International hip-hop and reggae star Shaggy has said he keeps returning to India drawn by the country’s soulful classical music and the glitz and glamour of Bollywood. "Indian music is really touching," says Shaggy.
"It is deeply
spiritual and touches a chord in my heart, it draws me closer to the
country." He says he wouldn’t mind belting out a few numbers in
Hindi filmdom. "I am hoping the right song comes around and then I
would love to sing for Bollywood. Bollywood is getting really big around
the world." The chartbusting singer of hits like Boombastic
and In the summertime, who is settled in the US, had recently
performed in Delhi and Mumbai. The singer was in India two years ago
when he sang Boombastic at the Channel V awards in Mumbai.
The only problem, he says, he
encounters is the rampant piracy in the Indian music market.
Laurels for Leonardo
Annette Bening and Leonardo Di Caprio have been chosen for top honours in the upcoming Hollywood Film Festival.
They are slated to receive the ‘Hollywood Actress of the Year’ and ‘Hollywood Actor of the Year’ awards at the festival’s grand award ceremony on October 18 at the Beverly Hilton, reports hollywoodreporter.com.
"Annette Bening and Leonardo DiCaprio represent excellence in the art of acting, and it gives us great pleasure to honour these talented professionals and their accomplishments at this year’s festival," said Hollywood Film Festival founder Carlos de Abreu.
Both will be seen in movies again after being absent from the big screen for a brief time.
The American Beauty actress, 46, who had been nominated for a 2000 Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her role opposite Kevin Spacey in the film, will be seen opposite Michael Douglas in Being Julia in October. And Di Caprio, the 29-year-old Titanic star, will be starring in a Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator. — IANS
This feature was published on October 9, 2004