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RIM to acquire Ireland's NewBay developer

RIM to acquire Ireland's NewBay developer Canada based, Research In Motion (RIM), the maker of popular BlackBerry family of smartphones, is set to take over Irish mobile software maker NewBay developer for an unannounced price.

The developer creates photo, video and social-networking tools fro several devices. Even as the company has not announced the pricing details of the deal, the amount is believed to be about $100 million, according to a report by Reuters.

'Mausam' screenings at Toronto film fest cancelled

'Mausam' screenings at Toronto film fest cancelledToronto, Sep 14 : The screenings of Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor starrer "Mausam" at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival has been cancelled due to censor delays in India, the organisers said.

"We are extremely disappointed that the studio has informed us that the film will not have received the necessary regulatory approvals in India, forcing us to cancel all screenings of 'Mausam'," Cameron Bailey, co-director of the festival, said in a statement.

India Negotiating With EU and Canada over Trade Agreements

India Negotiating With EU and Canada over Trade AgreementsCommerce Minister Anand Sharma has revealed that talks with European Union (EU) and Canada to structure the free-trade agreements have been proceeding.

India has been negotiating with the EU and Canada to enter their markets as its main trade partners the U. S. and a few western countries have been entrapped in the economic uncertainty, which has become a halt in the shipment of gems and jewelry. Africa, South America and the ASEAN countries have been witnessing growth.

Subhash Ghai says 'Awara' drew him into Bollywood

Subhash GhaiToronto, June 29 : Subhash Ghai credits Raj Kapoor's film "Awara" for his entry into Bollywood.

"In my childhood, I saw 'Awara' and I bunked from school. After that when I came home, my mom said: you were not at school? I told a lie and said: yeah, I was in school. After seeing that film I didn't go to school for three days... I wanted to be nothing but a filmmaker,'' Ghai said at a tribute to the legendary Raj Kapoor here organized by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

When Toronto was Bolly-wooed and bowled over

When Toronto was Bolly-wooed and bowled overToronto, June 27 : With its heady cocktail of dance, music and glitterati, the three-day International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) will be etched in the memories of people in Canada's largest city for a long time to come.

The June 23-25 event had all the elements of a mini-Punjabi wedding with fun, frolic and colour poured in generous quantities. Many NRIs played their part by showing up in the best of Indian finery; and for those of other nationalities, it was a perfect window to the wonders of Indian film culture.

Big B is `stunning actor and gentleman,' says King Khan

Shah Rukh Khan, Shahrukh KhanToronto, June 26 : For King Khan, Big B is still the super star of Bollywood. Asked about his super status at a press conference here, Shah Rukh Khan said the credit for his success should be given to "people who work behind scenes".

It would be wrong for him to claim the whole credit for his current status, said King Khan.

The super star said Big B remains "the most stunning actor and a gentleman".

'Band Baaja Baaraat' wins three IIFA awards

'Band Baaja Baaraat' wins three IIFA awardsToronto, June 25 : Maneesh Sharma's 'Band Baaja Baaraat' won three IIFA awards Friday night as Sonu Nigam joined Jermaine Jackson, elder brother of the late Michael Jackson, to pay a moving musical tribute to the legend at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards here.

In fact, Nigam's 'Thank you for the legacy' on the second death anniversary of the 'King of Pop' set the stage for the IIFA Rocks show in the city's ultra-modern Ricoh Coliseum, jampacked with more than 25,000 people.

Jermaine Jackson at IIFA, fails to match MJ

Jermaine Jackson Toronto, June 25 : With his red bejewelled jacket and incessant pelvic thrusts, American musician Jermaine Jackson rocked the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Rocks here.

Jermaine was the first performer at the IIFA Rocks held Friday night at the Ricoh Coliseum. It is a fashion and music event held as part of the ongoing IIFA celebrations here.

The occasion was the eve of the second death anniversary of his younger brother Michael Jackson. But despite Jermaine's effort, MJ's magic was missed by the audience.

Kishore Kumar's tunes inspire new musical 'Jhumru'

Kishore KumarToronto, June 25 : Remember "Main hun jhum jhum jhum jhum jhumru..."? This popular number and many other such hummable tunes by legendary actor-singer Kishore Kumar, have inspired a new Bollywood musical titled "Jhumru", to be showcased at the Kingdom of Dreams in India, starting October.

"We have started work on a new musical. It's called 'Jhumru', and it is inspired by Kishore Kumar," Viraf Sarkari, director, Wizcraft International Entertainment, co-owners of Kingdom of Dreams, said here.

Bollywood musical 'Zangoora' set for world tour in 2012

Bollywood musical 'Zangoora' set for world tour in 2012Toronto, June 25 : Bollywood musical "Zangoora - The Gypsy Prince" is set to go global through a world tour, including the US and Britain, in 2012.

It has completed 300 shows at India's Kingdom of Dreams (KOD), located in Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi.

"We are taking 'Zangoora' on a world tour in 2012. We will go to UK, US, Canada, South Africa... so that the taste of India reaches all corners of the world," said Viraf Sarkari of Wizcraft International Entertainment, co-owners of the KOD.

Raj Kapoor clan gathers at street naming in Canada

Raj KapoorBrampton (Canada), June 25 : It was a picture-perfect moment. Bollywood's ultimate showman Raj Kapoor's wife, three sons, daughters and daughter-in-law were all in town for the official naming ceremony of the Raj Kapoor Crescent - a new street in a city on Toronto's outskirts known for its large South Asian population.

It was a rare moment to see Krishna Raj Kapoor, Randhir, Rishi, Rajiv, Reema, Ritu and Neetu together on the same stage as Susan Fennell, mayor of Brampton unveiled the placard of the street name at the Rose Theatre here Friday evening.

Badshah SRK gets grandest treatment in Toronto

Shahrukh KhanToronto, June 25 : Superstar Shah Rukh Khan is truly Bollywood's badhshah and his welcome at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York hotel was proof enough! As around a hundred fans, who waited to catch a glimpse of the actor at the hotel lobby Friday morning, the actor broke into an impromptu little jig despite his knee injury - turning his entry into a mini red carpet walk!

Looking dapper in a casual jacket, jeans and sunglasses, the actor arrived at the hotel amid much cheer, applause, and shout outs from girls who went "SRK, come here, SRK come here".

Crazy fans scare Boman

Boman IraniBrampton, June 24 : Calm, composed and comical, Boman Irani is scared after seeing the fanatical Bollywood fans here.

The actor, who will host the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards night at the Roger's Centre in Toronto Saturday, along with Riteish Deshmukh, is nervous after seeing the craze for Indian stars not just among the Indians residing in Canada, but among the Canadians too!

"The craze here is awesome. There's so much love, so much excitement... that it has begun frightening me. Their excitement means increased expectations from us. Hopefully, we will do our best," said Boman.

'Double Dhamaal' cast creates dhamaal in Toronto!

'Double Dhamaal' cast creates dhamaal in Toronto!Brampton, June 24 : The "chandaal chaukdi" - Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Ashish Chaudhary, Jaaved Jaffery - along with the girls Mallika Sherawat and Kangana Ranaut, sent Bollywood fans here in a tizzy as they walked the green carpet for the world premiere of their comedy movie "Double Dhamaal", on the first day of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards here.

The four male actors are referred to as "chandaal chaukdi" in the movie, directed by Indra Kumar.

Bollywood lacks good young actors, says Kabir Bedi

Kabir BediToronto, June 24 : Veteran actor Kabir Bedi rates Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor as the two best young actors in Bollywood today.

"But frankly there is dearth of young bright talented actors coming through. That's what Bollywood lacks today,'' feels Bedi who is one of the few Indian actors to make it to Hollywood.

"The problem could be also due to the fact that older actors keep reinventing themselves. Salman Khan is still there, Shah Rukh Khan is still ruling there. Akshay Kumar is there,'' Bedi told IANS here.

Bollywood is magic, says Ontario Premier

Bollywood is magic, says Ontario PremierToronto, June 24 : The song, the dance, the drama, the action withstanding - Bollywood is "magic", said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty at the inaugural press conference of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards here Thursday.

"More than the glamour, action, drama, Bollywood is all about magic!" McGuinty, who heads the government of Canada's largest province of which Toronto is capital, told reporters.

'Zaraa sambhaal ke!'

'Zaraa sambhaal ke!'Toronto, June 23 : A word of caution - that's what Bollywood beauties are getting, apart from the warm welcome, at the Fairmont Royal York hotel here as they arrive here to attend the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards which kickstart Thursday.

"Caution - Long dresses may get caught on the escalator," read metal signboards near each escalator.

IIFA Awards: Bollywood stars cast spell on Toronto

IIFA Awards: Bollywood stars cast spell on TorontoToronto, June 23 : Bollywood cast its spell on Toronto and the city's landmark 'Raja' York Hotel looked like an extension of any Indian hotel as scores of stars streamed in for the 12th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards June
25.

A roar went up every time a star entered the hotel. Gulshan Grover broke away from his minders to pose with his fans and sign autographs. Arshad Warsi could be seen talking animatedly to his well-wishers before disappearing in the elevator.

IIFA Awards: Bollywood stars cast spell on Toronto

IIFA Awards: Bollywood stars cast spell on TorontoToronto, June 23 : Bollywood cast its spell on Toronto and the city's landmark 'Raja' York Hotel looked like an extension of any Indian hotel as scores of stars streamed in for the 12th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards June
25.

A roar went up every time a star entered the hotel. Gulshan Grover broke away from his minders to pose with his fans and sign autographs. Arshad Warsi could be seen talking animatedly to his well-wishers before disappearing in the elevator.

IIFA show is 'Indian kitsch', not Indian culture: Deepa Mehta

IIFA show is 'Indian kitsch', not Indian culture: Deepa MehtaToronto, June 22 : Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta has described the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards here this week as "Indian kitsch".

The three-day Bollywood show does not represent Indian culture, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker said here Tuesday.

"Bollywood is not Indian culture, it's pop culture. There's a big difference," Mehta told the Canadian Press.

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