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‘English, Vinglish’: The UKAsian Review

I have long been partial to Sridevi.  No other actress could have pulled off that fearsome routine in ‘Main Teri Dushman’; the venom in her pallid eyes, and of course, her innumerable curves, each with its own post-code and weather pattern, bringing the usually unflappable Amrish Puri to the edge …

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Women: Natural Born Entrepreneurs

The key themes of an evening that brought together some of Britain’s high-achieving women entrepreneurs revolved around “engage, encourage, empower and enable”. Guest speakers Rupinder Virdee, Director of Revolution Creative Agency; Sally Overhead, founder of Mojomums; Kiran Sharma, managing director of Kikit Limited; and Anjali Pathak, ambassador of the famous …

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‘Jab Tak Hain Jaan’ to be Yash Chopra’s last as director

Veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra has announced his upcoming movie ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ will be his last directorial venture. The 80-year-old filmmaker behind such hits as ‘Silsila’, ‘Deewar’, and ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’ said he intends to spend more time with his wife and helping up-coming directors.   Chopra made …

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Life of Pi opens New York Film Festival

Once considered impossible to make, the big-screen 3D adaptation of the bestselling novel “Life of Pi” opened the 50th New York Film Festival on Friday, marking another advance in digital filmmaking. The movie’s director, Ang Lee, hit the red carpet at the big-budget movie’s world premiere, with the black-tie audience …

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Remembering Shahid…

Shahid – the eponymous film about Shahid Azmi, the defence lawyer for one of three men accused of involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks – had its world premiere at the recent Toronto Film Festival. Mr Azmi represented Indian national Fahim Ansari who was subsequently acquitted of charges of involvement. …

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Kunal Kapoor: Serving up a Treat!

Despite doing just nine films in 7 years – snail’s pace in Bollywood – and a languid manner, Kunal Kapoor is one of the busiest men in Bollywood. He is a voracious writer, taking inspiration from everything around him and creating screenplays.  He’s a columnist; models for such brands as …

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PM fails ‘Citizenship Test’ on Letterman

Prime Minister David Cameron appeared on a US talk show last night and failed to answer questions that appear on the government’s ‘Citizenship’ test for immigrants. Mr Cameron was attempting to garner some much needed good publicity amid ministerial rantings and economic gloom by trying to emulate Barack Obama’s successful …

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Manish Arora finally brings India to Paris

India – home to some of the most vibrant cultures in the world – is a limitless creative touchstone for designers. So it’s surprising that Mumbai-born Manish Arora — perhaps the subcontinent’s most famous designer — has not delved into its rich fashion encyclopedia before. That is until now. Arora …

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‘System Failures’ gave Asian sex abuse gang ‘free reign’

Social workers, police and the Crown Prosecution Service “missed opportunities” to stop a gang of South Asian men exploiting and abusing young white girls in Rochdale, Manchester, a report into the scandal has revealed MP for Rochdale, Simon Danczuk, said the failure of authorities to protect the children, meant the …

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