Category: Entertainment

Four top classic Bollywood films that depict Class struggle

By Nikhil Gajendragadkar Majority films of Mainstream Hindi Cinema are known as escapist fare. But a few films do try to go beyond mere entertainment. Four classic films have dealt with the theme of ‘Class Struggle’. Each of these films has a scene which is central to the story and theme. It started with ‘Mughal-E-Azam’, […]

October 23, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Self-taught drummer Maneswita Jaiswal prefers busking to auditorium

By Ashok Kumar The Toyota organised “Feeling the Street” competition of the musicians who make streets their stage and six emerged winners in this competition.. Chosen from a pool of 370 artists across 29 countries, the winners were Robson Peres (violinist, Brazil), Thomas Cheval (pianist, Italy), Héctor Matías (bass player, Brisbane via Chile), Albert Peres (drummer, Colombia), Maneswita Jaiswal (drummer,Lucknow, India) and Chelei Solo from Nagaland, […]

October 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Mixed reaction to ‘ban on Pak artists’ decision on the twitter

IST NEWSDESK: Reports received by The Indian Sub-continent Times clearly point out that there is a petition doing rounds in the US asking the US govt to declare Pakistan a terrorist country. The petitions has been signed by over 100,000 people and if this is circulated in India at least a crore people will sign […]

October 1, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Rafi-Shammi double tribute indeed an enthralling experience

IST Newsdesk Sydney Sept 26: Mohammad Rafi and Shammi Kapoor were ‘conjoined twins’ as far as the Indian film entertainment industry is concerned. Saleem Zamman has been recreating this magic every year since his idol Rafi passed into another world. But Rafi and Shammi made a rare combination to understand each other’s strength to bring […]

September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments More

‘Bollywood Blast’ with a new concept by India Club

By Ashok Kumar Pictures courtesy: Harmohan Walia A fantastic weekend made possible thanks to the wonderful couple Shubha Kumar and Akshaye Kumar of ‘The India club.’ It was a musical night full of entertainment. In fact, Shubha always takes the lead whether it is organising India Australia Friendship fairs or thought provoking seminars or musical […]

August 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Down the memory lane—Recreating Rafi, Shammi magic

By IST Newsdesk One can take an Indian out of India, but one cannot take India out of an Indian! Sydney’s Indian community is blessed with a plethora of artistic talent and proactive promoters who keep us periodically entertained, and in touch with our diverse arts and cultures. We are offered a wide variety of […]

June 18, 2016 | 0 Comments More

‘The Hidden Truth’ tackles growing domestic violence in community

By Ashok Kumar Can entertainment be educative? Our teachers tried hard to make education entertaining but didn’t work, really. But, away from the glitz of Bollywood, some filmmakers from Melbourne dealt with  some serious problems being faced by people in the community through a film: The Hidden Truth. The Hidden Truth, directed by Gurmeet Sran, […]

May 15, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Music comes from the heart, said Kishore

By Pradyot Lal: Being the youngest brother of Ashok Kumar, who was a super star even before Saigal came on the scene, Kishore was offered more jobs as an actor than as a singer. But his heart was set on singing. He would tell Ashok Kumar: “Acting is not real. Music comes from the heart. […]

June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Begum Akhtar, when she acted in films

By Pradyot Lal: After the advent of talkie era in India, Begum Akhtar( Akhtari Bai Faizabadi) acted in a few Hindi movies in thirties. East India Film Company of Calcutta approached her to act in ‘King for a Day’ and ‘Nal Damayanti’ in 1933. Like others of that era, she sang her songs herself in all […]

May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Melb. South Asian community shake a leg at Telstra B’wood dance competition

The annual Telstra Bollywood Dance Competition is one of the highlights of the Indian Film Festival and attracted thousands to the Federation Square in Melbourne on 4 May. Over twenty talented contestants from all over Australia competed for the winning titles with Bollywood’s brightest stars Malaika Arora Khan from India’s Got Talent, Dhoom 3 Director […]

May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More