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Irrfan Khan at 14th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival / Looking back at last year’s #R2RFIFF

11. November 2014

River to River. Florence International Film Festival 2014

Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan (Photo: / Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license)

Just announced: Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan will be the guest of honour at this year’s River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival in beautiful Florence/Italy – always my favourite festival of the year.

The festival will hold a special tribute to Khan who next appears in Colin Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World”. There will be screenings of his films “Qissa”, “The Namesake” and “Paan Singh Tomar”, plus seven episodes of the third season of the HBO series “In Treatment”.

According to Wikipedia, Irrfan Khan has appeared in more than 30 Bollywood films (as of 2013). Khan’s English-language mainstream work includes character roles in movies like “New York”, “I Love You”, “A Mighty Heart”, “Slumdog Millionaire”, “The Amazing Spider-Man”, and “Life of Pi”.

13th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival: From Ganges to Arno … and Tiber! #R2RFIFF

18. November 2013

River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival 2013

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi (Photo: Bollywood Hungama / License: CC BY 3.0)

My final (and favourite!) film festival of the year always is the lovely River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival in Florence/Italy (flickr photo album). This year (2013), its 13th edition will take place from Friday, November 22, until Thursday, November 28, at beautiful Cinema Odeon on Piazza Strozzi, followed by a weekend in Rome (November 29 to December 1) at Nuovo Cinema Aquila, via L’Aquila 68).

The programme has just been released today.

Following 2012’s special guest Amitabh Bachchan (video below), this year’s guest of honour will be Shabana Azmi (photo). Wikipedia: “(…) She made her film debut in 1974 and soon became one of the leading actresses of Parallel Cinema, an Indian New Wave movement known for its serious content and neo-realism. (…) Azmi has appeared in over 120 Hindi films in both mainstream and independent cinema, and since 1988 she has acted in several foreign projects.”

Shukriya, Amitabh Bachchan! (Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema at River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival)

4. Dezember 2012

Big B. certainly is getting around! At the Marrakech Film Festival, he was introduced by none other than Catherine Deneuve, one of my first cinema idols:

Bollywood and beyond: Looking Back at the 9th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart

30. Juli 2012

9. Indisches Filmfestival Stuttgart / 9th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart

Festival regular / Stammgast des Festivals (Photo: ©Peter Jebsen)

The festival formerly known as “Bollywood and beyond” was highly enjoyable this year (July 18-22, 2012): After several years at the impersonal SI-Centrum, the 9th edition of the Indian Film Festival Stuttgart finally returned to the great Metropol cinema in central Stuttgart. Some of the festival highlights happened at the 5 Bar * Restaurant * Lounge * Club next door – including the impromptu a cappella singing of Tannishtha Chatterjee (“Brick Lane” / “Shadows of Time”) at the opening party (around 1 am).

“When I asked you to blow, why do you suck?”

11. Januar 2011

Bollywood subtitles from hell – posted on the page “Paagal Subtitle”:

Subtitles of the movie "Andarivaadu" (2005)

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This fine site is a side project of the Beth Loves Hollwood blog (Twitter: bethlovesbolly).

Aparna Sen and Rahul Bose at River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival

8. Dezember 2010

There was a nice Q&A session with director Aparna Sen and actor Rahul Bose after last night’s screening of “Mr. and Mrs. Iyer” at River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival. I asked him whether his boxing and playing rugby have been helpful to his movie career. His answer:

7th Film Festival “Bollywood and beyond”: The Tweets (incl. Trailers)

26. Juli 2010

Short Twitter reviews I posted after each screening during the Bollywood and beyond festival in Stuttgart:

Today’s Special (USA 2010): Deliciously funny & touching indie food movie. Naseeruddin Shah steals every scene he is in. I liked the movie right from the start – any film movie starting off with the music of 1957’s “Eena Meena Deeka” & food scenes is my thing. The movie will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 2010. Check out the official website and the Facebook fan page. ***** of *****


Einmal Bollywood und zurück, bitte!

23. Juli 2010

Busing to Bollywood
Wie jedes Jahr befinde ich mich gerade beim Filmfestival “Bollywood and beyond” in Stuttgart (offizielle Website). Ich werde hinterher darüber bloggen, während des Festivals gibt es nur aktuelle Twitter-Updates.

Indien liegt in Middlesex

20. März 2010

Mehfil Hotel
45 The Green
Southall UB2 4AR
Great Britain
Telefon: +44 20 8606 8811

Wenn ich in London einen freien Abend habe, verbringe ich den als Freund des indischen Kinos und der indischen Küche gern in Southall, einem Ort in Middlesex, der wegen des hohen indischen und pakistanischen Bevölkerungsanteils auch „Little India“ genannt wird. Und dessen Bahnhof über eines der seltenen zweisprachigen Stationsschilder verfügt:
Mehfil Restaurant & Bar, Southall, UK


Paris? Hamburg? Beirut? Who Cares … It’s Bollywood!!!

20. Februar 2010

This is the opening song of the movie “An Evening in Paris” (1967) … please watch it, and enjoy the authentic depiction of Paris by night (runs until time code 2:20):

You watched it? Okay. Now, allow me to elaborate for a second.


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