Asian Network loves Bollywood in June
Asian Network will be the home for all the star interviews, news and gossip from the International Indian Film Academy weekend and awards (IIFAs) which are being held in Thailand from 6 – 8 June starting with Breakfast with Jas Rao on Friday, Love Bollywood's Raj and Pablo will be reporting live from Bangkok. Love Bollywood itself will be coming live from the stars hotel on Saturday and Sunday (9am-12pm) and all the results and gossip from the Awards ceremony will be broadcast at Breakfast time on Monday with Jas Rao
Adil Ray and Gagan Grewal will present their shows from the famous Star City one of the UK’s key Bollywood venues in Birmingham talking to cinemagoers and playing Bollyokey with famous participants singing along to classic Bollywood tracks.
During the week from breakfast with Jas Rao (6-9am) through the daytime programmes through to the specialist music programmes like Bobby Friction and Kayper there will be a Bollywood theme with the music and huge personalities reflected in the sound of the station.
On 2 June in the Asian Network Report, (7.30pm) Love Bollywood presenters Raj and Pablo ask whether a British Asian could be the next Shahrukh Khan
Actor Upen Patel reflects on his journey from Wembley to Mumbai and what it was like to star in the 2007 film Namastey London. It's not been an easy ride, he explains, as prejudices and his Hindi have held him back. Raj and Pablo also hear from Geeta Basra from Portsmouth, who talks about being one of Bollywood's sexiest item girls and her ambition to be a female lead.
With a new Bollywood acting school opening in Ealing later this year, Asian Network Report asks whether the path will become a little easier for the ordinary, working-class British Asians who dream of Bollywood – or whether model looks, family connections and pots of money are the only way in.
You can listen to Asian Network via digital DAB radio, via SKY tv on channel 0119, on Freeview at channel 709, or Virgin channel 912 . Visit the Asian Network website www.bbc.co.uk/asiannetwork for details.