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Aik tha Badshah – Whats noori up to ?


update :   Listen to their latest single

Noori band, that has remained out of limelight for a while, seems to be ready to make a come back in a big way. This time around it is going to be a single/video ‘Aik Tha Badshah’ which is directed by Mandana Zaidi.

From the latest posts on the Noori’s official facebook page, the fans can begin to look forward to getting immersed into an audio/visual treat from the acclaimed rock band of Pakistan.

Noori has posted a video teaser captioned: ARE YOU READY FOR A RIDE INTO THE FUTURE?

Link Here 

The 50-second video presents fast moving images of what Noori band has been up to during its disappearance from the spotlight. Some clips in the video appear to be from the set of their new video for ‘Aik Tha Badshah’.

The band also announced an ‘Aik Tha Badshah’ fans contest. It promises that two winners will get a chance to attend the launch event of Noori’s upcoming music video. It sets June 10, 2015 as the deadline for sending entries.

Irfan Khan urges Hollywood to adopt Bollywood culture


Indian movie star Irfan Khan, lauded for his roles in “The Lunchbox” and “Life of Pi”, has urged Hollywood directors to adopt Bollywood’s love of flamboyant song-and-dance routines.

The ubiquitous actor, whose credits also include “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Darjeeling Limited”, told AFP that US blockbusters would benefit from a injection of musical hoopla, Indian style.

Khan, 48, is one of Bollywood’s most internationally-recognised exports, carving a stellar career at home and in Hollywood where he has worked with Oscar-winning directors Danny Boyle and Ang Lee.

Ahead of the US release on June 12 of “Jurassic World”, Khan’s latest Hollywood film, the Rajasthan-born actor said the American movie industry could learn a lot from its Indian counterpart.

“The informality and personal connections in Bollywood are nice,” Khan said during an interview in Mumbai. “Things are too compartmentalised in Hollywood, and the system can be rigid.

“Also they should imbibe our song-and-dance culture. I think Hollywood could do wonders with it,” added the father-of-two.

Khan, who charmed global audiences as a lonely accountant who exchanges hidden letters with a neglected housewife in “The Lunchbox”, is currently hot property in both major film industries.

“Piku”, in which he has a supporting role as a taxi driver, has dominated Indian box offices since early May.

He will also star in action-drama “Jazbaa” (Passion), which is scheduled for release in October.

Khan has been involved in almost 90 films throughout his career, including “The Namesake”, and is presently shooting with Tom Hanks in Ron Howard’s adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel “Inferno”, due for release next year.

He thinks there are big differences between Bollywood and Hollywood, suggesting that one so-so movie in America can hamper an actor’s career, while in Mumbai you can still get by.

“In India an actor with one hit in the bag can survive with PR and continue working in another four films, until he delivers his next hit,” says Khan.

“Social media activity and perception works more over here, but in Hollywood, you have to perform and deliver.

“The irony is that while it is a heavily marketing-based industry, you cannot survive there on the basis of marketing (alone),” he added.

While Khan — often referred to as simply “Irrfan” by his fans — is now feted the world over, it hasn’t always been plain sailing for the drama graduate.

He worked in the Mumbai television industry for several years before landing a small part in filmmaker Mira Nair’s “Salaam Bombay” (1988), but his joy was short lived when the role was later cut.

– ‘Music was our originality’ –

Television and a few Hindi film roles followed but Khan was unable to land the romantic hero roles symptomatic of Bollywood movies because directors viewed him as not good-looking enough.

He has been often cast as the villain or a cop, and also played the Indian Macbeth in “Maqbool” and the ghost in the Hindi Hamlet, “Haider”.

Khan was almost ready to quit acting out of frustration with the way his career was progressing, but in 2001 he landed a part in British director Asif Kapadia’s awarding-winning film “The Warrior”.

He hasn’t looked back and now revels in the attention he receives.

“I get a lot of importance and affection in the West,” he says. “They appreciate the elements and layers you bring to the character. Even in India critics notice what you bring to a role,” Khan adds.

He rues the fact that Indian films no longer always include songs as they did in the 1960s and ’70s. “Music was (our) originality”, Khan says.

However, he appreciates that recent hits such as Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” and Lee’s “Life of Pi” have helped change the perception of Indian movies internationally.

“Although “Slumdog” and “Pi” are not Indian films, they are perceived to be, and they are films that are engaging with audiences abroad,” says Khan.

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Salman Khan’s Jail Sentence Suspended; Bollywood Industry Crisis Averted?

Two days after he was handed a guilty verdict and a five-year prison sentence,Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been formally granted bail. On Wednesday, Khan was found guilty of “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the death of a homeless man stemming from a 2002 hit-and-run incident in Mumbai. His attorneys are planning an appeal and the Mumbai High Court today agreed to allow the actor to remain free on a further bond of 30,000 rupees ($470). Given Khan has been free for the past 13 years as the case has dragged on, the judge noted he is “not likely to abscond during the pendency of appeal.”


Will Bollywood Star Salman Khan’s Guilty Verdict In Fatal Hit & Run Impact Industry?

Salman KhanThe bail acceptance will come as welcome news to the Bollywood film industry whose top stars are responsible for sizable chunks of annual box office, Khan among the top tier. His next film,Bajrangi Bhaijaan, a romantic action drama he produced and which co-stars Kareena Kapoor, is due for release on July 17, the start of the lucrative Eid-al-fitr holiday period. It is understood that the movie still has some shooting to go, which would have been difficult to accomplish from a prison cell. After the guilty verdict on Wednesday, shares in Eros International, which is releasing Bajrangi Bhaijaan, dropped as much as 7%. Following the bail decision today, Eros shares were up about 4.3%.

According to local reports, celebrations erupted outside of Khan’s Mumbai home this morning as fans set off firecrackers in relief. While online reaction to the decision is divided, the immensely popular star is trending across Twitter with #SalmanBailOrJail at No. 1 in India, No. 4 number worldwide and No. 5 in the U.S