Meera Syal has always championed Asian comedy and in her four-part series Meera Syal's Asian Comedy Story (9-12 July), she explores the history and future of the genre, reflecting on her own experiences and career. The final two parts of the series will feature highlights from Meera Syal's Asian Comedy Night (30 April), which will showcase and celebrate the best in British Asian comedy.
Madhuri Dixit is one of Bollywood's most esteemed film actresses. This exclusive programme, pre-recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre in last month. You will soon able to watch Noreen Khan talking to the actress about her career, her success and her private life.
Living Legends is a six-part series on Bollywood greats. Each hour long episode will spotlight a different individual who has been instrumental in laying the foundations for today's Indian cinema.
Part 1: Dharmendra, Monday 25 June, 7pm
Actor, Dharmendra, was born on 8 December 1935, in Nasrali, Ludhiana, India and has appeared in hundreds of Hindi-language films. He's often referred to as the "He-Man" as well as the "Action King" of Hindi cinema, having starred in numerous action films. He is a considered a living legend and at the peak of his film career, he was considered the most handsome actor in Bollywood. Some of his biggest films have included Loafer, Sholay, and more recently, Yamla Pagla Deewana, in which he starred alongside his sons. In 2012, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.
Part 2: Saroj Khan, Tuesday 26 June, 7pm
Born as Nirmala Kishanchand Sadhu Singh Nagpal on 22 November 1948, Saroj Khan is known as one of the most prominent Indian dance choreographers in Hindi cinema. She has choreographed over 200 films and some of her biggest song numbers include Ek Do Teen (for Madhuri Dixit in 'Tezaab'), Choli Ke Peeche (for Madhuri Dixit in 'Khalnayak') and Dola Re Dola (for Madhuri Dixit & Aishwariya Rai in Shah Rukh Khan's 'Devdas').
Born on 17 May 1951 in Jetpur near Rajkot in Gujarat, Pankaj Udhas is known for his contribution to Ghazals, in addition to Bollywood. He's the youngest of three brothers who are also successful Ghazal singers. His big singing breakthrough in Bollywood came in 1986 with the song Chitthi Aayee Hai from the film Naam. Other big Bollywood songs include Mahiya Teri Kasam with Lata Mangeshkar in Ghayal and Na Kajre Ki Dhar from Mohra and Jiye To Jiye Kaise from Saajan. In 2006, Pankaj Udhas was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.
Actor Jeetendra was born Ravi Kapoor on 7 April, 1942 in Amritsar, Punjab. At the peak of his acting career, he was known as the jumping jack because of his dancing skills. Some of his biggest films have been Farz, Caravan and Himmatwala.
Khayyam is an esteemed Indian music composer who has scored music for blockbuster films like Kabhi Kabhie, Umrao Jaan and Razia Sultan. He's won numerous awards, including three Filmfare Awards for Best Music in 1977 for Kabhi Kabhie and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. In 2007, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Creative Music by India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Theatre. He's also been awarded the third-highest civilian honour, Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for 2011.
Manoj Kumar, born Harikrishna Giri Goswami on 24 July 1937, is known for acting in and directing films with patriotic themes and has been given the nickname "Mr Bharat" (Bharat is the Hindi term for India). In 1992, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India and some of his biggest hit films have been Upkar, Shor and Roti Kapada Aur Makhaan.
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