Are you IIFA ready?



The countdown has begun…

the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards 2014 will be held this Saturday, April 26th in Tampa Bay, Florida! Hosted by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., this is the first time IIFA will be happening in the United States – attracting 30,000+ people into Tampa Bay!

So how should you prepare to see your favorite Bollywood stars on the “green” carpet? Whether you are actually attending the show (like me!) or watching it from your home, here are a few key ways to indulge into IIFA 2014!

  1. Actually watch the movies that are nominated for BEST FILM. These directors and actors will be the most buzzed about!

Film – Director:

  • Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – Viacom 18 Motion Pictures & Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
  • Dhoom 3 – Aditya Chopra
  • Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – Karan Johar
  • Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela – Kishore Lulla & Sanjay Leela Bhansali
  • Krrish 3 – Rakesh Roshan
  • Kai Po Che – Ronnie Screwvala & Siddharth Roy Kapoor
  • Chennai Express – Ronnie Screwvala,Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Gauri Khan & Karim Morani

Here is the FULL list of nominees in their categories

  1. Who will be there?

Keep a look out for Deepika Padukone, Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan, Madhuri Dixit, Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Siddharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, and Anupam Kher just to name a few!

Did you know?

  • The IIFA weekend is full of events starting Wednesday, April 23rd, such as IIFA Stomp (music festival), IIFA Rocks!, IIFA Magic of the Movies Awards, IIFA Expo and of course the main event, IIFA Awards! Click here for the full itinerary.
  • IIFA Weekend will have an economic impact of $30 million for the city of Tampa!
  • Emcees for the IIFA Awards will be Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar – great duo!
  • Kevin Spacey and Vidya Balan will be doing a “Masterclass Panel Acting Workshop” together! How exciting!
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  1. Get pumped! Listen to the official IIFA soundtrack here: “Do the Tampa” IIFA Soundtrack! and “Do the Tampa” video!!
  1. Catch these videos!
  1. Download the App. Keep yourself updated on the go with the IIFA Mobile app – you can even cast your own votes!


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Gulaab Gang & Bewakoofiyan Music Review!


Movie: Gulaab Gang
Release Date: March 7th, 2014
Director: Soumik Sen
Cast: Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Juhi Chawla

ImageGulaab Gang is the latest unique soundtrack trending in Bollywood! The movie, releasing a day before International Women’s Day, is about a group of women in rural India who fight against social injustice. Thus, the classical/folk tracks are mixed with the empowering, patriotic tunes creating a unique package for listeners. We are definitely excited for this film – Madhuri and Juhi on the silver screen together! Let take a good look at each track…

Gulaabi,’ sung by Malabika Brahma and Shilpa Rao is the most powerful track full of patriotism. The singers’ impeccable energy captivates you with each and every word of Neha Saraf’s lyrics. Definitely a favorite on your playlist this week!

Dheemi Dheemi Si’ is sung by Kaushiki Chakroborty and Malabika Brahma. It is a true blend of classical and folk tunes in which you can imagine a playful event taking place in the scene. It sounds like an introductory song to a major scene/character.

Sharm laaj,’ sung by Malabika Brahma and Pavni Pandey, is also a catchy folk song that has a dance-able feel to it. If you’re a classical/folk dancer, you might find yourself choreographing some steps to this one!

Aankhiyaan,’ sung by Kaushiki Chakraborty, is a very beautiful yet incredibly snail-paced track. The flute is the highlighted instrument and makes the track sound like a perfect lullaby.

Rang se hui,’ also by Kaushiki Chakraborty, is the token Holi song of the film. No, it probably won’t be the first track you play at your Holi party, as it is more of a folk song that sounds almost bhajan-like. It is appropriately placed in this album and it will most likely have an important role in the movie.

Rangi saari gulaabi’ is a special track as it starts off with Madhuri Dixit’s mother, Snehalatha Dixit, singing the intro! Madhuri Dixit and Anupama Raag also join in on this traditional, slow folk song – something you might hear at a wedding function. I’m sure we all agree Madhuri’s strong suit is her dancing vs. singing, but nonetheless collaborating with her mother is priceless!

Teri jai ho’ is a solid track and a wonderful tribute to women. It is the only track with a male voice – sung, composed, and written by Soumik Sen. Females – this song is a great morale boost and wonderful to listen to in the morning time!

Best tracks: ‘Gulaabi’, ‘Dheemi Dheemi Si’, ‘Sharm Laag’
Overall Rating: ***1/2 (3.5/5)

Gulaab Gang Full Soundtrack Jukebox

Gulaab Gang Official Trailer


Movie: Bewakoofiyan   Release Date: March 14th, 2014   

Director: Nupur Asthana    Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sonam Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor

Music Label: Yash Raj Music

Bewakoofiyan actually has a surprisingly appealing soundtrack with a few hits to add to your playlist this week. Raghu Dixit, the music director of this film, recently won his first GIMA (Global Indian Music Awards) for Best Live Performer. This Bangalorean indie folk band is actually more popular for its non-film music and is widely known to combine Indian classical rhythms with contemporary, up-beat styles.

Fun facts about Raghu Dixit:  He has performed for the Queen of England at the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations and he has hit the #1 spot on the iTunes World Music Charts seven times!

My favorite track of this film is Gulcharrey (Aditi Singh Sharma-Benny Dayal), which literally means “flowers scattering.” In this context, however, it is describing a celebration of life’s pleasures, or, “living the high life.” It has a catchy tune and is one of the stronger take-aways from this soundtrack.

The next best track is by Neeti Mohan, ‘Khamakhaan.” Very catchy and a track you will have on replay. I love Neeti’s attitude in this song and it will fit perfectly with Sonam Kapoor. Fun fact about this song: Ayushmann Khurrana sings this song! Yup – this new actor is a singer too. His is also well known for ‘Pani Da Rang,’ his debut song in Vicky Donor.

The title song, ‘Bewakoofiyaan,’ is sung by Raghu Dixit himself. I expected more from this track; quite frankly the only part of this song that’s stuck in my head is the ‘koof‘ syllable that Raghu exaggerates in a goofy way (have a listen and you’ll see what I’m talking about!). This song seems perfect for the ending credits…we’ll see!

Rumaani Sa Rumaani Si‘ (Mohit Chauhan-Shreya Ghoshal) is a very ordinary track fit for a rom-com. I can absolutely imagine Sonam Kapoor running through the fields on this one. Not a bad number, but not a favorite either.

The other two songs ‘Aye Jigida and ‘O Heeriye‘ are the weakest parts of this soundtrack. ‘O Heeriye‘ was co-composed/co-written by Ayushmann Khurrana.

Best tracks: ‘Gulchharey,’ ‘Khamakhaan’    

Overall rating**1/2 (2.5/5)

Bewakoofiyan Full Soundtrack Jukebox

Bewakoofiyan Official Trailer 

Top 10 Bollywood Songs of the Week | December 22-29th 2013



1. Lahu Munh Lag Gaya… Ram Leela

2. Nagada Sang Dol… Ram Leela

3. Tooh… Gori Tere Pyaar Mein

4. Chingam Chabake… Gori Tere Pyaar Mein

5. Gandi Baat… R…Rajkumar

6. Saree Ke Fall Sa… R…Rajkumar

7. Dhoom Machale Dhoom… Dhoom 3

8. Blue Eyes… by Honey Singh

9. Dil Ka Mizaaj Ishqiya… Dedh Ishqiya (new movie starring Madhuri Dixit)

10. Hamari Atariya… Dedh Ishqiya