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"Now is the time when we dance!" ;)

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Massey Theatre
New Westminster, British Columbia


Ek Tara! 2008

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Massey Theatre
New Westminster, British Columbia

The performances can be viewed on this YouTube page.

And the winners are... )
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Massey Theatre
New Westminster, British Columbia


Ek Tara! 2008: In the Wings

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Massey Theatre
New Westminster, British Columbia


Merlyn Prakash
Ek Tara! 2008

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Massey Theatre
New Westminster, British Columbia


Jugpreet Bajwa
Ek Tara! 2008

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Ek Tara!

Oct. 2nd, 2008 01:41 am
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The finalists include performers from Africa, Fiji, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan and have an age range from eleven to fifty five years. They will be vying for the prize in both the dancing category and singing category as well as a "people's choice" award.

www.ektara.ca/
Massey Theatre
New Westminster, British Columbia


Ek Tara!: The Talent

3 more photos: Shiamak's Indo Jazz Movement Dance Performance )
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I finally watched Krrish. This was a sequel to Koi... Mil Gaya. The sequel seemed like it was made for kids who grew up after watching the first movie, which was released 3 years ago. With some of the violence, it was definately not a movie for younger children. This is apparently the first Hindi superhero movie. Since a majority of the story takes place in Singapore and showcased it's urban scenery, their tourism board fully supported the movie. As did Frito-Lay. I developed a serious craving for the munchies while I was watching this movie.



I don't believe it's fair to compare Krrish and Koi... Mil Gaya with each other. They are just too different. However, Krrish looks a lot better and has a very well written storyline. As far as "superhero" movies go, this is as good as any put out by Hollywood. And Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra are great to look at watch. You sure can't beat eyecandy for both men and women. ;)



I am not going to say too much about the story so I don't ruin it for anyone but the martial arts/action scenes looked slick and expensive. And ninjas! They have ninjas in the movie!That's a sure sign that Bollywood has brought their fight scenes on par with anything the rest of the world. Bringing in a quality martial arts choreographer was a good decision.

I have seen Priyanka in movies before. She always looks beautiful but she looked exceptionally good here. That woman is absolutely gorgeous. She is so impossibly perfect. Excuse me for a moment while I go sign up for her fan club...

Lajja

Jun. 26th, 2006 04:23 pm
piscesdreams: (bhangra)
Yesterday's televised Bollywood Sunday afternoon movie was Lajja. It was actually a good movie, although not perfect. It had a cast of numerous stars and a few guest appearances.



The film primarily looks at women's role in society, specifically in India. It examines the abuse and oppression of women through one storyline that ties together three other ones. The four actresses in each of these stories gave great performances. Manisha Koirala did a fine job as the character who meets each of the women during her attempts to evade her husband and his goons. The only bad parts of the movie was the unnecessary and too lengthy comedy scenes and a heroic character that almost undermined the realism of the movie. Madhuri Dixit also displayed one of her finest performances. I was a bit dismayed when someone stepped on her head though...

In another note, last night has confirmed to me that Lay's currie chips really do induce very weird dreams.
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We Wish You A Great Life
from: Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage
Listen to the song here. :P

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We wish you a great life
A great life, a great life

I promise you a great life
I want you to be my wife

Life life
Wife wife
Life life
Wife wife

Thank you thank you thank you
Thank you for a great life

Maine socha na tha jitna
Mujhe pyaar mila hai utna
Yeh tum jaano ya main jaanoon
Ab saara jahan hai apna

Kal tak the bade akele
Yahan aaj lage hai mele
Upar waala ki maaya
Kya khel pyaar ke khele

We wish you a great life
A great life, a great life

I promise you a great life
I want you to be my wife

Meri jaan, meri jaan, meri jaan
Duniya yeh apni duniya
Yeh duniya pyaar ki duniya
Yeh khulke vafa karti hai
Sachche ikraar ki duniya
Sachche ikraar ki duniya

We wish you a great life
A great life, a great life

I promise you a great life
I want you to be my wife

Life life
Wife wife
Life life
Wife wife

Thank you, thank you for a great life

A great life
A great life
A great life

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Edit: OMG... this song is actually starting to grow on me!!
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Actor Suniel Shetty is here in Vancouver to promote a retail clothing store ,Crossover - Bollywood Se, that is part of a chain he owns. It's located on Main Street's Little India and will specialize in Bollywood fashion trends. Having recalled some "interesting" Bollywood fashion, I don't know if that will be good or bad. ;P
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I have to admit I watched the movie Julie during the weekend only because it came with my Garv DVD. Aside from having one of the worst kissing scenes I have seen in cinema, I felt like I was watching a bad 70's sexploitation movie. And then I remembered it was a remake of a 70's movie...

I made up for that viewing experience by watching two better movies which coincidentally had Bollywood bad boy, Salman Khan, in them. Poor Sallu... in both movies, it's either him or his love interest who meet their demise just when things look promising.



On Monday, I watched Phir Milenge. It was a groundbreaking and relevant film for Hindi cinema. The well-scripted movie dealt with the sensitive issue of HIV and discrimination. Shilpa Shetty and Abhishek Bachchan put together fine performances. Salman had a smaller role but he shone as well. In a much more trivial point, Shilpa has weird feet...



The next movie I saw was Tere Naam. It dealt with the radical effects love can have on someone. Salman Khan was quite good in this one.



Because of the ending and the way the issue of obsession is portrayed, it reminded me a lot of Dil Se. There was one point in the movie, when the two lovers have shared their feelings about each other, I was thinking how sweet the story was and everything was going to work out. And then I realized that 3 hours had not gone by yet. As if on cue, things took a turn for the worse at that moment. I should have known. I mean... this was a Bollywood movie! :P

This was also the first time I had seen Bhoomika Chawla in a movie. She is soo cute! I really love her lips.



The singing voice used for her in the temple scenes was breathtakingly beautiful. Bhoomika's character was very sweet. I am going to look for more of her movies.

Khalnayak

Mar. 28th, 2006 04:58 pm
piscesdreams: (RaniRaja)
I finally had some free time lately to watch a whole wack of Bollywood movies. I'm currently finishing up Khalnayak. In general, the story involves a hardened criminal who escapes from prison and the efforts of two law enforcement officers who try to recapture him and find his boss. I have watched the famous Choli Ke Peeche dance scene many times so it was about time I got to sit down and watch the whole movie.



And what a weird movie! It had a few violent scenes but a few of slightly surreal ones as well. At one point, they had a dance scene involving Native American Indians. I'm not exactly sure how that happened. There were also monkeys involved somewhere in there. But I just loved the version of Choli Ke Peeche as performed by Ballu (Sanjay Dutt) and his gang. I'm pretty sure the actors had a hard time keeping a straight face. I know that I started to laugh.



Madhuri Dixit had a great presence in the movie. I especially enjoyed her as a drunk. When she is first introduced, she was wearing some kind of khaki sari with an epaulet on one shoulder. I wonder if this was actually an uniform female officers wear? This movie is just zany... I LOVE it! :D

And here's a picture of Madhuri just because she's gorgeous!

piscesdreams: (bhangra)
Awww, geez. That was depressing. :,(

Devdas

Jan. 9th, 2006 07:33 pm
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I haven't heard from the school board so it looks like the Hindi course I signed up for isn't cancelled this time! I'll be taking Hindi at the same time as my French language course. I just hope I don't get the two mixed up! :P

I was quite tired when I got home today. However, since I was home so early and have so much free time to play with, I decided to watch a Bollywood movie instead. I can't believe I'm finally watching Devdas (the newer one with SRK, of course!). This was one of the first Bollywood movies I got a hold of and was saving it for a rainy day. Mind you, there are a lot of rainy days in Vancouver! :P
It was a sad decision though, as I had been holding off from watching it for a long time for reasons that I shouldn't say...



I still have a bit more to watch. So far, the movie has not let me down and I am awestruck by the lush visuals, gorgeous clothes, captivating story and beautiful songs and dance scenes. Of course, Sharukh Khan makes it a joy to watch and Aishwarya Rai looks great. Her acting seems so much better here too than the other movies I've seen her in. And to top it all off, my favourite actress... Madhuri Dixit.... is also in it!



The camera shot, as it pans over the diyas covering the floor to introduce one of the best dance/song scenes ever (at least to me), just gives me goosebumps... that's my heaven! Now, back to the show... :D
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I'm still not happy with it at all. I'll try another one sometime...
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Welll.... Since you asked some time ago...

I was always fascinated by those Bollywood movies on television. Whenever I flipped through the channels, I would stop... transfixed by the bright colours, beautiful women and song and dance sequences I stumbled upon. I never knew what was happening since I usually came in the middle of the movie...

Sometime over a year ago, I heard of an Indian movie called Dhoom that also featured motorcycles (sort of like Torque. Nesha and I had always been similiarily fascinated by these Indian movies we always caught a glimpse of so I thought it would be a nice thing to try. I am always interested in other cultures anyhow. The movie was cheesy but it wasn’t bad at all. We loved the story, music and the eyecandy. It was a refreshing change from all the other Hollywood movies we saw.

The next Indian movie, Kal Ho Naa Ho I brought home was even better. It starred a very charismatic Shahrukh Khan and Nesha and I loved it. We thought it was just a romantic comedy with lots of fun song and dance scenes but it turned out to be a typical Bollywood masala movie... a movie with a mix of everything for everyone... drama, comedy and romance. We were taken by suprise as it was an intense tearjerker... we found ourselves bawling throughout the movie as more details were revealed. When the movie was over, we were both emotionally exhausted. But we were hooked from that point on. Kal Ho Naa Ho remains as one of my favourite movies and I never get tired of watching it.

Bollywood movies had everything for me and Nesha. We both enjoyed learning about Indian culture through them, the beautiful actors and actresses, gorgeous clothing, and the songs and dance scenes. We both enjoy the romance/drama/comedy mix in these films and it also appealed to my interest in foreign movies. These were movies that we both can easily agree to watch together.

When I am interested in something, it becomes almost like an obsession. I tend to learn all I can about that specific topic and Bollywood movies were not an exception. Through this process, I discovered many interesting things about certain aspects of Indian culture. This always led to other things. As I researched deeper and deeper into one thing, it usually led to another.

I believe the other Indian subject I find most interesting is their traditional dance styles. Dance is something I hav enjoyed in all it's forms in the past. As I learned more about classical Indian dance, I got to appreciate it a lot more. I have attended numerous Indian dance performances and have always come away enthralled with what I had experienced. Indian pop music has also become another favourite. Most of the time, I am listening to Hindi music in my car and my MP3 player only has Indian music in it now!

Although I have not watched as many Bollywood movies as I used to, I still watch them whenever I get the chance.
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Happy birthday to Shahrukh Khan!



He's the same age as me! :P

Here's one of the best condensed write-ups of his biography I've seen...

Paheli

Oct. 17th, 2005 08:12 pm
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It has been about a month since I have seen Paheli. I have been listening to the soundtrack repeatedly before I saw the movie and I have been listening to it even more after finally seeing it! This movie was shorter than the average 3 hour Bollywood film. It's based on a Rajasthani fairytale involving a bhoot (Indian phantom/ghost) who falls in love. Everything in Paheli was breathtaking... the colour palette, period Rajasthani clothing, sets, filmography, acting, story and, of course, music.



Shahrukh Khan displayed his amazing range as an actor and Rani Mukerjee also gave a good performance.

Paheli has been nominated as an entry into the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film. I believe The Rising: Mangal Pandey, with Aamir Khan, was nominated as well. I'll have to make some time in the near future to see that movie. It's been sitting on my shelf for a few days so far.

My only disappointment with Paheli is that one of the best song sequences, Phir Raat Kati, is only shown at the end, where it has been shrunken to accommodate the credits scrolling by. I would have loved to see it at full size on it's own, perhaps as a special feature in the DVD. Farah Khan did a wonderful job as the choreographer and it was great seeing SRK and Rani performing as puppets for that song.



I threw together this banner for a BW forum signature... :)
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OMG... they have a real funny Shahrukh Khan movie on cable 8 (if you're in Vancouver) right now! Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Transl. The Braveheart Will Take the Bride) has the reputation of being the longest run movie in India... it's still playing since 1995, I believe!



Edit: One infamously bad fight scene later and the movie is over! lol
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I finally made some time to watch Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai. I almost forgot I had this movie.



I really enjoyed Hrithik Roshan's performance and Amisha Patel was quite good too. I was only going to watch about half of it but then I decided to try and finish it.

And then the phone rang. It was Nesha. She was stuck downtown as her purse with her car and apartment keys were in her purse in the Community Police office and she couldn't retrieve them. Someone's key had broken in the lock of the door. After making sure her car wouldn't get towed in the morning, we decided it was best for her to stay overnight at my place. A locksmith would hopefully be able to get the door open in the morning. As we prepared for bed, we spent a few minutes trying to figure out who would sleep in the bed. In the end, we both ended up sleeping in bed together. We both agreed that it was a pointless argument. We had a good sleep and everything felt so familiar... and right. It was great having her next to me. I told her she didn't have to go through so much trouble just to sleep with me.

In the morning, I drove her down to the Community Policing office and to her car. After a stressful few minutes, someone there was actually able to unlock the back door. I'm glad everything worked out even though we were both a little late for work.

I finished all my work yesterday anyway so there's not much for me to do today. I'm leaving early to help a friend move. After that, I'm taking my younger brother to a motorcycle maintenance course in the evening. This course was my birthday gift to him. If I get home early enough, maybe I can still finish my movie.

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