The forgotten stories of sexual violence

LEESA GAZI GIVES A VOICE TO BANGLADESH WAR’S RAPE SURVIVORS by MITA MISTRY BIRANGONA meaning ‘brave woman’ was a term created as a mark of respect for the over 200,000 women and girls reportedly raped and tortured by the Pakistani army during Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War. After the country gained independence, the many women were […]

Warrior woman returns

RANI MUKERJI GOES BACK INTO BATTLE AS THE BRAVE SUPER COP IN MARDAANI 2 by ASJAD NAZIR IN 2014, Rani Mukerji threw a stick of dynamite into Bollywood with police thriller Mardaani and helped to redefine the Hindi film heroine with her explosive role of Shivani Shivaji Roy. She returns to the big screen as […]

What lies beneath a perfect marriage

JEEVANI CHARIKA’S NOVEL EXPLORES COMPLEX RELATIONSHIPS by MITA MISTRY HAVING lived in diverse places, including Sri Lanka, has enabled prolific writer Jeevani Charika to deliver an interesting array of work, including her latest novel A Convenient Marriage. The versatile British-born writer, who also pens romantic comedies under the name Rhoda Baxter, has delivered another page […]

‘My look will be exotic’

TALENTED television actress Jasmin Bhasin has delivered winning performances in shows, including Dil Se Dil Tak and Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji. She takes on her biggest challenge by joining the cast of the upcoming fourth season of smash hit serial Naagin. Eastern Eye caught up with Jasmin ahead of the hotly anticipated TV drama […]

Hitting the right notes

HOW TALENTED BRITISH DUO THE AYOUB SISTERS ARE CHANGING CLASSICAL MUSIC IN A UNIQUE WAY by ASJAD NAZIR A REMARKABLE rise has seen The Ayoub Sisters go from sensational YouTube videos to getting signed to a major record label and performing at prestigious venues around the world, including the Royal Albert Hall in London. Sarah […]

‘We imagined it would be big, but this big, no’

FILMMAKER SS RAJAMOULI ON HIS BAAHUBALI SUCCESS AND WHY HE FEELS CONFIDENT ABOUT HIS NEXT FILM IN TERMS of size, scale and stars, the film with working title RRR is the biggest Indian cinematic release of 2020. The next film from Baahubali director SS Rajamouli stars NTR Jr., Ram Charan, Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn and […]

Remembering late actor Dev Anand with stars he launched

by ASJAD NAZIR THIS week marks the death anniversary of Bollywood legend Dev Anand, who passed away on December 3, 2011, aged 88. Although he is best remembered for starring in a massive number of successful movies, the legendary star’s legacy stretches beyond that because he also launched a lot of newcomers to greatness. Those […]

Biopic boom in Bollywood

HINDI CINEMA WILL CONTINUE ITS LOVE AFFAIR WITH MOVIES BASED ON REAL PEOPLE IN 2020 FROM stories based on actual events and film remakes to recreating classic songs, Bollywood has been drawing inspiration from the past more than ever. The most popular of the genre is high profile biopics that draw upon the lives of […]

‘The migration debate never stopped hounding settlers’

RUKHSANA AHMAD’S NEW PLAY HOMING BIRDS RECONNECTS AUDIENCES TO THEIR ROOTS A STRONG year for British Asian theatre concludes with the powerful play Homing Birds, which recently had its world premiere at Tara Theatre in London and runs until December 7. Kali Theatre’s founder Rukhsana Ahmad returns to the company with her moving new play […]

‘It was a rollercoaster of triumphs and disasters’

PRIYA O’SHEA RECALLS HER TIME ON TV’S BAKE OFF by PRIYA MULJI HIT TV show The Great British Bake Off is so popular that just participating in it is like a win and one contestant who impressed on the most recent series was Priya O’Shea. The Leicester-based mother of two and marketing consultant battled through […]