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English is shot through with the Bard's words and phrases, but what of his harder plays, and the work of his successors?
His name is Vinod ... Agent Vinod. He can shoot two pistols simultaneously while diving through the air, disarm nuclear weapons and drive sports cars at terrifying speeds through narrow streets without breaking sweat.
Farhan Akhtar has been the Bollywood star of 2011, both as actor and director.
Theatre audiences are becoming more diverse, but British-Asians are still far from stage-struck, says Farhana Shaikh
Aamir Khan is pretty much the first Bollywood star I fell in love with, the first person I wanted to 'be' when I was younger. Over the last two decades, Aamir has developed into one of the finest, idiosyncratic, genius and most adored actors in the industry. He has starred in some of the most successful Bollywood films of all time, including last year's truly exceptional, 3 Idiots. It was great meeting Aamir for the first time as we talked about his past, present and future.
Cecil B DeMille has been there before, of course. As have Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roberto Rossellini, Mel Gibson, Franco Zeffirelli and Martin Scorsese. So maybe it was only a matter of time before Bollywood not only succumbed to the temptation but went one better by making its version in the subject's native land. Yesterday, India's Aditya Productions unveiled plans for a $30m (£19.5m), two-hour-15-min biopic which will be shot in the Holy Land and which it said would be "the first ever – in 79 years – Bollywoodian film on the life of Jesus Christ".
The H is silent, so says the man himself. I don't believe him. Hrithik is a genuine Bollywood superstar and became an overnight sensation with his debut Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (Say This Isn't Love?) showcasing a beautiful pair of green eyes and the most ripped body of the decade.
We last saw her on screen 18 months ago alongside Aamir Khan in one of the biggest Bollywood hit movies of all time, Ghajini. I must say, I particularly enjoyed seeing her shake her stuff in that film's excellent dance number, Latoo!
The economic miracle is transforming life on the subcontinent – and challenging established mores. Krishnan Guru-Murthy sees a nation searching for a new identity
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown has always been obsessed by Indian movies. They have punctuated her life, marking marriages, divorce, births and deaths. In this passionate memoir, she explains how her dreams were made in Mumbai – but why she now despairs for the industry she loves
It's been great setting out on this new adventure with The Independent to bring you some of the biggest Bollywood stars for the last couple of months. As 2009 (and the decade!) draws to a close, I've lined up a couple of real treats.
The Caponata opened in April on the site of the old Café Delancey, in the heart of trendy Camden. I remember the Café from years ago, mainly for the crepuscular gloom of its candlelit dining areas, regularly filled with whispering couples planning some act of colossal infidelity. At lunchtime, light would pour in like a blessing on to the heads of more innocent eaters, but the evenings were mostly devoted to spicy romance and low, urgent voices.
Hello again - don't worry, I haven't disappeared off the face of the Earth or anything, everyone's allowed to take a couple of days off to celebrate the misery of getting a year older aren't they?
Thank you for the brilliant response to Govinda's interview last time out, it's heartening to know so many of you enjoyed it as much as I did doing it! Well, the festival of lights, Diwali finally arrives this weekend and you'll be hearing no less than 3 massive Bollywood interviews this week!
It's a Bollywood double whammy this week - not surprising since Diwali's on the way; there's always an abundance of releases around this time.
Second Bollywood podcast already?! Good news is, I won't write too much rubbish here. Bad news is that I've said a bit more before the interview below, thus forming a nice introduction!