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Chancellor Brown Visits Yashraj Bollywood Studio


Yashraj studios in MumbaiGordon Brown has been welcomed in Mumbai, India, at one of Bollywood's film studios. At Yashraj Films, Britain's prime minister in waiting was warmly welcomed by Yash Chopra and his wife. Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji and Karan Johar also welcomed the Chancellor.

The visitor toured the studio's state-of-the-art facilities, including a recording studio and in the preview theatre watched the blockbuster song "Kajira Re." Yash Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan spent time in discussion with the British Chancellor, including the shooting of Indian films in the UK.



Chancellor Brown is Bollywood Bound


Chancellor Gordon BrownMumbai's rail commuters may find an unusual fellow-traveller this week in UK Prime Minister-in-waiting Gordon Brown, making his first official visit to India. It is believed that security permitting, he will take a trip on a local on the route of the 7/11 bombing atrocity. The UK Chancellor will also be visiting Yash Raj Films in Andheri. Bollywood Beginners Guide 

Mr Brown is leading a high-profile 150-strong trade delegation, accompanied by Alistair Darling, UK trade and commerce minister. The visit will take the delegation to meetings in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi and since the focus of the trip is clearly  to increase trade and economic ties between Britain and India the forthcoming India/UK Film Co-Production Treaty is almost certain to feature in those talks. The Chancellor will be in India from January 17 to 19.


Rickshaw Driver Rises To Movie Director


Auto Rickshaw - India's workhorse taxiIt's a real rags-to-riches story of the Hollywood variety, but this is a tale of a poor but talented auto-rickshaw driver who has now become a Bollywood film producer, director and actor.

39-year-old Waqqr Khan, from Uttar Pradesh, is apparently semi-literate, but has produced his film Ishq Na Karna, after working as an auto-rickshaw driver in Mumbai for 16 long years.