BBC’s landmark drama comes to a suitable end

By Amit Roy BBC TV’s wonderful six-part adaptation of Vikram Seth’s novel, A Suitable Boy, ended last Monday (24), with 20-year-old Lata Mehra deciding to marry the man her mother, Mrs Rupa Mehra, had wanted all along. Lata probably chose wisely in the nice, considerate and down-to-earth shoe­maker Haresh Mehra, though some had hoped she […]

Breaking the glass slipper

by Maya Dhanjal  AS A South Asian woman and self-proclaimed princess Jasmine (sans Tiger companion), here is my exploration of the effects a lack of ethnic Disney princesses has on women and girls of colour. I know for sure that I am not the only South Asian girl who would feel more than a tad […]

The most famous Indian star you haven’t heard of

AMAZING STORY OF HOW AN UNEDUCATED ELDERLY WOMAN BECAME A MASSIVE GLOBAL YOUTUBE STAR by ASJAD NAZIR THE most famous acting star you have likely never heard of is an elderly Indian woman, who has quietly become a YouTube sensation in the past few years and garnered millions of views on the video-sharing platform. Milkuri […]

Akshay Kumar: An A to Z of the self-made Bollywood star

BIRTHDAY SPECIAL ON THE LIFE AND CAREER OF HINDI CINEMA’S GREATEST ‘KHILADI’ by ASJAD NAZIR ON SEPTEMBER 9, Akshay Kumar celebrates his 53rd birthday and will receive warm wishes from fans around the world. The hardworking actor has been in the heart of Bollywood for 29 years and delivered many memorable moments. To celebrate his […]

New nightmares on Bollywood street

DISLIKES, DRUGS AND PUBLIC ANGER SEND STARS INTO A PANIC by ASJAD NAZIR CRIPPLING losses caused by cinema closures globally was already giving Bollywood sleepless nights, but the investigation into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and the subsequent fall-out is giving the entire industry huge nightmares. A perfect illustration of this is the carnage that is […]

Ishita Dutta is a picture of creativity and confidence

ACTRESS DISCUSSES HER REMARKABLE JOURNEY,  INSPIRATIONS AND HOPES by ASJAD NAZIR BY MIXING up languages, genres and mediums, Ishita Dutta has shown quite comprehensively that she is a versatile actress able to take on any challenge. The younger sister of beauty queen turned actress Tanushree Dutta has established herself in less than a decade as […]

The acting Tenet of Himesh Patel

BRITISH ASIAN STAR ON HIS SUCCESS AND NEW CINEMA BLOCKBUSTER by ASJAD NAZIR THE last time Eastern Eye spoke to Himesh Patel was just before the release of his high-profile 2019 film Yesterday. The successful 2019 Danny Boyle directed musical kick-started a dream 18 months that has seen him show off his impressive range as […]

India-Pakistan play on letter-writing set to premiere at Urdu festival in UK

THE UK premiere of a play based on a series of letters describing the real-life experiences of an Indian husband and his Pakistani wife are among the highlights of a first-of-its-kind virtual Urdu festival being hosted in Britain. Mian Biwi Aur Wagah will be showcased next week at Jashn-e-Rekhta (JeR) UK, the world’s largest Urdu […]

Bollywood banking on public ‘amnesia’

INDUSTRY FACING GROWING HOSTILITY AFTER ACTOR’S DEATH by ASJAD NAZIR THE Hindi film industry is facing a crisis of historic proportions and it is trying to use an age-old strategy to deal with it. It is a plan that has been employed by high-profile individuals for decades, and now Bollywood is hoping it will stop […]

Fun-filled children’s adventure story is peppered with many twists and turns

by MITA MISTRY BOOKS for young children have always been an essential part of learning and an escape into fictional worlds that tap into young imaginations. And perhaps, just as important as reading engaging plots, it is equally necessary for children to read stories where they feel seen by a character who embodies relatable traits, […]