Thursday, 16 February 2012

Shahrukh Khan attends the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival

The Bollywood badshah finally graced the city of Berlin with his royal presence to the extreme satisfaction of his fans. It happens at times. You acquire a glow after having braved a serious bout of cold and Flu. King Khan looked smart and cheerful while he walked the red carpet at Friedrichstadt-Palast, the venue of the DON 2 Berlinale premiere, in Berlin. He wore a formal Tuxedo, and looked healthier and heartier than ever before. Was it the effect of his autograph seeking fans who turned up in good numbers to cheer for him and to attend the film's screening at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival?
The King arrived in Berlin in style by a chartered flight following his advance guard Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani, and Priyanka Chopra. He was not alone. Gauri Khan was with him as well at the Red Carpet in her smart red dress, looking ever youthful and 'fighting' fit. She could not have allowed her recuperating darling of a husband and doting father of her children to be all by himself in an extraordinarily cold Berlin weather. And what can be warmer than a caring, admiring, and beautiful wife next to you in these conditions to provide you the mandatory medicinal doses and to ensure that you have the muffler tightly tied around your neck.
Surprisingly, King Khan did not join the rest of the DON 2 team on the Red Carpet at the Berlinale Special gala event at the Friedrichstadt-Palast and reached the venue much after the screening had begun with his wife Gauri and Reliance head honcho Amit Khanna. The reason given was that the chartered plane of the King took its own time to land at Berlin airport.
He appeared on the stage after the screening with Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick. He performed his regulation DON 2 act, inviting others to repeat his moves. Everyone did it but for the film's lead actress Priyanka Chopra, who acted coy, and refused to dance to SRK's tune.

The Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick danced with even greater enthusiasm than the rest, expertly performing a Bollywood dance. Now we know why everyone finds him funny and the reasons behind his universal popularity. The festival director represents the quintessential Berlinale spirit, informal, free, openhearted, welcoming, likeable, accommodative, and heart-warming.
Rajesh Kumar Singh, Glamsham

Rishi Kapoor to open India Week at LSE

Bollywood legend Rishi Kapoor is set to inaugurate the 2012 London School of Economics India Week, a series of cultural activities, workshops, debates and seminars on the subcontinent.  
This year’s edition of India Week – organized by the LSE Student Union and the LSE India Society – will be the first time the event will be open to the public and will run from 20th to 26th February.
Mr Kapoor will also participate in a panel discussion on filmmaking in India alongside Professor Rachel Dwyer – the renowned India expert and professor of Indian Cultures at University of London – and Indian High Commissioner Rajesh Prasad.
Other highlights include a discussion on ‘Philanthropy in India’ which will feature Mr Shiv Nadar, founder of Hindustan Computers Limited and Mr Anwar Hasan, Managing Director of TATA.  And on Sunday 26th February, the MCC will host Ajay Jadeja at Lords Cricket Ground where the former India international will discuss the economics of the Indian Premier League and how it has changed the dynamics of cricket worldwide.  His lecture will be followed by what is certain to be an intriguing cricket match between the LSE’s Indian and Pakistani teams.
India Week concludes with a Bollywood night hosted by Raj and Pablo and will feature a performance by talented young British Asian artist Arjun.
The LSE India Week has been the flagship event of the university’s India Society for several years and aims to celebrate the myriad successes India has enjoyed in recent years as well as highlight areas for improvement, particularly from the perspective of Indian students.
For more information and tickets, visit www.indiasociety.co.uk