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COVID Sweeps Bollywood's 'First Family'

Amitabh Bachchan, 3 family members test positive

(Newser) - Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, his son, and two other family members have tested positive for the coronavirus in Mumbai, reports the AP . The Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital said that Amitabh Bachchan was in stable condition with mild symptoms in an isolation unit. Bachchan, 77, said in a tweet Saturday that... More »

Slumdog Millionaire Actor Dead at 53

Indian film star Irrfan Khan was hospitalized with colon infection

(Newser) - A beloved Bollywood star who transitioned to Hollywood, with roles in Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi, has died. Irrfan Khan, who'd been admitted to a Mumbai hospital with a colon infection, was just 53, per the BBC . He announced his diagnosis with a rare neuroendocrine tumor in 2018... More »

Bollywood Star Pays Debts of 1.4K Farmers

They lack 'basic necessities,' says Amitabh Bachchan

(Newser) - Amitabh Bachchan, one of the highest paid actors in Bollywood, briefly mentioned his desire to help farmers after one appeared as a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which he hosts. And boy, did he follow through. The actor, who's appeared in some... More »

World's 9th-Highest-Paid Actor Sentenced to Prison

Salman Khan gets 5 years in 1998 poaching case

(Newser) - Salman Khan's life might get significantly less glamorous. The world's ninth-highest-paid actor , who has appeared in more than 100 Bollywood films, was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday in India after being found guilty of poaching, though his lawyers intend to appeal and a bail hearing is... More »

Bollywood Icon Sridevi Drowns in Bathtub

Police sources say Sridevi was under the influence of alcohol

(Newser) - Indian actress Sridevi drowned in her hotel bathtub after losing consciousness, the Dubai police said in a statement Monday, though two police officials said she was also under the influence of alcohol at the time. The 54-year-old, who for years was one of Bollywood's top actresses, died late Saturday... More »

Beau Charged in Bollywood Star's Suicide

Rahul Raj Singh faces abetment, assault charges

(Newser) - The boyfriend of a Bollywood actress found hanged in her Mumbai home on Friday may have had a hand in her death. Police say actor-producer Rahul Raj Singh has been charged with assault, criminal intimidation, and abetment to the suicide of Pratyusha Banerjee, the lead actress in the Indian TV... More »

Actress Sentenced to 26 Years Over TV Scene

Veena Malik, her husband, and 2 others convicted of blasphemy in Pakistan

(Newser) - A Pakistani court disliked a segment on a TV show so much that it sentenced a Bollywood actress, her husband, and two others to prison for 26 years for blasphemy, reports the Independent . The trouble began when Veena Malik and her new husband appeared on a live daytime show on... More »

Spacey, Travolta Wow as 'Bollywood Oscars' Hit Tampa

Awards show filmed in US for first time

(Newser) - The Indian film industry's top award show sailed into Tampa, Florida, yesterday with a pirate-themed opening musical number and celebrities ranging from Slumdog Millionaire star Anil Kapoor to John Travolta and Kevin Spacey. Before a crowd of some 20,000, the International Indian Film Academy awards kicked off with... More »

Boyfriend Eyed in Bollywood Star's Suicide

Suraj Pancholi granted bail 3 weeks after arrest

(Newser) - The aftermath of Jiah Khan's suicide reads like a movie: Suraj Pancholi, boyfriend of the actress whose hanging stunned Bollywood last month, was granted bail yesterday, three weeks after being arrested for possibly having a hand in her death. Pancholi, an aspiring actor, was mentioned in a note found... More »

Star's Hanging Stuns Bollywood

Jiah Khan, 25, found in her Mumbai apartment

(Newser) - Bollywood actress Jiah Khan, 25, was found dead at her Mumbai home last night. Her mother discovered her hanging body, according to police, who say they haven't found a suicide note, the BBC reports. A hospital post-mortem is set to investigate the cause of Khan's death, police say.... More »

Bollywood Star Is First Indian Woman in Playboy

Sherlyn Chopra's spread controversial in her home country

(Newser) - The good news: Sherlyn Chopra has made history as the first Indian woman to appear in Playboy. The bad news: Playboy is banned in her country, where many aren't exactly thrilled about her appearance anyway, the New York Daily News reports. "Isn’t it an irony that on... More »

Bollywood Film on Castes Banned in India

3 states bar movie, worried it could infuriate lower castes

(Newser) - Three Indian states have banned a new Bollywood film that addresses the caste system. The film has already sparked the anger of lower caste groups, who say it fuels prejudice, the AP reports. The lower caste groups, called Dalits, make up about a quarter of India’s population. The film,... More »

India's 'Picasso' Dead at 95

MF Hussain went into self-imposed exile in 2006 over nude paintings

(Newser) - MF Hussain, a former movie billboard artist who rose to become India's most sought-after painter before going into self-imposed exile during an uproar over nude images of Hindu icons, died today. He was 95. Often described as India's Picasso, Hussain had lived in Dubai since 2006 after receiving... More »

Indian Pol Tells White Actresses to Leave Bollywood

White women stealing Indian jobs, Hindu nationalist says

(Newser) - The head of a Hindu nationalist group has started a campaign to drive white women out of Bollywood. Raj Thackeray says the hundreds of foreigners from Britain and elsewhere who work in Mumbai's film industry are stealing jobs from Indian women. His group raided one production last week demanding to... More »

Newest TV Trend: Indian-Themed Shows

Popularity of Slumdog Millionaire made way for successors on TV

(Newser) - Bollywood is coming to Hollywood, with more Indian actors and TV shows about Indians and Indian Americans coming to the small screen. The interest in all things Indian “was boiling, hovering there, with the increasing popularity of Indian clothing, food, and Bollywood movies”—and then Slumdog Millionaire came... More »

India Appeal Likens Gay Sex to Bestiality

Court ruling could recriminalize homosexuality

(Newser) - India’s gay and lesbian community celebrated the Delhi High Court’s decriminalization of homosexual sex last week with lavish parties, but festivities may have been premature, GlobalPost reports. India’s Supreme Court has signaled that it will consider an appeal of the verdict, the climax of an 8-year legal... More »

Bollywood Stars Duel Over Seat in Parliament

Stars go head to head in fight for office

(Newser) - Imagine a congressional election pitting Jay Leno against Simon Cowell. The rough equivalent is happening now in India, where talk-show host Shekhar "Shaker" Suman is running for Parliament against Shatrughan "Shotgun" Sinha, a Bollywood star and judge on a hugely popular talent show. But fame may not help... More »

Brit's Beau Meets Folks— or Is This a Hoax?

Sources place Sandip in US, but reports say it's all phony

(Newser) - It seems like only yesterday Britney was shaving her head and dating bad boys—now she’s (supposedly) cooking dinner and introducing her new boyfriend to her parents, the Daily Mirror reports. A source claims Bollywood choreographer Sandip Soparrkar flew to the US to spend New Year’s Eve with... More »

Brit Snags Bollywood Boyfriend

(Newser) - Britney Spears apparently has enough freedom from her dad to take a quickie trip to India—with her new love, the Mirror reports. The comeback kid, known for dating bad boys, has been seeing the choreographer of her "Womanizer" video, Bollywood dance instructor Sandip Soparrkar. The pair, who just... More »

When Did Bombay Become Mumbai?

Locals have always called it that, but city made it official in 1995

(Newser) - The terrorist attacks last week saw Mumbai dominate headlines across the world. But when did Bombay become Mumbai? For locals it’s always been Mumbai, in honor of Mumbadevi, the city’s deity, writes Christopher Beam for Slate. But the city’s official name change happened in 1995, when the... More »

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