FILM NOTES: SHAH RUKH KHAN’S “RAEES”

I popped over to my local picture hall in Silicon Valley to catch the first show of a new Bollywood film. This was director Rahul Dholakia’s  Raees starring  Shah Rukh Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Mahira Khan. All I knew about Raees is that it is a thriller loosely based on a underground criminal or a gangster from Gujarat,… Continue Reading


DEEPIKA PADUKONE IN xXx RETURN OF XANDER CAGE

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was in Hollywood a few days ago to promote her new film xXx Return of Xander Cage that stars Vin Diesel and is directed by DJ Caruso. Diesel, Caruso and  Padukone attended the Indian premier in Mumbai  since the film released in India on Jan 13, 2017. Diesel’s films are hugely popular in India, and so… Continue Reading


REMEMBERING OM PURI

Veteran actor Om Puri (66) passed away on Jan 6, 2016 in Mumbai. A versatile and talented actor, Puri acted in theatre, films and TV. He made his film debut in the 1970s and went on to act in many art house films in Hindi and branched off into mainstream Bollywood. He then went on to act… Continue Reading


VIDEO: FLORE DE ANIS BY CASCADE DE FLORES

Flor de Anís is a song composed by Jorge Licego by Cascada de Flores, a San Francisco Bay area ensemble.  Liceaga sings the music and is accompanied by Arwen Lawrence (vocalist, dancer), Kyla Danysh (violinist, vocalist), and Saul Sierra-Alonso (bass). You can watch the entire performance and an interview with Lawrence here. The show was… Continue Reading