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Film India: Stars talk...

What are your favourite stars up to? What is the latest in the world of Bollywood and Hollywood? Take a peep into this section and find out for yourself...

Doctor Khan!

This one was long due to our favourite superstar! Shah Rukh Khan will soon be presented with an honorary degree in arts and culture by Britain’s Bedfordshire University. The actor who has won the hearts of millions will be honoured for his contribution to culture at a ceremony in London.
Bedfordshire University’s deputy vice-chancellor Ashraf Jawaid said that the University was “absolutely delighted to confer this honorary doctorate on Shah Rukh Khan”. Way to go King Khan!

Destined to win...

The child stars of Slumdog Millionaire, Azharuddin Ismail and Rubina Ali were invited to visit the British Parliament and accept an honour from it. Meanwhile, both child actors, who stay in illegal slums in Mumbai, have been gifted flats by the Jai Ho Trust, set up by the film’s producers. The Maharashtra government has also sanctioned flats to the two child artistes. The Mumbai Congress party has decided to bear the cost of both the flats sactioned by the government. But the good news doesn’t end here.
Slumdog Millionaire choreographer Longines Fernandes has won the prestigious Astair Award 2009 in the Best Film Choreography category for the song “Jai Ho”, at a ceremony held in New York.

Still going strong at 40

Big Pictures has drawn up elaborate plans to celebrate actor Amitabh Bachchan’s four decades in the film industry. Amitabh Bachchan had made his debut with Saat Hindustani in 1969. Apart from felicitating Amitabh Bachchan at a grand public event on his birthday, the 11th October 2009, the company may also release in cinemas some of Bachchan’s early films like Shakti, Sholay and Zanjeer, among several others.


The Titanic star Leonardo DiCaprio was left barefooted and red-faced on a recent trip to Japan, after fans reportedly stole his shoes during a visit to an ancient temple. He refused to pose for snaps with fans, who ran off with the actor’s shoes after he took them off to step inside the temple.

Shiney’s future in the dark?

Actor Shiney Ahuja has not been granted bail by the court in Mumbai. He is accused of having raped his maid servant in his flat at Andheri. Shiney Ahuja had reportedly confessed that he had consensual sex with the maid, while his wife Anupam insisted that her husband was totally innocent. She said that her husband was being framed to extract money. Later, she said that the maid servant had raped her husband. The forensic reports, including the DNA and blood tests, have confirmed that Shiney Ahuja had raped the young girl.

Join the Army!

Once a hero, always a hero! The Malayalam actor Mohanlal, who has won millions of hearts with his acting skills, is surely going to make his fans proud with this news. After years of playing the righteous Army officer, Mohanlal will now play the role in real life too. The actor has been granted the honorary rank of a lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army.

Mohanlal will be affiliated with Kerala-based 122 Infantry Battalion. The actor said that he was proud of the title and would do his best to execute his newly assigned role.
“It is truly a proud moment for me to have been granted an honorary rank during the diamond jubilee year of the Territorial Army,” Mohanlal said. In October 2008, veteran cricketer Kapil Dev was also granted the honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army.

He’s the brightest of ’em all

University’s vice-chancellor, Prof Michael Driscoll

A visit from an Indian superstar brought Middlesex University and its students to a standstill recently. A.R Rahman, the Indian composer, musician and singer and is probably best known globally as the winner of two Academy Awards for the music he wrote for the smash hit film Slumdog Millionaire. His visit to Middlesex University in Hendon, London had two purposes. Along with Middlesex’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Driscoll, he signed a Memorandum of Understanding between his KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, India and the University. AR, as he is known, was also awarded an Honorary Degree, making him a Doctor of Middlesex University, the highest honour the University can bestow. Middlesex is an extremely popular British university throughout India and hundreds of Indian students come to study on its London campuses.

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