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All the News That’s Fit to Watch

June 2005
All the News That’s Fit to Watch

Welcome to TV Asia News, coast to coast around the United States. I'm Rohit Vyas. Here's all the news we could find video for.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf returned to Lahore last night after watching his cricket team beat India 4-2 in a one-day series. "We beat them, we beat them, we beat them," a jubilant Musharraf said to the large crowd at the airport. "The peace talks have been worth it."

But cricket fans in India, disappointed at the result, have vowed to bring peace to a halt. "It was better before," a Mumbai fan said. "When our two countries were at war, we didn't have to lose to them this much." Another cricket fan said he supported the peace talks, but only on one condition: "If they want us to give them Kashmir, they need to give us Shahid Afridi. That would be a fair exchange."

In other news, yet another Bollywood award show made its debut last night, this time in Guadalupe, Mexico. As Master of Ceremonies Arshad Warsi said, "Hollywood has its Oscars and now Bollywood has its Bhaskars." Shahrukh Khan was the big winner, accepting a Bhaskar for best actor, another Bhaskar for best dancer and a third Bhaskar for best hair.

While Rani Mukherjee won the Bhaskar for best actress, Aishwarya Rai won the Bhaskar for best assets. Unfortunately, Aishwarya couldn't show her assets at the Bhaskar show, as she was in America for a series of appearances on national television, officially known as the "giggle tour."

She was introduced on "Oprah" as "the most beautiful woman in the world," prompting her publicist to send a fax to Oprah's producers demanding that she be promoted in future shows as "the most gorgeous creature in the galaxy." "They need to show her more respect," the publicist said. "It's because of understatements like this that Aishwarya was not even mentioned in the movie ?The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.'"

Meanwhile, Aishwarya's movie "Bride and Prejudice," directed by Gurinder Chadha, has failed to match the box office success of Chadha's 2002 hit "Bend it like Beckham." Movie critic Roger Ebert believes that Chadha didn't learn from her previous success. "She made a tactical mistake in calling her movie ?Bride and Prejudice,' Ebert said. "She should have called it ?Bride and Beckham.' An appearance by the soccer star would have made up for all the shortcomings."

In other news, the results of the final round of the "Indian Idol" contest were announced today and Krishna beat Ganesh by 200 million votes. Vishnu was a distant third. Supporters of other idols rioted in the streets of Mumbai, demanding an investigation. "The judges were terrible," one rioter said. "Anu Malik acted like those judges in America. Does he have to copy everything?"

In Washington, Congressman Bobby Jindal made history again this week when he paid a visit to the White House and became the first Indian-American politician to have his name pronounced correctly by President Bush. "The president is obviously getting better at names," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "It took him only a few minutes to learn how to say ?Bobby.'"

Meanwhile, some Indian-Americans are urging Jindal to go back to his Indian name Piyush. "Now that he's been elected, he doesn't need to be known as Bobby," said one supporter. "Not only would ?Piyush' increase his appeal among Indians, it almost rhymes with Bush. If Jeb Bush picks him as a running mate in 2008, we can all rally behind the Bush-Piyush ticket."

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