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CNN lists Gurudutt-Amitabh-Pran-Nargis-Meena among “Asia’s 25 greatest actors of all time”

ZANJEERGuru Dutt, Amitabh Bachchan, Pran, Nargis, and Meena Kumari are among “Asia’s 25 greatest actors of all time”, according to CNNGo, a division of Cable News Network (CNN).

The listing, posted on March four, lists struggling poet of “Pyaasa” (1957) (Buy PYASA DVD Online ) as the “best role” of Guru Dutt and mentions about his “soulful acting”. Talking about “deep voice and broodiness” of Amitabh Bachchan, it declares Inspector Khanna in “Zanjeer” (1973) (DVD ) as his best role. Portraying Pran as “pre-eminent villain of Hindi cinema”, it states his best role as Good Samaritan in “Upkaar” (1967) (Upkar DVD ). Praising Nargis’s “versatility and natural expression”, it announces strong-willed Radha in “Mother India” (1957) (dvd ) as her best role. Dubbing Meena Kumari as “The Tragedy Queen”, it finds “yearning to be understood” woman of “Sahib Bibi Aur Gulam” (1962) [Cinema India: The Visual Culture of Hindi Film ] as her best role.

With five actors listed, India has highest number of entries. It compares Guru Dutt to Orson Welles (Citizen Kane). About Amitabh Bachchan, it argues that “Zanjeer” “cemented his image as a dark and deep character, triggered to explode”. Talking about Pran, it says: “So great is his notoriety as a villain that some Indian parents dare not name their sons Pran”. It stresses that Nargis stole the show in the Oscar-nominated “Mother India”, known as the Indian “Gone with the Wind (Blu-Ray DVD)” About Meena Kumari, it points out that her grief-stricken roles “mirrored the sufferings in her private life”.

A.R. Rahman having “Jai Ho” concerts in 16 world cities choregraphed by Amy Tinkham

Mar 4, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Oscar winner A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) will be taking his “Jai Ho” concert worldwide, starting June 11 from New York (USA) and ending in London (United Kingdom) on July 26, according to reports.
 
During this period, he will reportedly have live concerts in USA, Canada, Netherlands, France, Norway, and United Kingdom; covering the cities of New York, Atlantic City, Washington DC, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Amsterdam, Paris, Oslo, Glasgow, Manchester, and London. More concerts of this world tour will be announced in the future.

Perturbed Hindus ask for immediate recall of Shiva & Ganesh puppets

Upset Hindus have asked for the immediate withdrawal of Shiva and Ganesh puppets and few other similar products, calling it inappropriate, upsetting, and denigrating.
 
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees.

Kolkata Rock Band FIVE LITTLE INDIANS (FLI) Announce their debut album

Mar 3, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Five Little Indians(FLI) is a 5-piece rock outfit featuring two vocalists based in Kolkata (Calcutta), India.

Over the past couple of years, FLI have drawn up a delightful catalogue of what sounds like modern rock hit music. The five-track sampler available for listening online echoes Toad The Wet Sprocket, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Switchfoot. The band features two vocalists, Neel Adhikari and Sayak Banerjee each bringing a unique sound to the table. It’s not just strong harmonies – FLI also add in Indian classical vocals, courtesy Bannerjee which seem to work on few tracks and sound slightly forced on some. The very able rhythm section (Arko Das – drums, Sanket Bhattacharya – bass) holds down a tight groove, while also adding just the right flavour on tracks like the groovy ‘Screaming At The Sun’ and the hard-rocking ‘Go Back In Time’. They also get sensitive on the moody, beautiful ‘You Make My World Turn To Lead’. Guitarist Allan Ao perfectly complements Adhikari’s acoustic strumming with his intelligent parts and occasional rock god moments.

ACTION REPLAY (2010) Hindi Bollywood Movie: Jali Toh Bujhe Naa Kasam Se Hindi Film Song Shooting Preview

Mar 3, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Vipul Shah's upcoming Indian Bollywood film ACTION REPLAY (2010) stars Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Neha Dhupia, Randhir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and more. Bollywood Hungama has posted some exlcusive pictures from the shooting of the Hindi film song Jali Toh Bujhe Na Kasam Se written by Irshad Kamil and music composed by Pritam. The song has been performed by playback singer Shreya Ghoshal. Check out the great stills.


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