Mr. South Asia, Miss South Asia 2014 Pageant Set for Mar. 8
Bollywood director Rahul Rawail, Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih, fashion stylist and costume designer G.K. Reid, and award-winning director and photographer Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri will be the high profile guests at the Mr. & Miss South Asia 2014 pageants scheduled for March 8 in Silicon Valley.
Bollywood Actress Graces a ‘Preity’ Charity Ball
A Spring Charity Ball featuring special guest Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, held Mar. 1, was not your normal Saturday night party. Although there was the usual music, dance and dinner, this event had a bigger purpose behind all the fun: to provide a platform for worthy charities to raise funds.
Oscars 2014: Naeem Khan Dresses Hollywood Royalty
Indian American fashion designer Naeem Khan dressed actress Portia de Rossi (l) in an elegant ivory honeycomb-beaded halter gown with a revealing criss-cross back for an appearance at the 2014 Academy Awards Mar. 2 and the Vanity Fair Oscar Party that followed.
Shanti Dynamite Joins Rihanna, Katy Perry in AIDS Campaign
Nonprofit Belgium-based organization Designers Against AIDS (DAA) has launched the “Fashion Against AIDS” campaign in collaboration with fashion houses like H&M, which is set to launch retail outlets in India next year, to raise awareness about AIDS.
fbb Femina Miss India 2014 Finalists Unveiled
The national selection process of fbb Femina Miss India 2014 culminated at the Hotel Palladium Mar. 1. The final round of auditions saw the aspiring girls vying for the last chance to be a part of the competition.
Child Sex Trafficking Drama ‘Sold’ at Cinequest, IFFLA
Sex trafficking in India has reached epidemic proportions, and has inspired seemingly countless dramatic and documentary films. The latest of these is an English-language drama titled “Sold,” which will premiere Mar. 7 at the Cinequest film festival in San Jose, Calif.
Kevin Spacey, Vidya Balan to Lead Acting Masterclass at IIFA
Kevin Spacey, the Oscar-winning Hollywood star of “American Beauty,” will lead an acting workshop with Indian actress Vidya Balan at the upcoming IIFA Awards in Tampa Bay.
Matinee Idols Unite to Seek Temple Elephant’s Release
A group of celebrities from both Bollywood and Hollywood have joined hands for the transfer of a 14-year-old temple elephant, which had allegedly been tortured by its mahout in Maharashtra, to a sanctuary.
‘Lakshmi’ Has Success Party – Before Release!
It’s a first, though it may become a trendsetter. Jayantilal Gada of Pen Audio hosted a success party for his co-production “Lakshmi” Feb. 19, even before its theatrical release!
NRI Filmmaker Ready to Launch Web Series
Arjun Chudasama, an Indian American filmmaker and actor, is in post production for “The Event Planner,” a novel five-episode Web series.
Bluesy Pop Singer Shelly Bhushan Releases New Video
Indian American singer Shelly Bhushan moved from her home town in Texas to New York to pursue a music career, and it is starting to look like her risk has paid off.
Kajal Aggarwal Has a Fan in Switzerland
Kajal Aggarwal, whose Tamil movie “Jilla” was released in theaters Jan. 8, was pleasantly surprised when she received a letter from Vino, a fan based in Switzerland.
Gods, Fakirs Grace ‘Yoga: The Art of Transformation’ in San Francisco
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco unveiled its latest exhibit, “Yoga: The Art of Transformation,” Feb. 21 with a gala party featuring a hatha yoga class for 150 people, DJ entertainment from MC Yogi and DJ Drez, and a performance by Non Stop Bhangra.
‘The Lunchbox’ Director: ‘Between a Mistake and a Miracle’
The trials and tribulations of Ritesh Batra’s film “The Lunchbox,” starring Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nimrat Kaur, are by now familiar to India-West readers. Film fans followed along as “The Lunchbox” earned accolades around the world.
Sandip Soparrkar Enthralls at Seattle Dance Festival
Internationally acclaimed dancer-choreographer Sandip Soparrkar mesmerized audiences with his powerful performance at the Seattle India Dance Festival earlier this month.