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Amitabh Bachchan thanks parents for participating in worldoo.com’s feedback campaign

9 December 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Worldoo.com‘s feedback campaign in association with Amitabh Bachchan has received an overwhelming response from over 90,000 parents, kids and educationalists across India. The numbers speak for themselves the eagerness that parents have for a platform where their kids take their first steps into the world of internet.

In this video, Mr. Bachchan personally speaks to the parents on the value that their feedback has added to the platform and thanks them for their participation. Following is the link of the video for your reference.

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug6Bpre7hDU

The post Amitabh Bachchan thanks parents for participating in worldoo.com’s feedback campaign appeared first on BollySpice. »

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“Shenaz Treasury’s Open Letter to NaMo, Big B, Tendulkar, Khans, Ambani in appeal against rapes”

9 December 2014 7:00 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

By Shenaz Treasury

Dear Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Anil Ambani,

I am writing to You specifically because you are the most powerful and influential Men in our country.

I am writing to you as a woman who grew up in a middle class family in Mumbai.

I am writing to You for Help!

My parents may not like me saying this. I apologize to them if they are reading but this is Not My Shame. It’s Thier Shame.

My first experience with the opposite sex, was when I was just 13 and groped by a man (never saw his face but will never forget his hand) while walking in the vegetable market with my mom. She had just given me the worst haircut and as an angry teenager I was upset at her and was lagging behind as she walked ahead. »

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Akshara Haasan in Shamitabh: First look photos

9 December 2014 12:05 AM, PST | indicine | See recent indicine news »

Kamal Haasan’s daughter Akshara will be making her debut in R Balki’s upcoming film ‘Shamitabh’ also starring Amitabh Bachchan and Dhanush (last seen in Raanjhanaa).

Director R.Balki says Akshara was born to act “She is clear proof that genetic science is true. She has the best of both her parents and seeing her perform, you feel that she was just born to act”

Talking about Akshara’s character in the film, Balki said “Akshara has the tough role of controlling two men who are fighting with each other in the film and even though she has never faced the camera before, she is such a natural actor”

Check out the pictures!

Akshara Haasan’s look in Shamitabh

Akshara Haasan still from R Balki’s Shamitabh

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Bhosle, El-Sherif to receive Diff awards

7 December 2014 10:20 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Egyptian actor Nour El-Sherif and Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle will both receive lifetime achievement awards at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (Diff).

El-Sherif’s career of 47 years has seen him produce and star in notable Arabic-language films such as The Yacoubian Building, Atef E-Taieb’s Sawak al-Utubis (1982) and  Youssef Chahine’s An Egyptian Story (1982) and Destiny (1997).

He also produced the 1976 action thriller Circle Of Revenge and went on to produce Zaman Hatem Zahran in 1986.

Diff is also screening the world premiere of El-Sherif’s latest film, Amir RamsesCairo Time, which also stars Mervat Amin, Samir Sabri, Dorra and Ayten Amer.

Meanwhile, 81-year-old playback singer Asha Bhosle has recorded more than 12,000 songs for more than 850 films. She is known for her range and versatility across various style of music from folk songs and Indian classical music to pop songs, ghazals and bhajans.

Bhosle also has a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records »

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Dubai Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement award to Asha Bhosle

7 December 2014 9:10 PM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Asha Bhosle

Legendary Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle will receive Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

Bhosle has recorded more than 12,000 songs for more than 850 films in 81 years. Known for her versatility, she has been conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan from the Indian government in 2008.

Diff Chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: “Asha Bhosle is a stalwart of the Indian music scene, and we are proud to be honouring her with this Diff Lifetime Achievement Award. Her work has touched almost every corner of the world: we look forward to welcoming such a legend to Dubai and Diff.”

Earlier recipients of Diff Lifetime Achievement award include Martin SheenOmar Sharif, Faten Hamamah, Adel Imam, Jameel Rateb, Sabah, Morgan Freeman, Sean Penn, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Daoud Abdel Sayed, Youssef Chahine, Rachid Bouchareb, Souleymane Cisse, Nabil El-Maleh, Oliver Stone, Danny Glover, Terry Gilliam, Yash Chopra, »

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Bollywood legend Deven Verma passes away

3 December 2014 9:12 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Legendary comedian Deven Verma has passed away at the age of 77. The actor died at his home in Pune on Tuesday morning and was reportedly caused by a cardiac arrest and kidney failure. Mr Verma was known for his comic roles in Bollywood films such as Chori Mera Kaam (1975), Angoor (1982), Andaz Apna Apna (1994), as well as Dil To Pagal Hai (1997). Mr Verma is considered to have made a vital contribution to the film industry and this is evident by the fact that he has won the Filmfare Best Comedian Award on three occasions.

Many actors and filmmakers from the industry have paid tribute to Mr Verma and have praised him for his unique style of acting. Legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan tweeted the following as a mark of respect. “Deven Verma .. friend, co artist, producer and one that brought smiles on the faces of millions .. no more ! Prayers & condolences. Similarly, Riteish Deshmukh »

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15 songs that changed Bollywood forever!

3 December 2014 2:00 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

We all know that a Bollywood film is incomplete without a few songs being thrown in with them. It is sort of like bread and butter, you can’t enjoy one without the other. Combining them together makes it all the more delicious. Over the last 100 years of filmmaking, the world has been exposed to some of the most iconic Bollywood numbers that we cannot erase from our minds and consider them to be eternal classics. As part of our mini-feature, BollySpice presents to you 15 songs that have changed Bollywood forever. Enjoy!

1. ‘Aayega Aane Wala’ from Mahal (1949) – Though this song won’t be as well known amongst the younger generation, the song ‘Aayega Aane Wala’ from the chilling film Mahal, is important for one major reason. This song made India’s nightingale Lata Mangeshkar a nationwide superstar and she went on to sing for Bollywood films for another six decades. »

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More on Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan in Wazir

1 December 2014 11:18 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

For the upcoming Wazir, directed by Bejoy Nambiar the cast includes two great actors Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar.

In a recent interview, Farhan gave a sneak peek about the characters they would be playing, “Mr Bachchan plays a paralyzed chess grandmaster in the movie and I will be seen playing an Ats officer. It is a very refreshing and different kind of role and something which I have never portrayed before.”

The actor had to once again, after Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, transform his body and go on a rigorous workout schedule his spokesperson said, “Farhan had gone through a major major transformation to play the role of Milkha Singh and he was more than determined to get the perfect look for his character in Wazir. He would be seen playing an Ats cop which required him to look fit and muscular. Farhan went through very strict training for it. »

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Dhanush Aksharas buddy-bonding with Amitabh Bachchan

22 November 2014 2:45 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Dhanush and Akshara shared a karmic connection with Amitabh Bachchan during the shooting of R Balki's Shamitabh. The two Tamil actors' 'Rajinikanth' and 'Kamal Haasan' connection immediately stuck a bond with Big B who told the two youngsters to 'chill' in his presence. Tamil star Dhanush and debutante Akshara Haasan's bonding with Big B during the shooting of Shamitabh is the stuff legends are made of. Initially the two youngsters were awestruck and speechless. But in no time they were bonding like buddies. "As usual," says a source from the sets. "This is the way Amitabh Bachchan likes it with his co-stars. Sadly a lot of them do not respond to Big B's request for camaraderie because of their inherent fear of acting too familiar with the legend." But Big B is adept at breaking down generation-driven walls. Recently, when he was shooting a song with Yo Yo Honey Singh »

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Deepika learns Bengali for Piku

22 November 2014 1:02 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Deepika Padukone is currently working on her next film Piku with Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan.

After learning Tamil for Chennai Express and a Maharashtrian accent for Happy New Year, Deepika will now learn Bengali for Piku. The actress did workshops with director Shoojit Sircar and also took help from Moushami Chatterjee.

Deepika said, “I’ve played a Tamilian in Chennai Express, a Gujarati in Ram Leela, Maharashtrian in Happy New Year, a Goan in Finding Fanny…and now a Bengali in Piku. Bengali is a soft and lovely language. It’s always fun to learn a new language and a different learning experience.”

The post Deepika learns Bengali for Piku appeared first on BollySpice. »

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Jay Sean – A BollySpice Exclusive!

21 November 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

“Out of all of the stuff I have done in my whole 12 years, the Mistress series I and II are the most enjoyable processes I’ve ever been through and definitely, I’m most proud of that music” – Jay Sean

Jay Sean has never been afraid to follow his heart. A straight A Grade student, he dropped out of medical school to pursue his career in music. And the rest as they say, is history.

15 million singles sold. A five times platinum selling artist. Record breaking. Future shaping.  Critically acclaimed.

The first South Asian to have topped Billboard’s top 100, Jay Sean’s single “Down” went to number 1 in the Us, sold more than 3 million copies and made him the most successful British male urban artist in Us chart history.

The artist was signed up by label Cash Money 6 years ago.

Within this time we saw the release of 2 albums »

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Amitabh Bachchan advocates responsible Internet for Kids

19 November 2014 8:00 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Mr. Amitabh Bachchan has decided to revolutionize the use of internet for kids by joining hands with ‘worldoo.com’ – India’s first online ecosystem for kids, worldoo.com invites children, parents and educators to contribute in building the new-look platform in this first-of-its kind initiative. The feedback campaign aptly named ‘Let’s Build’, launched in association with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, will invite parents, kids and educators across the country to speak up and be heard, in what they would like to see in a whole new worldoo!

Speaking on the association with worldoo.com, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan said, “The internet space is constantly evolving and has proved to be an exciting tool of communication. Today, children are born with technology in the palm of their hands, immediately preferring tablets to teddy bears! In such a scenario, it is important for parents to embrace the role that Internet plays in their »

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Amitabh Bachchan Rajinikanth to attend Iffi in Goa

12 November 2014 10:53 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Busy with the schedule of films, Amitabh Bachchan will be taking time out to attend the festival that celebrates the art of filmmaking, the 45th International Film Festival of India (Iffi) which will be held in Goa from November 20 to 30.

While Amitabh Bachchan will attend the ceremony as the chief guest, the festival will also honour the work of superstar Rajinikanth by conferring him with the Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year.

Moreover, the festival will have films coming from the globe whereby it will screen 170 films that have come from 75 countries. The President directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf will be screened at the opening ceremony and The Grandmaster by Wong Kar-wai will be a part of closing ceremony.

Also, special features on renowned personalities like Gulzar, Zohra Sehgal, Suchitra Sen, a tribute to Farooq Sheikh and filmmaker Richard Attenborough is on the cards. »

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Acclaimed filmmaker Ravi Chopra dies at 68

12 November 2014 9:36 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Popular Bollywood filmmaker Ravi Chopra has died at the age of 68. He was admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital where he was reportedly being treated for a lung ailment which he has been suffering from for the past few years. He died at around 3:30pm on Wednesday. Mr Chopra is famous for having directed popular films such as Baghban (2003) and Baabul (2006). He also directed the critically acclaimed television series Mahabharata, which was produced by his father B. R. Chopra.

Mr. Chopra is also the nephew of legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra and the cousin of Aditya Chopra and Uday Chopra. He is survived by his wife and three children. He made his directing debut with the film Zameer (1975). His last project was the famous Bhootnath series starring legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan. Mr Chopra’s funeral is reportedly scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

We send our deepest sympathies to Ravi Chopra »

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Aishwarya Rai to finally work with Karan Johar

12 November 2014 2:41 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

The Bachchan family loves Karan Johar. While Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Abhishek have all been part of Karan Johar's Dharma Productions, the Bachchan bahu has so far stayed away for various reasons. That is about to change. One has it from very reliable sources that Karan Johar has offered Aishwarya a role in a Dharma Production. And the actress who is on a comeback trail has agreed. Elaborating on the project a close friend of both the Bachchan and Johar family says, "Aishwarya has never worked with Dharma Productions. She was supposed to do Dostana. But then she felt audiences won't accept her walking with another man (Bobby Deol) when Abhishek was courting her in the film." The source reveals that Karan has offered her a role in the film that he plans to make with Aamir Khan in the lead. "Aamir and Aishwarya have never been together »

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Wong Kar Wai to be feted at Iffi Goa, Makhmalbaf’s The President opening film

11 November 2014 8:40 PM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Wong Kar Wai’s Grandmaster will close Iffi 2014

Celebrated Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the 45th International Film Festival of India (Iffi), to be held in Goa from November 20-30.

The festival will open with Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s  The President. Superstar Amitabh Bachchan will be the Chief Guest of the opening ceremony of the festival to be held on November 20 which will be attended by Chinese film actress Zhang Ziyi and Swedish filmmaker Jan Troell. Polish film maker Krzysztof Zanussi will be the Guest of Honour of the ceremony.

Wong Kar Wai’s Grandmaster will close the festival on November 30.

Superstar Rajnikanth will be honoured with the Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year.

Iffi will hold Retrospectives of filmmakers Gulzar and Jahnu Barua and pay homage to Richard Attenborough, Robin Williams, Zohra Sehgal, Suchitra Sen and Farooq Sheikh. »

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Children’s Film Society of India Launches the First Edition of National Children’s Film Festival

9 November 2014 7:00 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

In a bid to expand the market for Children’s film and encourage talent in the country, Children’s Film Society India (Cfsi) has announced the launch of a three day National Children’s Film Festival for the first time ever. The move comes close on the heels of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji’s cleanliness drive announcement and in keeping with his vision; Cfsi has announced the central theme of the festival as ‘Swachhta’.

Entitled as National Children’s Film Festival (Ncff), the event will focus on Children’s films which are either made or shot in India or the makers are Indian. The festival is a three day event, which will kick-start at the capital New Delhi in Siri fort Auditorium from 14th November, Children’s Day and conclude on 16th November 2014.Ncff will be organized by Csfi every alternate year.

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Writing on the wall: Ali Zafar to paint graffiti to promote Kill Dil

9 November 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

After the spellbound result of his live sketch of veteran Amitabh Bachchan on Kaun Banega Crorepati, it is no surprise that the multi-talented Ali Zafar can also paint.

Leading his co-stars Parineeti Chopra and Ranveer Singh, Ali is excited about the prospect of painting a neighborhood wall in Mumbai with spray cans to promote their upcoming film Kill Dil.

While Ali is excited about the prospect of painting with spray cans, he is still unsure about what he will draw. “He has been asking people for suggestions and discussing the colours he wants to use,” a source close to the actor said.

Still unsure about what he will be drawing, the Pakistani actor said: “I have done murals on walls and ceilings before, but I have never done graffiti. I am looking forward to it.”

Directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Aditya Chopra, Kill Dil is an entertaining thriller »

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Spotted: Joyful Big B in the city of joy!

3 November 2014 11:00 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

It was a journey to the past for megastar Amitabh Bachchan  as he shot for Shoojit Siracar’s Piku while cycling through the streets of Kolkata on Sunday afternoon. 

Thrilled and excited beyond limit, Bachchan Senior paddled around the sets even after the shot was canned in front of thousands of fans who thronged the streets of Kolkata to catch a glimpse of their ‘jamai babu’.

A member of the crew confirmed the news, “Yesterday, they shot near the Nonapukur tram depot. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has assured the unit complete cooperation and over 100 cops were deployed to ensure that there were no security issues despite the large crowds.”

Kolkata has huge emotional connect for Amitabh, as he got landed his very first job in this city, and also because the city gave him, a life partner in actor Jaya Bachchan.

Bachchan is shooting in city after a long gap of 8 years. »

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Ali Zafar sketches Amitabh Bachchan live!

3 November 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Pakistani singer-turned-actor Ali Zafar, who will next be seen in Yash Raj’s Kill Dil, couldn’t contain his excitement when the team of the film went to the sets of Kaun Banega Crorepati to promote the film.

Ali, who has been a huge fan of host Amitabh Bachchan , was extremely excited to meet him and interact with the veteran whom he deeply admires.

The London, Paris, New York star got the opportunity to sketch the superstar live  fulfilling a long standing dream.

“I am a huge fan of Bachchan, I have grown up watching his films and songs. I used to draw as a child, and I had taken a sketch of Amitabh that I had done when I was a 13-year-old kid. When I gifted it to him he adored it and asked me to draw him ‘live’, as the episode was going on. It was a dream come true, »

- Sunny Malik

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