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Spotted: Abhishek Bachchan in Leicester

On Sunday 19th April 2015, Bollywood Superstar Abhishek Bachchan visited Leicester to support Keith Vaz’s election campaign, as Mr Vaz was officially nominated by the local party as the Labour candidate for Leicester East.

Mr Bachchan participated in a public Q&A with Mr Vaz and over 350 residents of Leicester, at the Peepul Centre. He was asked questions on his life and career, as well as his Captaincy of the Bollywood Stars football team, before being presented with a personalised Leicester City Football Shirt.

Mr Vaz and Mr Bachchan then went on a tour of Belgrave Road and Uppingham Road, and were met by thousands of adoring fans. An adoring and buoyant crowd were delighted to see one of their idols.

Speaking at the event, Abhishek Bachchan said, “I am here for Keith. He works so hard for Leicester and I am delighted to be here to help him today.”

“Keith is a close family friend. He possesses so many values I hold close to my heart for our politicians; he is warm, generous and kind. I know that he is a true leader for the Indian community in the United Kingdom, who does great work for people of Indian origin,” said the actor.

Speaking about the actor, Keith Vaz said, “It was an honour to have one of Bollywood’s megastars with us in Leicester today. Our city was bouncing with the joy and excitement of thousands of adoring fans who came out to see Abhishek. Abhishek was wonderful, and people adored him. He is a close friend, and for him to take time to come to Leicester is truly special. The thousands who came out to Belgrave Road and Uppingham Road were awestruck.”

“My only request to Abhishek is that he does not stand to be the Member of Parliament for Leicester East, as I would not have a chance,” added Vaz.

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Competition: Meet the cast of ‘Happy New Year’

HNY UK BUSYash Raj Films in association with B4U and Baba Elaichi is proud to announce the Happy New Year Bus hitting the UK, ahead of this year’s biggest Bollywood release!

And to celebrate, they are offering a lucky winner the chance of a lifetime to meet King Khan, Shahrukh Khan, and the cast and director of Happy New Year in London on Sunday 5th October.

The winner will have the opportunity of meeting the team one on one and travelling with them on the Happy New Year Bus, going on to watch the stars live in action onstage.

All you need to do is click a pic of the bus in your area, mention where you spotted it and upload the pic to:

HNY Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyNewYear

HNY Twitter: https://twitter.com/HNY

HNY Instagram: http://instagram.com/happynewyear

B4U Facebook: facebook.com/B4UNETWORK


A lucky winner along with a friend will be selected to meet the stars in London on Sunday 5th October, travel on the bus and go on to see them perform live onstage. The winner will be announced on Saturday 4th October.

You can spot the Bus in the following locations:

2nd October 2014:

Belgrave Road
Melton Road
East Park Road
City Centre
London Road
Highfields area.

Alum Rock – Alum Rock Road
Bordesley Green – Bordesley Green Road
Capehill – Dudley Road
Handsworth – Soho Road, Rookery Road
Small Heath – Coventry Road
Smethwick – High Street
Sparkbrook/Sparkhill – Stratford road
Walsall – Palfrey (Wednesbury Road)
Wolverhampton – Dudley Road
West Bromwich – High Street

3rd October 2014 

Farnham Road

Uxbridge Road

King Street
South Road

Kenton Road

Ealing Road
Wembley High Road

4th October 2014

East London
Ilford Lane, IG1

Cranbrook Road, IG1
High Road, Seven Kings, IG3
Green Street, E13
High Street North, East Ham, E6 
Romford Road, E15
High Street, E3 [A118]
Bow Road, E3 [A11]
Mile End Road, E1
Whitechapel Road / Whitechapel High Street, E1
Bethnal Green Road, E2 [A1209]
Commercial Road, E14


Interview: Harish Patel talks about ‘Jadoo’

Radiator_Girls00142April 07, 2012.jpgJadoo is a British-made film set in Leicester, and tells the story of two brothers, Raja (Harish Patel – Run Fatboy Run) and Jagi (Kulvinder Ghir – Bend it Like Beckham). Both are wonderful chefs, who fall out so catastrophically that in the climax of their dispute they rip the family recipe book in half: one brother gets the starters and the other gets the main courses. They set up rival restaurants, on opposite sides of the Belgrave Road in Leicester; one cooking starters and the other main courses, and refuse to talk to one another.

A delicious foodie-comedy, Jadoo’s secret ingredient is a delightful romantic twist, which sees Raja’s daughter Shalini (Amara Karan – The Darjeeling Limited), attempt to get the brothers talking again. She hatches a plan and asks them to work together to cook her a perfect Indian wedding banquet…but will she succeed?

In this interview, Harish Patel talks about the film and his character:

Can you talk about your character Raja?
He’s the older brother who, in his younger days, had to give a lot to his younger brother – from his cricket bat to his toys. As a child he never liked it, in fact. No child likes it actually. I’m an older brother; there’re three of us and I’m the middle one, so I had to listen to the elder one and give in to the younger one. This role is very close to me. I don’t have to act, in fact, for this role.

How did you get the part of Raja?
I’d been told to do the wrong part so I didn’t accept it. However the producers thought I’d said no to the part of Raja so I received a letter from one of the producers, Richard, asking me to please accept it. It was such a beautiful letter he sent me and it made me feel wanted. Yes, yes I was wanted for this role. This is what an actor wants, you know.

How do you prepare for a role?
I believe in a script. I tell my juniors also, I read a script at least a hundred times, whether it’s a play, film or TV. I keep reading the script until they’re no longer in front of my eyes. If it’s a well written script you can get all your answers about the character from it. Jadoo is one of those scripts.

Harish Patel

Why do you think people should go and see Jadoo?
People should go and see this film so that they will communicate. If there’re any family problems or misunderstandings between your relatives, go and see this film and next time communicate. Talk to them. Otherwise nobody talks to each other and the problem remains. It doesn’t get solved. With this film, you should go and see it so your problems are solved forever.

Why was it so important that director Amit Gupta shot Jadoo in Leicester?
There is aroma and smell of Leicester in the script. No other location would have been perfect. Filming Jadoo in Leicester is being right place at the right time with right people.

What was it like working with director Amit Gupta?
He’s great. So calm, quiet and he’ll explain what he wants in hardly two or three words. He’ll just say give me this. Very, very good, you know. Excellent director!

What was it like working with Amara Karan?
She’s playing my daughter who wants her uncle to be invited to her wedding, which is the major problem for me. In this film I have more interaction with her. It was very good. Great learning from her also. She would correct my dictions, which I am thankful to her for. The fun is in the script. Not my Indian English being pronounced wrong. That is not the intention. So she would always correct me.

What do you like to cook?
To tell you frankly, I make starters only. Sandwiches, toasties, I’m very good at that. In fact, in Mumbai also when my children were young, when they came back from school I would prepare for them sandwiches and samosas and I would present them in a very interesting way.

Harish PatelHow did you get into acting?
When I was seven years old our family members in the village used to preform for ten days in the light of festival. It’s a religious thing. No female actor can take part in it because it is a religious thing. So I started my career playing a female Goddess. There’s a crowd of around seven thousand people and you have to preform and sing without a mic. There was also no electricity in my village at that time so we were preforming with gaslights, you know. That’s how I started.

Do you enjoy singing?
Yes of course. I do love to sing. I’m a bathroom singer, a good bathroom singer.

How do you stay so happy and positive on set?
The secret is very simple really. I’m one of those privileged people whose hobby has become their profession. I love camera. I like to be on sets and I like to preform. This is what my life is. I’d like to die with my makeup on. Today is actually my off day and I hate off days. Even at home in Mumbai, if I’m not filming for a few days or a week, nobody comes near me. I’m miserable. I’m the worst person in the world. So when I’m working I’m happy.

Jadoo releases in UK cinemas on 6th September 2013.