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IIFA Awards, Wizcraft Sued for $7 Million
Priyanka Chopra, seen in “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela,” is scheduled to perform during the Tata Motors IIFA Awards April 26 in Tampa Bay, Fla. The organizers of the show have been sued by a local Florida-based travel agent.
IIFA Awards, Wizcraft Sued for $7 Million
The organizers of the upcoming Tata Motors IIFA Awards are being sued by an Indian American travel agent who claims that he is owed approximately $7 million in unreimbursed expenses and fees.
     
    The multi-awarded Gulzar (with a record number of Filmfare trophies, the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Padma Bhushan and also the Oscar for “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire”) was named the winner of this year’s Dada Saheb Phalke award April 12.
    Lyricist-Filmmaker Gulzar Becomes Latest Phalke Laureate
    Noted lyricist-filmmaker Gulzar, best known for penning memorable hits like “Tujhse Naaraaz Nahi” and “Tere Bina Zindagi Se” besides directing critically acclaimed films...
      Film professor-turned-documentarian Warren Bass has shot his latest documentary, “The Urban World,” on location in Ahmedabad. (Photo courtesy Warren Bass/The Temple News)
      Indian Slum Dwellers Displaced in Documentary ‘The Urban World’
      Temple University film professor-turned-filmmaker Warren Bass has won awards for his work at festivals such as the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, the Athens International Film Festival, the FirstGlance Film Festival and the Bare Bones International Film Festival.
        Saya, an Indian princess character from the Guardian Princesses book series, is the guardian of lakes and rivers.
        Indian Cartoon Princess Joins Children’s Book Series
        An Indian character is one of the heroines of a new book series called “Guardian Princesses,” designed to “transform the cultural meaning of the princesses into inspiring leaders who take action to protect the people and the planet,” said a statement from the series’ creator.
          Anthony Bourdain rides the Kalka-Shimla train in an April 13 episode of “Parts Unknown” on CNN.
          Anthony Bourdain Visits Punjab on CNN Travel Series
          Anthony Bourdain has traveled to all sorts of exotic places over the past couple of years, with none as important as where he’s taken CNN itself.
            Kal Penn spent a day with Battle Creek, Mich., detectives Mar. 8 to do research for his role on “Battle Creek,” a new CBS series created by “Breaking Bad’s” Vince Gilligan.
            Kal Penn Stars in CBS Crime Series ‘Battle Creek’
            Let’s just forget that “We Are Men” ever happened. That short-lived CBS comedy was just a blip on Kal Penn’s radar (I-W, Sept. 20, 2013).
              College girl and porn star Belle Knox, who is actually half Indian, refuses to back down from her decision to perform in adult films despite receiving death threats. On April 7 it was revealed that she will now star in a Web-based reality show.
              Porn Star ‘Belle Knox’ Half Indian: Reports
              Overlooked during the recent fracas about Duke University co-ed video porn star “Belle Knox,” whose true identity was revealed by fellow student Thomas Bagley, was the news that Knox is half Indian.
                British Indian actress Archie Panjabi will appear opposite Dwayne Johnson in a big-budget disaster movie, “San Andreas,” set to release in 2015.
                Archie Panjabi Cast in ‘San Andreas’ Disaster Film
                British actress of Indian origin Archie Panjabi, best known for her role in “The Good Wife,” has been cast in the upcoming disaster movie “San Andreas,” it was reported April 3.
                  Makeup artist Greg Cannom is seen working with Shah Rukh Khan to come up with a look for Maneesh Sharma’s film “Fan,” produced by Yash Raj Films.
                  Oscar Winner Greg Cannom Designs Shah Rukh’s Look for ‘Fan’
                  Yash Raj Films (YRF) has roped in Oscar-winning makeup artist Greg Cannom to develop the look of superstar Shah Rukh Khan for his upcoming film “Fan.”
                    Mallika Sherawat prepares to discuss her take on women’s rights in India on MSNBC’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” Mar. 18 in this photo posted on the actress’s Facebook page.
                    Mallika Sherawat Rocks MSNBC Interview, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Role
                    In case you’ve been wondering what Mallika Sherawat has been up to lately, look no further than the flat screen in your living room.
                      After directing “Digant” on the lives of shepherd community tribals, filmmaker Dnyanesh Moghe is starting work on a film about transgender people.
                      Goan Director to Make Film on Transgenders
                      After a nationally-acclaimed movie on the lives of nomads, Goa-based director Dnyanesh Moghe is now working on a story about transgender people, which was inspired by the real-life story of a state-level athlete who ended his life after being questioned about her gender.
                        Irrfan Khan, seen at the recent Nickelodeon India Kids’ Choice Awards, tweeted a photo of the beach from Hawaii on April 7 while on location shooting for “Jurassic World.”
                        Irrfan Starts ‘Jurassic World’ Shoot in Hawaii
                        Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, who is playing a significant role in the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park film series titled “Jurassic World,” has begun shooting the much anticipated movie in on Oahu and Kauai in Hawaii. He tweeted a photo from his hotel room looking out at the ocean April 7.
                          Singer Mohit Chauhan performing at the San Jose Center of Performing Arts on Mar. 29. (Perfect Click photo)
                          Mohit Chauhan’s Debut Concert Delights Frenzied Fans
                          The real “Rockstar” Mohit Chauhan sang his way into the hearts of his 2,600-plus fans at a live concert brought to the San Jose Center of Performing Arts here Mar. 29 by Instant Karma and Shor Media Group, which marked the debut of this award-winning playback singer in the San Francisco Bay Area.
                            Indranil Roychowdhury’s feature debut “Phoring” is an evocative and unpredictable tale of confused adolescence in a struggling North Bengal town. The film will screen at IFFLA April 12.
                            Filmfare Award Winner ‘Phoring’ at IFFLA
                            The Bengali film “Phoring,” which screened at IFFI-2013, has been selected to compete in the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, where it will screen April 12 at 4 p.m.
                              Sri Lankan-origin hip-hop star M.I.A. flips the bird during her 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance. Two years later, she is facing additional fines from the NFL over it. (Getty Images)
                              M.I.A. Faces $15.1 Million Fine Over Superbowl Shenanigans
                              Sri Lankan-origin hip hop star M.I.A.’s raised middle finger during a Super Bowl XLVI performance raised eyebrows two years ago, and led the NFL and its broadcast partner, NBC, to issue apologies. Now, she is facing a huge, new additional fine.
                                British Indian actress Somi Guha is suing the makers of the popular BBC car show “Top Gear” for discrimination and misconduct.
                                Indian-British Actress Sues BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ for Racism
                                An Indian-British actress has sued the BBC for discrimination and misconduct after one of the hosts of the popular “Top Gear” car show referred to Burmese people as “slopes,” a derogatory term for Asians.

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