Kathryn Bigelow Sparks Protests in India, Bollywood Celebrates Holi | Mar. 5 – Mar. 9, 2012

Vidya Balan took home a National Award for her performance in "The Dirty Picture". (Photo: Bollywood World)

Vidya Balan took home a National Award for her performance in "The Dirty Picture". (Photo: Bollywood World)

Too much celebrity news doing the rounds? Allow us to give you the gist of the last seven days in entertainment. This week, “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow created an uproar with her new film “Zero Dark Thirty” in India. Meanwhile, Bollywood stars tweeted their Holi memories and Vidya Balan snagged Best Actress at the 59th Annual National Awards.

Aziz gets animated. Fox released the trailer for comedian Aziz Ansari’s new movie “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” Ansari plays the voice of Squint, a prehistoric rabbit who believes he’s tougher than he actually is. Keeping Ansari company in the film are a plethora of artists, including Drake, Queen Latifah, Ray Romano, Kunal Nayyar, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj and Wanda Sykes. The animated movie opens in 3D on July 13. (We Are Movie Geeks)

No love for Bigelow. “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow’s new film “Zero Dark Thirty” is sparking serious protests in Chandigarh, India. The movie, which is about the killing of Osama bin Laden, takes place in Lahore, Pakistan, but Bigelow chose to film scenes in various parts of India. Local actors and directors are defending Bigelow and denouncing the protest. (The Huffington Post)

Holi hai! Bollywood stars took time out of their own colorful festivities to wish their fans a Happy Holi on Twitter. Bipasha Basu, Amitabh Bachchan, Karan Johar, and Abhishek Bachchan all tweeted some of their favorite Holi memories and reminded everyone to play safely. Holi has been a prominent part of classic Hindi movies such as “Silsila” and “Darr”. (Bollywood Mantra)

Winning picture. Vidya Balan took home the National Award for Best Actress for her role in the erotic drama “The Dirty Picture” on Wednesday. The film also snagged Best Costume Design and Best Makeup. Other winners included “I Am” for Best Hindi film, while “Ra.One” was awarded Best Special Effects. (Times of India)

Janelle Li-A-Ping is an editorial intern at Divanee.com.

  • Sahil

    Those right wing VHP people will protest anything that involves the letters “P”, “A” & “K”. I graduated from the college in Chandigarh where the shooting is going on (depicting Osama’s college days, apparently) and the ground reality is that all of the current folks studying in my alma mater, as well as the general citizens of Chandigarh, are loving the fact that our college & city was chosen for the movie.

    VHP will protest for a few days & will move on to something else to moan about.