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In Praise of Bollywood on Netflix

Rick Rosner | Posted 02.28.2015 | Entertainment
Rick Rosner

Let me suggest trying some of Netflix's selection of Bollywood movies. I've recently watched a bunch of these, and at the very least, they're more compelling than some Nicholas Cage-paying-off-his-debt-to-the-IRS medieval action flick.

PK -- A Masterstroke Off Hirani's Canvas

Mariam Khan | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Mariam Khan

Khan and his versatility never fails to impress. PK is one of those movies which no matter how many times one watches, it is bound to enthrall.

Nehru, the Forgotten Hero

Anil Dharker | Posted 02.07.2015 | World
Anil Dharker

One person who seems to have been demoted from his perch atop political gods is Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister.

Best of Abu Dhabi: Aditya Vikram Sengupta's Labour of Love

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.22.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

To describe Labour of Love would prove a personal labor in futility. But what I can say is that it is a film richly shot, beautifully written and acted so organically, I simply felt overwhelmed by its message for days after viewing it.

Going Against the Flow: Kajal Desai, Cofounder of Doonya

Charu Sharma | Posted 01.14.2015 | Small Business
Charu Sharma

Kajal is the mastermind behind Doonya's Bollywood dance workout curriculum and fitness formula. Kajal is certified by the American Council of Exercise, and has a lifetime's worth of training in South Asian pop and classical dance forms, as well as years of training in hip-hop and jazz.

Celebrating One Year of #FutureisFemale with Moxie Media

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Women
Marissa Bronfman

On October 8th we celebrated the first anniversary of Moxie Media's blog, Moxie Insider. One year, countless inspiring stories about #futureisfemale f...

What a Bollywood Movie Would Be Like on Mars

Seriously Skewed | Posted 11.30.2014 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

So what would a Bollywood movie set on Mars be like? Pretty much what most earth-bound Bollywood movies are like (although to be fair, the industry has come a long way), and it goes something like this.

This Workout Will Make You Feel Like The Star Of Your Own Bollywood Dance Routine

Sarah Klein | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Klein

I was more than a little intimidated walking into the studio, but I found the movements were easier to catch onto than I'd expected. After some initial embarrassment, I realized everyone else in the class was having a great time, so I tried my best to just smile along.

Bollywood, Respectability and Flat Female Leads

Sharanya Haridas | Posted 11.22.2014 | Media
Sharanya Haridas

Beyond the realm of body parts, clothing choices, and sexuality, it is questionable as to whether Bollywood actresses, including Deepika Padukone, have done much to empower women with their body of on-screen work.

Conan Learns How To Dance Like A Bollywood Star

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.12.2014 | Entertainment

Team Coco is going Bollywood. Appearing on "Conan," "Big Bang Theory" star Kunal Nayyar revealed that he has some great Bollywood dance moves and e...

In India, Stars Align for Prime Minister Modi

Gunjan Bagla | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Gunjan Bagla

Some people would say the stars aligned for Modi and the BJP. However, it seems that Modi was the one aligning the stars and able to channel their popularity to campaign esteem.

'The Titli Interviews': Actor Ranvir Shorey in Cannes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

As charismatic as his characters have been on-screen, that is Ranvir Shorey in person. But the man I interviewed, coming straight off his premiere, and the standing ovation the film got in the Salle Debussy, and dressed in tailored Indian fineries, was also insightful, kind, funny, intelligent and humble.

One Of Bollywood's Biggest Stars Wants To Bring A Gay Love Story To The Screen

AP | Posted 07.20.2014 | Gay Voices

CANNES, France (AP) — Could there be a gay love story in Bollywood? One of its biggest stars says it's time to explore it. Sonam Kapoor spoke about...

Priyanka Chopra: An Exclusive Interview

Nova Lorraine | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
Nova Lorraine

Through her successful film career, she has become one of the highest paid Bollywood actresses and a smash success on the international scene.

Reflections of a Foot Phobia Sufferer On Getting a Pedicure

J.L. Sirisuk | Posted 07.14.2014 | Comedy
J.L. Sirisuk

It was on the eve of my Bollywood music video debut that I started to have thoughts about my feet, which was strange. I rarely think about them. In fact, I am guilty of neglect.

What Bollywood Stars Are Saying About The Indian Election

The Washington Post | Rama Lakshmi | Posted 05.13.2014 | World

NEW DELHI — When the hashtag #BollywoodSplit started trending recently on Twitter, people might have assumed it referred to the romantic woes of Ind...

United Nations Goes Bollywood for Gay Rights (VIDEO)

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 06.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

2014-04-29-20140424UNvideostill8small.jpgAt a UN press launch in Mumbai today, the United Nations Human Rights Office unveiled its latest weapon in the fight against homophobia: a Bollywood-style pop video called "The Welcome," which tells the story of a young man who brings his boyfriend home to meet his family for the first time.

Bollywood Brings Glitz & Glamour to Tampa for 2014 IIFA Weekend & Awards

Visit Florida | Posted 06.29.2014 | Travel
Visit Florida

Bollywood glitz met Hollywood glamour at the 15th Annual International Indian Film Academy's Weekend & Awards April 23-26 in Tampa. It was the first t...

Dance Sensation at the Bollywood Oscars

Opal Vadhan | Posted 06.26.2014 | Arts
Opal Vadhan

Just like a Bollywood movie, an award show isn't complete with musical performances filled with glitz and glam. And there's no one better to do that than dance sensation Shiamak Davar.

The 'Bollywood Oscars' Last Until 3 A.M.

AP | TAMARA LUSH | Posted 04.28.2014 | Entertainment

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Indian film industry's top award show sailed into Tampa Saturday with a pirate-themed opening musical number and celebrities ...

Bollywood Awards Weekend Lights Up Tampa

Visit Florida | Posted 06.25.2014 | Travel
Visit Florida

The 15th annual International Indian Film Academy's Weekend & Awards is underway in Tampa. For the first time, the IIFA extravaganza, often dubbed the...

Bollywood Oscars Have Tampa Bay Buzzing

Opal Vadhan | Posted 06.24.2014 | Arts
Opal Vadhan

Tampa Bay, Florida is filled with thousands of Bollywood fans who have travelled from all over the world to get a glimpse of some of their favorite st...

Why a Bindi Is NOT an Example of Cultural Appropriation

Anjali Joshi | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment
Anjali Joshi

Why shouldn't the bindi warrant the same kind of response as the other cultural symbols I've listed, you ask? Because most South Asians won't be able to tell you the religious significance of a bindi.

The Bollywood Oscars Are Coming to Tampa Bay

Opal Vadhan | Posted 06.07.2014 | Arts
Opal Vadhan

Already, 20,000 tickets have been sold to the event, and the organizers believe it will be sold out.

Clean Drinking Water Can Save Lives -- Through 'Water Education'

Dr. Idit Harel | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Dr. Idit Harel

Can education save the one out of every five children in India who die before the age of 5 from infections caused by dirty water? I believe it can, and I believe India's 500 million children are the ones who can and must lead the transformation in hygiene practices that can save these lives and help address the nation's water crisis.