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Silent Bollywood shuns India's political limelight MUMBAI: A furious backlash against two Bollywood stars who complained of rising intolerance in India has highlighted the film industry's uneasy relationship with politics, in contrast to Hollywood where celebrities are often lauded for their activism.Top actors Aamir Khan and Shahrukh Khan were accused of being unpatriotic after suggesting Hindu-majority India was becoming more intolerant, with members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leading the onslaught."We have these highly polarised and heated responses to any political stand a film personality takes," movie director Hansal Mehta told AFP."There is no room for debate or discourse, especially when it comes to Bollywood celebrities," he added.Aamir -- the star of "Dhoom 3", one of the highest-grossing Bollywood movies of all time -- provoked a furious response when he said that a sense of "insecurity" and "fear" was gripping India.Aamir, who like many Bollywood stars is Muslim, also revealed that his Hindu wife ...

'Call me Francesco': new film recalls pope's darkest moments ROME: The challenges faced by Pope Francis during the dark years of the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983) are portrayed in a new film, "Call Me Francesco", which will have its world premiere at the Vatican on Tuesday.The film tells the story of the life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, from his youth to his election as head of the Roman Catholic Church in March 2013.During the 98-minute biopic the audience gets a glimpse into Bergoglio's life ...

High-tech Barbie stokes privacy fears WASHINGTON: The new Barbie doll is "intelligent" and connected. Too connected for some privacy activists.The high-tech "Hello Barbie" doll unveiled earlier this year by toy giant Mattel and likely to be a holiday hit allows children to speak and get a response from their favorite toy.But to make that happen, conversations travel over Wi-Fi networks to Internet "cloud" servers that use artificial intelligence to deliver a personal reply.For the activist group Campaign for a Commercial-Free ...

Spielberg wants new 'Indiana Jones' film before Ford 'hits 80' PARIS: Film director Steven Spielberg said Monday that he would love to shoot a fifth "Indiana Jones" film before the hero of the series, Harrison Ford, hits 80.The Hollywood legend told French radio RTL that he was itching to make another episode of the adventures of the fictional archaeologist that began 34 years ago with "Raiders of the Lost Ark"."I am hoping one day to make it to an Indiana Jones V. I would hope ...

Adele’s Good Looking Bodyguard Became ‘New’ Internet Sensation Music sensation Adele has hired a new bodyguard Peter Van Der Veen, who has become an internet sensation all over the world. Bodyguard Peter Van der Veen developed his own online following after stepping out with the 27-year-old singer during recent appearances.His chiselled features and piercing blue eyes soon caught attention, as he appeared standing protectively by Adele’s side in paparazzi shots. Van Der Veen, a Holland native, not only was previously crowned Mr. Europe, ...

Japanese manga artist Mizuki dies at 93 TOKYO: Award-winning Japanese cartoonist Shigeru Mizuki, known for his comics of ghosts and monsters inspired by folklore and for his accounts of World War II horrors, died Monday at 93, his office said. Mizuki, whose real name was Shigeru Mura, was hospitalised in early November after he collapsed in Tokyo, the office said on its website.He underwent surgery but died Monday morning of multiple organ failure in hospital, it said.The native of Tottori prefecture in ...

Psy says 'no chance' of another Gangnam Style success SEOUL: "Gangnam Style" star Psy acknowledged Monday that he could never repeat the phenomenal global success of his 2012 hit, but said he was perfectly happy being "just another" K-pop artist.The quirky South Korean singer was catapulted to unlikely international stardom after the "Gangnam Style" music video, with its invisible horse-riding dance, went viral. The song -- a satire of the luxury lifestyle of residents in Seoul's glitzy Gangnam district -- remains the most-watched video ...


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