Abu Dhabi hosts a pandemic-delayed Bollywood awards ceremony
Indian celebrities and Bollywood stars walked a green carpet at the start of the International Indian Film Academy awards in Abu Dhabi. The Friday night ceremony had been twice canceled in the last two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Magic is going to happen because the moment I entered Abu Dhabi," Indian singer Tanishk Bagchi said on the green carpet.news.yahoo.com
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan's son cleared of drug charges
Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan’s son was cleared on Friday in a drug case involving a party on a luxury cruise ship, with no evidence showing he possessed banned drugs or was involved in trafficking, India's narcotics agency said. Aryan Khan, 24, an aspiring actor and director, was arrested in October during a raid on the cruise ship off Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital. India’s Narcotics Control Bureau said in a statement Friday that evidence from an eight-month investigation didn't implicate Khan.news.yahoo.com
Bollywood superstar’s son walks out from jail in drugs case
Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan’s son walked out of jail on Saturday and was greeted with dancing and firecrackers, over three weeks after his arrest during a drug raid on a cruise ship party in Mumbai, the country's financial and entertainment capital. The Bombay High Court granted bail to 23-year-old Aryan Khan on Thursday but he spent two more nights in the city’s Arthur Road jail because his papers did not reach the prison authorities by the deadline of 5:30 p.m. Friday. Hundreds of fans of Shah Rukh Khan, who found himself at the center of a boycott campaign on social media due to the high profile drug case, lined up to greet Khan as he arrived at his home in Mumbai.news.yahoo.com
Indian court denies bail to Bollywood superstar's son
An Indian magistrate has rejected the release on bail of Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan’s son, who was arrested this week in a drug raid on a luxury cruise ship, as the state narcotics agency expressed fear that he could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses.
Bollywood superstar’s son denied bail in drugs case
An Indian court on Monday denied bail to Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan’s son, ordering him to remain in the custody of the narcotics agency, a day after officials arrested him in connection with a drug raid. The Bombay High Court said Aryan Khan must remain in the Narcotics Control Bureau's custody until Thursday. Khan and seven others were detained when agents on Saturday raided a rave party and seized drugs from a luxury cruise ship off the Mumbai coast.news.yahoo.com
Explore Indian culture with Bollywood dancing in Houston
HOUSTON – Houston Life hosts, Derrick Shore and Courtney Zavala learn the basics of Bollywood dancing with a virtual lesson. The studio offers Bollywood dance and fitness classes, competition dance teams and performance groups for weddings and other special events. Because of Covid-19, they now offer dance and fitness classes online to help people stay active in their homes during Quarantine. They have a special offer for Houston Life viewers. New virtual clients can mention “Houston Life” to get one week of free virtual fitness classes or 50% off the first month of virtual dance classes.
Smaller dance sequences, humbler locations: How Bollywood is adapting to COVID-19
But with the COVID-19 pandemic making international travel nearly impossible, he had to quickly choose somewhere else. But with the pandemic still raging, Bollywood casts and crews are still figuring out how to work — and how to pull off the sumptuous locations and dance sequences it’s known for — without getting many people sick. Others take far fewer precautions, which has been blamed for a series of COVID-19 outbreaks on sets. “In the Bollywood hierarchy only stars and directors have the clout to stop shooting or start up again. “They were the ones out there during the pandemic, who didn’t have the luxury of staying home.”Sanghera is a special correspondent.latimes.com
India cinemas reopen to small audiences after months in dark
People watch an Indian Bollywood movie as cinemas reopen with a special screening for COVID- 19 warriors and their families at the PVR movie theater in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. To minimize the danger, Indian cinemas have separated seats, staggered show times and are encouraging digital payments. With few new films coming out of Bollywood, theaters on Thursday mostly re-released earlier hits, though one new film, “Khaali Peeli,” a typical Bollywood potboiler, came out. India is also relying heavily on antigen tests, which are faster but less accurate than traditional RT-PCR tests. Health officials have also warned about the potential for the virus to spread during the religious festival season beginning later this month.
Bollywood's powerful file suit against Indian news channels
Monday's lawsuit saw some of Bollywood’s biggest names, including superstar actors Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, come together against news channels Republic TV and Times Now. The result was a surge in ratings for some TV channels. The allegations were denied by Republic TV but led to some Indian advertisers taking never-before-seen measures. Abhinandan Sekhri, the co-founder of media critiquing website Newslaundry, said most of India's TV channels had morphed into “reality shows." “It's about time advertisers took a stand and withdrew their brands from TV channels that thrive on false information and toxic content.”
Bollywood actress at the center of media frenzy granted bail
NEW DELHI – A Bollywood actress who was arrested by India's narcotics agency, setting off a media frenzy that has gripped the nation, walked out of jail on Wednesday after being granted bail. India’s freewheeling TV news channels speculated that Chakraborty drove him to take his life and was part of a drug-dealing mafia in Bollywood, India's Mumbai-based film industry. The court in Mumbai on Wednesday said the actress was not part of any drug syndicate and had no criminal record. It said Chakraborty could not have financed or supported illegal drug trafficking as alleged by the narcotics agency. Many Indian television news channels then declared Chakraborty guilty of Rajput’s death and claimed she had overdosed him on drugs.
3 Bollywood stars questioned in drug investigation
NEW DELHI – Three Bollywood actors, including top star Deepika Padukone, were questioned by India’s narcotics agency on Saturday as part of an investigation into the movie industry’s alleged links with drug peddlers and cartels, officials said. Padukone was the first to arrive at the Narcotics Control Board's office in Mumbai. She had received a summons earlier in the week while shooting a movie in the western beach resort of Goa. The narcotics agency said in a statement that it started the Bollywood drug probe after the death of young actor Sushant Singh Rajput, whose body was found at his Mumbai residence in June. His response came after an old video from a star-studded party at his residence surfaced on social media.
Saroj Khan, Bollywood Choreographer, Dead at 71: Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan and More Stars Pay Tribute
The Bollywood community is paying tribute to legendary choreographer Saroj Khan, who died of cardiac arrest at age 71 on Friday, according to multiple reports. Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who worked with Khan on the 2012 remake of Agneepath, paid tribute to "Saroj ji" on social media on Friday. Taskmaster, perfectionist, innovator, trendsetter, genius... Saroj ji was many things to many people," she shared on Twitter. Taskmaster, perfectionist, innovator, trendsetter, genius... Saroj ji was many things to many people. Woke up to the sad news that legendary choreographer #SarojKhan ji is no more.
Popular Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, 34, found dead
FILE- In this May 30, 2017 file photo, Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput speaks during a press conference to promote his movie "Raabta" in Ahmadabad, India. Rajput was found dead at his Mumbai residence on Sunday, Press Trust of India and other media outlets reported. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki, File)NEW DELHI Popular Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his Mumbai residence on Sunday, Press Trust of India news agency and other media outlets reported. Rajput, who started as a TV actor, made his Bollywood debut in 2013 with director Abhishek Kapoor in Kai Po Che," based on the book by Chetan Bhagat. Sushant Singh Rajput...a bright young actor gone too soon, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
Community remembers popular Houston radio DJ killed in crash
HOUSTON – Houstonians are mourning the loss of a popular Bollywood radio DJ that was killed in a crash Monday. Arif Memon, 58, a well-known DJ for 106.1 HUMFM, was described as being passionate, caring and positive. “Phone calls have poured in from all over Houston and abroad at the station. All the callers are letting us know that they are mourning his death,” Rehan Siddiqi, the owner of 106.1 HUMFM told KPRC 2. Ramadan is this weekend, it’s a shame he lost his life before the holiday that celebrates life.”Police said the crash occurred at 11100 Southwest Freeway (South U.S. Highway 59) at about 12:30 p.m.