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 […]

‘I got to be a great warrior’

DASHING actor Ankit Bathla describes his journey as a fulfilling one because it has enabled him to entertain audiences, play varied characters and learn along the way. With an impressive number of projects under his belt, the small screen star is now looking for more challenges. Eastern Eye caught up with Ankit Bathla to talk […]

Super fan of the week – Arijit Singh

SUPER singer Arijit Singh being the undisputed king of Bollywood music is perfectly illustrated by his hit songs, sell-out arena tours and incredible global fan base. One of the countless admirers is super fan Somasree Das from Contai in West Bengal. Eastern Eye caught up with Somasree to find out more. What first connected you […]

My top 10 books – Sang Ji

The Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman: Set in a parallel universe, Lyra ventures into other worlds to save her scientist uncle and missing friend, unravelling a dark yet exciting trail of events. It is so splendidly realistic, making you feel like a child again, yet themes of quantum physics, theology and spirituality engage the […]

Hindi movie songs that made legendary singer Geeta Dutt immortal

by ASJAD NAZIR THIS month marks the birth anniversary of late great music icon Geeta Dutt, who was born on November 23, 1930. Although her life was marked by tragedy and she died young at the age of 41, the legendary playback singer delivered many memorable hits that remain popular today. To mark the birth […]

For the love of acting and taking on new challenges

SONI RAZDAN DISCUSSES HER NEW FILM, THEATRE AND LATEST STAGE ROLE by ASJAD NAZIR THE theatre play everyone has been talking about in recent weeks is When The Crows Visit and at the heart of it is acclaimed actress Soni Razdan. She has been delighting audiences with another powerful performance in the family drama that […]