NEWS DIGEST 12.07.2020: This weekend’s world coronavirus stories

  Today’s bulletin comes courtesy of our Twitter-oriented ‘HEM Newsbreakers’ list. Indian Bollywood actor Amit Sadh, star of web series Breathe Into The Shadows, has gone in for coronavirus testing after his co-star Abhishek Bachchan came out positive, the Hindustan … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 12.07.2020: This weekend’s world coronavirus stories

SRIDEVI: Bollywood film icon passes on

Dubai – VIJAY SHAH via Filmfare, sources The Indian film star Sridevi Kapoor, popularly known as simply Sridevi, has died at the age of 54 after suffering a cardiac arrest while attending a nephew’s wedding in Dubai, UAE.  The actor, known for her screen siren roles in the Mumbai-based film industry during the 1980s and 1990s, was once one of the Indian film industry’s most highly paid. Famed for her good looks and superb acting, her death yesterday was greeted with shock by India’s film fraternity and her worldwide army of fans.   According to the Indian Express, many current … Continue reading SRIDEVI: Bollywood film icon passes on

SULLEE J: Ride or Die

  Baltimore rapper and lyrical maestro Sullee J has released a new single this past Valentine’s Day to celebrate the coming together of hearts and musical styles. His latest track “Ride or Die”, released as two special remixes by Zack Knight and VxBE4TZZVx, blends the strong beats of hip-hop with the grace and melody of India’s Tinseltown, Bollywood with a slight Arabic infusion, to create a track that speaks on the bounties of love. Sullee J once again exudes his powerful lyricism in Ride or Die, but here is a marked difference. He raps now in three languages – English, Hindi-Urdu and Punjabi  – … Continue reading SULLEE J: Ride or Die

DEAL GURU’S DANCING SAGE: Indian retail advert accused of defamation towards Hindus

Indian online retailer AskMeBazaar.com has been condemned for religious insensitivity by Hindu groups after it recently broadcast a video advertisement on YouTube that depicts a Hindu sage (clergyman) dancing with a scantily-clad woman. The thirty-second advert depicts an actor dressed as the sage, wearing sacred rudraksha beads and saffron coloured garments associated with religious figureheads of India’s largest faith, levitating over a CGI building buried mostly in the ground while Bollywood actress and ‘item girl‘ Kangana Ranaut is perched on the edge of the building dressed in modern Western clothes, including a short red skirt. As the clip begins, the sage seated in a traditional meditational posture floats towards Ms. Ranaut and asks her why she is so busy. As she … Continue reading DEAL GURU’S DANCING SAGE: Indian retail advert accused of defamation towards Hindus

VIDEO MOMENT : Dancing Indian horse

A quick video of a horse rhythmically trotting to the beat of a dhol drum. This was shared on Whatsapp by my sister Alia and is also my first post via the WordPress app on my mobile. Enjoy!!!!! SOURCE: “Horse Dancing On Drum Beat!!” – Christine Trowbridge, YouTube GB (11 December 2013) LINK Related articles Indian Wedding Food & Dance Trends Baraat in Indian weddings Jayamangala Dance Company Continue reading VIDEO MOMENT : Dancing Indian horse

BOTOWN: Where Bollywood found its funky soul

By Vijay Shah Indian music has many great qualities. Whether it is bhangra from the Punjab or Carnatic music from India’s deep south, the song talent of the world’s ‘largest democracy’ has been very democratic in its popularity. The Bollywood film industry, as well as its regional variations, has built up an international fan-base numbering the tens of millions thanks to its steady stream of ‘filmi’ songs and sultry dance numbers. Indeed, no Bollywood director could ever imagine releasing a movie without a few feel-good tracks thrown in to maximise audience enjoyment. Not including a ditty or two would be unthinkable and would … Continue reading BOTOWN: Where Bollywood found its funky soul

ACCRA’S CRAZY CINEMAS: The story of Ghana’s handmade movie poster industry

Blockbuster films from Hollywood heavily dominate the international moving picture industry, or so it seems. Although India’s film industry churns out 800 to 1,000 movies a year, according to the Guinness Book of World Records – the United States produces around 700-800 annually. The Americans however know how to make their money do the talking for their films. Although Hollywood has been hit by the global recession much like everywhere else, a decade ago, the average cost of releasing a Hollywood film amounted to US$ 102.8 million – according to a former president of the country’s Motion Picture Association. That … Continue reading ACCRA’S CRAZY CINEMAS: The story of Ghana’s handmade movie poster industry