May 2, 2014 |
What matters most in a movie, Ramesh Kajaria says, is the story. This one might have possibilities: A boy grows up in "Bollywood," immigrates to America, and, after a successful engineering career, finds happiness curating a foreign film series in South Jersey. "There were five studios in Andheri, my town in suburban Bombay, and my friend and I used to sneak inside and watch movies being made," Kajaria (kuh-jar-ia), 67, recalls. "Bollywood was a big part of life," he says. "Movies were quite inexpensive in those days - about one rupee," 20 cents.
July 12, 2013 |
Chaka Khan has won 11 Grammys and has, for the last 40 years, been a presence on the American music scene. At 60, she prides herself on being able to sing pop, dance, R&B, funk, soul, jazz, gospel, classical, and country. But what about Bollywood? A few years ago, the promoters of an Indian-themed show in Central Jersey listed on a handbill the array of performers scheduled to appear at a live event at a theater in Middlesex County. Among other Bollywood movie singers was one Chaka Khan.
July 20, 2012
Rajesh Khanna, the first superstar of the Indian film industry, whose romantic turns in Bollywood movies during the late 1960s and early 1970s drew love letters written in blood from swooning fans, has died. He was 69. The actor, who looked frail and gaunt in recent TV and public appearances, died Wednesday of cancer, his family said. Khanna started his career, spanning about four decades and 150 films, with Aakhri Khat, or Last Letter, in 1966 after winning a nationwide talent contest the previous year.
July 15, 2012
Bollywood action hero Dara Singh, 84, died at his Mumbai home Thursday, days after suffering a heart attack. Indian film stars and politicians alike issued messages of praise and condolences. Mr. Singh was born in 1928 in the Punjabi district of Amritsar and spent his youth competing in professional freestyle-wrestling tournaments. In the 1950s, he began working in Bollywood films and appeared in dozens for which he did his own stunts. He was a member of India's upper house of Parliament for the Hindu nationalist opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, from 2003 to 2009.
April 20, 2012 |
It's another edition of Global Tattle and we begin in India, where — don't let the kids read this one — Bollywood beauty Meenakshi Thapar was kidnapped, strangled and beheaded while shooting her latest film, "Heroine. " According to the London Telegraph, Thapar's killers were two actors she met on set. She had allegedly been bragging about her family's wealth when Amit Jaiswal and his lover Preeti Surin decided to invite her on a trip to see the Buddhist temples of Gorakhpur.
December 6, 2011 |
Sometime reality star and Philly native Kate Gosselin , 36, achieved a real feat in Las Vegas this weekend. No, she didn't set a gambling record: The mother of eight ran her first marathon, completing the Zappos.com Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon in 4 hours, 59 minutes, and 21 seconds, People reports. "I'm not one to do anything lightly," Kate told the mag before the race. "I either do it or I kill it. I guess this is considered killing it. " Kate told People she took on the challenge to inspire her kids.
December 5, 2011 |
NEW DELHI - Bollywood star Dev Anand, a charismatic Indian film fixture for more than a half-century, has died of a heart attack in London, his family said yesterday. He was 88. Famed for his roles in dozens of movies, including "Jewel Thief" and "Guide," the veteran actor, director and producer was working up to the last minute, with a new script in the works. Anand lived and died on "his own terms," his nephew and renowned film director Shekhar Kapur said in a posting on Twitter.
October 16, 2011
Indicates wheelchair-accessible. Events are free unless otherwise indicated. Symposiums & seminars Lights! Camera! Philadelphia! An evening with Sharon Pinkenson, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. The Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St; 215-545-4400. Cost $22 talk and light dinner, $10, talk only. Dinner 6:30 p.m. Talk 7 p.m. Wed Lectures & literature Encounters With Remarkable Trees , with "New York City Trees" author Ned Barnard.
August 15, 2011 |
MUMBAI, INDIA - Versatile Indian actor Shammi Kapoor has died after a long career in Bollywood. He was 79. Kapoor was admitted to Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital two days ago in critical condition. He was on dialysis and died yesterday of kidney failure. Kapoor was hailed for his lighthearted roles in movies. He belonged to Bollywood's well-known Kapoor family. His brothers Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor also were successful actors, and his father, Prithviraj Kapoor, was a well-known theater personality of the 1950s.
September 1, 2010 |
NOW THAT the contestants have been officially chosen, Tattle will once again save you the trouble of watching "Dancing with the Stars. " Instead of placing odds as we have so unsuccessfully done in the past, this fall season we're going to divide the dancers up. Among the first group out will be comedienne Margaret Cho , former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner , Disney Channel synergy entrant Kyle Massey and Bristol Palin , whom...