From The Archives

2013 Jan


Jan 23 2012:
Did you hear?

Our Hindi Movies Superstar, Shahrukh Khan, might not have won any Filmfare Award held on Jan 20th in Mumbai, but that doesn't mean 2013 didn't start right for him. Afterall, there is some good news for him and his fans. As yo...
u have probably heard, Shahrukh has been picked to grace the cover of the business magazine Forbes as one of the 100 most powerful people in India! Forbes entered the Indian market four years back and SRK will be the first amongst the Indian actors to be bestowed upon this honor! 



We don't really need to say anymore about Shahrukh Khan. But say we will. Shahrukh is one of the two most awarded actor of hindi cinema, having won 8 Filmfare Best Actor Awards. The other one being Dilip Kumar. The 1965 born actor, has been giving hits since his debut film, Deewana in 1982. He is the co-founder of the production company, Dreamz Unlimited and owner of production and distribution company Red Chillies Entertainment. He also has high stake in the IPL Calcutta Cricket team, Kolkata Knight Riders. 

Jan 15 2013:

The Much Talked about Indian Connection in Golden Globe & Oscars........
(by Sonal Kulshrestha)

Golden Globe 2013 winners were awarded their priced trophies on Jan. 13 in Beverly Hills, California. And although none of the Indian actors emerged winners or were even nominated, the Indian connection amongst the top winners and those nominated didn't go unnoticed.

Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” that won in the original score category (winner being Composer Mychael Danna) stars Indian actors Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Tabu. A sizeable part of the movie was shot in South India. The movie is based on an adventure of an Indian boy stranded at sea on a lifeboat with an Indian Bengal Tiger. The movie was also nominated in the Best Motion Picture (Drama) category and in the Best Director category (Ang Lee).

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” that was nominated for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) co-starred Indian actors Dev Patel amongst others and was shot in Rajasthan. It portrays life in India.

Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”, for which Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor (Drama) award and the movie itself was nominated in the Best Motion Picture (Drama) category is produced by DreamWorks. What’s the Indian connection here, you ask? Well, Dreamworks studio is equal partners with Indian conglomerate Reliance Group owned by Anil Ambani. Sally Field was also nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for this film and Tommy Lee Jones  was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for the same. Other nominations for ‘Lincoln’ included Tony Kushner for Best Screenplay, John Williams for Best Original Score, taking the total nominations to seven!

David O. Russell's “Silver Linings Playbook,” for which Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) features popular Indian actor, Anupam Kher, in a major role. The movie was nominated for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) also and Bradley Cooper was amongst the nominees for the Best Actor category. 

Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” that was nominated for the Best Picture (Drama) category was partly shot in Chandigarh, Punjab, where the Manimajra market was turned into a Pakistani setting. Jessica Chastain  from the movie won the Best Actress (Drame) category. It was also nominated in the category of Best Director, Kathryn Bigelow and Best Screenplay, Mark Boal.

The television categories were not without any indian connection either. CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” nominated for Best Series (Musical or Comedy) stars an Indian American actor, Kunal Nayyar. Also, in the Best Supporting Actress (Series, Miniseries or Movie) category, amongst those nominated was Archie Panjabi.


The Oscar nominations for 2013 have been announced and the story is not much different there, with ‘Lincoln’ backing twelve nominations(much to the delight of Anil Ambani) and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ being in the running for five Academy Awards (and joyful the Manimajra shopkeepers are). Not to mention the 8 Oscar nominations for Silver Linings Playbook!

However, a new star on the global horizon is Indian classical singer Jayashri Ramnath – known as Bombay Jayashri - who is co-nominated for best original song for the song "Pi's Lullaby"  for which she wrote the Tamil lyrics in ‘Life of Pi’. The film's composer Mychael Danna is also nominated for best original score.

So what are you doing on February 24th? Save the date for the 85th Academy Awards ceremony (The Oscars) 2013 to be held at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood (Los Angeles), California! The show will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane and it will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film series.


Jan 8 2013:

There's has got to be some good news coming our way in 2013!

Wait a minute, there is. As we hear from most economist that the economy will pick up in 2013, we also hear talks of things that will be cheaper in 2013.

According to an article on Yahoo By Stephanie Emma Pfeffer,  here are the 10 things that will be cheaper in 2013:

1. Laptops, Flat-screen TVs and Digital Cameras
2. Gas
3. Online Apparel
4. Apps
5. Tablets
6. Smartphones
7. Video Games
8. Last-Minute Travel
9. Bundled Vacations and
10. Cruises

Jan 2013

The Where-To-Be Born Index of 2013: India ranks what??

(by Sonal Kulshrestha)

We had barely gotten over the disappointment of India ranking 94th in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) that was released at the end of 2012 by the Tranparency International Organisation and now this! What you ask? At the very beginning of 2013, we get the news that apprently India ranks 66th amongst 80 countries ranked in the Where-To-Be-Born Index according to the Daily Mail that cited the study by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of The Economist. And to be very honest, not at all surprised by the fact that rest of the desi world didn't fare much better either. Sri Lanka at 63, did slightly better. While Pakistan at 75 and Bangladesh at 77, did slightly worse.

According to the study, Switzerland is the best country to be born in in 2013 based on the expected quality of life that people are likely to enjoy! Others in top ten are Australia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Singapore, Newzealand, Netherlands, Canada and Hong Kong in that order.

The EIU attempted to measure which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in years to come.

From The Archives

Jan 2013

Some of the other countries of interest ranked as follows-
United States- 16th,
Germany- 16th,
Japan- 25th,
Mexico- 39th and
China- 49th

Nigeria, turns out, is the worst country for a 2013 baby to be born in.

So for the Indian Americans who are forever contemplating returning to India, although, there's a big difference between 16th and the 66th rank, we have got to believe that there's hope for India. That along with the technological advancement in India, the infrastructure will improve too! That along with the richness, poverty will go away too! That along with the modern influence of the west, the basic culture and heritage will be preserved too! And most importantly, along with the globalization, safety for all will come too!

Source: DailyMail

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