Shah Rukh Khan - Unveiling of five wax figures of the greatest stars of Bollywood at the Embassy of India - Berlin, Germany - Wednesday 18th December 2013
Controversy has erupted in Mumbai, India over whether what the U.S. immigration agency has described as a random, routine interrogation of a Bollywood movie star at a Newark, NJ airport was actually a case of racial profiling. The actor, Shahrukh Khan, had complained that immigration officers searched his luggage, asked whether any U.S. citizen could vouch for him, and detained him for more than a half hour before allowing him to leave the airport. He called it an "unfortunate procedure." His fans, however, were livid. One Indian blogger suggested that "it was an outright case of harassment. Intentional to the power of infinity. I mean, where in the world do you stay if you don't know who is Shahrukh Khan? ... His wax idol [sic] is appearing in the Madame Tussauds London, England! And the US doesn't know SRK?" But some Indian marketers are skeptical about the fuss. Prabhat Choudhary of the Mumbai marketing firm Spice told the French news agency Agence France-Presse suggested the incident may been been used by the actor's public-relations advisers to generate interest in his upcoming movie -- which coincidentally deals with the experiences of Muslims living in the U.S. following the 9/11 attacks. "The kind of media which SRK got, it's helped the film for sure," he said. Mayank Shekhar, cultural editor at The Hindustan Times, remarked, ""Everyone is trying every [publicity] trick in the book. ... The usual one is the leading pair in the film breaking up or getting together or perhaps getting married. But that's so common now it's passé." And Kumar Ketkar, a veteran Mumbai newspaper editor, told AFP that the Indian public is beginning to realize that many Bollywood gossip stories appearing in the Indian press are "manufactured, and that's why some films bomb at the box office."
Continue reading: Indian Star's Detention In U.s. Stirs Furor In Bollywood
Bollywood legend Shahrukh Khan has hit back at reports his run-in with U.S. immigration officials was a publicity stunt for his latest movie MY NAME IS KHAN.
The Indian superstar was reportedly detained after he jetted into Newark Airport, New Jersey on Saturday (15Aug09).
Khan was allegedly frisked and kept waiting for hours in the airport while authorities checked his visas and reasons for visiting America.
After his release, Khan, who was in the U.S. as part of celebrations for India's Independence Day, hit out at the airport interrogation - insisting he was singled out because of his last name.
Continue reading: Khan Denies U.s. Detainment Was A 'Publicity Stunt'
Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan was detained for questioning by U.S. immigration officials as he flew into New Jersey on Saturday (15Aug09) - and the star insists he was singled out because of his Muslim surname.
The highly-acclaimed Indian actor jetted into Newark Airport, New Jersey to be confronted by authorities who detained him while they checked his reasons for visiting the country.
Khan was en-route to Chicago, Illinois to take part in celebrations of India's Independence Day on 15 August (09), which marks India's independence from British rule.
And Khan insists he didn't know how to react to the airport interrogation - admitting he is cautious of Americans' reactions to Muslims.
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Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan has stepped in to defend Mumbai-based hit SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE - reprimanding his fellow countrymen who have criticised the film for portraying India in a negative light.The multi award-winning film has repeatedly come under fire since its release, with campaigners in India slamming the movie's controversial title - claiming the use of the word 'dog' is insulting to those living in slums.
The film's bosses were also accused of underpaying their Indian child stars - despite director Danny Boyle vigorously denying the claims, insisting the studio paid over-the-odds to ensure the welfare of their young actors.
And now Khan - who turned down the role of the film's TV quizmaster - has praised Boyle's project for allowing the world to see India in a "visually appealing" way.
He says, "I think it's really nice that it will open doors for people to understand that there is a lot of visual appeal to India. I hear a lot of people saying that India has been shown in bad light.
Continue reading: Khan Slams Slumdog's Critics
Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan is not surprised he has failed to land a part in a blockbuster movie - because he doubts his acting abilities.
The actor - who is currently in London promoting new movie Go For It India - will never land a megabucks movie deal because he does not boast the skills of his Hollywood counterparts.
He says, "If there is a (Hollywood) role which is interesting enough, I would do it. But so far I have never been offered a big role or a good role from Hollywood - actually, for that matter, never a role from Hollywood, big or small.
"I don't think I am a specifically talented enough 40-year-old actor. I am sure there are a lot of 40-year-old actors there who are more talented, better looking, speak the language better.
"And I don't have a USP (unique selling point) of Kung Fu, I can't do something specific. Unless they start doing Hindi film songs in Hollywood, I don't think anybody is going to cast me."
And Khan claims Bollywood stars should give up attempting to break into Hollywood, adding "I don't think working down there (Hollywood) is the ultimate aim or should be the ultimate aim of an Indian actor."
Actor Shahrukh Khan has described himself as the last "superstar" of Bollywood.
Khan claims that changes in the entertainment industry means superstars are a dying breed.
He says, "The entertainment industry is changing rapidly, with the growth of satellite channels and multiplexes. Soon there will not be any superstars. I would like to believe that I am the last superstar of India."
British soccer stars FRANK LAMPARD and John Terry are starring alongside some of Bollywood's biggest names in an upcoming movie due for release next year (07).
The Chelsea players will appear in JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM, a film about the life of soccer fan RIKKI who lives in London and goes to watch his Chelsea heroes play every week.
Lampard and Terry will star with well-known Bollywood names including Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, PREITY ZINTA BOBBY DEOL and Lara Dutta.
Lead character Rikki is played by India's most popular actor ABHISHEK BACHCHAN, who happens to love Chelsea too.
Bachchan says, "I'm a big Chelsea fan. I get all the games taped for me in India and watch them when I come home from the film sets.
"One of my favourite players is John Terry and it has been great to see Chelsea live."
Bollywood romance VEER ZAARA has picked up six gongs at the INTERNATIONAL INDIAN FILM ACADEMY awards (11JUN05).
The glitzy ceremony took place at Amsterdam's Ajax stadium, in a bid to raise the Indian movie industry's international profile, and the show boasted famous faces such as AISHRAWYA RAI and Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, who rode onstage on a bicycle.
Continue reading: Veer Zaara Is A Smash Hit At Bollywood Awards
A Bollywood movie that cost just $1.6 million (GBP842,000) to make is celebrating its 500th week on release.
DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE (THE BRAVEHEART WILL TAKE THE BRIDE) is still making money for Bombay, India cinema Maratha Mandir, which has been airing the film weekly since its release in October 1995.
The film, shot in India and London and starring Shahrukh Khan, has made $46 million (GBP24.2 million).16/05/2005 02:51
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