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With awards, Bollywood shows growing imprint in US

Bollywood this week throws its premier awards event for the first time in the United States, which has quietly become the leading overseas market for India's prolific film industry. The International Indian Film Academy on Wednesday kicks off four days of festivities in Tampa culminating in an awards ceremony Saturday that will bring out Bollywood's glitterati and Hollywood legend John Travolta.

Bollywood to dance into final frontier

Bollywood is promising a song-and-dance extravaganza as Indian cinema throws its awards ceremony in the United States for the first time, looking to tap into a mature but lucrative market. The International Indian Film Academy said "House of Cards" and "American Beauty" star Kevin Spacey would appear in an acting workshop during the April 23-26 program in Tampa, Florida, part of an effort to woo an American audience.

First Indian film museum to open in home of Bollywood

Seven years in the making and costing nearly $20 million, the first Indian film museum is set to open in the home of Bollywood, more than 100 years after the country's celebrated movie industry was born. The government-funded National Museum of Indian Cinema, set in an elegant 19th century heritage bungalow in south Mumbai, traces Indian cinema's history from the black-and-white silent era to its musical modern blockbusters.

Gay Bollywood director says 'I won't be invisible'

Indian filmmaker Onir knows what it's like to be Bollywood's only openly gay director. The man behind the critically-acclaimed "My Brother... Nikhil" has been insulted live on television and regularly receives abusive mails but says it's still better than being "invisible". Onir, who uses one name, first started making waves with his 2005 film based on the real life story of swimming champion Dominic D'Souza, the southern Indian state of Goa's first reported case of HIV.

'India's Greta Garbo' Suchitra Sen dies

Iconic Bengali actress Suchitra Sen, often described as India's Greta Garbo after she quit acting at the height of her career to lead a hermit-like existence, died Friday aged 82. The star had been ill in hospital in the eastern city of Kolkata since last month and died after suffering a massive heart attack, the Press Trust of India reported. Prime Minister Mamohan Singh led tributes to the woman who "carved a special niche in the hearts of millions of Indians through her graceful cinematic presence".

Bollywood classic Sholay released in 3D after restoration, legal fight

Almost 40 years after one of Bollywood's most famous films broke box office records, "Sholay" (Embers) has been restored for release Friday in 3D to a new generation of moviegoers. The iconic Indian film, which stars Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Amjad Khan and other Bollywood greats, is an action adventure about two petty thieves hired by a police officer to exact revenge on a ruthless bandit.

Prolific Padukone rises to top of Bollywood A-list

If any Bollywood star can claim 2013 as their year, it is Deepika Padukone. With four hit films, the former model has risen to the top of the A-list -- and now has Hollywood in her sights. But she isn't putting her giddy fame down to luck. "I did work at an abnormal pace, juggling three films at a time, and I think the payback has been worth it," the elegant 27-year-old told AFP in an interview in her adopted hometown Mumbai, the entertainment capital.

India's Shyam Benegal won't give up director's chair

There's not much the veteran Indian director Shyam Benegal doesn't know about filmmaking -- including the supposedly modern technique of crowdfunding he used to make his 1976 movie "The Churning". Half a million rural farmers contributed two rupees each to help make the feature, then famously turned up by the lorry-load to see "their film", turning it into a box-office hit. "Imagine half a million people going to the cinema to see their own story," the much-celebrated Benegal, 78, told AFP in Paris.

Bollywood's 'King of Melody' Manna Dey dies at 94

Legendary Bollywood singer Manna Dey, whose husky voice dominated the soundtracks of Indian movie classics for more than 60 years, died in hospital on Thursday aged 94. The playback singer, who had been struggling with ill health for several months, died in the southern city of Bangalore after suffering multiple organ failure, a hospital spokesman told AFP. "We are saddened by his loss, but he died peacefully," his son-in-law Jnanranjan Deb, who was at the singer's bedside when he died, told the Press Trust of India news agency.

Legendary Bollywood singer Manna Dey dies at 94

Legendary Bollywood singer Manna Dey, whose husky voice dominated the soundtracks of Indian movie classics for more than 60 years, died in hospital on Thursday aged 94. The playback singer, who had been struggling with ill health for several months, died in the southern city of Bangalore city after suffering multiple organ failure, a hospital spokesman told AFP.
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