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Australia’s Baz Luhrmann & India’s A R Rahman thinking of working together

Oscar nominated Australian film director-actor-producer-writer Baz Luhrmann’s (Moulin Rouge!) dream is to make a movie in India, according to reports.
During his current India trip, he reportedly had lunch with Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his family and met Oscar winner musician A. R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), whom he calls a “friend” and “maestro”. After meeting Rahman, Luhrmann reportedly expressed that they were thinking of jointly creating some work.

Shahrukh Khan Statue in Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Hollywood (USA) unveiled

Bollywood’s Shahrukh Khan “honored” in Hollywood
Bollywood’s megastar Shahrukh Khan’s lifelike wax figure was reportedly unveiled at renowned Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Hollywood (USA) today.
Filmfare winner Shahrukh (Chak De India!), 44, is the first Bollywood star to be inducted into this Museum, which boasts of wax figures of celebrities like Audrey Hepburn, Clark Gable, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman, Johnny Depp, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Beyonce, David Beckham, etc.
Museum calls Shahrukh’s induction as “historic addition” and adds that it “symbolizes a coming together of the world's two great film centers, Hollywood and Bollywood”.
Shahrukh, who is said to have starred in over 70 movies and is also a producer and television presenter, was named by Newsweek magazine as one of the 50 most powerful people in the world. His "My Name is Khan"(Karan Johar) is set for release on February 12.
Welcoming coming closer of Hollywood-Bollywood with this induction, Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that the collaboration of world’s two major film industries on various aspects was a step in the right direction. Cinema was a powerful medium and Hollywood-Bollywood engagement, if utilized positively, could bring East and West closer, Zed, who is chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, added.
The unveiling today was reportedly accompanied by a performance of America’s Bollywood dance troupe “Ishaara”, a recent America's Got Talent contender.
Headquartered in London, Madame Tussauds have wax museums in New York, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Washington DC, Berlin, and Hollywood. This Hollywood Boulevard located museum was opened in 2009, which marked 200th anniversary of Madame Tussauds.  Shahrukh’s wax figure reportedly cost about $300, 000.

Watch Popular Bengali Singer Haimanti Shukla from Kolkata Live at Bilaat Bangla Utsav 2010

Watch Haimanti Sukla Live. Attend and listen to the Melody Queen at her best - Haimanti Shukla performing LIVE at the Bilaat Bangla Utsav 2010.

Watch Kolkata Bengali Singer INDRANIL SEN Live at Bilaat Bangla Utsav 2010

Listen to Indranil Sen Live at Bilaat Utsav 2010

Watch and listen to Indranil Sen Live.
Attend and listen to the unforgettable melodies from the maestro himself - Indranil Sen performing LIVE at the Bilaat Bangla Utsav 2010.

Gandhar Bengali Theater troupe's Kacher Manush show to benefit Esho Kichu Kori

Gandhar - the Kolkata Bengali Theater troupe - will present their production, the Bengali play "Kachher Manush", at Madhusudan Mancha on Jan 29, 2010 at 6:30 PM.

The benefits of the stage drama show will go to Esho Kichu Kori, a non-profit organization and has the focus of providing higher education to students who are academically brilliant but come from very low-income families in West Bengal. We truly believe that these students, with a little support from us will contribute significantly to a socially and economically stronger India. Learn more about Esho Kichu Kori at

The Kachher Manush Theatre Show is directed by acclaimed film-maker and director Gautam Haldar. The cast includes renowned Bengali Stage Theater personalities like Debshakar Haldar, Bijoylakshmi Barman and others.

For more information about the event, call +91 943 236 3300.