One of the biggest boxing promoters in the US has rubbished reports in the Daily Mail that boxer Amir Khan has lined up Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao for his next bout. Bob Arum, the man behind Top Rank boxing, denied the “exclusive” published on Tuesday calling it “Total Bulls***!” Arum …Read More »
An exclusive excerpt from The First Life of Vikram Roy, the latest in ‘The Ruby Iyer Series’ by Mumbai-born, London-based author Laxmi Hariharan. I hear the staccato of shots being fired, followed by yells and howls of pain. Then, the sound of something being smashed and everything goes quiet. The …Read More »
Ensemble films are dime a dozen in Bollywood but good ones are a bit rarer.
This summer sees the release of a film featuring one of the finest collections of Bollywood talent in recent memory.
‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ is packed to the poop deck – literally – with exciting talent from across several Bollywood eras: from Anil Kapoor, rocking a salt and pepper look, to Farhan Akhtar, Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Rahul Bose and Zarina Wahab.
The behind the scenes talent is as impressive as those in front: the film is directed by the quietly talented Zoya Akhtar who has written the film alongside brother Farhan and the brilliant Reema Kagti, the woman responsible for the unforgettable ‘Talaash’.
The Akhtars - along with Kagti, Zoya's rumoured lover - are known for their films 'celebrating' the dysfunctionality inherent in all manner of relationships: from 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' to 'Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd'.
‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ appears created from the same mould and follows the travails of a dysfunctional Punjab family – the Mehras.
At the helm of the family is Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor, rocking a fantastic salt-and-pepper look) and his wife Neelam (Shah). The couple are the toast of Delhi society – rich, well-connected, blessed with all the trappings of society’s most fortuitous, not to mention a 30-year marriage.
To celebrate, the couple decide to take a cruise through Europe with close family and friends. As happens with most things picture-perfect, their lives begin to unravel as financial travails, fading romances, new love and a myriad other conflicts rise to the boil – all inside the suffocating confines of a cruise ship.
Here’s a look at the trailer:Read More »
The rape of the journalist in Bombay in 2013 (following the rape of the girl on the moving bus in Delhi in 2012) affected me for I too had been a young journalist in Bombay not very long ago. I wished for a female robo-cop, a vigilante figure who would …Read More »
From the multitude of pretenders to those weighed down or moved by all manner of social and cultural conventions, the British Asian community is resplendent in a variety of personalities and attitudes.
Whilst numerous TV shows, films and comedy skits have shed light on individual stereotypes and eccentricities, scarce few have celebrated the sheer vibrancy that underpins the community.
'Three Shades of Brown' may well be the answer.
The new web comedy series is the brainchild of writer, producer, director and DJ Shai Hussain, the man behind a string of acclaimed radio plays including BBC Radio 4's 'Til Jihad Do Us Part', making his first foray into the brave new world of internet TV.
The story follows best friends Harry and Ravi who move to London - the former through necessity the latter due to his rather unfortunate romantic circumstances - where they settle in a flat owned by Nas.
The three men come with their own unique personality traits - one's a "Rude Boy", one a "Freshie" and the third a "Coconut" - and plenty of baggage.
Cue plenty of outrageously funny personality clashes between a South Asian man trying to be a Jamaican, a new migrant trying to fit in and the brown man who thinks he's a white man.
The series stars an impressive line-up of up and coming British Asian talent, including the freakishly tall Muzz Khan, who helped develop the unforgettable 'Four Lions', 'Cloud 9' star Omar Khan and Navinder Bhatti playing the three central characters.
The supporting cast includes comedian Tez Ilyas and Poonam Joshi, the Managing Editor of this website.
Have a look at the trailer here:Read More »
Bollywood siren Priyanka Chopra has been on a promotional blitz in the West touting her burgeoning music career and brand ambassadorship of GUESS. Now, the PC bandwagon is set to arrive in London. The former Miss World and ‘Barfi!’ will make an appearance at the GUESS store on London’s Regent …Read More »
The UKAsian has been given an exclusive first look at a new British-Indian film with a different take on the “New India” story. ‘Samuel Street’, set in the historic enclave of South Mumbai of the same name, explores the challenges faced by the fast-paced city’s conservative Middle Class masses. The …Read More »
In all probability, Bollywood fans in the UK won’t get to see ‘Bombay Talkies’ at the local cinema if sources within the distribution business are to be believed. The film may be an anthology marking 100 years of Bollywood cinema, directed by four of the finest filmmakers in India …Read More »
The UKAsian has been given an exclusive preview of the Raghu Dixit Project’s second album and we can report that the long wait for the Project’s sophomore effort has been utterly worthwhile. This writer was given a tantalizing taste of the album’s first four songs at a rather hastily-put-together editing …Read More »
Maestro A. R. Rahman returns with another epic album of romance:Hailing from the new age genre of Hindi cinema that presents a fresh and youth-targeted perspective, ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ retells the classic, intense love story with fresh impetus for a new generation of cinemagoers. The film – releasing through 20th …Read More »