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October 9, 2008 | By REGINA MEDINA, medinar@phillynews.com 215-854-5985
If you're walking in Center City this weekend, near 16th and Market streets, don't mind the FBI helicopters overhead or the sounds of gunfire. "Don't be concerned, it's just a movie," said Sharon Pinkenson, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. And it's not just any Hollywood movie. The feature is a Bollywood production - straight from Mumbai, India. It marks the first time a major Bollywood film production has shot on the streets of Philly. Thus, the men shooting blanks are not "SWAT agents" and the helicopters will be made over to appear as FBI aircraft.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2005 | By Jennifer Dorazio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Surely Jane Austen never envisioned lavish Bollywood dance numbers and scantily clad R&B kitten Ashanti in any interpretation of Pride and Prejudice, her 19th-century novel of manners. But no one can accuse director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) of not having a heck of a good time channeling modern-day India in her bubbly re-do, Bride and Prejudice, now out on DVD. Witness the burst-into-song musical sequences, the cross-cultural cast, and the family-friendly wholesomeness.
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April 20, 2012 | Howard Gensler
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.
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April 25, 2004 | By Aseem Chhabra FOR THE INQUIRER
Toward the middle of the first act of Bombay Dreams, Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest brainstorm on Broadway, a host of dancers in dazzling, acid-sherbet Indian costumes burst into a full-fledged production number. As they are singing "Shakalaka Baby," a catchy dance song from a hit 1999 Indian film, giant fountains start to gush gallons of water, flooding the stage and wetting the actors into see-through slickness. The sequence is Lloyd Webber's version of a Bollywood musical number - in this case, the provocative "wet sari" standard.
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April 4, 2008 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Asha Bhosle is to Indian music what Ennio Morricone is to the Italians - a titan of that country's cinematic film soundtrack landscape as well as its pop charts, whose music transcends all literal and figurative borders. Whether it's movies familiar to fans of Bollywood, duets with the likes of Kronos Quartet, Michael Stipe and Boy George, or her sinewy sound as sampled by Black Eyes Peas and Sarah Brightman, there's more Bhosle going around than you can imagine. A lot more.
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January 7, 2010
A few things that Mumbai, India, ingrains in you: a taste for Bollywood, a tolerance of traffic, and a love of chaat , the street food of old Bombay. So I lit up when I saw Desi Chaat, a tiny, West Philly take-out storefront. The samosa had spent a little too long under the heat lamp. But the papri chaat (distinguished by boiled potatoes and chickpeas) made me smile. Your typical chaat employs a mixture of savories, in this case tossed with mango and pomegranate seeds and dotted with yogurt and mint, tamarind-date and plum sauces that you stir into crispy bits made here from (slightly oily)
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July 6, 1998 | By Gaiutra Bahadur, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It's the climax of Major Saab, a feature produced by and starring Amitabh Bachchan, an icon of the Indian film industry, the leading man in the 1970s and 1980s. In a comeback role as a major at a military academy, Bachchan has just taken a cadre of cadets past the ed goons guarding the mansion of an underworld king. Their mission is not political, but romantic. Rifles cocked, the cadets watch as the gangster's son circles a fire, seven times, with a woman hidden under the folds of a pink sari.
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May 21, 2010 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Thought exercise: Imagine Romeo and Juliet. Next, Bonnie & Clyde. Next, Thelma & Louise. OK. Now, reimagine all these doomed romantics on the same plate, add a dollop of Showgirls, a side of Dirty Dancing, a Scarface chaser and many, many, many Dukes of Hazzard car chases, and you have Kites, a Bollywood musical/gangster/melodrama romance in Hindi, Spanish and English. Preposterous? Oh, yeah. Preposterously entertaining? You bet. The principal attractions of this film are its gorgeous stars, Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan and Japanese-Uruguayan-Mexican bombshell B?rbara Mori, who have matching jade-green eyes and pearly smiles.
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April 26, 2002 | By DAVID BLEILER & DAVID GORGOS For the Daily News
As the old saying goes, "War is hell. " And modern war movies such as "Saving Private Ryan" and "Black Hawk Down," two outstanding films of the genre, go a long way to illustrate this. However, war can also be mundane when in the hands of inferior storytellers, as two films new to video this week ably - or not so ably - demonstrate. "Behind Enemy Lines" (VHS: priced for rental; DVD: $27.99) is so commonplace in so many ways that it is extraordinarily ordinary. Owen Wilson, who's about as believable playing a hotshot Navy pilot as Steven Seagal would be portraying a linguist, crash lands in Bosnia and has what must be the entire Serbian army after him. Gene Hackman is the commander back on ship who disobeys orders and tries to rescue him. Not even an actor of Hackman's range can make credible the silly plot developments, poor characterizations and formulaic action scenes.
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February 4, 2010 | By JULIE SHAW, shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592
Imagine yourself standing amid Brazil's Amazon jungle as colorful parrots known as sun conures squawk and fly above your head. Then, just a few steps away, you're part of an Indian wedding, surrounded by strings of marigold,golden columns of jasmine and a life-size floral elephant. Not far away, you can hear drummers calling you to the thatched huts of the Zulu people of South Africa, or you can visit Singapore, where elegant, fragile orchids pop about around you. You're actually in Center City, at the 2010 newly named Philadelphia International Flower Show, which this year is themed "Passport to the World.
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May 2, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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July 12, 2013 | By Kevin L. Carter, For The Inquirer
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.
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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2012 | Howard Gensler
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.
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December 6, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 5, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
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October 16, 2011
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August 15, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2010 | By Howard Gensler
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...
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