Bollywood actress Jiah Khan, 25, was found dead at her Mumbai home last night. Her mother discovered her hanging body, according to police, who say they haven’t found a suicide note, the BBC reports. A hospital post-mortem is set to investigate the cause of Khan’s death, police say. Bollywood colleagues were stunned by the New York-born, London-raised actress’ death.
One in particular had a lot to say: “Never ever seen a debutant actress with more spunk and more spirit than Jiah,” tweeted director Ram Gopal Varma. Read more on Newser…
A saucy catwalk stunt by Bollywood-hearthbrob Akshay Kumar landed him and his wife in the slammer. During Lakme Fashion Week, Kumar, who is brand ambassador for Levi’s “Unbuttoned” collection, attempted to do just that when he paused on the catwalk and asked his wife to unbutton his jeans. It would have been cute, if it wasn’t illegal. According to section 294 of the Indian Penal code this sexy-time stunt violated India’s obscenity laws and is punishable to up to two years in prison.
After the stunt, someone filed a complaint and Kumar’s wife was arrested while Akshay followed by turning himself in to cops. The stunt-loving star apologized to the public and his wife was let out on bail. Sigh, how quickly feeling frisky can lead to being frisked! [Metro.co.uk] Keep reading »
Devout Buddhist Richard Gere, who regularly travels to India, was facing obscenity charges for his kiss heard ’round the world. Last year, at an AIDS fundraiser in New Delhi, the actor swooped up one of Bollywoodâ€™s biggest stars, Shilpa Shetty, and planted a few kisses on her cheek and hand. But the bigger dip appeared to be Gere, whose controversial smooth moves are considered vulgar by traditional Indian culture. While the stunning stunt caused public protests and uproar, at his trial yesterday, the Supreme Court graciously threw the case against Gere out citing cultural differences. The Justices just slapped him on the wrist, saying his actions were for publicity and brought a â€œbad nameâ€ on the country. Sounds like theyâ€™re not too impressed by the American Gigolo-act. [Reuters] Keep reading »