Tuesday, 24 January 2012

“India is greatest show on Earth” Oprah

“India is greatest show on Earth” - Oprah US chat show queen has called India “the greatest show on Earth” as she wound down her trip to the sub-continent.
Speaking to CNN-IBN during a visit to the Jaipur Literary Festival - Asia’s largest - Oprah gushed, “You can't see India in two weeks ... India is so complex, I would have to say it's the greatest show on Earth. I've never seen anything like it. India, I'll be back again and again."
 Dressed in a colourful Salwar suit, Winfrey greeted a large crowd of book lovers at the festival, exclaming that it was “One of the greatest, if not the greatest, experience I have ever had.”
"I came to India with open mind and expanded heart," said Oprah. "The sight of an ox pulling heavy steel beams, a man riding a donkey, and another one on a motorbike using his cell phone," said the world's best known TV talk show host. "India is a paradox.”
Oprah spoke about her own life experiences and struggles as the mostly female audience listened in rapt attention. “The fact I was born in segregated southern US in Mississippi in 1954 to a teenaged unmarried mother, during the time of apartheid, has influenced me into becoming what I am. Fortunately, I had never been put into a segregated school. But all my life I had to fight everyone. To be born a girl child is not safe," she said.
 "But for me, education is the most important thing. I have been from village to village in Africa looking for girls like myself... and families desperate for education. I was raised by my grandmother in poverty. She did not live to see me become an educated woman," said Oprah.
One of the highlights of her sojourn to India was a trip to Vrindavan - the city made famous as the home of banished, poverty-stricken widows from across India; it was a visit that clearly moved Ms Winfrey. "I have spoken for years for women to own their voices. Just because your husbands have died, you cannot become second class citizens. This thing should be eradicated from earth," she said.
 And of course she made her political preference clear with the US Presidential Election less than a year away: "Obama is a man... and not god. And only a man makes mistakes. The world forgot we were on the brink of a depression. I strongly feel he should remain in office for the next four years."
 - Vijitha Alles

7 Welcome to London: a Bollywood drama with British sensibilities

Mainstream Bollywood – with its often stale formulas and dearth of originality – has undoubtedly taken off on the wrong foot in the New Year with audiences and critics alike finding ‘Players’ as welcoming as a long-dead rodent in your take-away Tesco sandwich. It is encouraging then that 2012 seems set to be the year which sees the triumph of UK-based filmmakers marrying Bollywood sensibilities with Western innovation and storytelling.
Days after the unveiling of ‘Nachle London’, the first in a series of ‘Bolly-Brit’ films, which aim to combine Bollywood narratives and British creative talent, comes news of ‘7 Welcome to London’; a British production helmed by popular British-Indian TV presenter Asad Shan.
Shan – who directs and stars in the film – describes his debut feature as one which offers the quintessential flavor of Bollywood whilst retaining a true British heart; and if there’s one genre of film that the Brits get consistently right it is the edgy thriller, which is an apt description of the film with plenty of Bollywood-esque romance thrown in.
The movie centers around the struggles faced by a young immigrant from India who arrives in London intent on personal and professional glory. Once in the capital he finds love in the Underground but soon encounters trouble in the form of some unsavory elements. The film follows the indomitable hero as he attempts to keep his wits about him and overcome numerous obstacles.
Much like Nachle London, 7 Welcome to London boasts a slew of homegrown talent both behind and in front of the camera. UK-based model and actress Sabeeka Imam stars with Asad Shan – who also co-wrote the screenplay – alongside British star Rob Thorne. The film’s production team includes Oscar and Bafta award winning editor Chris Dickens. 7 brand new tracks for the film have been provided by Access and underground rocker Zuj Jibran among others.
7 Welcome to London hits cinemas in the UK 09th March 2012.
-       Poonam Joshi