Bollywood’s ‘raj’ In Russia Continues

Bollywood continues to inspire and entertain many Russians and Raj Kapoor remains one of the biggest overseas names in Russia till date. A group of visiting Indian journalists experienced this in Tatarstan, a state under the Russian Federation. “We love Indian films as they are mostly about love, relationships and emotions. When they fight, they fight, when they love, they love,” Ayder Khasanov, Tatarstan’s Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism official, told . In a surprise, apart from Raj Kapoor’s movies like Awara and Shree 420, the films that are most popular in Russia are Hema Malini-starer ‘Sita aur Gita’ and Mithun’s 1982 movie ‘Disco Dancer’. “When I was young my mother did not let me watch Indian movies as they were so emotional I would start crying,” Khasanov said. “I loved Sita aur Gita, Disco Dancer and recently saw Shahrukh Khan’s ‘My name is Khan’ which was fantastic,” he said. Russians have always loved Indian cinema and with the appearance of a satellite channel ‘India TV’, broadcasting Indian films and programmes dubbed in Russian language, the young people in the country have taken to movies big time. “I love Indian films, Raj Kapoor was a fine actor. I have also seen Disco Dancer, the hero of that film is also good,” Julia Karavaev, expert in the committee for tourism and foreign relations, told . On visiting Kazan and the surrounding tourist areas in Tatarstan such as Bolgar, Elabuga and Sviyazhsk, the Indian journalists were surprised by the knowledge and enthusiasm the Tatar and Russian people had about Indian movies.

Could Russia Side With U.S. On Syria War?

14, Putin even managed to get Assad to join the U.N. Convention on Chemical Weapons. Now Assad has to get rid of his chemical weaponry. If not, the U.S. is seeking a U.N. Security Council blessing to bomb some military installations to smithereens from air and sea. And on Saturday in Stockholm, Putins chief of staff Sergei Ivanov, said Russia could back peddle on their peace initiative if Assad drops the ball. I am talking theoretically and hypothetically here, but if we see any certainty that Assad is cheating, we could change our position, said Ivanov during the International Institute for Strategic Studies Global Strategic Review conference in Sweden this weekend. On Wednesday, Assad pledged to destroy his countrys chemical arsenal Ivanov said Russia would err on the side of caution, even if it was proven that Assad did indeed use chemical weapons in the Aug 22 attacks outside of Damascus. The U.N. did not say who was behind the attacks. I can imagine what the global community will do then, Ivanov said.