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The Master of Bangla music

by ASJAD NAZIR CANADIAN SINGER-SONGWRITER IS ON A MISSION TO TAKE HIS SOUND GLOBAL SINGER, songwriter and musician Master-D has helped take Bangla music global with hit songs that have had cross-cultural appeal and ones that have added a new dimension to the commercial pop industry.   The multi-talented artist has taken diverse influ­ences from growing up […]

Aiyaary, acting and ambitions

by ASJAD NAZIR ACTOR SIDHARTH MALHOTRA ON HIS NEW SPY THRILLER AND FUTURE HOPES HIS last film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story may have clocked up huge numbers at the box of­fice, but director Neeraj Pandey is at his best when he is making thrillers.   The award-winning filmmaker behind hits A Wednesday, Special 26 and Baby returns […]

Passionate about Parchi

PRODUCER IMRAN RAZA KAZMI ON HIS NEW FILM AND THE RISE OF PAKISTANI CINEMA One of the most interesting cinematic trends of recent years is the remarkable resurgence of the Pakistani film industry.   The latest release to take flight has been action-comedy Parchi, which has been successfully released around the world including in the UK. I caught […]

Laugh Out Loud: Funny women on tour

by ASJAD NAZIR TALENTED STAND-UP COMEDY TALENTS UNITE TO EXPRESS THEIR HUMOROUS VIEWS OF MODERN LIFE The Ladies Of Laughter (LOL) tour has fine female stand-up comedy talent entertaining audiences with their unique brand of humour. Hosted by BBC Asian Network presenter Noreen Khan, who has also ventured into stand-up herself, the action-packed shows are […]

Musical Medicine

 by ASJAD NAZIR   DR ZEUS TEAMS UP WITH RAP ICON SNOOP DOGG FOR HIS SOLO RETURN ACE music producer Dr Zeus has been deliv­ering hits for two decades and maintained a high standard throughout.   While others have fallen by the wayside, the hard-working British Asian music hero has conquered the charts with superb songs that have […]

‘In love with a craft called acting’

  by ASJAD NAZIR  MANOJ BAJPAYEE PLAYS A FEARLESS ARMY OFFICER IN NEW THRILLER AIYAARY WHEN Indian filmmakers want to add weight to a power­ful drama, one of the go-to actors is versatile performer Manoj Bajpayee.  Ace director Neeraj Pandey has recruited him to play a fearless army officer in big-budget thriller Aiyaary, which releases across cinemas globally this month. […]

Waheeda Rehman at 80: Ten of her greatest film hits

This week, actress Waheeda Rehman will reach the impressive landmark of cele­brating her 80th birthday. One of the greatest leading ladies in the history of In­dian cinema, the silver screen queen de­lighted audiences across different genera­tion with her amazing body of work.  To mark the milestone birthday of the cinematic legend, Eastern Eye selected 10 Bollywood classics […]

India’s new nightingale

MISTU BARDHAN ON HER DEBUT UK SHOWS AND LATA MANGESHKAR   One of the best-kept secrets in Indian music is gifted singer Mistu Bardhan.   Her voice has been compared to legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and most who have heard it would agree. Next month, the talented singer will make her UK stage debut at a con­cert headlined by Shafqat Amanat Ali at […]

Exclusive: Akshay Kumar fights for women’s rights in Pad Man

By Asjad Nazir WHETHER it is doing his own stunts, tackling taboo topics, taking on challenging roles or working harder than any other A-list star, Akshay Kumar has always pushed himself beyond the limits. He has done that again with his latest film Pad Man, which will perhaps be the most original commercial Hindi film […]

Bollywood Queen Deepika Padukone: The Ultimate A-Z

By Asjad Nazir THIS week Bollywood queen Deepika Padukone will finally march into cinemas as a historical ruler in big budget epic Padmaavat. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed drama, originally titled Padmavati, also stars Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles. The in-demand actress is central to the action of the eye-catching movie and […]