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Sylvester Stallone & Denise Richards win Indian Razzies defeating Bollywood megastars

Hollywood stars Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) and Denise Richards (The World is not enough) have won Hollywood Razzies equivalent “Golden Kela Awards”, given annually for the worst performance in Bollywood.

They won what is called “BAAWRA ho gaya hai ke Award” (Have you gone CRAZY Award) for performances in romantic comedy “Kambakkht Ishq” (Unfortunate Love), defeating Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Nikhil Advani, and Nagesh Kukunoor, who were also nominated in this category. “Kambakkht Ishq” won two other awards also, including worst film.

India to be celebrated at Fifth Women’s International Film Festival, Miami, USA

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Fifth Women’s International Film & Arts Festival (WIFF) at Miami (USA) from March 26 to April three will celebrate India with exhibition of India-focused films on March 29, according to reports.

It will include “The Shadow Effect” (documentary feature, Scott Cervine), “Can She Be Saved” (documentary short, Yasmin Shiraz), “Goddess Menstrual Show”, “Astronaut Pam: Countdown to Commander”, “Sindoor” (narrative short, Mangla Bansal), and “Land Gold Women” (narrative feature, Avantika Hari)         

WIFF is a unique annual cultural event featuring films, visual and performance arts and other artistic expressions by women to celebrate women and to help them realize their dreams, visions, and voices. The events reportedly bring together women from all over the world.

Bangla Natok : Pagla Ghora Bengali Play Directed by Amol Palekar and five other productions in Theater Festival in USA

Amol Palekar - Image (C) Rediff IndiaMar 13, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The New Jersey based theater group Epic Actors' Workshop will perform the Bangla Natok (Bengali play) Pagla Ghora (The Crazy Horse) directed by acclaimed Indian cinema and theater icon Amol Palekar on April 4, 2010 at 7:30 PM at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Auditorium, Rockville Civic Center, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, Maryland.

The Pagla Ghoda performance is one of six stage plays that will be performed in a two-day Theater Festival organized by Natya Bharati (  as a part of their Grand 25th Anniversary Celebration event, marking 25 years of excellence in Theater. The theme of the event is "bringing the community together through theater".

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Acclaimed Danseuse Anurekha Ghosh promoting Indian Classical Kathak Dance and Choreography Across The World

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Anurekha Ghosh is an accomplished Indian Classical Kathak Dancer, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Anurekha Ghosh & Company, UK.

Born to a new generation of dancers and choreographers, BBC award winning Anurekha Ghosh is an inevitable name in the world of Indian (Kathak) dance. She has shown her excellence in Choreography.  Anurekha is based in United Kingdom.  Her technique and style is a combination of “tradition and modernity”. 

In October 2009 Anurekha was invited by Her Majesty The Queen at the Buckingham Palace, London and The British Prime Minister – Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street, to celebrate the extraordinary talent and contribution of British Asian Artists in the world.

The danseuse and her troop will present Kolkata with their Premiere Performance on 17th March 2010 at 6:30 PM at Purbashree Auditorium, Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201, Salt Lake City (Near AMRI Hospital / No 13 Water Tank), Kolkata – 700106.

Watch Anurekha in performance via a free video from You Tube.

Forbes lists Savitri Jindal as richest woman of India at $12.2 billion

Savitri Jindal is the richest woman of India, according to Forbes special report titled “The World's Billionaires” published on March 10.

With her net worth of $12.2 billion, Jindal, 60, ranks 44 from the top on the list.

Widow with nine children, Forbes lists her source of income as steel. Nonexecutive chair of O.P. Jindal Group, she took over as head after her husband’s death. She is also a Congress MLA from Hisar constituency in Haryana. She lives in Delhi and Hisar.

Acclaimed Indian Film-Maker Shyam Benegal spotlight in Belfast Film Festival

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Cannes nominated India’s film director-screenwriter-producer Shyam Benegal will be in the “spotlight” at prestigious Belfast Film Festival, being held from April 15-30.

Besides screening of Benegal’s films “Zubeidaa” and “The Making of the Mahatma”, he will deliver a public lecture on April 22 and participate in the discussion on his films after screening.

Congratulating Benegal, Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged India Government and large private conglomerates of India to promote independent cinema. India was full of creative and excellent filmmakers and they only needed an integrated effort in funding, encouragement, marketing/promotion, exposure in global avenues, and organization of world-level film festivals in India, Rajan Zed, who is chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, added.

James Cameron in India to discuss “Future of Cinema”

Filmmaker James Cameron (Avatar) will be in India on March 13 for the first time.

He will be discussing “The Future of Cinema” with Bollyood’s megastar Aamir Khan (Lagaan) in a conclave in a five star hotel in capital New Delhi, watched by few hundred over a dinner. Lasting about 90 minutes and ending around 09-30 pm, it will include questions from the attendees also. Aroon Purie, Editor-in-Chief of India’s leading newsmagazine “India Today”, will chair the session.

Describing Oscar winner Cameron’s movies, Conclave says: “…movies speak the language of immense courage and deep spirituality. His female heroes are fearless and all powerful, his men learn the power of conviction.” It talks about Cameron’s “dropping out of college to drive a truck for the local school district…selling the script of The Terminator to Hemdale Films for one dollar on the condition that he could direct it”.

Bangla Movie Simultaneous Release in North America (USA, Canada) with DWANDO (Conflict) and EKTI TARAR KHONJE (Beyond The Stars)

Mar 9, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bengali film lovers in USA and Canada no more have to wait six months to see that new Bengali movie! Nor will they have to suffer bad quality pirated DVDs from their local Indian grocery store.

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