iconic drama Pavitra Rishta, but the gamble has paid off with a newly released eight-part web adaptation on streaming site ZEE5, which has delighted audiences around the world. Pavitra Rishta:…

Five players to watch as IPL rivalries are revived

THE Indian Premier League roars back this weekend in the United Arab Emirates, more than four months after being halted by the coronavirus pandemic in India. With the high-octane tournament concluding immediately ahead of next month's Twenty20 World Cup, AFP Sport highlights five players to watch in the white-ball extravaganza:…

Afghan security risk

THERE is, of course, a risk that some of the violent politics of Afghanistan will spill over on to the streets of Britain. Those refugees coming to Britain from Afghanistan will include people strongly opposed to the Taliban. If they set up opposition groups in Britain, supporters of the Taliban,…

State-owned company commissions India’s largest floating solar plant

INDIA’S state-owned power utility BHEL on Thursday (16) announced the commissioning of the country's largest floating solar photovoltaic plant in Andhra Pradesh. Located at NTPC Simhadri in the state of Andhra Pradesh, the 25-megawatt floating SPV project covers an area of 100 acres, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) said without…

Marvel’s first east Asian superhero packs a punch

ACTOR Simu Liu has discussed breaking new ground with his role in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings, as he makes history with his portrayal of the first Asian superhero in the franchise. Liu plays the title role of Shang-Chi, a martial arts master who is forced to confront his…

Jameela Jamil on mental health and what representation looks like…

Apart from her acting credits in a number of successful television shows and films, Jameela Jamil is also known for her strong opinions on a variety of topics like body image, mental health and disability. The How to Build a Girl (2019) star is currently busy promoting a new six-part…

Varun Dhawan to headline Indian spin-off of Priyanka Chopra’s Citadel

According to reports, Varun Dhawan is set to be the latest Bollywood actor to make his foray into the digital world. While such popular actors as Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manoj Bajpayee and Abhishek Bachchan have already made their digital debuts, Akshay Kumar, Shahid Kapoor, Ajay Devgn and now Shah Rukh Khan…

My top 10 films – Alfeeya Donna

RAPIDLY rising star Alfeeya Donna is an Arab-Indian award-winning actress, classically trained singer, and dancer, who made her film debut with recently released film Jihad –The Holy War, which was released across various online platforms in Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Bhojpuri. Her last music release was romantic breakup…

Exclusive: “I’m very excited to give an Asian superhero to…

After much anticipation, the latest entry in the insanely popular Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is here, with Simu Liu playing the lead role as Marvel Studios’ first Asian superhero in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The film follows on from Avengers: Endgame (2019) where Shang-Chi is forced…

Exclusive: “It’s an honour and privilege to be introducing the…

Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Marvel Studios’ latest superhero film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings brings some badly needed Asian representation to the hugely popular film franchise. Actor Simu Liu, who is known mainly for his role on the Toronto-set sitcom Kim’s Convenience, plays the title role…

Exclusive: Fala Chen: “It means the world to me to…

Fala Chen was already on top of her game when she left her successful TV career in Hong Kong for Juilliard. When she returned to America with renewed energy and enthusiasm, she was flooded with several powerful roles. Chen is currently in news for playing the central character of Jiang…

The top 10 Mammootty movies

MALAYALAM mega-star Mammootty has had a 50-year cinema career filled with more than 400 movies in multiple languages. Born in 1951, he has entertained fans across decades, and they will celebrate him turning a year older on September 7. To mark his milestone 70th birthday, Eastern Eye put together his…

Kumail Nanjiani reveals he wanted his Eternals character to break…

Eternals, the eagerly awaited superhero film, marks the MCU debut of several stars, including Kumail Nanjiani. The 43-year-old actor plays the character of Kingo in the Chloé Zhao-directorial. In an interview with Los Angeles Times, Nanjiani said he wanted to use his character Kingo to break down the typical stereotypes…

Indian adaptation of French series Call My Agent headed to…

Call My Agent: Bollywood, the Indian adaptation of the successful French series Dix Pour Cent, is set to premiere on Netflix, the streaming platform announced on Thursday. Directed by Shaad Ali and written by Abbas Dalal and Hussein Dalal, the streaming show stars Aahana Kumra, Ayush Mehra, Rajat Kapoor, and…

Legacy of a Bollywood classic

THIRTY FUN FACTS TO MARK THE THREE-DECADE ANNIVERSARY OF 1991 MUSICAL SAAJAN THIS week marks the 30th anniversary of Bollywood classic Saajan. Powered by marvellous music, the massively popular movie starring Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan was a blockbuster success when it released on August 30, 1991. To…

Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed starrer Venom: Let There Be…

The much-awaited superhero film Venom: Let There Be Carnage, starring Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Ron Cephas Jones, and Woody Harrelson, could be delayed to January 21, 2022, as per reports. The release date of the film was pushed from September 24 to…

In exclusive conversation with Indian High Commissioner Gaitri Issar Kumar

In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, India’s High Commissioner to the UK, Gaitri Issar Kumar, reveals the change in dynamics of British-Indian ties and plans to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence. You came to Britain came in the midst of the pandemic; how did you settle in…

Capturing timeless India in black and white

Photographer Derry Moore reveals the stories behind his portraits NO ONE has probably taken a more evocative photograph of the Indian film director Satyajit Ray than Derry Moore. Taken in 1982 at Ray’s home in Calcutta (now Kolkata), there is something about Moore’s black and white image which is reminiscent…

My Playlist – Umer Durrani

BORN and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, singer, songwriter and composer Umer Durrani has been surrounded by songs his entire life. The marvellous music has fed the Los Angelesbased artist’s creativity and enabled him to produce some stunningly unique work, which is worth finding. He also hosts the Thinking Out Loud…

Shruti Haasan: Fantastically fearless and fabulously multi-talented

SHRUTI HAASAN DISCUSSES MOVIES, MAKING MUSIC AND MENTAL HEALTH MARVELLOUSLY multi-talented star Shruti Haasan has a magnificent body of work in multiple languages. The incredibly gifted personality has starred in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi movies, scored music, forged a successful singing career and leads an explosive rock group called The…

Jameela Jamil joins Marvel Cinematic Universe, to star in She-Hulk

Actress Jameela Jamil, who is known for her performance as Tahani Al-Jamil in the NBC fantasy comedy series The Good Place, is all set to join Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actress has confirmed that she is a part of Marvel’s She-Hulk. Jameela shared a video on TikTok in which she…

Mogul Mowgli director Bassam Tariq in talks to direct Marvel…

Filmmaker Bassam Tariq, who directed Riz Ahmed in the critically-acclaimed film Mogul Mowgli (2020), is in talks to direct Marvel Studios’ much-anticipated production Blade, as per reports. The film, which stars Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali in the lead role, was announced almost two years ago. If Marvel Studios manages to…

Exclusive! Is Farhan Akhtar a part of Ms. Marvel? Here’s…

In April this year, there were reports that Farhan Akhtar will be starring in a Marvel Studios project which he was shooting for in Bangkok, Thailand. There were speculations that he might be seen in Marvel’s miniseries, Ms. Marvel. We recently interacted with Farhan and when we asked him about…

Pran: A-Z of a legendary villain

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL TO HONOUR THE REMARKABLE CAREER OF A GREAT ACTOR BRILLIANT supporting actors add a backbone to Bollywood blockbusters and the greatest of all time was Pran. He went from being the best movie villain in Hindi cinema history to playing unforgettable positive roles and unpredictable grey characters in a…

Thrilling step back in time

VASEEM KHAN RETURNS WITH ANOTHER BOMBAY MYSTERY   ACCLAIMED author Vaseem Khan has shown comprehensively that he knows how to write a great detective novel. After finding success with five fabulous Baby Ganesh Detective Agency novels set in modern-day Mumbai, he commenced on a new journey with the marvellous Malabar…

A musical message of unity

MUSIC MAESTRO KAYKAY CHAUHAN DISCUSSES HIS NEW MULTI-FAITH ALBUM MIND & SOUL LOCKDOWN inspired Kaykay Chauhan in multiple ways. The ace British musician collaborated with world-class singers and delivered free online concerts in diverse genres to lift the spirits of those stuck indoors. Audiences connecting to meaningful songs being performed…

Happy to get back to my Malayali roots: Suchitra Pillai…

Talented actor Suchitra Pillai is psyched up about her forthcoming film Cold Case, which is set to premiere on June 30 on the leading streaming media platform Amazon Prime Video. It will mark her second film in her mother tongue Malayalam. The actor said that she was happy when director…

Shah Rukh Khan responds to Tom Hiddleston’s admiration for him

Two days after Hollywood star Tom Hiddleston expressed admiration for Shah Rukh Khan, now Bollywood superstar has responded to the fanboy remarks of the hugely popular British actor. A video shared by streaming media platform, Disney+ Hotstar Premium, on its official Twitter handle earlier this week showed Hiddleston playing the…

Jameela Jamil to star in Disney+ series She-Hulk

The Good Place (2016-20) and DuckTales (2019-21) star Jameela Jamil has been signed on to play a major role in the upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk. The series revolves around lawyer Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany), cousin of Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), who inherits his Hulk powers after she receives a blood…

Tom Hiddleston expresses love for Shah Rukh Khan and Chennai…

Shah Rukh Khan is one of the most popular actors on Earth, who enjoys a massive fan following in every part of the world. The Bollywood superstar has another fan in Hollywood star Tom Hiddleston, who is globally popular for playing Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The 40-year-old actor…

Mismatched and memorable

ACTRESS VIDYA MALAVADE DISCUSSES HER CAREER, LATEST PROJECTS AND HOPES TALENTED actress Vidya Malavade has maintained a winning presence in cinema and drama serials since her star-making turn in superb sports film Chak De India (2007). The powerful performances in diverse projects have shown off her impressive range and that…

Marvellous mood music for the mind

PARICHAY’S NEW ALBUM BLENDS DIVERSE GENRES A COOL career has seen popular Canadian artist Parichay mix up super singles and awesome albums with some brilliant Bollywood releases. The talented singer, composer and music producer has connected with a wide crosssection of listeners around the world with an awesome ability to…

Emma Stone disavows rumours about appearance in Spider-Man: No Way…

By: Mohnish Singh The Tom Holland-led Spider-Man: No Way Home is one of the hotly anticipated films coming from the stable of Marvel Cinematic Universe. Co-produced by Marvel Studios and Columbia Pictures and distributed by Sony Pictures, the big-ticket project is set to be the third outing for Holland as…

Raj Kapoor: A to Z of Bollywood’s great showman

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL TO CELEBRATE THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND CAREER OF MEGA STAR RAJ KAPOOR THIS week marks the death anniversary of legendary Bollywood superstar Raj Kapoor. Affectionately known as the great showman, the iconic actor and filmmaker passed away on June 2, 1988, aged 63, and will rightly be remembered…

The top 10 Madhuri Dixit movies

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Kate Sharma’s soul connection

BEAUTIFUL Indian star Kate Sharma is shining brighter with each project she does and has lit up an interesting array of projects with her sparkling presence. The talented 25-year-old actress has starred in a whole host of popular projects that include marvellous music videos, terrific TV serials and a wonderful…

Laawaris: 20 fun facts about the cult classic

BACHCHAN STARRER MARKS 40TH ANNIVERSARY by DHARMESH PATEL THIS month marks the 40th anniversary of classic Bollywood film Laawaris, which was originally released on May 22, 1981. The action-drama starring Amitabh Bachchan was a huge blockbuster that ran in cinemas for many months and has since become a cult classic,…

Exploring the true face of humanity

by ASJAD NAZIR A REMARKABLE career has seen master filmmaker Goutam Ghose deliver marvellously meaningful movies that have won a massive number of awards. A deep interest in literature, music, theatre, magic shows and photography in childhood, along with an alchemy of different mediums of expressions brought him to cinema.…

Baroness Shriti Vadera gets top billing at RSC

  By Amit Roy ALL the world’s a stage, and Baroness Shriti Vinodkant Vadera in her time has played many parts, the latest being chair of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). The 58-year-old, who was born in Uganda of In­dian Gujarati parents and arrived in Britain via India at 16,…

Remembering Rishi Kapoor with 20 of his best movies

LOOKING BACK AT THE TALENTED ACTOR’S FINEST WORK ON HIS FIRST DEATH ANNIVERSARY by ASJAD NAZIR LEGENDARY actor Rishi Kapoor passed away on April 30, 2020, at the age of 67 after a long battle with leukemia. He left behind an incredible body of work that has delighted different generations…

Bollywood songs that hit the right notes during lockdown

FROM INSPIRING LYRICS TO CATCHY BEATS, THE FEEL-GOOD TRACKS TO HELP YOU COPE WITH ISOLATION by ASJAD NAZIR LOCKDOWN not ending and all the negativity that comes with it has resulted in a lot of people getting demoralised. A perfect pick-me-up for those who are feeling down is great motivational…

Huma Qureshi set for Hollywood debut with Zack Synder’s Army…

By: Mohnish Singh Days after reports emerged that Farhan Akhtar is set to make his Hollywood debut with a high-profile project by Marvel Studios, the news is coming in that talented actress Huma Qureshi is also ready to set her foot in Hollywood. Qureshi, who was last seen in the…

Farhan Akhtar shooting for Marvel Studios’ next in Bangkok

By: Mohnish Singh According to reports, Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar has signed on to play a pivotal part in Marvel Studios’ next project. The actor is currently in Bangkok shooting for the upcoming project with an international cast and crew. A source close to the development informs an entertainment portal,…

The changing faces of Amitabh Bachchan

TWENTY MEMORABLE LOOKS FROM 52 YEARS OF BOLLYWOOD’S GREATEST STAR by DHARMESH PATEL THE latest film starring Bollywood’s greatest ever star Amitabh Bachchan is mystery thriller Chehre. He stars alongside Emraan Hashmi in the twist-laden movie and once again unveils a unique look. The film’s title, meaning faces, gave Eastern…

Around the world with eight fantastically funny females

TAKE A TRIP WITH THE COMEDY QUEENS ADDING A NEW DIMENSION TO A MALE DOMINATED DOMAIN by ASJAD NAZIR GLASS ceilings that existed in the comedy world have been smashed globally by a new generation of fiercely talented funny girls who have brought something new and added a different dimension…

The Top 10 Jeetendra songs

by ASJAD NAZIR THIS week legendary actor Jeetendra turns a year older and celebrates his 79th birthday on April 7. Although the hardworking actor delivered a huge number of memorable performances throughout his prolific career, he was perhaps at his best in songs. With that in mind and for those…

Twenty most memorable movie mothers of all time

A COUNTDOWN OF THE BOLLYWOOD SUPER MUMS WHO MADE A MARK by ASJAD NAZIR BOLLYWOOD has gifted us many memorable mothers across the decades in a wide array of cinematic genres and showed off the full rainbow of emotions. To celebrate Mother’s Day, which falls on March 14 this year,…

Streaming services bank on India

  By Nadeem Badshah INDIA is at the centre of a battle between online streaming giants for sub­scribers during the pandemic, accord­ing to experts. Netflix and Amazon Prime have un­veiled films and series for Indian audi­ences this year, to fill the void left by the closure of cinemas during the…

Vijay Sethupathi opens up about dropping out of Aamir Khan’s…

By: Mohnish Singh Vijay Sethupathi, who is regarded as one of the most versatile actors working in Tamil cinema, was set to enter Bollywood with Aamir Khan’s much-talked-about film Laal Singh Chaddha. But as ill-luck would have it, the versatile actor had to walk out of the high-profile film for…

Valentine’s Day Special: Kaykay & Co select their favourite Hindi…

  MARVELLOUS music act Kaykay & Co have made a name for themselves as lead­ing live performers and they are particularly brilliant when delivering the biggest Bolly­wood hits of all time. This has included superb, streamed shows across the pandemic, which have lifted the spirits of those in self-iso­lation. Eastern…

A-Z of Bollywood’s most beautiful star

A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO CELEBRATE THE INSPIRING LIFE AND CAREER OF MARVELLOUS MOVIE ICON MADHUBALA By Asjad Nazir FEBRUARY marks the birth and death anniversa­ry of late great movie star Madhubala. Widely regarded as the most beautiful Bollywood star in history, she was born on February 14, 1933, and passed…

My playlist – MY PLAYLIST with Neeq Serene

EXCITING new artist Neeq Serene followed up her 2020 debut The Others with recently released song Fields Of Gold, which has seen her mix up a marvellous melting pot of musical influences, including combining Urdu and English lyrics with beats laid across contrasting genres. The multi-talented British singer, songwriter and…

How Huma Qureshi met her marvellous memoir

THE TALENTED AUTHOR DISCUSSES HER NEW BOOK AND CLOSE CONNECTION TO WRITING by MITA MISTRY WHETHER it was creating her own stories as a teenager, keeping secret diaries, working as a journalist or winning awards, Huma Qureshi has been connected to writing from a young age. This close connection with…

The new generation: Top 30 under 30 global Asian stars

A SPOTLIGHT ON YOUNG AND SUCCESSFUL ARTISTS FROM DIVERSE FIELDS, WHO ARE MAKING A MARK WITH THEIR UNIQUE WORK AND TALENT by ASJAD NAZIR THE future belongs to the young and one look at rising south Asian stars globally shows it is looking very bright. These terrific talents, bringing something…

Tendulkar leads tributes to ‘stellar’ Indian cricketers

Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli led tributes Tuesday to India's cricketers after their stunning fourth Test and away series win over Australia. Tendulkar described it as "one of the greatest series wins" after a fearless Rishabh Pant helped the injury-plagued visitors hand Australia their first defeat at Brisbane's…

Bollywood celebs hail Team India’s victory in IND vs AUS…

By Murtuza Iqbal India vs Australia Border-Gavaskar series was going on, and today, Team India has won the series. The match was being played at the Gabba, and this victory has surely made every Indian proud. It’s a celebration time for all the Indians and many Bollywood celebs took to…

Most missed TV stars

THERE is a lot to look forward to in 2021, including popular TV stars making a comeback to the small screen in new projects. When Eastern Eye asked TV fans on Twitter who they most wanted to see make a return the response was overwhelming, with many urging their favourites…

Twice as nice with Rusha and Blizza

THE INDIAN DUO DISCUSS THEIR NEW EP AND UNIQUE MUSIC by ASJAD NAZIR DELHI-BASED duo Rusha and Blizza have been adding an exciting new dimension to Indian music with superb songs that have mixed up global influences in marvellous new ways. They followed up their fabulous first EP Mudra with…

21 things to look forward to in 2021

GIANT FEAST OF ENTERTAINMENT THAT WILL MAKE THE YEAR AHEAD EXCITING by ASJAD NAZIR 2020 getting cancelled shouldn’t stop us from hoping for brighter days and looking forward to plenty of exciting things that lay ahead. There is lots to look forward to in the next 12 months with everyone…

Big Bollywood revelations of the year

HOPES, STUNNING SECRETS AND INTERESTING FACTS WE LEARNED ABOUT 50 HINDI CINEMA STARS IN 2020 by ASJAD NAZIR 2020 may have cut the wings of Bollywood, but there were still plenty of revelations that flew across the cinematic sky, which enabled us to learn more about the film fraternity. Eastern…

The best of 2020

A CELEBRATION OF MOVERS, SHAKERS AND ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE by ASJAD NAZIR THE creative output may have got cut down due to Covid-19, but that didn’t stop plenty of great work from getting released and resulting in bright moments during a decidedly dull year. Always one to focus on positives, Eastern…

DJ Vix finds the right mix of songs

THE MULTI-TALENTED STAR ON HIS MAGICAL MUSIC MOMENTS by ASJAD NAZIR A MARVELLOUS career has seen multi-talented British artist DJ Vix make a name for himself musically in multiple ways. The action-packed journey has seen him mix up explosive DJ sets at major venues around the world with producing original…

Top 50 Asian celebrities of 2020

A COUNTDOWN OF GLOBAL STARS WHO BROKE BOUNDARIES, DID GREAT WORK AND MADE A POSITIVE IMPACT THIS YEAR by ASJAD NAZIR WHILE some celebrities hibernated during the past 12 months, there were others around the world who faced the Covid-19 storm head on like unstoppable warriors and rose up from…

Ranveer Singh visits a theatre to celebrate his 10 years…

Murtuza Iqbal Ranveer Singh made his Bollywood debut with YRF’s Band Baaja Baaraat which was directed by Maneesh Sharma and also starred Anushka Sharma in the lead role. The film was a hit at the box office, and Ranveer’s performance was loved by one and all. For his performance in…

Lockdown gifts to cheer up loved ones

PURCHASES TO HELP COMBAT THE PANDEMIC BLUES by ASJAD NAZIR WITH Covid-19 not going again anytime soon, we can expect lockdown and isolation orders until Spring. This will have left a lot of people feeling down and in need of a pick-me-up. With that in mind and Christmas around the…

Hamied: Helping those most in need

By Amit Roy YUSUF HAMIED has given an un­dertaking to Eastern Eye that he will help poor people in India get the Covid vaccine. This is crucial because there are already worries that when it comes to the distribution of vaccines, there will be a poor-rich divide across countries and…

Dilip Kumar: Hindi cinema legend’s ultimate watchlist

BIRTHDAY SPECIAL TOP 20 COUNTDOWN OF THE BOLLYWOOD ACTOR'S BEST WORK by ASJAD NAZIR LEGENDARY Bollywood star Dilip Kumar turns a year older on December 11 and celebrates his 98th birthday. Widely regarded as the greatest actor in Hindi cinema history, he made an incredible impact and influenced pretty much…

A new world order

by Kamal Kaur THE new norm has now become such an overused phrase that I want to let out an irritated click with my tongue every time I hear it. I’ve tried to tell myself that perhaps it’s some people’s way of acclimatising to this global upheaval we are going…

Marvellous rise of the Massey entertainer

VERSATILE ACTOR VIKRANT DISCUSSES HIS EVENTFUL FILM YEAR, LOCKDOWN AND INCREASED EXPECTATIONS by ASJAD NAZIR VERSATILE actor Vikrant Massey being a hot property in Indian cinema right now is perfectly illustrated by him having four film releases in a Covid-19-hit 2020. All four films have been dramatically different to one…

Saurabh Sachdeva: Curiousity is the best friend for any artist

HIGHLY respected acting coach Saurabh Sachdeva has gone beyond teaching the finer points of the craft and is regularly called upon to show off his own impressive range as a performer in diverse projects, ranging from hit Netflix serial Sacred Games to recently released film Taish, which is available on…

King Khan and the ultimate watchlist of his best work

SHAH RUKH 55TH BIRTHDAY SPECIAL COUNTING DOWN THE TOP 20 FILMS OF HIS CAREER by ASJAD NAZIR THIS week Bollywood’s biggest international name Shah Rukh Khan turns a year older and celebrates his 55th birthday on November 2. The cinema superstar will receive best wishes from all over the world…

Cineworld to close 127 theatres in the UK without any…

WORLD's second-biggest cinema chain Cineworld will close more than 650 theatres in the UK and the US from October 8, leaving as many as 45,000 workers unemployed, and without any indication of reopening. The reluctance of studios to push ahead with major releases such as the new James Bond film…

Fans’ favourite Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon returns

AUDIENCE MEMBERS TALK ABOUT THE ICONIC TELEVISION SERIAL AND WHAT MADE IT SO SPECIAL by ASJAD NAZIR SMASH hit TV serial Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon ran from 2012 until 2014 and entertained audiences around the world for 648 episodes. The ratings winner revolving around the Indian film industry…

Urmila Matondkar thanks ‘real people of India’ for supporting her

A couple of days ago, Kangana Ranaut in an interview with a news channel had stated that Urmila Matondkar is a ‘soft porn star’ and she is not known for her acting. Well, Kangana’s statement didn’t go down well with people on social media and she was slammed for it.…

A little bit of history repeating itself

ACE FASHION DESIGNER MASABA GUPTA MOVES INTO ACTING WITH A NEW SERIAL BASED ON HER LIFE by ASJAD NAZIR LEADING fashion designer and successful business entrepre­neur Masaba Gupta had always wanted to be in front of the camera and that is why she had no hesitation in taking up an…

Inkquisitive bares his art and soul

INKQUISTIVE ON THE RELEASE OF HIS DEBUT CHILDREN’S BOOK AND DECADE-LONG JOURNEY by ASJAD NAZIR ONE of the UK’s most talented artists just celebrated 10 years of creating marvellous masterpieces. Known professionally as Inkquisitive, Amandeep Singh decided to mark the occasion by releasing his debut book The Ink Tales: Bedtime…

Chadwick Boseman passes away; Bollywood celebs mourn the Black Panther…

Chadwick Boseman, known for his portrayal of superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, passed away on 28th August 2020. He was suffering from cancer. On his Twitter handle, an official statement about his demise was shared. It read, “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the…

Even the prime minister’s a fast bowler: Pakistan cricket’s need…

To understand the culture of fast bowling in Pakistan, look no further than Imran Khan -- once a feared quick, and now the country's prime minister. Not all of Pakistan's pacemen will fly so high, but Khan's rise underlines a tradition where speed is king, and blistering pace is essential…

An A-Z of reincarnation films

A COMPLETE GUIDE TO ALL THE WAYS IN WHICH BOLLYWOOD HAS EXPLORED REBIRTH IN CINEMA by ASJAD NAZIR WITH the Covid-19 lockdown slowly coming to an end, most people around the world will be starting again and those who have defeated the killer disease will feel like they are having…

Anthony Mackie criticises Marvel for lack of diversity

Actor Anthony Mackie has called out Disney's Marvel Studios for its lack of representation in the cast and crew. The actor, who has been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) since 2014 as Sam Wilson aka Falcon, said now that he is leading Disney Plus series The Falcon and the…

Telling family stories

By Amit Roy IF THESE months of liv­ing through the lockdown have demonstrated any­thing, it has been about the fragility of human life. It is also about the im­portance of putting down family histories, because stories should be passed on from one generation to the next before they are lost.…

From Delhi to Dublin, Sanjay Seran’s magical musical journey

SANJAY SERAN DISCUSSES HIS BAND, RADIO SHOW AND UNIQUE INSPIRATION by ASJAD NAZIR WHEN Sanjay Seran entered the Vancouver desi music as a teenager in the late 1990s, he probably didn’t imagine the amazing path and achievements that lay ahead. The most notable of these would be forming the acclaimed…

Boris Johnson nominates ‘Colonel’ Tom Moore, 100, for knighthood

COLONEL Tom Moore, who became a national hero in Britain after raising £33 million for the NHS in the run-up to his 100th birthday, is to be knighted. Moore becomes "Sir Tom" after a special nomination from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who called him a "true national treasure". Moore set himself the goal of…

Shoojit Sircar contemplating a digital release for Gulabo Sitabo

The world is not going to be the same again even after the Coronavirus pandemic becomes a thing of the past in times to come. It has impacted every part of our lives in an indecipherable and unprecedented manner. Bollywood is also bracing itself for a huge change in months…

‘Being an actor is a blessing’

TALENTED actress Aparna Dixit has delivered some winning performances ever since she made her debut in 2013 with hit Star Plus serial Mahabharat. She has since starred in TV dramas, including iand her current serial Pyaar Ki Luka Chhupi. Eastern Eye caught up with Aparna to discuss her journey and…

Robert Jenrick greets Sikh community on Vaisakhi; urges to “stay…

UK communities secretary Robert Jenrick has extended Vaisakhi greetings to everyone celebrating in Britain and the world. Vaisakhi, which falls on Monday, commemorates the creation of the Khalsa, a collective body of initiated Sikhs. “Vaisakhi will be very different this year, but I know the strength of character and values…

Bollywood’s best boredom busters

THE GREATEST HINDI FILM FOR EACH OF THE PAST 50 YEARS TO REVISIT WHILE SELF-ISOLATING AT HOME by ASJAD NAZIR BEING stuck indoors due to self-isolation means there is finally time to catch up on movies. For Bollywood fans, it is an opportunity to revisit classics and connect with masterpieces…

“Farewell chief, you will always be a shining light in…

By Sailesh Ram IT is with huge sadness and no little emotion that I pen these words – I am not sure any tribute can truly reflect the immense admiration and respect I had for Mr Solanki. He was without doubt, the editor’s editor; it feels like this phrase belonged…

Walt Disney postpones India launch of streaming service

AMERICAN entertainment conglomerate Walt Disney Co has delayed the March 29 launch of its Disney+ streaming service in India, where it was gearing up to open another front against global rival Netflix Inc. The launch of Disney+ through its local partner Hotstar was timed to coincide with the beginning of…

Poll crowns Maharajah Ranjit Singh as greatest leader of all…

MAHARAJAH Ranjit Singh has been voted the greatest leader of all times in a poll conducted by BBC World Histories magazine. The founder of the Sikh empire, known as the Lion of Punjab, emerged supreme with 38 per cent of votes from more than 5,000 readers, ahead of other prominent…

‘Farewell chief, you’ll always be a shining light in the…

By Sailesh Ram IT is with huge sadness and no little emotion that I pen these words – I am not sure any tribute can truly reflect the immense admiration and respect I had for Mr Solanki. He was without doubt, the editor’s editor; it feels like this phrase belonged…

My father: The Editor’s Editor

This is a tribute I never thought I would have to write or indeed ever wanted to write. It is the most difficult of assignments, but it is one my father would never have shirked. For my brother Kalpesh, sister Sadhana, late sister Smita and I, Ramniklal Solanki was not…

Ayushmann Khurrana calls his next an extremely simple film

Ayushmann Khurrana, who can be currently seen in Colour Yellow Productions and T-Series Films’ Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, next stars in a quirky family comedy, titled Gulabo Sitabo. The movie, which wrapped up its shooting schedule a couple of weeks ago, reunites the actor with filmmaker Shoojit Sircar who launched…

All for the love of creating characters

ANJLI MOHINDRA ON HER ACTION-PACKED ACTING JOURNEY by PRIYA MULJI IN THE most recent series of Doctor Who, Anjli Mohindra looked unrecognisable as the fierce alien Queen Skithra and added to her impressive list of winning turns on television. The inspiring British actress has shown off her wonderful range with…

‘No place is off-limits for the creative mind’

NATASHA CHANDEL DISCUSSES ACTING, COMEDY WRITING AND HER DATING PODCAST by ASJAD NAZIR TALENTED producer, writer, actress and host Natasha Chandel has established herself as a creative force. At the heart of that power is an amazing versatility that has enabled her to mix up marvellous projects, including starring roles,…

My playlist with DJ Kizzi

BORN and raised in London, DJ Kizzi has shown off incredible skills on the decks and lit up events with her marvelous music. She has appeared on BBC Radio regularly and hosts her own show on Rukus Avenue Radio, which means she is constantly surrounded by the biggest tracks. Eastern…

8 Romantic Gestures To Make Your Girlfriend Feel Butterflies In…

Romance in a relationship should always be sparkling to keep the flame of love alive between two hearts. While it comes easy to some people, some struggle a lot with expressing the emotions seated deep in their hearts. If you belong to the latter and wish to pronounce your feelings…

Dynamic dozen for the decade

by ASJAD NAZIR TWELVE TALENTED 20-SOMETHING STARS WHO ARE STEPPING INTO A NEW ERA WITH GREAT MOMENTUM BEHIND THEM THE beginning of each decade sees a generation of young stars set themselves up to shine brightly and ones who have a headstart are those with momentum behind them. In India,…

Chhapaak movie review: Deepika Padukone’s marvellous act deserves a watch

From the day Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak starring Deepika Padukone has been announced, moviegoers have been eagerly waiting for the film. Finally, the movie hits the screens on 10th January 2020. So, was the film worth a wait? Well, partly yes! Chhapaak is based on the life of acid attack survivor…

Ten greatest hits of singer Gurdas Maan

THIS week legendary singer Gurdas Maan celebrates his 63rd birthday on January 4. The iconic artist has entertained millions around the world with superb songs, high-energy live performances and by acting in successful films. He also inspired a generation of artists, set a high benchmark for Punjabi music and promoted…

Poverty research wins Indian professor Nobel in Economics

  By Amit Roy AN INDIAN origin academic, Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, is among three people who have been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for economics “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”. Banerjee, 58, shares the nine million Swedish krona (£728,000) prize with his wife, Esther Duflo, 46 –…

Arvind Swami roped in to play MGR in Kangana Ranaut…

Kangana Ranaut will be portraying the role of Jayalalithaa in the biopic of the late actress-turned-politician. The biopic has been titled as Thalaivi and Kangana is leaving no stone unturned to be perfect in the role. Well, apart from the Kangana, the makers have roped in Arvind Swami to play…

Kangana Ranaut immerses herself in Thalaivi and Dhaakad preparations

After delivering two successful movies – Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi and Judgementall Hai Kya – in 2019, Kangana Ranaut is making sure that the slate of her upcoming films for the year 2020 also looks thoroughly impressive. The three-time National Award-winning actress will kick-start 2020 with the release of…

Varun Raj on playing an inspiring true-life title role in…

THE latest play from Rifco Theatre Company is hip hop musical Mushy: Lyrically Speaking, which is an inspiring story based on real-life events and revolves around a young man with a debilitating stammer who finds his voice through music. He also finds fame on television and goes on a journey…

Hottest fall-winter fashion trends

STYLISH NEW LOOKS TO WARM UP THE COLDER SEASONS by DIMPLE SANGHANI The summer drawing to a close is the perfect time to look ahead to the hottest trends during the cold autumn-winter months. If the big design houses are anything to go by then fashion in the coming months…

‘Keep digging for the truth’

NITIN GANATRA ON HIS ACTING JOURNEY AND LEAVING MUCH-LOVED ROLE MASOOD by ASJAD NAZIR An entire generation of British Asian actors can thank Nitin Ganatra for blazing a trail with winning performances in diverse mediums during a 24-year career filled with many memorable moments. The gifted actor has shown off…

How Indian-origin VFX artistes are taking over Hollywood

The Indian imprint on Hollywood is acquiring — quite literally — new dimensions, as the workforce behind special effects in films from Thor: The Dark World and Avengers to more intimate films like The Shape of Water and The Handsmaid's Tale. Were it were not for the post-credit scenes, many…

Birthday special: Ten best songs of Himesh Reshammiya

This month, Himesh Reshammiya turns a year older and celebrates his 46th birthday on July 23. The singer, songwriter and music director has delivered some of the biggest Bollywood hits of the modern era. He has also tried his hand at acting, but we won’t talk about that too much…

Nominations for 71st annual Emmy Awards announced

When an award function is going to take place, everyone is quite excited to know if their favourite film or show has made it to the nomination list or not. On Tuesday, the nominations for the 71st annual Emmy Awards were announced and one of the most famous shows Game…

Manisha Koirala reveals her battle with cancer

by AMIT ROY BOLLYWOOD actress Manisha Koirala, the star of such films as 1942: A Love Story, Bombay and Di Se, spoke movingly about her battle with cancer when she appeared at the Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF) at the British Library in London last Sunday (16). She has given a…

Venice Biennale display features Indian artists who channelled Mahatma Gandhi’s…

by AMIT ROY THIS is only the second time that India has had a pavilion of its own at the Venice Biennale – the last occasion was in 2011 – but it is being held up by critics at the world’s biggest festival of art as “one of the very…

Food photographers focus on finding the sweet spot

by AMIT ROY PHOTOGRAPHERS from India have won in several categories in the world’s most prestigious food photography competition, which attracted 9,000 entries from 77 countries. The Indian winners – Debdatta Chakraborty, Avishek Das and Sanghamitra Sarkar – were praised as “very deserving winners in a really tough field” by…

Meet the very marvellous momtrepreneurs

FOUR WORKING MOTHERS SHARE THEIR STORIES OF BUILDING SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES AND RAISING FAMILIES AT THE SAME TIME by Mita Mistry Motherhood, being so demanding, often leaves little time for anything else, but today, more women than ever are balancing family life with a professional career and some are going a…

Avengers: Endgame breaks India booking records

The latest Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame has smashed Indian box office records for a foreign film ahead of its Friday release by selling more than 2.5 million advance tickets, the country's main ticket trader said. Demand for the 22nd film in the Marvel series has been so high that some…

Faith in drone appeal

by NADEEM BADSHAH DRONES are being used to film places of worship for YouTube videos with the aim of attracting young people to reconnect with their faith, community leaders said. Mosques and gurdwaras have given permission to filmmakers to record footage, capturing their design, and interiors and exteriors of the…

Iron Man Downey Jr overwhelmed by love from Indian fans

Indian members of Team Stark left Robert Downey Jr aka Iron Man overwhelmed by their love and adulation when they assembled in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru to meet their favourite superhero early Sunday (14)  morning. Downey Jr, who has been playing the much-loved character since 2008, was in live…

My Pod with Ronit Vohra

Talented singer-songwriter Ronit Vohra recently released his Punjabi song Jaane Na Tu, which is a soulful number he hopes everyone will relate to. Having been connected to music from a very young age, the multi-instrumentalist has diverse influences and selected the 10 songs he loves. Mai Tenu Samjhawan Ki by Arijit…

A perfect match Made In Heaven

ZOYA AKHTAR ON HER GULLY BOY SUCCESS AND BRAND NEW WEDDING-SET SERIES ON AMAZON PRIME In terms of critical and commercial success, the best Bollywood film by far of 2019 has been Gully Boy. Although the hip-hop drama had fine music, great performances and an engrossing story, the biggest hero of the film is…

British star Brooke Law on her music, inspirations and hopes…

by ASJAD NAZIR SOME of the most talented singers are independent artists carving their own path with magical music that casts a spell on listeners and a perfect example of this is rising British star Brooke Law. The London-born singer-songwriter of mixed heritage has used her varied life experiences and…

Why science, arts and culture are important

by PROFESSOR VENKI RAMAKRISHNAN “IT IS a great honour to be asked to give this talk. I have long been a scientist and have now written my first book for the general reader, although whether it falls into the fiction or non-fiction category will be a matter of debate. “Being…

Golden Temple officials ban worshippers from taking photos

India has banned tourists from snapping photographs inside the Golden Temple, one of its most popular attractions, to preserve the sanctity of Sikhism's holiest shrine, an official said on Wednesday (9). The governing body for the dazzling temple in northern Punjab state said visitors crowding for selfies and shooting videos within…

Rohit Shetty signs Akshay Kumar for his next titled Sooryavanshi

After working with Ranveer Singh in Simmba (2018), hit Bollywood filmmaker Rohit Shetty is now set to team up with superstar Akshay Kumar for the first time ever in his directorial career. The director has signed Khiladi Kumar for his next film titled Sooryavanshi. Kumar, who has played a cop…

Taj Mahal ticket prices increased by fivefold in order to…

Authorities have hiked fivefold ticket prices for Indian visitors to the Taj Mahal, in the latest attempt to lower tourist numbers and reduce damage at the country's top tourist site. Indians make up the majority of the Taj Mahal's 10,000-15,000 average daily visitors. Nearly 6.5 million people marvelled at the…

India’s most expensive film 2.0 pockets over ₹ 500 crore…

Headlined by Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar, India’s most expensive film 2.0 has exceeded all expectations at the cash counter. The sci-fi thriller, which entered cinemas on 29th November, has crossed ₹ 500 crore mark worldwide within just a week of its theatrical release. Dharma Productions’ head honcho Karan Johar, who…

ALI FAZAL ON HIS NEW PROJECT MIRZAPUR AND WHAT INSPIRES HIM…

by ASJAD NAZIR. All guns blazing. ACTOR ALI FAZAL ON HIS GANGSTER SERIES AND NEW-FOUND INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS. TALENTED actor Ali Fazal has become a man in demand after his winning turn in the international film Victoria & Abdul, which was a massive critical and commercial success. The latest project from the versatile actor sees him…

50 greatest Bollywood dance numbers, best of the Bollywood boogie wonderland 

by ASJAD NAZIR. EASTERN EYE PRESENTS A COUNTDOWN OF SUPERB SONGS THAT TWIRLED THEIR WAY TO GREATNESS. MUSIC NUMBERS THAT MADE THE BIGGEST DANCE IMPACT IN THE HISTORY OF COMMERCIAL HINDI CINEMA. SONGS playing a major part in the identity of Hindi cinema have resulted in eye-catching dances being included to add…

My Top 10 Theatre moments

By Seema Bowri. Dishoom! I’m currently playing Bibi in this play. The way Gurpreet Bhatti portrays the subject of disability within this Punjabi family in the 1970s really excited me. I have a brother with learning difficulties and autism so this play connects with certain memories from my own childhood. There are many great scenes in the play,…

Sher Yar Khan follows his famous father, singer Naeem Ul…

By Asjad Nazir. IT WAS going to be inevitable that Sher Yar Khan would follow in the footsteps of his famous father, singer Naeem Ul Hassan. After delivering some superb cover versions, the British singer recently released his single Lareya Ishq Tera internationally to great acclaim. The talented newcomer has…

INDIA’S NIGHTINGALE, LEGENDARY SINGER LATA MANGESHKAR ON HER INCREDIBLE JOURNEY, IN…

by ANJALI MEHTA. THE remarkable journey of Lata Mangeshkar saw her go from being a child prodigy, who stepped up as a 13-year-old to support her family, to becoming one of the greatest and most influential singers in the music history. Her journey has been filled with thousands of songs, countless memorable moments and…

Malala portrait unveiled at National Portrait Gallery

A PORTRAIT of activist Malala Yousafzai has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery. The image by Iranian artist Shirin Neshat shows the Nobel Peace Prize winner along with an inscription of a poem written by Pashtu poet Rahmat Shah Sayel in 2011. Malala said: “I am honoured to have…

Singer-songwriter Dixi talks about her debut single and combining music…

by Asjad Nazir. ‘The key is to love yourself'. A BRIGHT new star that has emerged in the music industry this year has been American singer/songwriter Dixi, who recently teamed up with chart-topping rapper Raxstar and ace music producer Shayal for her debut song Need Nobody. Dixi has gone from performing bhajans (devotional hymns)…

my top 10 Vyjayanthimala movies

LEGENDARY leading lady Vyjayanthimala was known for her dynamite dance moves and unforgettable presence in songs, but she was also a fine actress who starred in some of the greatest Bollywood movies of all-time. To mark the iconic star turning 82 on August 13, Eastern Eye went back through her…

Magic behind the marvellous melodies

by ASJAD NAZIR TALENTED MUSICIANS TELL US STORIES OF THE SPECIAL CONNECTION THEY ALL HAVE TO THEIR INSTRUMENTS SINGERS may get all the attention but they are nothing without musicians who provide the great melodies for them in the studio and on stage. Talented musicians also regularly light up the live…

Living the Bedouin way

NEGEV IN ISRAEL OFFERS LUXURY CAMPING AND DESERT ACTIVITIES ISRAEL is promoting luxury camping trips, Bedouin hospitality and challenging outdoor ac­tivities like dune surfing as the country seeks to bolster tourism to its vast and largely undevel­oped Negev desert region. In addition, a new international airport is rising from the…

Destination Dubai

by HOWARD ROBIN SUN, SEA AND ARCHITECTURE DRAW TOURISTS TO MODERN METROPOLIS IT’S the holiday destination of choice for many British Asians, a second home to count­less Bollywood stars and a place where some 1.5 million people from the Indian subconti­nent live and work. In little more than a decade,…

‘I value life. I almost lost mine’

by MOHNISH SINGH MANISHA KOIRALA ON HER RETURN TO BOLLYWOOD AFTER BEATING CANCER HIGH-profile films like 1942: A Love Story (1994), Bombay (1995) and Dil Se (1999) helped Manisha Koirala solidify her posi­tion as one of the leading female faces of Bollywood in the 1990s. But then things started to change…

Winners show wealth of Asian talent in British arts

Eastern Eye Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts: George Alagiah BBC news presenter George Alagiah is one of the most trusted news anchors in the country, whose nightly broadcasts are watched by millions. [caption id="attachment_42305" align="alignleft" width="178"] GeorgeAlagiah[/caption] Born in Sri Lanka, Alagiah’s family moved to Ghana in Africa…

‘Music is a universal language’

by ASJAD NAZIR BROTHERS WASIM AND SHAHRUKH AHMED JAIPURI ON CARRYING ON A FAMILY LEGACY SOME of the best-kept musical secrets have been hidden in the rural heartlands of India across dif­ferent generations. A perfect example of this is a marvellous musical family from Udaipur in Rajasthan, whose impressive lineage stretches…

Best of British

by ASJAD NAZIR UK SINGING STAR NAVIN KUNDRA SET TO SHINE WITH BIG LONDON CONCERT THE musical journey of Navin Kundra has been filled with hit songs and memorable concerts, including a live performance for the royal family. That marvellous melodic voyage continued with recently-released single Ishq Humara and the announcement…

Monsoon revival

RAINS SIGNAL TOURISM SEASON IN FLOODPLAIN CAMBODIAN VILLAGE EACH monsoon, the soaring stilts that hold up the houses of Kampong Phluk prove their worth, as the dusty Cambodian village is transformed into a deep waterway. The village, a short ride from the ancient Angkor ruins, is on the floodplain of southeast…

Will Priyanka Chopra play Pakistani-Muslim superhero Ms Marvel?

Pakistani Muslim superhero Ms Marvel, also known as Kamala Khan, will soon be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and fans wants Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra to essay the role. Recently Marvel boss Kevin Feige told BBC that there were plans to introduce Ms Marvel. “We are doing Captain Marvel…

Race 3 trailer to be attached with Avengers: Infinity War?

Headlined by superstar Salman Khan, Race 3 is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated films of 2018. Made on a lavish budget, the action entertainer is the next instalment of the highly popular and successful Hindi film series, Race. While the makers have already unveiled the introductory posters of the…

Canada eyes more trade as Trudeau starts India trip

  CANADIAN prime minister Justin Trudeau today (18) toured the Taj Mahal with his wife and children as he began a week-long visit to promote trade and investment with India. Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire and their three children posed for a family portrait before marvelling at the legendary marble…

6 odd remarkable, movies breaking the stereotypes

1] Fire Sita and Radha young Indian women whose husbands choose celibacy or mistresses over them. And how they form an intimate, passionate relationship amidst a close-minded society. This film I don’t know for how long will be counted among the pictures ahead of its time in India. And fill fight…

AR Rahman: Top ten Bollywood albums

A REMARKABLE career has seen AR Rahman become the most successful music director of the modern era, delivering an eclectic array of songs that have delighted audiences globally, including his stunning Oscarwinning soundtrack for Slumdog Millionaire. This week the musical maestro will be celebrating his 51st birthday. To mark him…

my top ten By Samia Sarfaraz

AN ENTHUSIASTIC architect by profession, Samia Sarfaraz is also the only female professional photographer based in the Sindh province of Hyderabad in Pakistan. She loves travelling and exploring. Here she shares her experience of the historical region. “Hyderabad is a city with the magical appeal of remembrance, because its deafening…

Zeenat Aman: Songs that made her shine

BOLLYWOOD bombshell Zeenat Aman lit up the big screen with a series of explosive roles that burned a permanent mark on Indian cinema. Perhaps the greatest of these turns occurred in marvellous musical numbers which still remain massively popular today. To mark the actress celebrating her 66th birthday on November…

Abs-olutely fabulous actors

EASTERN EYE UNVEILS THE TOP 10 HOTTEST SIX-PACKS IN BOLLYWOOD AS VOTED FOR BY FANS THE hot heroines are not the only ones providing some eye-candy in Indian cinema, because more male stars than ever before are unveiling sweet six-packs for women to savour. These marvellous men are showing off…

Ajay Devgn goes fourth

BOLLYWOOD ACTION HERO MAKES A RETURN TO COMEDY WITH THE HIT GOLMAAL FRANCHISE ACCLAIMED actor Ajay Devgn has made a name for himself in Indian cinema by tackling a wide range of roles in a marvellous mix of genres. This week the versatile Bollywood star flexes his comedy muscles in…

my top ten

Chance encounter: I will never forget attending a Shankar Ehsaan Loy concert in 2012. I always remember this as it was the first time I was trying to forward my demo CD and while attempting to do so I bumped into a management company, who had organised that particular event. They listened to my…

Harshi Mad on her beginning, favourite music, what’s next, and…

Spreading her madness all over the world with some popular Bollywood tracks and a record of more than 1500 events, multi-talented singer and performer Harshi Mad had one awesome week. Her single in collaboration with singer Aditya Narayan has just released and is receiving a great response from her fans.…

Shakti Arora: Indonesia has become an addiction for me!

Actor Shakti Arora sums up his experience of working in Indonesia as ‘spectacular’. Be it the fans, his show or just the place, Indonesia surely has left a deep impact on Shakti, who has been having a marvellous time there. Talking about his stay there, the actor says, “The experience…

My Pod with Farhad Humayun

MULTI-TALENTED artist Farhad Humayun recently released his debut solo single Mur Ke Dekho, which has an eye-catching music video and meaningful message. The award-winning artist is now looking forward to releasing a new album. Eastern Eye got Farhad to choose 10 songs he loves. Let’s Dance by David Bowie:Great drum…

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion shatters box-office records

S. Rajamouli’s Telugu fantasy epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is shattering many a myth about film-making in Bollywood on its way to breaking box office records in India. The second instalment in the two-film franchise that combines Indian mythology with Hollywood-style special effects opened to packed theatres across India and…

Rising star Shapla Salique introduces her unique blend of styles

By Asjad Nazir ACCLAIMED singer-songwriter Shapla Salique is showing that it is possible to expand the horizons of contemporary music without losing the connection with traditional roots. She mixes centuries-old classic Bengali influences with western contemporary music to deliver songs that have cross-generational appeal. The songs have enabled her to…

Mughal-e-Azam: A-Z of a Bollywood Epic

By Asjad Nazir Legendary epic Mughal-e-Azam (1960) continues to power on nearly 60 years after it was released with a lavish musical based on the K Asif directed movie currently playing to packed-out theatres across India. The enduring magic of the greatest Bollywood movie ever made is continuing to captivate…

My Top 10

Meeting Rajinikanth: Penguin had commissioned me to write the superstar’s biography and I had met everyone associated with him, but had met the man only once as he was in quarantine after illness. After the book released, he read it, called me up and asked me to come to Chennai…

Finland public saunas

IS STRIPPING down and getting sweaty with strangers your kind of thing? In Finland, despite an astounding two million private saunas, the hottest trend sweeping the sweat-tank loving country is public saunas. They are Helsinki’s coolest spots this summer, drawing Finns and tourists of all ages to unwind on wooden…

India takes possession of stolen 12th-century Brahma sculpture

India on Friday (September 30) formally regained possession of a 12th-century sculpture of Brahma and his consort Brahmani from the UK, 15 years after it was stolen. The Indian high commissioner to the UK, Navtej Sarna, took possession of the marble sculpture, which was stolen from the Unesco World Heritage…

Jasmin Walia: Girl like me

Model and television personality Jasmin Walia took a marvellous musical turn this year with two tracks including her new solo release Girl Like Me. The songs showed off her singing abilities and laid the foundation for what will potentially be a successful career in music. With a number of avenues…

Lord Paul: Political independence without women’s economic independence is a…

Industrialist and educationist Lord Swraj Paul has asserted that political independence without women’s economic independence is a sham and all societies must address this. Speaking at the three-day Women Economic Forum held at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London, Lord Paul, chancellor of the Wolverhampton University said: “I have seen…

Lord Paul: Political independence without women’s economic independence is a…

Industrialist and educationist Lord Swraj Paul has asserted that political independence without women’s economic independence is a sham and all societies must address this. Speaking at the three-day Women Economic Forum held at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London, Lord Paul, chancellor of the Wolverhampton University said: “I have seen…

Jasmin Walia: Girl like me

Model and television personality Jasmin Walia took a marvellous musical turn this year with two tracks including her new solo release Girl Like Me. The songs showed off her singing abilities and laid the foundation for what will potentially be a successful career in music. With a number of avenues…