We've been hectic the past two weeks - celebrating Raj's Birthday; the releases of Prince and Paathshala; our Radio 2 Show; the launch of Rifco Arts new musical - Britain's Got Bhangra; coping with all flights in the UK being grounded; and then Raj falling ill.
Prince is fast and furious with lots of thrills and spills - a kind of Bollywood meets The Bourne Identity meets James Bond meetsDon meets Dhoom 2. The film has surprised the pundits and has had a massive opening in India - second only to MNIK.
Vivek Oberoi is back as a star who can open a film on his name alone - do watch it if you are into crime capers. British starlet Aruna Shields stands out as the Lara Croft type co-star. Vivek rocks.
Director Kooki Gulati is pleased at the opening and is all praises for the dedication shown by Vivek especially in all the high-octane stunt scenes. But the true star of the show that helps sets the movie apart is the fantastic music director Sachin Gupta. The former rock band composer who hails from a family of doctor's told us that the super hit song 'Tere Liye' is based on his unresolved love life and he will be continuing to write songs from his broken heart. Bless him!
One person that should be questioning his choices is Shahid Kapoor - his last mega hit was Jab We Met with ex Kareena. This week saw the release of the lackluster Paathshala. Yet again, we see him playing a teacher in this one. Whilst the message of the film is an honest and commendable one, it does lack what we all love in a Bollywood Blockbuster - the love story. Ayesha Takia gives a safe performance whilst Shahid really need not pick roles like this after showing how skilled he is as an actor in Kaminey. The concept is worthy - the abuse of schoolchildren, but the film leaves you cold.
We are over the moon with the success of Radio 2's "From Hollywood to Bollywood" for Friday Night is Music Night. The prestigious BBC Concert Orchestra were joined by Kuljit Bhamra and singer Sangeeta and performed live from the LSO St Luke's for a salutation of some of the greatest Indian inspired soundtracks from Hollywood and some of the greatest hits from Bollywood. Thank you to everyone who loved our interview with music maestro AR Rahaman. We will keep you posted!
This Friday at our Raj&Pablo's Bollywood Nights we will be celebrating the success of Rifco Arts Britain's Got Bhangra which stars the lovely Sophia Haque. It's a joyful look at how Bhangra became part of the UK music scene and its influences from Bollywood. Do hope you can join us and show us your Bhangra Bollywood "jhatka's & matkha".