My Video Montage: Meeting the Bollywood Stars at IIFA Awards 2014!

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As a press reporter for Lokvani.com, I attended the IIFA 2014 Awards in Tampa Bay, Florida April 24-26th 2014. With VIP “Green Carpet” access, I had the opportunity to meet and interview several Bollywood stars, such as Deepika Padukone, Anil Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Govinda, Bipasha, Hrithik Roshan, Madhuri Dixit…to name a few! I also attended press conferences for Hollywood stars, Kevin Spacey and John Travolta. It was a once in a lifetime experience – and this video compiles my encounters with the glamorous Bollywood stars! (Note: press reporters are not allowed to take “selfies” with celebs!)

Be sure to watch the IIFA Awards 2014 on StarPlus               Sunday, June 22nd at 3PM EST!

Check it out >> Spotted myself behind Milkha Singh!

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Special thanks to: Lokvani.com, IIFA Wizcraft Entertainment Pvt., Neha Sanan

7-Minute Scientific Workout

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If you haven’t discovered this yet – take a look! The 7-minute scientific workout is a high-intensity, short duration circuit training routine provided by the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine).

There are 12 exercises, each completed within 30 seconds with 10 seconds of break in between. All you need is a wall and a stable bench/chair.

I like this video because it has a timer, a cartoon showing you how to do the exercise, and up-beat pump up music which will get you through the 7 minutes in no time!

Your “intensity” should be around a 8/10 as you complete this to allow an increase in your heart rate!

Do NOT solely use this as your exercise regimen – it should be used in combination with other cardio/strengthening routines for a full fitness benefit.

Challenge: Complete this routine 2x in a row, every day for the next 7 days and see how you feel!! (Beginners, start off by completing this 1x/day and gradually progress to 2x/day).

Disclaimer: if you have a health condition, please consult your healthcare provider before trying this routine.

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Movie Review: Dhoom 3

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* Note: I will never put spoilers in my reviews – so don’t hesitate to read below. *

Finally saw Dhoom 3 last night! As expected, every single Indian person in Massachusetts was there celebrating Christmas Eve watching Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra strut their stuff in the much-awaited release of Dhoom 3. I was lucky to have my brother, Umang, sitting next to me narrating every shot that was filmed right in front of his apartment in Chicago.

First the positives:

1. The movie begins with a very intriguing intro scene starring Jackie Shroff (Iqbal Khan), who is definitely showing his age on screen. Child actor, Siddharth Nigam, plays young Sahir who grows up to be Aamir Khan (Sahir Khan). Siddharth is not mentioned in many reviews, but he is absolutely stellar as a young actor, and very cute! I’m certain he’s going to be pretty famous in Bollywood soon.

2. Aamir Khan never fails to give his best performance. He is THE reason to see this movie. His acting is flawless, his body is ripped, his dancing skills at his finest (see ‘”fun facts” below).

3. Katrina Kaif (Aliya) is as hot as I’ve ever seen her be. After seeing this movie, it’s certain she has the best-sculpted body amongst all Bollywood female actresses in my opinion. Her killer song is “Kamli,” in which she auditions to be part of the “Great Indian Circus.”

4. Abhishek Bachchan (Jay Dixit) is entertaining as expected, and very tall. He towers over Aamir the entire movie. Uday Chopra (Ali) was his same stupid-funny/goofy self. He gave a few laughs here and there but overall pretty corny and unoriginal.

A few negatives:

1. The movie is TOO long (almost three hrs) and could have been done easily in two hours.

2. The intro scene supposedly takes place in 1990…but whoever scripted this was definitely confused with the 1930s….

3. The Americans (Victoria, the blonde police cop and Anderson, the banker) have the WORST acting in the entire film. Why does this always happen in Bollywood movies?

4. I think Katrina should have been given more lines/appearance but it was clear she was just meant to be the item girl.

5. Some of the action sequences are outrageous – too many Matrix-like shots that are getting old and predictable. There is this one scene where police cars were crashing into each other for about 5 minutes – what the heck?! I was not a fan of Abhishek and Uday’s intro scene that took place in India – the scene was too lengthy and not what I had expected as their intro.

Overall, though, definitely a must-see film. With that being said, go with low expectations. It does contain the right amount of “masala” for a Bollywood movie. My recommendation is to leave your brains at the door and just go for the ride. If you get bored, just gawk at Aamir/Katrina’s body and dancing. Never been to Chicago? No worries – Dhoom 3 will take you through every hot-spot and side street there is of the Windy City.

5 Fun Facts about Dhoom 3:

1. Katrina and Aamir learned how to acro-dance within just a few weeks and were taught by Cirque-du-Soleil performers. There were no safety nets placed during the climax song “Malang.”

2. Yeah, so Aamir is no Hrithik when it comes to dancing, but did you know that Aamir spent three weeks in Australia learning how to tap dance for his intro song, “Dhoom Tap Instrumental” ?

3. Dhoom 3 is the first Bollywood film made in IMAX format

4. My brother’s friend, Ravi Shah, helped cast the background dancers for the film

5. Good news for you Dhoom series fans – there are rumors of Dhoom 4 releasing within the next 2 years – stay tuned!

Acting: 4.5/5
Story: 3.5/5
Costumes: 5/5
Choreography: 5/5
Sets/Filming Location: 5/5
Songs: 3/5
Eye Candy: 5/5
Special Effects: 4/5
Length of Movie (too long!!): 1/5
Action Sequences: 4/5
Overall: *** 1/2 (3.5/5)  or 7/10

Key:
* = flop, don’t even bother
** = time pass, you’ll live if you don’t see it
*** = worth a watch
**** = A hit, see it in the theater!
***** = Bollywood Blockbuster

Related links:

Making of Dhoom 3 “Malang” where Aamir and Katrina learn acro-dancing

Behind the Scenes filming in Chicago