Category archives: Artist

Tributes paid to film director Richard Attenborough

The Oscar-winning actor and director died on Sunday at the age of 90. Steven Spielberg said he was “in an endless line of those who completely adored him”. David Puttnam called him “completely irreplaceable”. Prime Minister David Cameron said he was “one of the greats of cinema”, while Ed Miliband called it “a sad day” for film “and the Labour movement”. Lord Attenborough was a member of the Labour party […]

Robin Williams dead; family, friends and fans are 'totally devastated'

Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams apparently took his own life at his Northern California home Monday, law enforcement officials said. Williams was 63. “He has been battling severe depression of late,” his media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN. “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.” Coroner investigators suspect “the death to be a suicide […]

'Failure made me stronger': Singer Asha tells women to follow their dreams

Asha Bhosle might hold a Guinness Record for recording the maximum number of songs, but there were days when she, along with fellow music legend Kishore Kumar, was turned away from recording studios. “But such incidents merely strengthened my resolve to come out of the shadow of established singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum or Noor Jehan,” said the singing sensation at an event organised by the Young […]

RIP Zohra Sehgal, 1912-2014: A friend and lifelong fan pays tribute to 'the begum of peerless chutzpah'

Actress Zohra Sehgal has passed away at the age of 102 Born as Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtazullah Khan, she started out as an actor with Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar. She played Shah Rukh Khan’s grandmother in Dil Se, and Amitabh Bachchan’s mother in Cheeni Kum. I have always referred to Zohraji as ammi, because she pampered me while I visited the sets where she would shoot for my father’s films. […]

Author Vinita Kinra charms Allan A. Martin Sr. Public School with her speech.

Vinita Kinra, author of critically acclaimed book of short stories Pavitra in Paris, was welcomed with loud cheers from students up to the ages of 14 at Allan A. MartinSeniorPublic School in Mississauga, Canada. Kinra was hosted by Passages Canada (with support from Citizenship and Immigration Canada) to deliver a speech to the school’s over 500 students to mark Asian Heritage Month, 2014 on June 2nd, also Kinra’s birthday. Kinra […]

A new art form is born! Pregnant mothers show off their growing bumps with intricate paintings to celebrate the promise of new life

A pregnancy is a certainly something to celebrate, and now, a growing number of women have discovered a new way to showcase their treasured bumps. California-based company Pacific Face Painters is just one of the services available today to paint the bellies of expectant mothers with beautiful art. From Hindu elephants and birds to floral nature scenes and even the imaginings of an unborn baby resting just beneath the surface, […]

The man who got 250,000 followers with just one tweet

Imagine getting a quarter of a million followers on Twitter – with just one tweet. That’s what happens when you’re Kollywood’s biggest film star. India’s Twitter users may still be busy with the latest ups and downs of the country’s longest ever general election, but film superstar Rajinikanth has proved a welcome distraction. He has surprised India’s social media community by getting tens of thousands of followers before he’d even […]

Exclusive interview of Ben Antao, Indo-Canadian writer of five novels, two memoirs,two travelogues as well as several short stories with Vinita Kinra

Vinita Kinra: Congratulations, Ben, on your new book, The Concubine and Selected Stories. Tell us about the type of stories the readers can expect to read in your new book. Ben Antao: Well, there are 20 stories in all, about half set in Canada, and the other half in Goa and Mumbai. Each story is unique in tone and theme as it follows the protagonist and his/her ambitions and passions. […]

 
 
 

The Unbelievable Story Of Why Marlon Brando Rejected His 1973 Oscar For 'The Godfather'

The man who made offers others couldn’t refuse once refused the movie industry’s heftiest honor.On March 5, 1973, Marlon Brando declined the Academy Award for Best Actor for his gut-wrenching performance as Vito Corleone in “The Godfather” – for a very unexpected reason. Here’s how it went down. The Movie That Brought Brando Back In the 1960s, Brando’s career had slid into decline. His previous two movies – the famously […]

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