Eastzeast
Tuesday 21 October 2014
Free Newspaper Asian News
The Asian Today Newspaper - Issue 191 Out Now View Issue 191 Online Now!
Register today for all the latest news from The Asian Today.
Where did you hear about us?
Get Your Free Copy of The Asian Today
YOUR FREE ASIAN COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER!
Use our store finder to find out where you can pick up your local copy of The Asian Today!
WANT TO ADVERTISE? 
Advertising in The Asian Today  is a great way to promote your business. Contact our advertising team:    
sales@theasiantoday.com
Call:  0121 314 2892


Features - The Asian Today

Updated: 16:04, Wednesday July 22, 2009
        Features Feed
Bollywood Crown
The beauty pageant that will open the door to Bollywood for one lucky winner
 
Later this month fifteen British beauties will do battle to be crowned Miss Bollywood UK.
The first event of its kind, the winner will be whisked off to India to live the life of a Bollywood celebrity. A one year modelling contract, promotional events and the promise of appearing in a Bollywood film alongside one of the industry’s leading men is, for some, a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The man who promises to make the dream a reality is Zia Choudhury, the brains behind Miss Bollywood UK.
The Leicester-based model and actor came up with the idea back in the summer of 2006. Three years later and he is finalising the star-studded event which will be held in Birmingham at the end of August.
“It’s so exciting to know that the event is just around the corner”, admits Zia. “I know how much work, commitment and dedication has gone into planning Miss Bollywood UK so it’s exhilarating to know we’re nearly there.”
Such was the demand to be crowned Miss Bollywood UK, it took months for Zia and his team to whittle down hundreds of applications to the final fifteen.
So what’s the appeal for the lucky final group? In one word – Bollywood.
The Indian film industry eclipses Hollywood in the number of feature length films produced and released each year.
While not all become instant hits, the glamour and glitz that comes with Bollywood is hard to resist.
“The appeal in Bollywood is the song and dance, the glamour, the people; it is after all the largest film industry in the world,” says Zia. 
“Suddenly we’ve got this cross over between Hollywood and Bollywood which adds to the authenticity of the Indian film industry. It’s an exciting time to be part of Bollywood.”
One British woman who is proving the step from beauty queen to Bollywood princess is possible is Lisa Lazarus.
The Welsh beauty, who scooped the Miss Universe UK title last year, has suddenly found herself on screen with Salman Khan in the soon-to-be-released period drama Veer.
The man who helped secure that role was Zia who acts as Lisa’s Bollywood manager.
His own involvement in the industry dates back to 2001 when he appeared as an extra in the star-studded film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Soon after, he landed himself a number of roles in subsequent Bollywood films.
Zia admits he’ll use his own experience of the industry to get the winner prepped ahead of her Bollywood encounter.
“The winner will get all the help and support I can offer to make sure they get every chance to make a name for themselves in Bollywood. It will be an exciting experience for them and one that they will not forget.”
With the final touches and last minute celebrities being lined up for next month’s show, Zia admits he already has his sights set on next years event and the possibility of taking the format abroad.
But before Zia has the chance to dream his dream, fifteen girls from England sit at home dreaming of when they’ll get the chance to become the UK’s latest Bollywood star. Roll on August 29th.

Comments

Latest Stories

JAZZ UP YOUR HOME THIS DIWALI
By Kiran Singh
A Footballing Nation?
Will India Embrace the Beautiful Game?
The Festival of Light
Diwali Around The World
Punch-ups, Cover-ups and Cherie Blair
Welcome to the World of Gurdwara Politics
#NotInOurName
Young British Muslims Launch Social Media Campaign Against ISIS
The Ongoing Issue of Female Infanticide
By Husna Anjum
The Relevance of Gandhi in the 21st Century
67 years on from Indian Independence
US Ambassador Boycotted Due to Conflict In Gaza
Waheed Saleem Lunar Society's Chairman Boycotts US Ambassador's Eid Reception
A Tale of Two Cities
British India's end led to the creation of separate states India and Pakistan
The Legacy of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah
The Man Who Epitomised The True Proponent of An Islamic State

More Features From The Asian Today


Entertainment

Asian Entertainment - Starring Kuljinder Singh Sidhu
16/10/2014
Yoddha The Warrior comes to Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton is to host the premiere of what the Times of India called the most eagerly...
Asian Entertainment - Becomes Lastest Bollywood Star to have Been Selected
14/10/2014
Katrina Kaif Wax Work to be Added at Madame Tussauds London
After winning a public vote for fans to choose the next Bollywood actress to be featured...
Asian Entertainment - Meet the Candidates
14/10/2014
The Apprentice 2014
  The Apprentice is back with a new batch of ambitious entrepreneurs seeking to de...
Asian Entertainment - The Two Stars Attended A VIP Launch of New Restaurant Cle Dubai
13/10/2014
Hrithik Roshan Parties with Hilton Heiress
Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan and Hollywood socialite Paris Hilton enjoyed a night ou...

Interviews

Asian Interviews - A Conversation With Zainab Jagot Ahmed
15/10/2014
Cooking Up A Storm
Prior to becoming a mummy, Zainab Jagot Ahmed worked in marketing for almost 10 years ...
Asian Interviews - Single Mother. Businesswoman. Campaigner
13/10/2014
Pam Malhi
Every month we will be bringing you an exclusive insight of a day in the life of an infl...
Asian Interviews - The 'Happy New Year' Star Speaks to The Asian Today's Sunny Malik
09/10/2014
Abhishek Bachchan
The team of Happy New Year, this year’s most anticipated Bollywood movie, descend...
Asian Interviews - Energy Professional Talks About Empowering Asian Woman Engineers
19/09/2014
Jaz Rabadia
An energy professional that helps businesses to reduce their energy usage, Jaz Rabadia i...

News

Asian News - Over 20,000 people took part in the annual Bupa Great Britain Run
20/10/2014
Great Birmingham Run 2014
Over 20,000 people took part in the annual Bupa Great Birmingham Run challenge 2014. G...
Asian News - Soho Road Hosted A Lavish Celebration To Honour The Festival of Light
20/10/2014
Birmingham Diwali Extravaganza
A lavish Diwali celebration took place on Soho Road, Birmingham with families attendin...
Asian News - Charged with Causing Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent
17/10/2014
Hammer Attack Brothers Refused Appeal
  Two brothers jailed for attacking a man with a claw hammer have been refused a r...
Asian News - The Asian Today’s Anita Chumber Named Woman of the Year
17/10/2014
Leading Lady of the Oscars
On an unforgettable Thursday evening, Birmingham’s unsung heroes gathered to celeb...

Sport

Asian Sport - 2-0 Win Over NorthEast United FC
17/10/2014
Atlético de Kolkata Stay Top
Atlético de Kolkata remain top of the league table after a convincing display aga...
Asian Sport - Will Make Crown Hill a Local Centre of Excellence for Sport
16/10/2014
England stars launch Leicester facility
England cricketers James Taylor, Katherine Brunt and Sonia Odedra&nb...
Asian Sport - Dhoni Hopes To Lead The Team Into Hero Indian Super League
15/10/2014
MS Dhoni New Co-Owner of Chennaiyin FC
Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been announced as the new co-owner ...
Asian Sport - Moeen Ali is crowned Player of the Year
08/10/2014
Talk Home Mobile Asian Cricket Awards 2014
England and Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen Ali capped a memorable summer by being name...