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Theatre Review: The Phoenix and the Carpet Gateway Theatre, Chester

The emergence of the flame-coloured talking phoenix, that "fabulous bird of antiquity", followed moments later by a magic carpet lift-off, sets a high standard for theatrical values that is maintained throughout this entrancing adaptation of E Nesbit's classic tale, directed by Deborah Shaw and designed by Scott Ramsay. With an engaging and committed cast, and a sparky soundtrack (by Neil Brand) that ranges from Bollywood to music-hall, this is just the show for a child's early encounter with theatre.


One Nation Under a Groove... Innit! tomorow Clocktower, Croydon

Bollywood hits come to cable TV

THE OUTPUT of the world's most prolific film industry has so far only been available in the United Kingdom through specialist video shops, certain cinemas in Leicester and west London and on late, late television.

Bollywood moves to Scotland

BOLLYWOOD, the most prolific film industry in the world, is abandoning the exotic landscapes of India for fresh locations in the Lake District, London and the Scottish glens.

Obituary: Ajit

AJIT WAS Indian cinema's most successful villain. Acting in over 200 films in a career which spanned nearly four decades, Ajit delivered his outrageously evil, double entendre one-liners with a deadpan face which inspired a genre of outlandish jokes and eventually made him into a national folk hero.


GOVERNMENT HEALTH Warning: Anything can happen at a Phil Kay gig. On one memorable occasion, the endearingly barking Scottish comedian (right) found a board and just went for a spontaneous surf across the audience. "Good shows are where you're Mister Mad and climbing the balcony," affirms the man with the straggliest beard in Britain. You have been warned.

I'll be in Bollywood afore ye

It may seem extravagant to bring an Indian film crew all the way to Paisley to film a six-minute sequence, but Bombay's film industry can easily afford it. And to the audience, Scotland is the ultimate exotic foreign location. By Richard Mowe



Pop music: Bollywood Beatz bites back at The Blue Note

Apache Indian, Jazmann, Jyoti Mishra. Remember them? No. It is not surprising. In the last 10 to 15 years there haven't really been many Asian artists who have broken into the mainstream, or captured the imagination of clubbers and gig-goers. Is it that Asian dance music isn't cool? Is it because Asian dance music just conjures up images of twangy sitars, wailing vocals and Crispian Mills out of Kula Shaker? The fact is that Asian artists haven't been taken seriously until now. Their music is all to often marginalised (by the music press) by being categorised as "underground", when in fact its influence has crossed over to a variety of mainstream bands and artists.

Mobster greed kills Bollywood

India's film world is running scared after a series of attacks and threats by local gangsters, writes Peter Popham

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